SDOT is planning to make one lane of southbound Broadway transit only from Pine to Madison (Image: CHS)
Seattle Department of Transportation officials are in the middle of “community outreach” for the addition of a proposed four-block southbound “Business Access and Transit” lane on Broadway.
The planned summer 2018 project is part of a roster of improvements SDOT reps discussed Tuesday with the Seattle City Council’s transportation committee on efforts to speed up the city’s streetcar lines. You can learn more about the plans and provide feedback here. Continue reading
The Seattle City Council’s transportation committee Tuesday approved making city right of way behind First Hill’s Town Hall available to the developer of twin 32-story apartment towers for construction of a large underground parking facility below the planned development.
In exchange, developer Lennar has proposed providing a public plaza surrounding Town Hall and the coming towers. The committee approved the vacation petition Tuesday, sending it on for a final vote by the full council. Continue reading
(Image: Northwest Harvest)
(Image: Northwest Harvest)
After 35 years operating out of their space on 8th Ave and Cherry, the Cherry Street Food Bank is being displaced to make room for a new 30-story condominium tower. They’ve got until March 1, 2019 to vacate, and Northwest Harvest is scrambling to find a new home for their flagship operation which serves an average of 5,000 people a week.
Northwest Harvest CEO Thomas Reynolds considers the Cherry Street Food Bank the “beating heart” of their operations.
“We deliver to others who provide food but Cherry Street is a direct line to our most important stakeholder group: people with lived experience of hunger.” The food bank provides bags of groceries as well as sandwiches and other ready-to-eat meals for people who have no kitchen in which to prepare meals. Continue reading
(Image: Zig Apartments)
Such is life in the swiftly changing core of Seattle. We had no Korean fried chicken joints. Now we’re about to have two.
Despite the corporate parents insisting there are “no plans” to open in Seattle, CHS can report that efforts are just getting underway to build out a new, first-in-the-Pacific Northwest location of Korean chicken chain Bonchon at the corner of Broadway and James, across the street from the southwest corner of the Seattle University campus. Continue reading
You will have to wait a few more years for that RapidRide G bus. Service now isn’t expected to begin on the bus-focused transformation of the Madison corridor until 2021.
Planners presented the latest update on the project to create Metro’s RapidRide G Tuesday night at the January meeting of the First Hill Improvement Association. The full presentation from Seattle Department of Transportation planners is below. Continue reading
First Hill has been in CHS’s news mix a lot including coverage of this important step forward for affordable housing in the neighborhood. The First Hill coverage is nothing new — you can check out our First Hill section here. But growth in new places to live and population has also meant a rise in awareness. Tuesday, the First Hill Improvement Association, a nonprofit organization at the middle of that change, will hold its January meeting and present a State of First Hill discussion of the neighborhood’s first ever annual report:
When the First Hill community comes together over an issue, we bring a can-do attitude driven by the belief that we all do better when we all do better. In 2017 this conviction produced forward momentum in our neighborhood on Seattle’s biggest issues– affordability, open space, accessibility, beautification, and caring for our neighbors most in need.
First Hill Improvement Association January Meeting
In addition to the State of First Hill, the FHIA will also vote on new board members and present the latest on the Madison Bus Rapid Transit project. Continue reading
2017 proposals like these will also roll into the 2018 process. You can view the live map here
Step 2: enjoy your improved neighborhood. The city’s annual Your Voice, Your Choice process is starting up again. You have until February 2nd to take part in the first phase of helping decide how to spend $3 million on park and street improvements in Seattle.
Need inspiration? These were the District 3 winners in 2017.
- Capitol Hill: Crossing Improvements at I-5 Exit on to Olive Way (Cost: $75,000, Total Votes: 240)
- Central District: Traffic Calming on 17th Ave S between E Yesler Way & S Jackson St (Cost: $15,000, Total Votes: 200)
- Judkins Park: Improved Connections to Judkins Park from S. Dearborn St (Cost: $90,000, Total Votes: 173)
- Capitol Hill: Crossing Improvements at 19th Ave E & E Denny Way (Cost: $83,000, Total Votes: 171)
City departments were to include the winning proposals in their annual budgets with plans to implement the projects in 2018.
The process to collect new proposals ends Friday, February 2nd. Your ideas should adhere to three simple values. Your proposed District 3 projects should:
- Benefit the public
- Add a physical or capital improvement project in Seattle’s parks or streets
- Not exceed a budget of $90,000
Add your proposal here
There is also a map of the project ideas from 2017 that will roll over to the 2018 process. “These are ideas that were submitted in 2017 and considered potentially feasible, but not funded through the 2017 process,” the city says.
After the hundreds of proposals are collected, Project Development Teams in each district will “turn ideas into concrete project proposals,” the city says. Over summer, the final proposals for each district will be put up for a vote.
Each of the city’s seven district will be eligible for up to $430,000 in projects.
The family of Desiree McCloud, who died in 2016 after crashing her bike on a track of the First Hill Streetcar, and a rider who survived her crash a year later at the same E Yesler trackway are joining forces to sue the City of Seattle.
“The Defendant City knew there were other bicycle crashes occurring when bike tire were caught in streetcar rail grooves before DESIREE’s injuries and death and SUZANNE GREENBERG’s injuries,” the lawsuit filed just before Christmas reads.
Suzanne Greenberg was injured when she crashed her bike near the spot at 13th and Yesler where McCloud had fallen a year after the deadly incident.
McCloud, 27, died following her May 2016 crash that led to calls for safety improvements near Seattle’s streetcar tracks. The city’s investigation was unable to determine if the First Hill Streetcar tracks had caused the fatal crash.
Their joint lawsuit reads like a project list any street, bicycling, and pedestrian planner would be familiar with in Seattle. Continue reading
(Image: Harborview Medical Center)
First Hill’s Harborview is installing the largest solar array of any hospital in the state with help from City of Seattle and federal grants.
“Harborview is committed to sustainability in our operations,” Pam Jorgensen, assistant the hospital’s administrator of facilities and engineering said in the announcement of the project. “This solar project will help us meet our carbon reduction goals, create redundant power for the West Hospital in case of an emergency, and demonstrate the feasibility of solar power on healthcare facilities.”
McKinstry is the design-build firm on the project.
Grants from City Light’s Green Up program and the Department of Commerce are helping to fund the project:
Seattle City Light’s Green Up program, which provides funding for local renewable energy programs and projects, awarded Harborview $50,000. The Department of Commerce’s Energy Efficiency Grant Program helps state and local agencies pay for energy efficiency upgrades and solar installations, and awarded Harborview an additional $47,000.
Other Green Up recipients include Capitol Hill Housing and Seattle Central: Continue reading
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I-5 fatal crash: Authorities believe this deadly crash on I-5 below Capitol Hill early Sunday morning may have been the result of road rage:
The crash may have been preceded by road rage; Trooper Rick Johnson said the vehicle involved in the fatal crash, along with another unidentified red or maroon pickup truck, had earlier been reported in a road rage incident.
The Washington State Patrol is investigating. UPDATE: WSP is asking for help from anybody able to provide information about a red Dodge Ram pickup with tinted windows believed to have been involved in the crash. WSP says the victim was identified as 20-year-old Taylor Hulsey.
- Columbia City shooting ends on First Hill: A shooting near Columbia City turned a First Hill street outside Harborview Medical Center into an emergency room Friday afternoon: