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National Day of Rage for Ferguson Protest on Queen Anne today

August 21st, 2014 by Laura

0821 ProtestUPDATE: I walked by the protest at 4:15pm and the crowd was small. About 10 protestors talking to a film crew from KIRO.

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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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Donate a bike or bike parts this Saturday to benefit students in West Africa

August 20th, 2014 by Laura

Seattle Bike DriveIf you have an old bike that you’ve been meaning to get rid of, dust it off and head to Whole Foods Interbay this Saturday. Alaffia, a maker of Fair Trade Shea Butter products sold at Whole Foods, is running a bike (and bike parts) drive for its Bicycles for Education program.

Bikes and parts donated via the program are distribued by Alaffia to students in Togo, West Africa. According to Alaffia, 95% of West African girls who get a bike from Alaffia go on to graduate secondary school; a dropout rate that otherwise is 40%.

The bike/bike parts donation drive takes place this Saturday, August 23rd from 11am to 3pm, at Whole Foods Interbay.

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New developments on Queen Anne include 3 six story-plus buildings

August 19th, 2014 by Laura

There have been several land use applications for new developments on Queen Anne, along with 2 proposed multi-story residential buildings that share an Early Design Guidance meeting next month. The two with a shared meeting are side-by-side, one 6-story, one 7-story. Another 6-story building is proposed for 1st Ave N.

First up, the two residential buildings with live/work units that span the block of Thomas St between Queen Anne Ave N and 1st Ave N:

300 1st Ave W
The proposal is for a 7-story building containing 129 residential units and 9 live/work units. Parking for 113 vehicles to be provided below grade.

301 Queen Anne Ave N
The proposal is for a 6-story building containing 32 residential units and 6 live-work units. No parking provided.

300 1st Ave w

300 1st Ave W

301 QA Ave N

301 Queen Anne Ave N

The two projects above share an Early Design Guidance Meeting:

8pm, Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Queen Anne Community Center
1901 1st Ave W, Room #1      

The following addresses have Land Use Applications – decisions have not been made at this time, and no Early Design Guidance meetings have been scheduled:

219 1st Ave NLand Use Application – 219 1st Ave N
Application to allow a 6-story structure containing 45 residential units above 1,827.85 sq. ft. of commercial space. Parking for five vehicles to be provided. Existing structures to be demolished.

1010 5th Ave NLand Use Application – 1010 5th Ave N
Application to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

722 3rd Ave NLand Use Application – 722 3rd Ave N
Land Use Application to allow 3, 3-story residential structures with a total of 16 units. Parking for 16 vehicles to be provided within the structures. Existing structures to be demolished.

Here’s a map of the above projects:

August 2014 Developments

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New time-lapse video of Seattle features views from Queen Anne

August 18th, 2014 by Laura

Via Twitter, we received a new time-lapse video of Seattle. Created by Ryan Killackey, a photographer from Los Angeles, the video has views from across the city – and of course, the view from Kerry Park is a star. According to Ryan, he was visiting Seattle when his business meeting was postponed, giving him the chance to film our city.

Click on the image below to watch the video:

Beautiful Seattle video

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Yes, there is parking at the new Trader Joe’s

August 17th, 2014 by Laura

TJs courtyardWe’ve had a lot of readers ask about parking at the new Trader Joe’s location at 1920 Queen Anne Ave N. The street parking outside the new location fills up fast, and I’ve seen people toting Trader Joe’s bags around the corner near Menchie’s and the Queen Anne Pool to cars parked on the street.

But, fear not, street parking is not the only option. The Towne complex has an underground parking garage.

Trader Joes parking entrance

If you’ve ever been in the Eden Hill garage across the street (the Bartell Drug building), you may have some understandable reservations. That particular garage is small and tricky to navigate.

I walked through the new Trader Joe’s garage today and it’s huge. Plus, it was practically empty on a Sunday afternoon. Trader Joes 2 hour parkingParking is limited to 2 hours and there are special priority parking spots for low-emission vehicles.

The entrance to the parking garage is off Crockett St, right across from Safeway. One could argue that the parking situation in the garage is far better than the old location’s parking lot.

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Tree removal becomes part of Boston Street sidewalk replacement

August 17th, 2014 by Laura

Boston Sidewalk Repair 1

Trees on Boston prior to SDOT work

Late last week we received several emails from readers who saw SDOT removing the trees along the side of Starbucks on Boston St. The crew was working on the sidewalk replacement project that we wrote about in mid-July. The project did not originally include tree removal. The sidewalk was slated for replacement and the tree pits were to be enlarged.

When the trees were ripped out last week, QAV reader Geoff Saunders sent us the photo of the SDOT crew in action (thanks, Geoff!). By the time I got up to Boston and Queen Anne Ave N, the trees were completely gone. As of this weekend, the construction area is prepped for the sidewalk, with no hint that there were ever trees in the space.

