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!
***** UPTOWN 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)
Last 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 theGreen 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.
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.
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.
Suspect Made Threats Day Before Opening Fire on Officers Written byPublic Affairson
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]
Earlier 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:
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.
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.
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 injuries. SWAT 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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
Have you ever wanted to represent the interests of the Queen Anne community? Help ensure a voice in future developments that impact Queen Anne? If so, you may be the perfect candidate for the Queen Anne Community Council.
The annual election of members to the QACC board is September 17th at the QACC annual meeting. Candidate nominations are open to all Queen Anne residents, as well as owners or employees of Queen Anne businesses.
In the September meeting, the QACC will elect 11 members to 2-year terms and one member for a 1-year term.
If you’d like to run for a slot on the QACC board, all you need to do is contact Ellen Monrad via email and send along a 50-word or less statement about why you’d like to be considered.
Applications opened on August 4th, and 20 days later, there are still trees available. Apply today for free trees that will help beautify Queen Anne, provide shade, and even increase property values. Plus, the upfront investment is zero – the trees are free, you just have to plant them and provide care, and ReLeaf helps get you started.
Not only do you get free trees, you also get assistance for permit applications and training on tree planting and care.
Trees can be planted in planting strips (that space between the sidewalk and the street) or in your yard.
Street trees require a 7 or 8 foot planting strip with no overhead power lines. If you have the space and no power lines, what are you waiting for? Those of us who wilt in the summer heat will appreciate the shade that these trees will one day provide.
Apply today! Street trees applications are due by this Wednesday, August 27th. Yard tree applications will be accepted until October.
On Fridays we feature an adoptable pet from the Seattle Animal Shelter (SAS). SAS is located at 2061 15th Ave W, just north of Whole Foods, at the corner of W. Armory Way. SAS is open Wednesday – Sunday, noon-6pm.
Queen Anne View has not met any of these pets – SAS is providing us with the description, as they know them well. We encourage potential adopters to get in touch with SAS and work with them to evaluate the compatibility of your home and a new pet.
Updates on previous pets: Pria (pug-corgi mix) – available for adoption Cosmo (yellow lab mix) – available for adoption Bella (dilute torti kitty with loads of personality) – available for adoption Mama (lap cat) – available for adoption Dove Family (Bubbles, Promise & Picasso) – adopted! Houdini (Quaker Parakeet) – available for adoption Archimedes (red-eared slider turtle) – adopted! Bunnies (Bella, Luna & Roscoe) – available for adoption Chinchillas – several currently available for adoption
Martin is a very sweet and adorable medium sized lionhead bunny. This friendly little guy, whom his foster mom describes as “absolutely adorable,” can’t wait to have a bigger space to play and run around in with his new forever family and friends.
Martin hops around his cage with delight when he gets his daily treat! He would like to have a bunny companion in his new home. He is fabulous with all the volunteers when at the shelter, and is very patient.
Martin’s long, pretty fur will need regular grooming. He is a neutered adult male who passed a vet check with flying colors – he’s awaiting his perfect home.
Martin (SAS ID #14-18020) is currently being adored in foster care. If you’re interested in meeting Martin, please call the foster care hotline at 206-684-0685, or email email@example.com.
First and foremost, remember that 99/Aurora is closed from Friday night through Wednesday morning. It will be a significant traffic impact – roads and busses will be affected, and expect traffic to spill onto Queen Anne. A great excuse to stick around Queen Anne this weekend, where there are plenty of free events to go around.
If you have anything to submit to the Weekend Roundup, email us. You can also add your event to our calendar.
UPDATE: I walked by the protest at 4:15pm and the crowd was small. About 10 protestors talking to a film crew from KIRO.
We’ve had quite a few readers write us today about the rumored “National Day of Rage” protest on Queen Anne. Many non-official outlets are circulating a list of cities where these protests are taking place, and the Seattle location is listed as the Queen Anne Baptist Church at 2011 1st Ave N.
The protest is scheduled for 4pm today. However, there are conflicting reports on what group is sponsoring this protest, with Snopes concluding:
“It’s virtually impossible to say who specifically began “Day of Rage” rumors calling for protests across the U.S. on 21 August. However, the @OpFerguson account and the @YourAnonNews account do not appear to be organizing or endorsing the actions mentioned in the circulating emails and Facebook posts.”
If you’re in the area today around 4pm – it’s a block away from the Queen Anne Farmers Market – heads up that there may or may not be a crowd.
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