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Archive for April, 2009

New Cheese Store on 12th?

Monday, April 27th, 2009


Perhaps it is timely that Molly Moon’s opened last weekend in the Oddfellows Building just as we hear that a cheese shop will open in the old carburetor shop next to the Northwest Film Forum. Out with the old and in with the new?

Capitol Hill Seattle reported over the weekend that Calf and Kid is seriously looking at this space.

Conversations today with the property owner indicate that nothing has been inked just yet. We will deliver news as soon as it becomes available…

First Hill-Capitol Hill Streetcar Alignment Options

Thursday, April 16th, 2009


The First Hill-Capitol Hill Streetcar Line is coming. The Seattle City Council recently reviewed an agreement entered into by the Seattle Department of Transportation and Sound Transit to plan, design, construct and operate this line.

Where should this line be built? Who should it benefit? Why do cities build streetcars anyway? Check out a great article on the Central District News blog for more information and for some great new alignment images recently released by an ad-hoc group of community members concerned with these issues.

What is going on with Yesler Terrace anyway?

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
SHA site at 12th & E Yesler Way

SHA site at 12th & E Yesler Way

I am no expert on the Seattle Housing Authority’s plans to redevelop Yesler Terrace, even though I have been to a few meetings and have read some of the articles published, particularly those on increasing the density of the site. To date, the plans have felt too conceptual for me to fully understand…

However, Yesler Terrace and 12th Avenue practically meet at 12th and E Yesler Way. Because SHA has already purchased vacant properties on the southern end of 12th (pic above), the business district and the redevelopment will be intertwined for years to come.

So I wanted to provide a link to The Stranger’s recent blog post on the Yesler Terrace redevelopment here. As always, the most interesting part is the back and forth discussion in the comments section. I promise to post more detailed information as it becomes available, by SHA and others.

UPDATE: SHA Yesler Terrace website here.

Capitol Hill Housing Annual Meeting! – UPDATED

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Notes from this gathering can be found on Capitol Hill Seattle and the SLOG.


Capitol Hill Housing invites you to our annual meeting, and a panel discussion on the future of 12th Avenue.

12th Avenue is quickly becoming an active commercial spine for Capitol Hill and the Central Area with its new growth in restaurants, arts, and residential spaces. The corridor has enormous growth potential in the coming years. What uses do we want to preserve and attract to the business district as it grows? How will transit, diversity, and the arts play a role in the future?

This lively Panel will be made up of community members, property owners, developers, institutional leaders, and arts representatives. C.R. Douglas, veteran Seattle reporter, and host of City Inside/Out, will moderate.

Confirmed Panelists:
Michael Kiloren, Director; Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs
Liz Dunn, Pike/Pine Property Owner and Developer, Director; The National Trust for Historic Preservation Green Lab
Elizabeth Linke, Property Owner; Northwest Film Forum and 1621 12th Ave. Buildings
Kate Stineback, Housing & Community Developer; 12th Avenue Initiative, Capitol Hill Housing
Michael Kerns, Associate Vice President for Facilities; Seattle University
Tenaya Wright, President; Squire Park Community Council

Capitol Hill Housing Annual Meeting
Wednesday April 22, 2009
5pm Reception
6pm Annual Meeting and Panel Discussion

Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave
Space is limited. Please RSVP to: rsvp@chhip.org
Or call 206-329-7303 x112

East Precinct Lot Redevelopment

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Over ten years ago the Capitol Hill community identified the approximately 30,000 sq ft surface parking lot for the East Precinct as a redevelopment priority (picture in the header above – it is such a long parcel that the pic doesn’t fit in this post!) At one point, Mayor Schell even stood at the site and announced its imminent redevelopment as affordable housing!

Ten years later it is still a parking lot and refueling station for the employees of the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct.

Capitol Hill Housing has been working with various City departments over the last year around a new concept for the site. Recognizing that parking and redevelopment don’t need to be mutually exclusive, CHH has put forth a creative proposal to transform this lot into a vibrant community- and arts-oriented mixed-use building that serves Capitol Hill residents and the Seattle Police Department.

To find out more about this project come to the next Capitol Hill Community Council meeting on Thursday April 16th at 7pm at the Cal Anderson Shelter House. More details can be found here .

Featured Small Business of the Month – Piassa Market

Thursday, April 9th, 2009


Located at 507 13th Avenue in the Squire Park neighborhood of the Central Area, Piassa Market is a a diamond in the rough. You won’t notice the storefront from 12th Avenue, since it is around the corner from the 12th and E Jefferson intersection in a commercial space on the east side of the somewhat run-down Mohawk Apartment Building.

The business owner, pictured above, is Elizabeth Alamu. She is originally from Ethiopia and opened Piassa in 1983, when there were only two Ethiopian restaurants in all of Seattle!

Piassa sells a variety of Ethiopian goods, including Teff, the grain used to make Injera, that yummy Ethiopian bread. Don’t be fooled though, the large bags of Teff are imported direct from Idaho, which has apparently captured the North American market for Ethiopian restaurant supply!

The market also sells homemade Ethiopian dried goods, such as the base for Shiro, which is a ground bean mixture that can be mixed with oil, onion and garlic to make the yummiest meal. A recipe can be found here.


Elizabeth also spends her days making fresh Injera, both for retail sale and for distribution to many local restaurants. The bread is sold in a ten-pack for about $6. She makes it fresh daily.


Piassa is open every day except Wednesday. Stop in and check it out!