CHS Pics | Turn right on E Barbara Bailey Way

If you are meeting friends at the southern entrance of Capitol Hill Station near Cal Anderson, you’ll now want to tell your phone to head to E Barbara Bailey Way. The new street name to honor the longtime Broadway business owner is now official after a Tuesday afternoon ceremony attended by Mayor Jenny Durkan and city officials.

Calling Bailey and “LGBTQ+ activist civil rights champion,” Durkan announced the plan to honor the founder of the long gone but not forgotten Bailey/Coy book shop earlier this summer. Bailey passed way last September at the age of 74.

The new street name replaces a stretch of E Denny Way that was updated as a “festival street” appropriate for closure for festivals and events near the light rail station.  The festival street was designed as both a one-way traffic route above the center of the underground Capitol Hill Station facility and through the development, plaza, and the AIDS Memorial Pathway that will open at the site in 2020. Continue reading

911 | E Denny armed robbery, 4th of July dognapping, driver hits man and child at E Olive Way/Harvard crossing

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  • E Denny hold-up: Police responded to a reported gunpoint robbery near Cal Anderson and Capitol Hill Station’s southern entrance early Sunday morning. Police were called to the scene near 11th Ave and E Denny just before 2 AM to a report of a street robbery by a man armed with a silver handgun. Witnesses told police the suspect may have fled the area in a vehicle last seen westbound on Denny. The light rail station was closed at the time of the incident. Police contacted at least one suspect vehicle in the area and were checking serial numbers on at least two recovered handguns, according to East Precinct radio. There were no reported injuries and no immediate arrests reported.
  • Big police presence on Broadway: A large contingent of Seattle Police filled the area around a 300-block Broadway E apartment building just before 1 AM on July 5th after a reported possible domestic violence incident set off a short standoff in the building. Police were able to clear the apartment and determine there was no danger. We do not have information on any arrests. There were no reported serious injuries.
  • Dog robbery: The victim in a 4th of July dognapping at a Capitol Hill market is looking for help bringing Layla, a white and brindle-spotted Boxer, home. According to a social media post about the incident, Layla was stolen from the victim in an altercation at E Olive Way’s Hillcrest Market:

    Two men approached the owner, inside of the market, and harassed him to sell her. After being denied, one of the men punched the owner in the chest and stole her. Not only is Layla his service dog, she has allergies and is on a special diet, in addition to being a senior dog.

    If you can help, you can find contact information in the post — or give police a call.

  • Pedestrians hit at E Olive Way and Harvard: A Wednesday, July 3rd pedestrian collision at Harvard and E Olive Way sent an adult to the hospital but fortunately left its younger victim not seriously injured. According to police, a driver struck the 45-year-old male and the child just before 7:30 PM as they crossed at the intersection of Harvard and E Olive Way. E Olive Way and Harvard were closed to the north and the west during the response and the adult was taken to Harborview in stable condition while the child escaped injury. We don’t know yet if anybody was cited in the incident.

Rethinking the Capitol Hill Pac-Man pavement park

Kim’s picture of the Pac-man pocket park from the Capitol Hill Seattle Facebook Group

The latest discussion in the Capitol Hill Seattle Facebook Group brings together many themes familiar to readers of CHS — public space, parks and p-patches, homelessness… and dogs.

Kim posted this image of the E Olive Way at Summit at Denny Pac-Man pocket park and raises a valid issue — what use is a pocket park if nobody uses it? “I pass this sad scene every day and have never seen anything suggestive of added value going on there,” she writes. “Would make a great pea patch or dog park with a little investment.” Continue reading

With plans for pot in background, Amante Pizza exits E Olive Way and Denny

CHS comes to bury Amante’s, not to praise them (Image: sparklingallison)

There is a casualty in the great E Olive Way pot land rush. Amante Pizza will no longer be operating its infamous, pulsating display sign at the corner of E Olive Way and Denny.

Calls to the Hill pizza joint reveal that it has shut down operations at its longtime home and is referring customers to delivery from its 10th Ave E location. We’re still trying to connect with ownership to find out more about the closure. Continue reading

Apartment dweller hit by drive-by bullet inside his Capitol Hill building

Seattle Police have released new details in what appears to have been a freak drive-by shooting incident on Capitol Hill early Sunday in which a man was hit by a bullet after hearing gunfire outside his E Denny Way apartment building

CHS reported on the incident over the Presidents Day weekend but SPD has now released its report on the strange shooting and the apartment dweller’s unlucky brush with a bullet.

As we previously reported, the victim told police he heard gunfire in the street below his apartment just after 1 AM and went to the window to see what was happening. As he turned, a bullet smashed through the glass and grazed his body, leaving a four inch-long wound along his rib cage:

“The bullet slug was embedded above the inside of the front door, approximately 1 inch above the door trim, and approximately 4 inches from the right side of the door,” police report. Continue reading

Police investigate Madison/Seneca stabbing — Plus, man grazed by bullet inside E Denny Way apartment

Police were looking for two suspects from a fight reported just before a man was found stabbed in the chest in an assault near Madison and Seneca early Sunday morning.

