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Archive for December, 2009

Retail Spaces Available on 12th

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009


UPDATE:  I have created a new and improved map that includes exterior photos of all the spaces for lease.  I think it is much more user-friendly now.

Check out the link here.

ORIGINAL POST:  12th Avenue has become home to several great new businesses lately and there is still space available! If you or anyone you know is looking to lease commercial space and wants to join the growing 12th Avenue neighborhood, check out the link above for currently available spaces.  I’ve included contact information for the leasing agent and any other information where available.

Want more info on the First Hill Streetcar?

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

With SDOT starting their meetings about the incoming streetcar project this week there is a bunch of GREAT information and debate going on about the alignments being considered. Below we have consolidated these discussions into a list, for quick review. Check them out!

The most recent Stranger article on the "Streetcar Smackdown".

An examination of of bus service around and near the alignments on CD News .

A case against the Broadway-12th Couplet on the Seattle Transit Blog .

A post on CD News that references the lost First Hill Link Light Rail Station and its Overlay Boundaries. Original overlay map here .

A discussion of the 11th Avenue Couplet (on the north end of all three alignments) on the Seattle Transit Blog .

A poll to vote on which alignment you prefer and coverage of the first forum on Capitol Hill Seattle .

A wonderful set of maps created by the Stranger .

A less wonderful set of maps created by SDOT !

Streetcar Forums This Week!

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009


SDOT has finally announced the public forums on the First Hill Streetcar line, due to complete construction and start running by 2013. There will be three meetings this week and at each SDOT will present the alignments being considered and general information about the project. Alignment alternatives can be found here.

There is an alignment on the table that includes 12th Avenue, commonly referred to as the Broadway-12th Ave Couplet.  This alignment is compelling for a variety of reasons, including speed of service, ability to catalyze neighborhood commercial development on 12th and consistency with the intent of the lost light rail station, which was planned for Madison, just west of Broadway.

Regardless of which alignment you support, please come out to learn about this project and how it might impact your community!

First Hill Streetcar Forums

Tuesday, December 15th 6-8pm – Seattle Central Community College

Wednesday, December 16th 6-8pm – Yesler Terrace Community Center

Thursday, December 17th 6-8pm – Union Station

Tuesday December 8th – 12th Ave Neighborhood Meeting!

Monday, December 7th, 2009
Spirit of Our Youth sculpture on the KC Youth Services Center Site (corner of 14th & Remington)

Spirit of Our Youth sculpture on the KC Youth Services Center Site (corner of 14th & Remington)

Please join us next Tuesday night for the 12th Avenue Neighborhood Meeting. The meeting will be at the Seattle University Admissions and Alumni Building at the corner of 12th and Marion.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.  Here is the agenda:

  • KC Council Member Larry Gossett will be at the meeting for an open discussion about the KC Youth Services Center (Detention Building) on 12th and Alder and the First Hill Streetcar
  • Casey Hildreth of Seattle Dept. of Transportation will attend to talk about a possible project at Union/Madison/13th Ave
  • Presentation about the 12th Ave Street Furniture Project
  • Presentation from Catholic Community Services regarding possible development at 13th/Spring

Got questions? Contact Bill Zosel at wmzosel@aol.com or at 206-329-3986. Hope to see you there.

12th in the news…

Friday, December 4th, 2009

There was a nice article in today’s Seattle Times about 12th Avenue. The article highlights 12th as a foodie destination but also mentions Izzilla Toys, Retrofit Home, and Seattle Wing Chun martial arts studio. It is good to remember that a balance of retail, services and restaurants is really the key to a vibrant neighborhood.

Check out the article here .

First Hill Streetcar Forums Announced!

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
The Seattle Department of Transportation and Sound Transit have announced this week the first round of public meetings on the First Hill Streetcar alignment options.  The map below shows all three being considered. After leaving Little Saigon on Jackson and 12th then going:
1) Boren to Madison to Broadway; 2) Boren to Broadway and 3) a LOOP north on Broadway and south on 12th Avenue.  All of these routes will start at the ID Link Light Rail and end at the Capitol Hill Link Light Rail Stations.
Please put these dates on your calendar and come out to state your alignment preference!
Tuesday Dec 15th 6-8pm , Seattle Central Community College
Wednesday December 16th 6-8pm , Yesler Terrace Community Center
Thursday December 17th , 6-8pm Union Station

Map care of Oran at Seattle Transit Blog

Map care of Oran at Seattle Transit Blog

Feet First gathering in the Central District this weekend

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Feet First, Seattle’s only pedestrian advocacy organization, invites you to join them this weekend as they highlight walking in the Central District through their CD Street Stories. They will also unveil their first Safe Routes to School documentary. There will be plenty of free copies of their CD walking map, part of their ongoing Neighborhoods on Foot series.

When: Saturday, December 5th 2009, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Central Cinema – 1411 21st Avenue (just off Union on 21st)

Feet First worked with youth from the Central District area to combine the art of story telling with a web based tool called Yodio. Learn, share and explore how the youth view where they live, attend school and spend time with friends. Raw and uncut, these are their stories. You’ll be surprised by what you see.

Feet First Board President John Stewart will lead a short walking tour using the Central District Neighborhoods on Foot map. Following the walk we’ll return to the cinema to view the Yodios and congratulate the young film makers.

The suggested donation for the event is $25 (youth under 18 years old are welcome at no charge). Your entry includes beer, wine, non alcoholic beverages, food and one free raffle ticket with a chance to win:

1. A pound of fudge from Rocky Mt Chocolate Factory
2. Bottle of wine from AOC Travel Guides
3. $40 Gift certificate from Tutta Bella
4. Family fun pack from Woodland Park Zoo
5. Two cinema tickets from Central Cinema
6. Jewelry set handmade by local Scottish designer
7. $25 voucher from Browlick Studio
8. Ten class yoga card from The Samarya Centre
9. $25 Gift Certificate and Pure Flavor cookbook from Sugar Mountain
10. Womans Regal Delight Jacket from Columbia Sports Wear
11. Mans Voltage Full Zip Fleece from Columbia Sports Wear
12. Two Adult admission passes from Seattle Art Museum
13. Two Washington Ensemble Theatre tickets
14. Two symphony tickets from Seattle Symphony
15. Two adult all day lift tickets from Stevens Pass
16. Garden Art by local West Seattle artist Steve Nimocks

For more information about the event, contact Elaine Boyd by emailing elaine@feetfirst.info or calling 206-652-2310.

Thank you to the generous sponsors:

Central Region Emergency Medical Services & Trauma Care Council
Central Cinema
And to the businesses who kindly donated prizes for the raffle

We look forward to seeing you there!

Holiday Hoopla!

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Here is another great event happening on the night of Tuesday December 8th 6-9pm , the first ever Capitol Hill Holiday Hoopla! If you are a local business, please consider participating. Contact Dominic at  Dominic@dibspace.com or RSVP on Facebook here .

So far participating businesses include:

Sorrento Hotel, Baltic Room, Fuel Coffee, Molly Moon’s, Dogs on the Hill, Tidbit Bistro, Emerson Salon, Healeo, Poco Wine Room, Office Nomads, Babeland, Po Dog, Pearl Vodka and HonesTea. It would be great to get some 12th Ave businesses on this list too!

So come on out to the 12th Ave Neighborhood Meeting beforehand and then hit the Holiday Hoopla after for an awesome night of greater Capitol Hill community!