Plans for a big new mixed-use neighbor for Washington Hall moving forward after pandemic financial implosion

One of the busiest areas of housing development near Capitol Hill and the Central District is being readied for a new 400-unit project born from a pandemic development bankruptcy.

Monday night, the Central Area Land Use Review Committee community group will discuss the development as part of its January meeting. “This project is important for the Central Area,” the group says. “It will be one of the largest projects in the Central Area and an addition to an area of 12th Avenue that has recently seen several large projects.”

The development will rise seven stories and neighbor the area’s historic Washington Hall venue. Permitting indicates plans for around 400 units and a massive 200-car underground parking garage. Street-level retail is also part of the plan. Continue reading

Gun battle sends crowds fleeing after Washington Hall show — UPDATE

Thanks to a CHS reader for this picture of part of the SPD response from the scene outside Washington Hall

Cars were damaged but there were no reported victims after gunfire sent crowds at a Sunday night show at Washington Hall fleeing into the streets around 14th Ave.

According to East Precinct and Seattle Fire radio updates, gunfire was reported just before midnight near the concert and community venue at 14th and Fir. Minutes later, more gunfire and a multi-car collision was reported at 12th and Yesler.

Police found two vehicles crashed at the location and one person injured. Two people reportedly fled one of the vehicles on foot, according to witness reports.

Prior to the crash, a rolling gun battle involving at least three different vehicles exchanging gunfire was reported in the area. At least one of the vehicles was involved in the crash. Continue reading

Remembering Black Wall Street: King County Reparations Project examines 1921 destruction for lessons about repairing Seattle’s history of racism

(Image: Remembering Black Wall Street)

Black Wall Street’s destruction, Tulsa, 1921

By Danielle Marie Holland

An organization working to unearth and examine the history of racist land practices in Seattle and the Central District and push for economic solutions to repair the damage will bring a night of lessons and learnings about the destruction of Oklahoma Black Wall Street to 14th Ave’s Washington Hall and online Saturday night.

The King County Reparations Project invites the community together in remembering the history of Black Wall Street while advancing the project of local reparations and racial reconciliation.

“REMEMBERING BLACK WALL STREET: An evening remembering the history and tragic loss of Black Wall Street, Tulsa, OK,” draws upon a shared history and celebration of resilience from across the country, organizers say.

“People can use Tulsa as a model for what changes and impactful things can happen in communities around the United States” said Dr. Phil Armstrong, director of the Greenwood Rising Black Wall St. Center in Tusla, OK, and featured speaker at Saturday’s event.

Greenwood had been a thriving African American district in Tulsa. On May 31st, 1921, the district was looted and burned by white rioters, the governor declared martial law, and National Guardsmen swarmed the district. Within 24 hours, city blocks were left in ruins and hundreds died. This event became known as the Greenwood Massacre.

The rising Black Wall Street History Center opened in August of 2021, as the pinnacle project of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre Centennial Commission. It serves to educate through immersive storytelling and celebrate the resiliency of the community. Visitors leave after making a contribution to a digital commitment wall answering “How will you begin your journey to racial reconciliation?” said Armstrong.

As the conversation on what racial reconciliation should look like continues to advance across cities, regions, and the nation, Armstrong believes support for reparations has increased across the population. “More progress has been made in the last five years than have been made in the previous 20,” Armstrong said.

Organizers said Saturday’s event is “not only a call to make people aware of our shared history,” but to show the community “we have opportunities to fix the problems of systemic racism” through reparation efforts. Continue reading

With Seattle City Hall the target, Oliver fills Washington Hall in mayoral campaign kickoff


With a platform based around equity, the fight against displacement, and the fight for social justice — plus a boost from left firebrand Kshama SawantNikkita Oliver kicked off her campaign to unseat Mayor Ed Murray from Seattle’s City Hall by filling the Central District’s Washington Hall beyond capacity Sunday afternoon.

“We need a mayor who has the courage to point out the obscenity of having two of the world’s richest people in our area when we have so many homeless,” Sawant said, warming the crowd up for the candidate’s speech.

For what it’s worth, neither of those extremely rich people are among the dozens who have already given to Murray’s reelection campaign. But while Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates aren’t on the contributor list, Murray has already tallied more than $300,000 in contributions at this point in the race. The Capitol Hill resident launched his campaign with a big head start last summer in a party at big time political PR executive Roger Nyhus’s home near Volunteer Park. Continue reading

CHS 2017 New Year’s Day pictures, what’s open, resolutions, etc. thread

Space Needle New Years Fireworks

Congratulations and welcome to 2017. Unlike this seagull, you have qualified for another year on the planet. It is best to start with coffee and brunch — no matter what time you finally got out of bed. On this post, you will find a few pictures from overnight, a few from the first day of 2017, a few 2017 resolutions, and some notes on what’s going on around Capitol Hill. Continue reading