Police and Seattle Fire were at the scene across from Seattle University on the backside of Pike/Pine just before 2 AM where a man reported to be in his mid 20s had been stabbed. Police say the victim was conscious but was not able to provide a detailed description of his assailant.

A fight had been reported in the area near 12th and Madison shortly before the stabbing. UPDATE: A bulletin from Seattle U security reports that the stabbing apparently happened at 11th and Madison:

On February 18, 2018 at approximately 1:51 AM, the Seattle Police Department responded to the north side of the intersection at 11th Avenue and East Madison Street for reports of a physical fight involving a small group of individuals. As the police arrived, those involved in the incident began to clear from the area, away from campus. Police identified one person remaining at the scene who had been assaulted with a knife. The Seattle Fire Department transported the victim to a local hospital.

Seattle Fire reports the victim was transported to Harborview in critical condition.

UPDATE x2: SPD confirms our details of the stabbing and says the stabbing victim asked a woman who found him bleeding from his injuries. The passerby called 911 and possibly saved the man’s life considering how much blood he was losing. Meanwhile, the victim’s condition meant he was unable to provide much information to arriving officers:

Detectives are reviewing security video that captured the initial altercation.

E Denny Way shooting
A man was grazed by a bullet inside an E Denny Way apartment in an early Sunday morning shooting reportedly involving gunfire from the street.

911 callers reported multiple shots fired just after 1 AM and police found at least one bullet casing in the street across from the Bonneville Apartments at 600 E Denny Way, according to East Precinct radio reports.

Police found the victim inside the building and a bullet hole in an apartment unit window. The man was treated by Seattle Fire for what was described as a grazing bullet wound. SFD described the victim’s injury as minor.

UPDATE: Police say the victim said he heard gunfire in the street below his apartment and went to the window to see what was happening. As he turned to walk away, a bullet smashed through the glass and apparently grazed his body. Police say they recovered the slug from the apartment unit.

A grey sedan was reported fleeing the area following the gunfire.

Seattle gang detectives were called to assist in the investigation.

UPDATE x2: Friends have posted about the incident on social media:

Sad about the ghosts of Capitol Hill? Ghost Gallery making best of lost lease

We’re just going to warn you right now. The end of any year typically brings a pulse of sad news as businesses new and businesses old lose or give up their place on Capitol Hill. With a boom economy, surging real estate market, and destructive capitalism coursing through Seattle’s veins, 2017 will probably be rough on your nostalgia.

Maybe we can all learn something from Hill business owner and Ghost Gallery founder Laurie Kearney. Her announcement of a lost lease and one final holiday season in the shop’s seven-year home was downright positive and hopeful: Continue reading

Big, smoky fire scorches old Capitol Hill ‘dog lounge’ building

(Image courtesy Jesse Rope)

(Image courtesy Ella Li)

The building formerly home to a Capitol Hill’s “dog lounge” burned Wednesday morning in a smoke-spewing fire that sent one woman to the hospital.

Seattle Fire was called to the intersection of E Denny and E Olive Way just before 8:30 AM and began to battle a blaze from inside and on the roof of the building. The fire was upgraded to a “two alarm” response to bring in additional crews.

Seattle Fire crews reported the fire was nearly under control by 9 AM but it continued to burn and create significant amounts of smoke.

Seattle Fire says one woman was taken to Harborview from the scene. According to radio dispatches, the woman was outside the building and suffered smoke inhalation. SFD reported the woman to be in stable condition.

The building was home to the Downtown Dog Lounge until it left this summer due to what the owner said were crime and landlord issues.

The large, single-story 1924-built auto row building and surrounding property is also home to In The Bowl, the Holy Smoke head shop, and an outlet of the Beyond Vape chain. The long-shuttered Apocalypse Tattoo and Bus Stop bar spaces have also been vacant in the building for years.

UPDATE 12:40 PM: SFD says investigators have been unable to determine the cause of the fire. Damage is estimated at $500,000.

(Image courtesy Jesse Rope)

(Image courtesy Jesse Rope)

Woman critically injured in E Denny Way apartment building fire

A resident trapped in the flames was rushed to the hospital in critical condition as crews battled a serious fire at the top of Capitol Hill’s more-than-90-year-old Roxborough Apartments building Friday afternoon.

Seattle Fire was called to the building in the 1700 block of E Denny Way just before 3:30 PM Friday and found the injured woman in the third floor apartment where the fire was believed to have started. The woman in her 60s was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. Continue reading

Downtown Dog Lounge leaving Capitol Hill

Just as the plans for Capitol Hill’s first cat cafe are finally taking shape, one of its longest running canine-focused businesses is getting ready to move out.

The Downtown Dog Lounge has been getting its furry clients ready for the big change on E Denny Way for a while now but officially announced its planned departure this week after 10 years on Capitol Hill: Continue reading