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2 alarm building fire in Fremont visible (and audible) from Queen Anne

September 30th, 2014 by Laura

UPDATE: KIRO’s Deborah Horne has relayed that “all workers at Asko Processing got out safely” per a tweet from KIRO’s Morgan Palmer.

The helicopters you can hear from Queen Anne are hovering over a 2-alarm building fire in Fremont. The building is at 434 N 35th St, owned by Asko Processing. The building is a metal processing plant. Seattle Fire is on the scene, call came in at 12:51pm.

Here’s a shot from Twitter from Queen Anne:

Fremont Fire from QAAnd, here’s where Asko is located, just across the Ship Canal:

434 N 35th

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Nickerson-Emerson Overpass closed for repairs October 9th through January 2015

September 30th, 2014 by Laura

SDOT Emerson letterStarting next week, SDOT will be working on repairs to the West Emerson overpass – the last overpass before the Ballard Bridge. The overpass was built in 1959 and has taken a beating by trucks with over-height loads. Chunks of concrete are missing, and SDOT will be repairing the overpass and repaving it.

A big heads up that this project is not a short one. SDOT will close the overpass to both vehicles and pedestrians starting next Thursday, October 9th through the end of the year. SDOT estimates that the repair work will be complete around January 1, 2015. (assuming no delays)

Here are the details from SDOT, plan ahead for trips to/from Ballard and expect delays on 15th Ave W as detours will be in effect.

W Emerson Overpass Repair Project

The project requires both nightly closures of 15thWest on the weekend of 10/10 – 10/12 and a long-term closure of the W Emerson overpass which begins the morning of Thurday 10/9.

SDOT has decided to combine the replacement of this girder, which will require demolishing the northern side of the overpass, with the renewal of the road surface on top of the road deck. This resurfacing will protect the existing road structure from future corrosion as well as provide an even driving surface for the portion of the overpass that must be replaced.

The project will require both a long-term closure of the overpass (beginning October 9) and a short-term closure of 15th Avenue W underneath the overpass.

15th Ave W Closure: October 10, 8pm to 9am and October 11 8pm to 3am

15th W DetourAt 8pm on the night of Friday October 10 both north and southbound traffic on 15th Ave W will be detoured to the west using W Emerson Place, Gilman Drive W, 20th Avenue W and W Dravus Street.

Between 8pm and 9am the next morning, the contractor will break apart and remove the northern edge of the overpass and the damaged girder.

15th Avenue W will reopen to traffic Saturday morning, once the demolition is complete and the protection placed for the road below has been removed. The next night, October 11, new bearing pads and a replacement girder will be installed, with 15th Avenue W reopened before traffic resumes Monday morning.

Long Term Nickerson-Emerson Overpass Closure: October 9 through the end of 2014

Nickerson Ramp Detour ShortThe repair work will also require the complete closure of the W Emerson Street overpass to all traffic (including pedestrians) beginning on October 9, 2014. This closure will last through the duration of the work, approximately 12 weeks. The detour for west-bound vehicular traffic on W Nickerson Street will be a double crossing of the Ballard Bridge (using Leary Way NW for the turnaround) to reach W Emerson Street.

The detour for east-bound vehicular traffic on W Emerson Street will be turning south on 15th Avenue W and using W Dravus Street as the turn-around for accessing the W Nickerson Street exit from northbound 15th Avenue W.

We anticipate physical completion of the project within a few weeks of January 1, 2015.

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October coat drive for Queen Anne Helpline starts this week

September 29th, 2014 by Laura

September really passed me by. Due to illness, I was pretty much out of commission for the entire month. But, I’m feeling better and October is just around the corner!

Helpline logoToday’s grey, cool weather is screaming Fall. And, that means even cooler temps are on the way. For some of our neighbors in need, cool weather means turning to the Queen Anne Helpline. The Helpline offers a wide range of assistance and its clothing bank is a great resource.

Stephanie Kastner reached out to the Helpline to find out the best way to help stock the Helpline’s resources, and she’s kicking off a coat drive this Wednesday, October 1st. If you’d like to donate gently used coats for either kids or adults, she’s making it easy to do so.

You can drop off coats at the Queen Anne Umpqua Bank at 1630 Queen Anne Ave N during the month of October. You can also bring coats to two Queen Anne Farmers Markets (October 2 and October 16).

If you’d like to schedule a pick-up at your home, give Stephanie a call at 206-999-1459 or send an email.

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LOST DOG: Therapy dog missing from 13th Ave W & Nickerson

September 28th, 2014 by Laura

IMG_0289Radar, a missing Chihuahua mix who’s also a therapy dog, went missing from 13th Ave W and Nickerson St on Thursday, September 25th.

Radar is not wearing a collar, but is microchipped. He’s white with a black mask and black ears.

If you’ve seen this dog, please contact Carolyn at cmhewiitt1@gmail.com or 206-795-9599. You can also email feistyphoto@gmail.com (per the flyer).

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What’s Going On With Queen Anne View

September 25th, 2014 by Greg

Just a quick note that Laura hasn’t been feeling well and has been unable to work on Queen Anne View lately. Hopefully she will be back relatively soon and Queen Anne View will return to having daily updates. Please keep checking back for her return, and in the meantime I’ll be adding a few things here and there.

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Uptown Alliance meets Thursday; Light Rail alternatives and UDF on the agenda

September 10th, 2014 by Laura

Editor’s Note:  If you’ve sent tips, stories, or questions since the beginning of September, please know that you have not been ignored. Due to illness, I’ve been away from QAV. I’m just now catching up on QAV email and the blog will return to normal soon. Thanks!

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uptownUPTOWN ALLIANCE Agenda
7:00pm, Thursday, September 11, 2014
COMMUNITY ROOM @ EXPO (100 REPUBLICAN ST.)

Go to 1st Ave. N. at Republican St.  ­Turn east toward Seattle Center.  Turn in at 100 Republican, the big crescent sculptures and walk up the stairs and through the gate.  

7:00 – 7:05pm    Welcome and introductions (Rick Hooper)

7:05 – 7:50pm     Light Rail Transit alternatives that could serve Uptown Urban Center (Karen Waterman & Rachel Smith, Sound Transit)

7:50 – 8:05pm     Topics of concern (all)

8:05 – 8:50pm     Uptown Development Framework (UDF) update and University of Washington Urban Planning studio presentation (Rick Mohler, David Blum, students)

8:50 – 9:00pm     Announcements (all), approve July meeting minutes & adjourn (Jean Sundborg)

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Wolf Creek Ravine restoration project kicks off Thursday with public meeting to rally volunteers

September 3rd, 2014 by Laura

Wolf Creek Ravine signLast week we posted about the upcoming Wolf Creek Ravine restoration project, and the volunteer opportunity is here! We first noticed changes when the Queen Anne P-Patch beehive disappeared (temporarily moved for the restoration work). Since then, signs have been posted to alert P-Patchers and residents about the upcoming work.

Wolf Creek Ravine is the natural greenspace that borders the P-Patch to the north, running under the McGraw Street and Queen Anne Drive bridges. The area near the P-Patch is full of blackberries and invasive knotweed, and the Green Seattle Partnership project will work on removing these plants and replacing them with native plantings.

Volunteers are needed to help with the project. To learn more about how you can help, attend a meeting tomorrow (Thursday), September 4th at 5:30pm to discuss plans and provide feedback. The meeting will be held at the P-Patch at 3rd Ave N and Boston St. Volunteers are welcome (and needed) to help with the restoration.

Wolf Creek Ravine Project

Work on Wolf Creek will begin soon with knotweed control completed by early Fall. The project length will be dependent on volunteers. Maps and more details can be found in last week’s post.

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Kidd Valley closes Queen Anne location to make way for CVS

September 3rd, 2014 by Laura

Kidd Valley closedThe Kidd Valley at the corner of Mercer St and Queen Anne Ave N has closed up shop. A sign on the door stated that September 1st was its last day in Queen Anne.

The building that houses Kidd Valley will be demolished for the upcoming construction on a CVS Pharmacy location. We first reported on the short future for the Queen Anne Kidd Valley last summer.

More on the upcoming new development is in our August 16th post.

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Update from SPD on Queen Anne shooting; gunman sent threatening texts prior to incident

September 1st, 2014 by Laura

Update on the August 30th shooting at 3rd Ave W and Prospect – audio of the 911 call and SPD response via radio is available on the SPD Blotter.

SPDSuspect Made Threats Day Before Opening Fire on Officers
Written by Public Affairs on 

Police were investigating a man for sending threatening texts to family members the day before he opened fire on officers.

Officers began their investigation when they responded to a report of a disturbance in the 300 block of W Prospect Street. Officers made contact with the male resident and verified that he was the only person in the home.

Later that evening officers received information that the suspect had just texted threats to his family. Officers returned to the residence to arrest the man but didn’t locate him.

Seattle Police Force Investigations Team detectives are continuing to investigate every facet of this incident.

The following media details what residents and officers heard Saturday evening and depicts the firepower the suspect had at his disposal. [NOTE: go here for the audio and photos]

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Jabu’s plans farewell celebration as deal to seal a spot for Streamline inches closer

September 1st, 2014 by Laura

Streamline webEarlier this month, we posted the news on a liquor license application by the Streamline Tavern. On August 19th, the owners of the Streamline applied for an assumption liquor license for Jabu’s Pub, a license issued “where there is a currently licensed business with the same exact type of liquor license”.

