CHS Pics | Jeff Goldblum drank coffee and planted a tree on Capitol Hill this summer

It turns out when one of the largest media corporations in the world spends around $3 billion on a new project and one of the shows planned to be showcased during its launch is filming in your neighborhood, you’re not going to see much. The picture above? That is Jeff Goldblum inside Broadway’s Espresso Vivace in July.

It’s about as close as we got to the action. And now we can finally share what we saw. Continue reading

2020 off to good start: Capitol Hill Station has platform stairs (Now, get ready for 10 weeks of downtown light rail disruptions)

2020 is already better than 2019. There are stairs to the platform in Capitol Hill Station. But like most things in these challenging times, you also need to get ready for a 10-week start to the New Year with Seattle’s light rail system slightly hobbled as it is prepared for big expansion ahead.

First, the good news. After months of waiting and a fair amount of systems and infrastructure updates to make it safe, Sound Transit announced the opening of the new stair access at Capitol Hill Station this week. Last March, CHS reported on the plan to repurpose emergency stairs to add an option for reaching the platform beyond the frequently busted escalators and elevator access. Continue reading

Patching a hole in Capitol Hill, Olmstead brings new life to the old Broadway Grill

The new restaurant and bar at 314 Broadway E is neither a direct adaptation nor a reboot.

“New American, I guess, is the best descriptor for it,” chef Jesse Elliott said.

“Which just means the chef can make whatever he wants,” Lisa Tomlinson added.

She’s the chef’s wife — and part-owner and manager — at the new Olmstead set to open this weekend on Broadway in the overhauled space formerly home to the Broadway Grill.

CHS reported in July on the Broadway-changing news that the long-empty, endlessly speculated upon restaurant space would spring to new life under the wing of the family of food and drink loving folks who created Witness, the chicken, waffles, and mint juleps joint Gregg Holcomb opened in the summer of 2013 just a block away from the old Grill.

Thursday night before the planned weekend debut of the new Olmstead, Holcomb — known for his Witness sermons — was appropriately philosophical about the import of this Broadway moment.

“At Witness, I learned that when it’s successful, it ties in. I was thankful that it tied into the fabric. And so I realized how much each individual business on Broadway matters,” Holcomb said. “We’re really excited about this space we established, I think we’re actually trying to patch a hole in the neighborhood.” Continue reading

911 | Madison Valley drive-by, E Thomas reported shotgun phone robbery, explosive dumpster fire

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS 911 coverage here. Hear sirens and wondering what’s going on? Check out Twitter reports from @jseattle or tune into the CHS Scanner page.

  • 25th Ave drive-by: A drive-by shooting left no reported injuries but damaged vehicles and homes near 25th and Mercer late Sunday night. According to East Precinct radio updates, police reported hearing 25 to 30 shots ring out just after 11 PM. Police found at least one vehicle that had been hit and bullet damage to at least two nearby homes. There were no reported injuries. Witness accounts described a silver sedan carrying at least two people who opened fire with two or three different guns before speeding away from the scene. Police searched the area but there were no arrests. Editor’s note: We originally identified this as a Central District location but as some have pointed out, it is a Madison Valley location. We’ve updated the headline.
  • Shotgun phone robbery: Police were called to E Thomas near Broadway to a report of an armed robbery of a phone. According to police radio reports, a man reported the suspect had pulled a shotgun and taken his phone just after 2:30 AM Monday morning. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the hold-up had taken place in a nearby building or on the street. Police were searching the area including Cal Anderson Park’s chemical toilets for the suspect but there were no arrests. No injuries were reported.
  • Boylston/Union dumpster arson: A dumpster fire with loud explosions woke residents around Boylston and Union early Monday. Seattle Fire responded to the blaze around 2:15 AM. Police were called after witnesses described two men seen setting the fire to a mattress and other items in the dumpster before fleeing. The two men were also reported pushing a shopping cart and were last seen fleeing westbound on Union. The Seattle Fire Marshal was called to investigate the scene. Last week, SPD asked for help investigating a string of a dozen arson fires after arresting a man for allegedly starting a small fire near Capitol Hill Station.

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Broadway’s 114-year-old Capitol Crest moves forward in landmarks process

The Seattle landmarks board this week sent a Broadway building home to a longtime neighborhood favorite restaurant to the next step in the process to afford the 1905-built building protections on its historic exterior.

In a 6-2 vote, the board opted to consider the nomination of Broadway’s Capitol Crest building, also once known as the Avon Apartments, and today home to Annapurna and Albacha restaurants, the Ace Barber Shop, as well as 14 apartment units above, that is set to be demolished to make way for a planned mixed-use project from Champion Development. Continue reading

911 | Broadway comic shop burglary suspect hid out in bathroom before overnight heist

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS 911 coverage here. Hear sirens and wondering what’s going on? Check out Twitter reports from @jseattle or tune into the CHS Scanner page.

