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Archive for December, 2010

Things look good for Capitol Hill Housing’s 12th and Jefferson project

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

12th and E Jefferson corner rendering

Rendering of E Jefferson Street side

After a year-long wait and much City process, Capitol Hill Housing’s 12th and E Jefferson project successfully received a rezone from the Seattle City Council on December 13th!! On December 15th, we were notified of funding from Washington Works through the WA State Housing Finance Commission. More great news!!

Things are looking good for us to start construction on this key corner in the coming year!

Project details:

  • 40 affordable apartments for neighborhood workers earning up to 60% of area median ($36,000 for a single person, $41,000 for 2-person family)
  • 5 stories of one- and two-bedroom apartments
  • One level (5,000 sq feet) of commercial spaces designed for local businesses
  • Building design and program supported by the local community

12th Avenue – A Year In Review

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

It has been a great year with tons of cool stuff happening on and around 12th Avenue.

Future High Five Pie shop

We’ve had a bunch of great new businesses open and/or make the move to the 12th Avenue corridor including Chungee’s, Octo Sushi, Velocity Dance, Unicorn, Grim’s, Barre3, Local Vine, High Five Pie, Eltana Bagels, Phoenix Art Restoration, Thai Curry Simple, Cobra Lounge, Dixon’s Used Furniture, and Jolie Nails. Of course, this also comes with the loss of some favorite local places like WaterTown, Grey Gallery, Balagan Theatre, Dawson’s Plumbing, and the Color Store. But it is hard to deny the exciting energy behind the new restaurants opening up on 12th between Pine and Madison.

12th Avenue Neighborhood Festival

The 12th Avenue Initiative can also celebrate our successful support of the neighborhood business district, especially after the fantastic 12th Avenue Neighborhood Festival back in August.  Neighborhood communication and publicity, through this website and 12th Avenue walking map, the Pike Pine Triangle walking map and the 12th Avenue Facebook page have helped us spread the word about events and happenings in the neighborhood.

James Court Park design

The 12th Avenue neighborhood has been a busy place over the past year, with designs for a new park at 12th and E James Court completed and ready to start construction early this spring.  We’re also just waiting for final word on funding for the proposed James Court woonerf ( Woonerf Background Info), which could be the first official woonerf in the city and a valuable public space for the neighborhood.  12th Avenue is also home to 5 benches along the corridor, helping to create a more pedestrian-friendly streetscape.

Rendering of 12th and Jefferson future development

Struggling through the rough economy, 12th is now showing signs of activity in the real estate market with the construction of the Douglas at 12th and E Cherry (a partnership between the Seneca Group and Seattle University).  Capitol Hill Housing recently took one giant step closer to making our 12th and E Jefferson (12th & Jefferson Summary Sheet) project a reality with a successful rezone (from 40 feet to 65 feet) from the Seattle City Council and funding commitment from Washington Works!  Look for a great new development to start construction at that corner in 2011!  Future redevelopment of Yesler Terrace and the King County Youth Detention Facility are also on the horizon and will create big changes and fantastic opportunities for the 12th Avenue community.

Although the City did not choose the 12th Avenue loop option for the First Hill Streetcar route, we are still involved in streetcar station planning, mitigation, and, as always, advocating for a bus route for 12th Avenue.

Keep an eye out in 2011 for more activity on 12th Avenue and in the neighborhood business district as we partner with the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, celebrate neighborhood businesses with great events and promotions, and continue to engage on community issues.

Bagels and Pie!

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Look for a “soft opening” this Friday, Dec 17th at Eltana, serving wood-fired “Montreal bagels” in the Packard Building at the corner of 12th and E Pine.

High Five Pie will also be holding their Grand Opening Celebration on Thursday, December 30th from 6-8pm at their location at 12th and Madison in the corner space at Trace Lofts.


Doc Hamilton’s Barbeque Pit

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

We did a little story on the history of building at 908 12th Avenue and its past life as a speakeasy and jazz club. There some more information from the Museum of History and Industry via their MOHAI Minute series. Check it out!

City Business Casual event coming up Dec 14th

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

This year the Seattle Office of Economic Development has started hosting regular meet and greets designed to connect the local business community with City leaders and staff in a fun and informal setting.

Please join them for their next event:
City Business Casual
December 14

Polar Bar (inside the Arctic Hotel at 700 Third Avenue)

Guests include Washington State Director of Commerce Rogers Weed, City Council President Richard Conlin, and Councilmembers Sally Bagshaw, Jean Godden, Mike O’Brien and Tom Rasmussen.

No RSVP is needed.
Appetizers will be served.

Looks for these monthly events to continue in 2011.

No 12th Avenue Stewardship Meeting in December

Monday, December 6th, 2010

The 12th Avenue Stewardship Committee will NOT meet this December. Please join us in 2011 for regular monthly meetings. Mark your calendars!

Second Tuesday of the month
Seattle University Alumni & Admissions Building Meeting Room

Corner of 12th Avenue and E Marion Street

Thai! Curry! Simple!

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Thai Curry Simple, the new tenants at the former Barista Boyz coffee walk-up shack, are open for business…and according to fellow staff members, serve up a totally delicious and affordable plate of vegetarian curry! Check them out at the corner of Madison-Union and 12th Ave.