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Archive for March, 2010

Velocity Opening Celebration

Monday, March 29th, 2010




Capitol Hill Housing joined artists and neighborhood supporters at Velocity Dance’s move from the Oddfellows Building to their new home at the former CHAC space on 12th Avenue this Saturday. The parade was not only a celebration of the new space but also a way of moving chairs from the old space to the new.  It is amazing what a bunch of balloons did to make this chair-carrying group quite the spectacle on Capitol Hill!

Congratulations on the sweet move Velocity!  Welcome to 12th Avenue!

Be sure to check out Velocity’s free dance classes this week!

12th Avenue Stewardship Committee Meeting Minutes – Feb and March 2010

Friday, March 26th, 2010
Rendering of SU's 12th and Cherry building

Rendering of SU's 12th and Cherry building

Below are the meeting minutes and other related documents from the February and March 12th Avenue Stewardship Committee Meetings.

Happy reading!

Feb 2010 Meeting Minutes

Capitol Hill Community Council Streetcar Memo


March 2010 Meeting Minutes

Photos of Potential Parks

Map of Potential New Parks

Parade and Party for Velocity Dance Center

Thursday, March 25th, 2010


Don’t forget! There is a parade and party to celebrate Velocity Dance Center’s move to 12th Avenue this Saturday! Capitol Hill Housing (along with tons of neighborhood folks and the Mayor!) will be part of the parade. We’ll see you there!

Parade: 5pm starting at Oddfellows Hall (10th Avenue and E Pine Street)
Ribbon Cutting: 6:30pm at Velocity Dance Center’s new location
(12th Avenue between Pine and Olive)
Three Ring Circus Party: 7:00pm at Velocity Dance Center

All events are free and open to the public.

Marjorie in the Neighborhood. Welcome!

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Welcome to Donna Moodie and her fantastic new restaurant Marjorie , coming soon (May) to the little stand-alone commercial space at Chloe, on 14th and Union.  We are so excited to have her and this great restaurant, in the neighborhood!

Trace Lofts Free Community Tour

Monday, March 22nd, 2010


Trace Lofts is holding a free community tour next Monday, March 29th at 3pm. This condominium building is 70% sold with many great view homes left, and Trace would like to invite the neighborhood to tour these homes before they are sold out. The tour will also include a look inside the retail spaces on the ground floor.

Trace Lofts is located at 12th Avenue and Madison Street and incorporates the 90-year old Bekins Storage building as well as a new building to the north.

Please meet at the Trace North Sales Office at 1414 12th Avenue #203. Dial 003 from the buzzer outside.

RSVP to Cecelia Gunn at 206-204-3832 or cgunn at chhip dot org

A New Park in the Neighborhood?

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Where do you think a new park should be located? Plans are still moving forward for the 12th Avenue Gathering Place at 12th and E James Court. However, the Parks Department has money for new park acquisition so the neighborhood is trying to identify possible sites. Please check out the links below for pictures of sites we have in mind and where they are on a map. If you have other ideas, please leave a comment!

Pictures of Potential Park Locations

Map of Potential Park Locations

Hooray for Umpqua Bank!

Friday, March 12th, 2010


The unfortunate empty lot on the corner of 12th and Fir is finally getting a little attention. Failed development plans by Pb Elemental left the lot empty for months and months and the site had become a dumping ground for cars, old television sets and other junk.

The story is finally getting better though! Umpqua Bank (based in Oregon) now owns the site and came to visit Capitol Hill Housing to talk about the site and give us an update on their plans. As you can see from the photo above, a clean-up crew immediately tackled the large trash problem on March 10th. Umpqua plans to have temporary fencing up around the lot this week and will be having geotechnical engineers come out and look at the eroding hillside issue on the north and west sides of the lot.

Umpqua Bank is our hero! We’re so excited to have them as a new community partner and so pleased at their quick response to this major neighborhood issue.

Hooray for Umpqua Bank!!

Umpqua has installed a fence around the 12th and Fir lot. And the trash is gone! 12-and-fir-fence-on-12th

Velocity Dance Center Opening Soon

Friday, March 5th, 2010


Velocity Dance Center will be moving from its current home at the Odd Fellows building to its fantastic new location at 1621 12th Avenue (the old CHAC space). To celebrate their move in style, Velocity is leading a *parade* from the Odd Fellows building at 5:30pm on March 27th to the new space followed by a ribbon cutting and a Grand Opening Party starting at 7pm. We hope that you check out the parade and join in the continued festivities at the party. This party is free and open to the community and will have feature performances and testimonials from local artists and supporters.

The Grand Opening continues with free classes March 28-April 3rd!

Check out their website for more information.

Public Hearing on Parking

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

There’s an opportunity to comment on the City’s proposed changes to the restricted parking zone on Capitol Hill, which includes a section of 12th Avenue between John and Pine Streets. Please click here for more details and a map of the proposed changes.

Meeting details:
Tuesday, March 9th
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Seattle Central Community College, Room 1110

The 12th Avenue Stewardship Committee meets at 5:30pm the same evening but we should be finished in time for you to head over here afterwards and let your comments be heard on parking.

12th Avenue Stewardship Committee Meeting

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010


The 12th Avenue Stewardship Committee is back to its regular meeting schedule (the second Tuesday of the month). Please join us for our next meeting Tuesday, March 9th at 5:30pm at the Seattle University Alumni and Admissions Building (corner of 12th Avenue and E Marion Street).

Topics include:

  • Discussion with King County and their developer on the future of the Youth Detention site
  • Discussion with Seattle University and the Seneca Group on the 12th and Cherry development including the alley vacation conditions
  • Brainstorming locations for a new park in the 12th Avenue Urban Village

We’ll see you there!