From Sound Transit’s “Background Information for Section 4.10, Geology and Soils” appendix before First Hill Station was cut from U-Link planning
Any hope of a First Hill light rail station being part of Sound Transit 3 appears to have been left in the dust after deliberation by the transportation agency’s Elected Leadership Group Thursday afternoon.
CHS reported here on hopes from the First Hill Improvement Association and neighborhood and transit advocates that the rapidly growing, incredibly dense neighborhood would be included in planning for the coming third wave of Seattle-are light rail that will span a total of 11.8 miles and add 10 new and four expanded stations. West Seattle Alaska-Junction and Ballard routes will converge downtown by 2035.
But Thursday’s discussion of the planned Midtown Station seemed to lock in the idea that the facility should reside in the shadow of the Seattle Central Library on 5th Ave and basically takes further talk of a potentially expensive, probably engineering-challenged First Hill location off the planning board completely. Continue reading
Depending on how you look at it, there is another historic Capitol Hill-area building lined up for sad destruction — or to be part of much needed redevelopment.
The Knights of Columbus, Seattle Council 676 will meet next week to hear Grand Knight Tom Joyce discuss one of the biggest decisions in the group’s 116 years as “a fraternal order of men dedicated in our Catholic faith” — the multi-million dollar decision to sell the Knights’ 106-year-old masonry building at the corner of Harvard and Union. Continue reading
Nonprofit developers Bellwether Housing and Plymouth Housing Group announced Monday morning that they are moving forward on an affordable housing project on surplus Sound Transit land on First Hill. The project will be “the largest building constructed by any affordable housing provider in Seattle, with 12 to 15 floors of housing over a floor of retail, service, and community space.”
Sound Transit has agreed to transfer to the two organizations at “zero-cost” following a November decision on what to do with the land originally acquired for a never-built First Hill light rail station at the corner of Madison and Boylston. Continue reading
A view from the top of The Danforth (Image: The Danforth)
The 17-story Broadway apartment tower set to bring Amazon’s grocery chain Whole Foods to the border of Capitol Hill and First Hill has set a July opening. But you will have to wait until the fall to do your grocery shopping at the base of The Danforth.
The developer of the project is beginning the process of recruiting residents to fill its 260 or so units complete with “smart, sophisticated design,” “well-appointed” and “clean, contemporary aesthetic,” “A/C in all homes, USB outlets and pantries in every kitchen,” and where even the bathrooms “make a statement.” Continue reading
Little Neon Taco is not created under the Dimas Model — small, stylish, and pop-up light. For one, it’s not little. For two, it’s not inside somebody else’s bar. And for three, it’s on First Hill.
For four, there’s another element: The food is typically delicious and relatively affordable.
Monica Dimas’s newest creation is now open on Boren just off E Madison. It’s related to its original sister Neon Taco born inside Broadway’s Nacho Borracho — but, in this case, little sister is the big girl. With a big space and an emphasis on lunch, Little Neon is another step into daylight hours for Dimas who is ready to become a mother for the first time.
Not that she’s exactly resting. Continue reading
- From Sound Transit’s “Background Information for Section 4.10, Geology and Soils” appendix before First Hill Station was cut from U-Link planning
Capitol Hill Station celebrates its two-year anniversary this week. First Hill is still waiting.
The First Hill Improvement Association remains determined to get a light rail station built in the heart of its neighborhood — though Sound Transit cancelled a site there in 2005 citing geological instability.
“There’s a difference between hard and impossible,” FHIA director Alex Hudson said. Continue reading
Italian Family Pizza has new ownership but the First Hill joint is staying in the family.
Owner Steve Calozzi tells CHS he is moving back to the East Coast but will remain a partner and a big part of the pizza shop at Madison and Boren.
“We did build this up from nothing,” Calozzi told CHS Thursday morning. “We’re headed back to Philly. I never wanted to sell it.” Continue reading
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