Fuel to join Ada’s family, adding books to blend of coffee, community

(Image: Fuel Coffee)

(Image: Fuel Coffee)

It’s a blend that should work out, mixing the 15-year-old creation of a Seattle coffee veteran  with the energy of two Capitol Hill entrepreneurs who have a vision for growing cafe communities and independent book retail.

Fuel Coffee and its three locations in the 19th Ave E Stevens neighborhood, Montlake, and Wallingford is becoming part of the Ada’s family of bookshops and cafes. The merger is the outgrowth of conversations that started well before the outbreak and is ready to move forward now that reopening plans are taking shape, both sides say. It’s now a vision that seems even more clear after weeks of COVID-19 restrictions with neighbors sticking mostly to their nearby streets.

“Community is even more important,” Danielle Hulton says.

The new Fuel will be a flip of how the original Ada’s was shaped on 15th Ave E. Ada’s is a community built around books — Fuel shops will be built around coffee. Continue reading

SR 520 Montlake Project spring online open house

We appreciate your community’s engagement with the Montlake Project, and we want you to feel informed and involved throughout the construction process. Your participation is incredibly valuable to the project.

On April 23, Graham will host an online open house. In addition to an insider look at project design and construction, the event will provide you an opportunity to fill out and participate in our design survey.

Online open house
Open until June 9

Montlake Project: Monthly Update Meeting Online!

We appreciate your community’s engagement with the Montlake Project and want you to feel informed and involved throughout the construction process. Your participation is incredibly valuable to the project.

To make it easier to stay up to date on recent progress and get information, the design-build contractor for the SR 520 Montlake Project, Graham, hosts monthly update meetings open to the community. Please join us for our online meeting in March!

The presentation will start at noon on March 4. We will open the online meeting room 10 minutes before the start of the presentation to allow people time to join and get acquainted with the platform. We will also have a staff member ready on our 24-hour hotline, 206-775-8885, for support questions.

Meeting details: This month’s meeting will be held online. To access the meeting, register at http://bit.ly/520online.You’ll be sent confirmation and reminder emails as we approach the event.

Date/time: March 4, presentation starts at noon

Registration: http://bit.ly/520online

You can join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device. Access to the Internet will be required to view the presentation and your device speakers must be enabled

We hope you can join us!

Montlake Project public update meeting

Your community has played a pivotal role in the first stages of the SR 520 Montlake Project. We hope you continue to stay involved throughout the design and construction process.

To make it easier to stay up to date on recent progress and get information, the design-build contractor for the SR 520 Montlake Project, Graham, is hosting monthly update meetings open to the community. Please join us!

Meeting agenda:

  • Presentation
    • Project summary
    • Design update
    • Progress to date
    • What’s to come
    • How to stay informed
  • Comments and questions

Meeting details:

Date/time: Wednesday, Feb. 5, presentation starts at 6 p.m.

Location: Information Center, 2209 E. North St.

WSDOT’s 520 ‘Montlake Project’ construction moving forward with open house updates, new plan for neighborhood market

“This project, with a $455 million contract cost, is part of the remaining $1.6 billion in SR 520 improvements from Lake Washington to I-5 – the ‘Rest of the West.’ These improvements are funded by the 2015 Connecting Washington transportation legislation.” (Image: WSDOT)

Some things, like speeding tickets issued near Montlake Elementary, will never change — also, apparently, the presence of the Montlake Market.

The new plan for keeping the store operating in the neighborhood — and the several construction elements that make up the Montlake Project of the state’s 520 replacement effort will be on the docket at two WSDOT open houses: Continue reading

Mapping Sawant’s 2019 win shows continued strength of District 3’s political divide

Sawant again performed strongly in the southwest core of District 3

It was a tale of two districts.

To the east and north were the wealthier homeowners of North Capitol Hill, Madrona, Montlake, and Broadmoor, where voters picked the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce-backed Egan Orion.

Meanwhile, in the more densely populated Broadway and Pike/Pine cores and the Central District, residents sided with the re-election of socialist Seattle City Council incumbent Kshama Sawant.

While the path to victory in 2019 included a dramatic shift from Election Night totals, Sawant’s win, in the end, looks extremely familiar.

