Garfield Super Block selected in catch-up round of Neighborhood Street Fund grants

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Backers of an effort to improve the public space around Garfield High School and the Garfield Community Center are celebrating another funding win for the Central District project.

A Seattle transportation levy oversight committee has chosen the Garfield Super Block program for a $475,000 grant in the latest round of the Neighborhood Street Fund. Unlike past years, this year’s process focused on clearing a backlog of NSF nominations. The project was one of nine selected by the committee on the basis of community support, equity, safety, and cost, and the only one in the bunch located within Kshama Sawant’s District 3.

The funding joins past financial infusions into the effort including $188,000 to help support planning in last year’s city budget. Estimates of the full cost of planning and construction for the Garfield Super Block project range around $6 to $7 million. Continue reading

Mayor comes to Central District to call for support in battle against a ‘surge in graffiti in Seattle’ — UPDATE

Repaired and restored (Image: Fat’s Chicken & Waffles)

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell will come to the site of widely condemned act of vandalism to a Central District mural Thursday to make the case for spending on new resources including a dedicated clean-up team to address what the mayor says is a “surge in graffiti in Seattle.”

Harrell Thursday is scheduled to appear outside MLK and Cherry’s Fat’s Chicken & Waffles where CHS reported in February on artist James Crespinel’s work to restore his mural of Martin Luther King Jr.  The large mural on the side of the building had been targeted during the city’s MLK Day celebrations with spray painted vandalism critical of the civil rights leader’s role as a centrist.

The mayor’s appearance is part of his push for new funding to combat graffiti and vandalism as the Seattle City Council works to finalize his 2023 budget proposal with bids to step back on reforms including spending to create a larger SPD and a controversial plan to redirect funding from the city’s big business tax from COVID-19 recovery, housing, and the Green New Deal to patch up the city’s general fund. Continue reading

City offers help restoring Central District MLK mural

The vandalism was covered by a coat of light blue paint (Image: CHS)

The community responded quickly to cover some of the damage. City Hall says it will help restore the neighborhood art after the Central District mural of the slain civil rights leader at MLK Way and E Cherry was defaced headed into Monday’s holiday.

Mayor Bruce Harrell says the city will offer its help in restoring the MLK mural after someone vandalized the artwork on the outside of the building home to Fat’s Chicken and Waffles. Continue reading

Man in critical condition after 15th/Cherry alley shooting

A 53-year-old man was critically wounded and Seattle Police were investigating after an alley shooting overnight in the Central District.

Multiple callers reported gunfire and a man was reported shot in the stomach near 15th and Cherry around 2:15 AM, according to East Precinct radio updates.

Seattle Police arrived and secured the scene for Seattle Fire to treat and transport the man to Harborview. Seattle Fire reported the patient was in critical condition.

According to radio updates, police were collecting evidence and interviewing people in a nearby building and found at least one shell casing and bullet holes in a fence in the alley.

There were no reported arrests and no suspect information was available.

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Métier Brewing Company will bring Black-owned beer — and Japanese street food — to new Central District taproom in 2022

A 20-year resident of the Central District will open a new flagship taproom for one of the few Black-owned beer breweries in the nation early next year on E Cherry.

Rodney Hines calls Métier Brewing Company “purpose-driven” and said he chose expanding the brewery with a taproom and Japanese street food in the Central Area with the intent of recognizing the history of the communities there while also being present as a Black business owner in the neighborhood.

“A moment of tension for me is when I walk around my neighborhood and when I think of whether new people who see the street signs honoring Rev. McKinney at Mt. Zion Baptist have taken a moment to know who he was. I fear that there’s a lot of new energy, a lot of new people… that can be good. It can be better if people can pause and look at history of who was here and give some respect for that.”

Métier debuted in 2018 in a business partnership with Hines and Todd Herriott, owner of E Union’s bike shop/cafe/training facility Metier Seattle. It shares a name with the bike venture and has based its production at a bike-friendly spot along the riding trail in Woodinville but Métier Brewing is all about Hines and the beer.

2022 will be a massive year for the company. By the end of next summer, Métier and the Seattle Mariners will open the former stadium district Pyramid Alehouse as Steelhead’s Alley, a new beer-focused pre-game hangout honoring the Seattle Steelheads Negro League team that once played its games at Sick’s Stadium on Rainier Ave.

But before it looks back with nostalgia, Métier will push forward with the new E Cherry taproom and microbrewery slated to open in early 2022. CHS first reported here in October on early plans for the E Cherry property formerly used as an auto garage and blacksmith studio.

Now the project is taking shape as a 2,000-square-foot “community gathering space featuring rotating taps of the brewery’s award-winning brews” in the new commercial development from Capitol Hill-based developer Liz Dunn. Continue reading

Two ‘mystery’ projects take shape with planned beer-y future in the Central District, new basement restaurant on Capitol Hill

Construction underway this summer at the Heath Printers building on Capitol Hill (Image: CHS)

Sometimes it’s a secret. Sometimes nobody knows. And sometimes you just haven’t asked the right person.