Boston Tree removal

Boston St tree removal,
photo courtesy of QAV reader Geoff Saunders

We contacted both SDOT and Picture Perfect Queen Anne (PPQA) about the tree removal. According to PPQA, tree removal was not originally included in the project plan, so we contacted SDOT about the removal of the trees.

SDOT prepared a statement for QAV readers, to explain their justification for tree removal and plans for the future.

Here’s the statement from SDOT – it’s lengthy, but explains their rationale:

During a sidewalk repair project, SDOT removes the old sidewalk, examines the tree roots, and evaluates tree health and structure.  Root pruning is routinely performed as part of this process as a means to preserve both tree and sidewalk.  In some cases, the amount of root pruning necessary to construct a new sidewalk exceeds the threshold that could sustain a healthy tree.

In this case, the westernmost tree and easternmost tree required extensive root pruning, which would have severely affected their health, jeopardized their structural stability and caused safety risks.  Therefore, SDOT determined the best plan is to replace them.

The center tree (the smallest one) did not require such extensive root pruning, so it could have been preserved for the time being. However, all three trees were Ash, which adapt poorly to – and often decline after – root pruning. Given that this smaller tree was impacted by root loss, the decision was made to replace all three trees to support the community’s desire for uniformity along the block, while adding diversity to the street tree population. There is the potential future threat of Emerald Ash Borer finding its way to Seattle, and SDOT  weighs that risk when considering opportunities to replace Ash trees in the street tree population. The replacement Gingko trees are extremely insect and disease resistant and have demonstrated excellent health and vigor in other business districts where we have recently planted them.

Boston Sidewalk prep

Boston St sans trees, prepped for sidewalk

The bad news: the old trees are gone, and it’ll be a while before the new trees provide the benefits of mature trees. The good news: Gingko trees will replace them.

However, let’s hope the Gingkos are male trees, as a Seattle Times article from 2009 notes that the female trees can be very smelly and drop “sticky, slimy” seeds:

“Female ginkgoes produce the troublesome seeds, which are covered in a fleshy coating that contains butyric acid, also found in rancid butter.”

According to the article, many cities have decided to remove their Gingko trees or replace the female trees with male trees. The city of Seattle has Gingko trees listed on their approved Street Tree List, so they’ve been used elsewhere in the city – hopefully without too much olfactory impact!

UPDATE: It’s a boy! SDOT has confirmed that the Gingko trees are all males, so no stinky, messy trees.

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Queen Anne Beer Hall coming in 2015

August 15th, 2014 by Laura

203 W Thomas Exterior

Exterior of building – interior is larger than it looks

In October, we posted about new plans for the Cotton Caboodle building at 203 W Thomas St. At the time, developer Scott Shapiro envisioned the 6,700 square foot space becoming a Melrose Market-like collection of eateries and shops.

Finding tenants proved difficult. The space would have housed up to 9 businesses, plus an outdoor deck. However, according to Seattle Magazine, the space has found a tenant – the huge warehouse-like space will become Queen Anne Beer Hall, and the adjoining 400 square foot outdoor space an attached biergarten.

The concept belongs to Andrej Ivanov, an East coast name in beer halls – he opened Radegast Hall & Biergarten in Brooklyn 2007 and Pilsener Haus in New Jersey in 2010. Queen Anne Beer Hall will be his first beer hall on the West coast.

Ivanov spoke to Seattle Magazine, and said:

“As soon as I walked in, I knew this was going to be the spot… I’m quite confident we can do a great job. We can enhance your beer I.Q., so to speak, in Seattle.”

Beer Hall interior

Interior of the site, photo by Bill Thornton, Seattle DJC

According to Seattle Magazine, Ivanov credits himself with opening the most authentic beer halls on the East coast, saying: “We started the whole beer hall revolution in 2007 and then just watched these places mushroom everywhere.”

The Queen Anne Beer Hall will serve both craft and imported beers – and with nearly 7,000 square feet, there’ll be room for a wide range of beer options.

If all goes as planned, Queen Anne Beer Hall will open in February 2015.

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Shotgun fired on Queen Anne Wednesday night

August 13th, 2014 by Laura

Earlier tonight, per SPD:

SPDMan With Shotgun Draws Large Police Response on Queen Anne
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Seattle police arrested an armed man Wednesday night after he opened fire outside a Queen Anne apartment following a dispute with a neighbor.

Officers received a report around 9:30 PM that an argument between neighbors in the 1000 block of 6th Avenue N had spilled out onto the street.

When officers arrived, they found the suspect was carrying a shotgun. The suspect then fired off at least one round from his gun.

Officers radioed for backup and reported the gunfire, drawing police from across the city.

Police were able to get the 26-year-old suspect to surrender, and take him into custody.

SWAT and patrol officers are searching the suspect’s apartment to see if anyone else involved in the incident may be inside.

No one was injured in the shooting.