To Erin Schultz, a consultant that worked on the Orion campaign, the voting distribution of District 3 looks like what Sawant saw in 2015 as she defeated Pamela Banks for the seat.

“The mapped results are similar to results Sawant has gotten in every election, but we were obviously hoping to close the narrow gap, especially after the Primary performance,” Schultz said in an email. She believes that Amazon’s late $1 million contribution turned the election into a “referendum on corporate influence in elections rather than solutions to addressing homelessness, improving affordability, and the many other issues our city is struggling with.”
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The story of the Trick or Treat House of Montlake

What started as a Pumpkin Witch conversing with a scarecrow belonging to two children across the street, has morphed over 18 years into a low key Halloween block party in James Sutherland’s Montlake front yard. This is the story of the Trick or Treat House of Montlake.

Sutherland has lived in his home since 1996 and noticed over the early years how few kids showed up to his house on Halloween.

“I love Halloween” James said, “ever since I was a kid. When I grew up and moved here, it didn’t seem like there was a lot of Halloween happening. I ended up in a cute little house in a sweet neighborhood and it seems like there should be kids knocking at the door.”

18 years of decorating later, Sutherland and his husband Don now expect 800 to 900 kids this year.

“This is the 18th Trick or Treat House Anniversary,” Sutherland tells CHS on a visit to the Montlake Hauntlake neighborhood. “It started with 20, then 50 to 75, then the elementary school found out about it and so, it became a couple hundred and stayed there for a while. I think word got out elsewhere because we see van loads of people parking and coming to trick or treat on our street.” Continue reading

Seattle City Council won’t back second Montlake Bridge

A 10-year-old rendering of what a second Montlake Bridge could look like — via Madison Park Blogger

The state has the funds to build it but the Seattle City Council won’t — yet — back a resolution supporting a second bascule bridge connecting through the transit chokepoint between Montlake and light rail at Husky Stadium.

Tuesday afternoon, the council’s planning and land use committee took up the resolution brought by interim City Council member Abel Pacheco representing the University District and District 4 but no vote was cast. Chair Mike O’Brien wouldn’t second the vote, saying he “adamantly” opposed the resolution and disagreed with Pacheco that adding the bridge would help address the city’s climate goals.

Pacheco’s resolution calls for the city to reverse a previous resolution against a second drawbridge as part of WSDOT’s 520 replacement project: Continue reading

Here’s why WSDOT paid $1.9M for this Montlake house — UPDATE

(Image: WSDOT)

In the middle of the Montlake neighborhood bracing for big changes and years of construction as WSDOT completes the replacement of SR 520, one building got a lot of attention as the landowners finally struck a $16 million deal to sell the Montlake Market property to the state. But it wasn’t the only private property in the neighborhood to change hands for the 520 project.

Turns out, in May, the state also struck a deal to pay $1.9 million for a two-story, three-bedroom, single family-style Lake Washington Blvd E home. The property will be unveiled Saturday to start a new chapter in its life as the state’s Montlake Project Information Center:  Continue reading

23rd Ave Vision Zero work ready to move into fifth year of construction — including 23rd and John overhaul

We’re still almost a year away from the start of construction on the northern segment of 23rd Ave. When it’s done, expect some big changes to the intersection at John Street, and lots of other little upgrades scattered about.

If it feels like some kind of construction has been happening on 23rd Ave for a long time, that’s because it has. Major roadwork began on 23rd back in 2015, with the section between Madison and Jackson streets. That phase wrapped up in 2017, and then work started on the stretch between Jackson and Rainier. While the work is largely done there, there are still some bits left such as intersections and sidewalk ramps.

The stretch from John to Roanoke is next in line for a series of upgrades. In 2018, the city put that stretch of 23rd (which is actually 24th for most of its length) on a road diet, leaving two southbound lanes, but changing one of the northbound lanes into a turn lane.

But the project is far from over. In the next couple of weeks, the city plans to install High Friction Surface Treatments at Lousia, Lynn and Helen streets. The treatments, a layer of a rough, granular coating, should provide some extra grip to help cars navigate the road without skidding. The hope is that crews will be able to install the treatments over a weekend, probably the weekend after Labor Day, if the weather cooperates. Continue reading