Police search for BB gun sniper in string of Capitol Hill airgun attacks


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Police are looking for a shooter targeting people with an airgun near Crawford and E Olive after a person was shot and injured by a BB or pellet late Saturday night, the latest in a string of similar shootings reported in the area.

According to Seattle Police, officers were called to the Capitol Hill Kaiser Permanente just after 11 PM Saturday night after a man with what was believed to be a gunshot wound arrived at the facility. Police say it turned out the victim had been shot in the buttocks with a BB or pellet. Continue reading

Police: Capitol Hill Door Dash driver clings to windshield and hangs on across city as thief speeds off with his delivery car

A Door Dash driver’s late Thursday night assignment on Capitol Hill turned into a ride for his life after someone tried to steal the the delivery person’s car and sped across the city with the victim screaming and witnesses calling 911 to report the strange scene as it crossed into downtown Seattle.

According to the SPD brief on the January 20th incident, witness reported the auto theft in progress around 11:30 PM near Boylston and Olive: “1 MIN AGO, VEH SPED BY WITH SOMEONE ON FRONT OF VEH HOLDING ONTO WINDSHEILD SCREAMING STOP STOP, L/S SB.”

“Officers conducted an extensive area check and spoke with witnesses in the area and determined a general direction of which the vehicle traveled with the subject on the hood of the vehicle,” the report reads. “Officers were unable to locate the vehicle.”

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Seattle City Light searches for cause of stubborn POWHat power outage — UPDATE

The outage as of 4:30 PM Wednesday

One thousand Capitol Hill customers spent Wednesday without power as Seattle City Light crews worked to locate the cause of a stubborn outage somewhere under the densely popular blocks just south of E Olive Way.

Power problems in the Pine-Olive Way-Harvard Ave Triangle were first reported just before 8 AM and have continued through the day.

Approaching the ninth hour of the outage, a City Light spokesperson said that crews were still trying to locate an underground system failure and pinpoint the exact point of the problem. A 7:15 PM restoration estimate posted earlier in the day on the City Light outage map continued to be displayed despite the ongoing search.

The area of the outage is home to hundreds of apartments and homes but away from commercial buildings and restaurants. But with many still working remotely under COVID-19 restrictions, Wednesday’s outage also surely disrupted more than a few businesses.

UPDATE 7:00 PM: City Light crews identified the problem and were reported working to make repairs starting around 5:30 PM. The plan was “energizing roughly half of the customers out of power” and then to briefly “deenergize” these customers again before restoring power to everyone. The estimated time for full restoration is around midnight, City Light says.

You can visit seattle.gov/city-light/outages for updates.


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Plan for new City Market building: eight stories, mass timber, and a new home for the longtime Capitol Hill grocery — UPDATE

A rendering of the preferred design showing the proposed basic layout of the development (Image: Ennead Architects)

Plans spawned pre-pandemic for a mixed-use development to replace — and create a new home for — Capitol Hill’s City Market along with eight stories of new apartment and retail space just off E Olive Way will move forward Wednesday night with the “mass timber” project’s first pass through the Seattle design review process.

The review will be a test for Juno Residential, a San Francisco real estate startup launched only last summer with Apple and Tesla pedigree that is seeking to change the residential development market with mass production and pre-fabrication techniques. New York’s Ennead Architects is designing the project while Capitol Hill’s Board & Vellum has provided the landscape plan.

UPDATE 4/1/2021: Wednesday night, the review board agreed the project is ready to move forward in the city’s development permitting process. It will move on to its second and possible final review in coming months.

CHS first reported on the Bellevue Ave and E Olive Way development plans from local firm Barrientos Ryan for the property and early promises that City Market would remain in the mix in the fall of 2019.

Juno’s just revealed plans propose an eight-story, 102-unit timber apartment building with 6,200-square-feet of ground floor retail including a new home for City Market. Parking for two vehicles — presumably for City Market’s needs — is included in the proposal. Continue reading

From market rate to affordable, Low Income Housing Institute buying brand new Capitol Hill apartment building

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A newly constructed Capitol Hill apartment building destined to become part of the neighborhood’s market rate housing will instead be used for affordable housing.

With a mix of public financing, Low Income Housing Institute says it is buying the newly constructed, seven story, 76-unit apartment development in the 600 block of E Howell. LIHI announced the Clay Apartments deal late last year but the Seattle Times reported on the transition of the “building planned for upscale market-rate rentals into affordable housing for people who are currently homeless” this week. Continue reading

Police investigate after suspect shoots up Summit Ave apartment building

Police are investigating after a man opened fire into a Summit Ave apartment building early Tuesday morning. There were no injuries.

According to the Seattle Police report on the incident, police were called to the Summit Ave building above E Olive Way after reports of gunfire around 1:30 AM. Continue reading

Three arrests as protest marches on Capitol Hill for ‘essential workers’

Protests in the street on E Olive Way (Image: SDOT)

A Black Lives Matter march for essential workers part of “Black Friday” protests across Seattle ended with arrests Friday night at Denny and E Olive Way on Capitol Hill.

A group marching through the neighborhood was reported blocking traffic and had been given dispersal orders, Seattle Police said. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Goodwill lined up for mixed-use development

Plans have been filed with the city to replace the Capitol Hill Goodwill with a mixed-use development that would add around 170 new apartment units to Belmont Ave E just off E Olive Way.

The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce reports the planning could be part of the first steps in a sale of the 1926-built building by longtime ownership.

In the early filings, the development is being planned by VIA Architecture as a seven-story structure with 171 apartment units on the sloping lot. Continue reading

OK, now The Redwood really is dead and gone forever from Capitol Hill

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You can finally give up on those rebirth of The Redwood hopes. Nearly two years after the never say die dive bar was finally demolished and erased from Capitol Hill, a permit just issued from the City of Seattle all but guarantees a new boozy offshoot will not rise from  the corner of Howell and Belmont

Developer Blueprint Capital has been approved for a change of plans to eliminate the mixed element of its seven-story mixed-use development rising at the corner. The new permit allows Blueprint to transition its plans for a ground floor food and drink space in the project to become two “live/work” units. Continue reading