  • Olive onramp assault: An assault on a 91-year-old woman inside a vehicle on the Olive onramp to I-5 brought a large police and medical response to the area Wednesday around 11 AM. Police were called to the scene to a report of a woman with a bleeding arm after being assaulted in her vehicle on the onramp. The suspect was quickly taken into custody. Seattle Fire arrived to treat the woman who was taken to the hospital in stable condition. Police reported the suspect also required medical attention. We don’t yet know further details of the attack but will update when we learn more from SPD. Continue reading

Police investigating after man found with neck slashed at 10th and Prospect — UPDATE

A passerby found a man down and bleeding with a lacerated neck in an incident police are investigating as an assault at 10th and E Prospect early Sunday morning. Officers found a weapon and splatters of blood on the pavement along a block of 10th Ave E south of Prospect near where the victim was found.

UPDATE 12/17/19 1:00 PM: A department spokesperson said the investigation has determined the incident was “not a criminal matter.” That indicates police have determined the injury was self-inflicted.

Resources to help those in need: National suicide-prevention hotline: 800-273-8255. Local Crisis Clinic: (206) 461-3222. If you need immediate assistance, call 911.

Original report: According to Seattle Police, a 911 caller reported the adult male down just after 5 AM. A quickly arriving police officer confirmed the man had suffered what appeared to be a slashed neck reported him alert and conscious but bleeding heavily. The victim was rushed to Harborview in critical condition. We do not know more about his condition but he survived the apparent attack, according to police. Continue reading

Outsider artist Darryl Ary remembered

Ary (Image: Vermillion)

A regular part of the scene around Broadway and a favorite of the Capitol Hill art world, artist Darryl Ary passed away in November. He will be remembered this week in a gathering at gallery and bar Vermillion.

According to city records, he was 63.

CHS noted Ary, who many knew from his regular presence in his wheelchair in front of the Broadway Dick’s Drive-in or at City Market, in 2015 as artist Baso Fibonacci made a public call for people who had purchased Ary’s paintings over the years to help curate a show of his work. In 2013, then City Arts magazine designer Dan Paulus called Ary one of his favorite artists in Seattle.

“Darryl Ary has been on his grind for the past twenty years, hawking his wares on the mean streets of Seattle, rain or shine,” Paulus said. “Scavenging scrap lumber for canvases, he paints and scratches brutalist images that have just enough pop culture jazz to simultaneously charm and repulse.” Continue reading

Continuing three decades of business, the apprentice has become the master at Broadway Shoe Repair

(Image: Broadway Shoe Repair)

Just over 33 years ago this December, Broadway Shoe Repair began serving the community of Capitol Hill. Founder Ward Luhman would continue to own and run his business until this summer. During the last six years of her father’s ownership, Shelly Luhman worked an apprenticeship leading up to her taking over the leather repair shop in Broadway Market. Ward can finally rest and enjoy a well earned retirement. Broadway Shoe Repair, on the other… hand, still has work to do.

Since September, Luhman and her business partner Bobby Glukhov who joined the shop after moving from Portland four year ago, have been working to keep Capitol Hill’s shoes looking good.

The shop has seen “steady” repair business and return clients even as the neighborhood has grown more and more expensive. Of course, all that wealth has a side benefit to a business like Broadway Shoe Repair.

The biggest change the business has seen over its more than three decades, Luhman says, is “an increase of more expensive shoes.” Continue reading

Seattle announces $110M for new affordable projects including five in District 3

Bellwether Housing and Plymouth Housing Group’s First Hill development could end up the tallest affordable housing building Seattle has ever seen (Image: Weber Thompson)

Seattle has announced its largest ever annual round of city funding for affordable housing with $110 million going to help start 13 projects across the city including five new buildings across Capitol Hill, First Hill, and the Central District that will create nearly 800 affordable units in the area.

“Seattle is committed to investing in housing and services that help advance our shared priorities of equity and inclusion,” Mayor Jenny Durkan said in her announcement of the annual funding roster powered by the 2016 housing levy. “With investments in both permanent supportive housing for individuals experiencing homelessness, affordable housing for seniors, and housing for working families, we are addressing our affordability crisis.”

The millions in city funding are part of the recipe required for nonprofit developers to piece together the dollars required to create new affordable projects in the city like the Capitol Hill Housing-backed Station House that will begin its leasing process in January for 110 new affordable units above Capitol Hill Station. With units reserved for those meeting affordable housing income thresholds and rents likely some 30% or more below area averages, demand will reach thousands of prospective tenants.

The 2019 roster of investments announced Monday will also include two Capitol Hill Housing-involved projects. Continue reading