That currently licensed business was Jabu’s Pub at 174 Roy Street. Nothing is confirmed just yet, but this weekend Jabu’s took to Facebook to alert customers that it’ll be changing ownership soon. They’re throwing a goodbye & thank you celebration next Saturday, September 6th:

Jabu's Facebook post

What’s that mean for the Streamline? It’s closer to a new home, but there’s still a little over a week to go before everything is finalized. Anyone who’s been through a home purchase will understand – you hold your breath until everything is official.

Jabus Pub

Potential new home for Streamline

According to Mike Lewis, owner of the Streamline, “We’re close but the deal won’t be final for another week. Provided everything works out, we’re excited about becoming the new owners of Jabu’s.”

In the meantime, plan on sending off Jabu’s in style with karaoke, drink specials, and a fun send-off next Saturday at Jabu’s. Then, if all goes as planned, expect the Streamline sign to move a few blocks away to a new home in the near future.

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Shots fired on W Prospect St Saturday night; gunman dies in confrontation with SPD

August 31st, 2014 by Laura

Last night SPD responded to shots fired in the 300 block of West Prospect Street. The call came in around 10:30pm for a home in the block southwest of Kerry Park.

According to an article from KOMO, SPD has responded to calls at the home in the past, and reports have been filed for the same location.

Here’s the full write-up from SPD:

Gunman Fatally Wounded After Exchanging Gunfire with Police
Written by Public Affairs on 

Gunshots in the 300 block of W Prospect Street prompted at least one resident to call 911 just before 10:30 p.m. tonight. Responding officers arrived quickly and were greeted by the sound of continued gunfire.

The first officers on scene, including at least two who were rifle trained and equipped, took positions near the front of the house in question.

The adult male suspect was still outside brandishing his firearm, before quickly retreating into his residence via the front door. A short time later, the suspect came out again and opened fire on the officers. Two rifle equipped officers returned fire, fatally wounding the man. The suspect crawled into his house and out of view of the officers.

SWAT officers responded to the scene and attempted to make contact with the suspect, to no avail. SWAT officers sent a robot into the building and found the suspect, who by this time had succumbed to his injuriesSWAT officers entered the home and found multiple firearms including semi-automatic rifles and shotguns as well as body armor staged near the front door.

No one else was injured during this incident. It is still not clear what the suspect was shooting at just prior to and during officers’ arrival.

Detectives from the Force Investigations Team as well as Crime Scene Investigators are processing the scene, collecting evidence and statements. Per policy, members of the Office of Professional Accountability were on hand to observe the investigation.

Both officers involved in the shooting will be on paid administrative leave, in accordance with department procedure.

This investigation is ongoing. Information posted here is subject to change as the investigation proceeds.

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Help bring back our bees! Wolf Creek Ravine restoration work needs volunteers

August 27th, 2014 by Laura

Empty Bee Spot

Beehive spot sans beehive – but they’ll be back!

Last week on a walk through the Queen Anne P-Patch, I noticed that the beehive was gone. A fixture of the P-Patch, the hive has been literally buzzing lately with summer bloom activity, so it seemed odd that it disappeared.

I emailed my P-Patch contacts and got in touch with the hive steward. Good news – the hive will be back, it’s been relocated to West Seattle in preparation for a restoration of Wolf Creek Ravine, the natural space that borders the P-Patch to the north.

Wolf Creek Ravine blackberries

Blackberries and knotweed to the north of the P-Patch

The Green Seattle Partnership project is focused on the Wolf Creek Ravine Natural Area, where blackberry vines and invasive knotweed will be removed and replaced with native plantings.

The team also met with P-Patchers to get their feedback, and they suggested a realignment of the fence along the east edge of the P-Patch. The blackberries will remain as a buffer to the neighboring homes, but sight lines in the P-Patch will be improved with the fence move. You can see the fence realignment in the map below, the pink dashed line is the existing eastern fence-line, the dashed green is the new fence line for the P-Patch:

QA P Patch plan

The same wire and post fencing along the north of the P-Patch will be removed for the Wolf Creek Ravine work. In the aerial image you can see the work area outlined in orange:

Wolf Creek NA

The Green Seattle Partnership can’t do this work without volunteers – and this is where you can help make a difference. Attend a meeting next Thursday, September 4th at 5:30pm to discuss the plans and provide feedback. The meeting will be held at the P-Patch at 3rd Ave N and Boston St. Volunteers are welcome (and needed) to help with the restoration.

Work on Wolf Creek will begin shortly after the public meeting, and knotweed control should be complete by early Fall. The project length will be dependent on volunteers – so consider helping out and attend next week’s meeting. With volunteer help, work on the steeper part of the ravine could happen as early as next summer.

And, the bees will return home soon thereafter!

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