While the pace of new food and drink openings has understandably slowed, two Capitol Hill and Central District “mystery restaurant” projects continue to take shape. As the industry continues its work at recovery, the projects represent bright — and intriguing — lights on the horizon.

On Capitol Hill, work has been underway for months in a full transformation of the interior of Boylston Ave’s Heath Printers building with a planned change of use to “eating & drinking establishment” and construction of “substantial alterations for tenant improvements of restaurant and office spaces throughout existing commercial structure,” according to plans filed with the city. The property just around the corner off E Pine is part of the near block snapped up by developer Asana Partners and was the home to Capitol Hill-born coworking company Office Nomads before that venture went fully virtual during the pandemic.

Asana has brought on Capitol Hill-based Graham Baba Architects, the prolific firm behind many of the neighborhood and city’s most ambitious recent food and drink construction projects, to design the space. Continue reading

Design review: The Central District’s Acer House and its Afrofuturist plans at 23rd and Cherry

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Imagine this: five-and-a-half stories of apartments in an Afrofuturist design on 23rd and Cherry with thousands of square feet of childcare and other retail spaces with a public courtyard. Of the 120 apartments, which range in size from about 400-square-foot studios to two-bedroom units between 700 and 800, 30% would be reserved for low-income residents.

Thursday night, the proposed Acer House project will move forward with its first pass through the Seattle design review process:

2210 E Cherry St

Design Review Early Design Guidance for a 5-story, 120-unit apartment building with 4 live-work units, childcare, and retail. No parking proposed. Project relies on a contract rezone. View Design Proposal  (23 MB)    

Review Meeting: June 10, 2021 5:00 PM

Meeting: Listen Line: 206-207-1700 Passcode: 187 663 1617
Comment Sign Up:

Review Phase: EDG–Early Design Guidance

Project Number: 3037717  View Related Records


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Planner: David Sachs — Email comments to [email protected]

Kateesha Atterberry, founder of the Urban Black commercial property management firm working on the development, says the team wants a childcare provider focused on “Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.” Commercial spaces will likely include the existing Flowers Just 4 U, which might be the only Black-owned florist in the Pacific Northwest, with Atterberry saying she would additionally like to see a recording studio and other artists in the five micro retail spaces for small businesses.

On top of the housing affordability, Atterberry also hopes the project, known as Acer House, can be commercially affordable.

“Creating vibrant communities where businesses can thrive and contribute to the local economy is dependent upon them being able to afford the spaces they are in,” Atterberry told CHS in an email. “Our goal is to provide affordable leasing terms and access to resources for additional support. We believe in partnering with businesses to ensure their success because their success is our success.” Continue reading

Central Area Land Use Review Committee to host meeting on 23rd/Cherry Acer House development

The Central Area Land Use Review Committee community group will hold an online meeting this week with developers behind the Acer House project,  a five-story, mixed-use building planned to rise at the corner of 23rd and Cherry.

CHS reported on the project here in what developer Ben Maritz said he hopes will be the “first truly anti-racist private sector development” in the city by addressing issues of ownership, displacement, and equity a privately financed project.

The Acer House project is also seeking a rezone to allow an extra floor of height from the Seattle City Council. Legislation for the rezone is beginning its path through City Hall after being transmitted last month. The city’s design review process will also start soon with community feedback first on elements of massing and context and later on the finer points around the afrofuturist design and colors. Continue reading

With birria and churros, Carmelo’s Tacos opens new, just a little bit larger 12th Ave location

The Asada Tacos at the new Carmelo’s

Born as as a walk-up counter with the slimmest of seating areas part of the Hillcrest Market, tiny Carmelo’s Tacos is getting bigger with its new 12th ave at Cherry location now open.

“It’s been fun. A lot of people are coming out to try the birria and new items,” manager Miguel Cruz says. “We feel the support from the community. We’re grateful.”

Cruz said the new location is picking up speed, serving 100 to 150 people a day — still nowhere close to the staggeringly busy pace the original location inside the quick mart at Summit and E Olive Way has kept up through the pandemic. Continue reading

Central District project from Capitol Hill developer Liz Dunn takes shape on E Cherry

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A long-planned project from popular Capitol Hill developer Liz Dunn to reshape a block of the Central District is moving forward.

The four-story, 38-unit, mixed-use building will rise on E Cherry replacing the 1920s era spaces home to the Twilight Exit and Tana Market.

The early design proposal for Dunn’s Cherry Valley, LLC project was approved after an administrative review by the city in November. Tuesday is the deadline for comment on the land use proposal for the project. Comments on the building’s environmental impact can be submitted to [email protected] referencing Project 3033413-LU.

During November’s design review, officials report receiving no public comment about the Build, LLC-designed project save for one complaint not germane to the proposal’s elements of bulk and scale. That commenter was complaining about the project’s parking. The developer is proposing none. Continue reading