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One decade to rule them all; it’s 80s vs 90s at Targy’s this Saturday

August 13th, 2014 by Laura

80sV90sTargy’s Tavern has hosted 80s dance parties in the past, but this Saturday they’re taking it to a new level with a Summer House Party. Pick your poison, 80s vs 90s is the theme of the evening.

The local DJs that have spun tunes in the past are back as Spacestation206. They’ll be playing songs from the 80s and 90s to fuel an “epic dance party” at Targy’s.

Fans age 21+ of either or both decades are welcome to join the party on Saturday. The music starts at 9pm and runs til closing time.

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Spic ‘n Span Cleaners closes abruptly – pick up your clothes now, cash only

August 13th, 2014 by Laura

Spic n Span closed

UPDATE: Spic ‘n Span will be open on Friday, August 15, and Saturday, August 16 for clothes pick-up. Cash only. Clothes not picked up will be taken to Best Cleaners in Fife for pick-up after August 16.

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Via Twitter, it appears that Spic ‘n Span Cleaners on Mercer Street has not only closed up shop, they’ve also taken the cash registers with them. But, customer clothes are still in the building.

Earlier today, there was no way to get them, but as of 1pm today, a manager opened up the shop to allow customers to claim their garments. If you have dry cleaning at this location, get there pronto and bring cash.

No confirmation on if this sudden move is due to the purchase of the building by the Republic of Korean for a new Consulate location. Businesses were originally given until December to vacate the block of buildings that also houses Streamline Tavern, Radio Shack, and Michael Reed Black Antiques.

KOMO’s Kristen Drew has been tracking the story on Twitter, so stay tuned for more info.

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Queen Anne Greenways helps bring four-way stop to W McGraw and 7th Ave W

August 11th, 2014 by Laura

If you’ve been following the activities of Queen Anne Greenways, then you know that they’ve been advocating a 4-way stop at W McGraw and 7th Ave W. Located just a block away from Coe Elementary on a busy arterial, the intersection poses risks to pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers alike.

Thanks to the efforts of Queen Anne Greenways, SDOT has proposed 3 options for the intersection – all result in a 4-way stop. According to Queen Anne Greenways, “elements in the three concepts can be mixed and matched based on community preference”.

The 3 preliminary options are all preliminary and subject to change. The proposed changes are listed below:

Option 1: the Plaza:

McGraw Option 1

  • extends the curb on the southwest corner
  • creates a small area for shrubs and plantings
  • maintains two of the three street trees at the corner
  • installs a mini plaza with decorative paving and a bench for seating
  • maintains the existing sidewalk in its current alignment
  • adds sidewalk extensions to the new corner

Option 2, the Nature Spot:

McGraw Option 2

  • extends the curb on the southwest corner
  • maintains two of the three street trees at the corner
  • creates a larger area for plantings and additional street trees
  • installs boulder/granite seating within the nature spot
  • removes the existing sidewalk and replaces with vegetation / bio swale
  • extends the sidewalk to meet the new corner

Option 3:

McGraw Option 3

  • all of the Nature Spot options at the southwest corner, plus the following at the southeast corner:
  • extends the curb
  • creates space for new plantings / bio swale
  • creates a new mini plaza with decorative paving and benches
  • creates space that could be used for bike parking
  • may displace two car parking spaces

Queen Anne Greenways has grown from a small meeting in a Queen Anne living room to a community group that is impacting change in the neighborhood. The group is happy with SDOT’s proposed changes and points out that SDOT is proposing greenery and a potential green storm-water infrastructure (GSI), at the corners rather than concrete, a more environmentally friendly approach.

This particular arterial crossing is on the planned Queen Anne Crown Greenway, which is noted in Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan. It’s one step closer to Queen Anne Greenways goal, and an improvement that will increase safety for both residents and visitors.

Stay tuned for more news from Queen Anne Greenways on the option chosen and progress in the future. If you’d like to get involved, check out the QAG Facebook page or attend one of their regular monthly meetings, all are welcome.

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Nail through electrical wiring sparks house fire on 5th Ave N

August 9th, 2014 by Laura

House Fire 5th AveWe had several readers ask us about the fire response on top of Queen Anne last night (Friday) around 9pm. Firefighters responded to a fire in a home on 5th Ave N. The cause of the fire was a nail through electrical wiring in the roof of the home.

According to our Seattle Fire Department contact:

Seattle Fire Investigators determined a Queen Anne roof fire was caused by electrical wiring.

Just minutes after 9 p.m. a neighbor called 911 to report smoke coming from the eaves of a 3-story home located in the 2300 block of 5h Avenue North. The first arriving engine company found smoke pouring from the roof.

Firefighters extinguished the flames within 40 minutes. The fire was limited to the roof and attic space.

Fire investigators discovered a nail through electrical wiring in the roof caused the fire. The damage estimate is $40,000 to the structure and $20,000 to the contents.

There were no injuries.

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