Driver of stolen van crashes into cars, Queen Anne resident tracks him down

Screen Shot 2016-06-17 at 12.42.37 PMAround 5am this morning, residents in the 400 block of Halladay street saw a white van crash into several cars. As it took off, a neighbor followed it to 1400 Dexter Ave N and got a photo of the driver.

Thanks to the photo, the suspect was located and arrested. In addition to a stolen van, he was also found in possession of 6 grams of heroin and a scale.

Here’s the full report from SPD:

Man Arrested After Crashing Stolen Van Into Two Cars on Queen Anne

Police arrested a man on Queen Anne early Thursday after he crashed a stolen van into two parked cars and was later caught with heroin and a scale.

Around 5 AM, several witnesses awoke to a crash outside their homes in the 400 block of Halladay Street and saw a white van speeding away. One witness noticed the van was leaking fluid and hopped in his own car to follow the suspect.

The witness followed the suspect’s trail until he saw the white van parked near Dexter Avenue and Aurora. He noticed a man walking away from the van and snapped a picture of him before returning home.

When the witness arrived back at his house he found officers surveying and documenting the damage to the two vehicles on Halladay Street. He showed police the picture of the van and the suspect, and officers began searching for the man.

Police found the suspect near Aurora and arrested him in the 1400 block of Dexter Avenue North after a brief chase. Officers found he was carrying 6 grams of heroin and a scale and discovered the van he’d been driving was reported stolen. He was booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of possession of stolen property and investigation of possession of narcotics with intent to distribute.

Sixth annual Lorentz Place offer-only yard sale is Saturday

LorentzThis Saturday, the neighbors along Lorentz Place are hosting their sixth annual yard sale. What makes this yard sale different from others on Queen Anne? All proceeds go to benefit the Dwankhozi Community School in Zambia and there are no set prices – buyers make offers on every single item.

The multi-family sale runs from 9am to 3pm (no early birds!) along Lorentz Place N. You can find this lovely dead-end street near the McGraw Bridge, near the intersection of McGraw Place & 2nd Ave N.

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 8.45.30 PMWhat can you find at the sale? Items include gently worn clothing, shoes, toys, furniture, books, tools, baby items, bicycles, camping gear, sporting equipment, jewelry, and household decor.

In addition to the offer-only items, you can also buy tasty baked goods and Glassy Babies. The Glassy Babies are not part of the offer-only sale, but instead, Glassy Baby will donate a portion of the proceeds to Dwankhozi Hope.

Make your plans now to stroll along a hidden gem street on Queen Anne, find your treasures, make an offer, and help a charity at the same time.

Rock’n’Roll Marathon means road closures this Saturday

The annual Rock’n’Roll Marathon is this Saturday, June 18th, with a race start at the Seattle Center. That means early morning crowds at the Seattle Center and on surrounding streets. Plus, plenty of street closures to be aware of if you need to leave Queen Anne. Good news? The race ends at CenturyLink Field this year, not the Seattle Center.

SDOT advises drivers to stay off local roads early Saturday morning due to detours and associated delays. In addition to the crowds and detours on Lower Queen Anne/Uptown, all northbound lanes of 99 through downtown (the Viaduct) will be closed from 5am to 9:45am, along with several I5 and I90 on- and off-ramps.

Here are the details from SDOT, with a race map below:

SR 99 closure details

  • Northbound SR 99 from South Hudson Street to Roy Street.

I-5 ramp closures

  • The northbound and southbound I-5 off-ramps to South Dearborn Avenue.
  • The South Dearborn Avenue on-ramps to northbound and southbound I-5.

I-90 ramp closures

  • The eastbound and westbound I-90 off-ramps to Rainier Avenue South.
  • The southbound Rainier Avenue South on-ramp to eastbound I-90.

I-90 express lanes closure details

  • The I-90 express lanes will close at 3 a.m. The lanes will open westbound by 2:30 p.m.

A full list of road closures is provided in a tabular format here.

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Local businesses lost: let the City know what businesses you miss or fear will close

easy-signOne of the downsides to rapid development is the loss of local businesses, often pushed out by new construction or rising rents. We’ve lost quite a few businesses on Queen Anne in just the past few years, and with more development on the way, we could lose more.

To help save local neighborhood businesses, Councilmember Lisa Herbold is proposing a Seattle Legacy Business Program with the mission of preserving the bars, restaurants, cafés, and shops that give Seattle its unique character and sense of community. The mission is simple:

Keep the Doors Open for Historic Neighborhood Businesses

Herbold is working with the Washington Trust for Historic PreservationHistoric Seattle, and 4 Culture for the proposed program, and it currently consists of three elements:

  • Survey community members to identify our most important business establishments
  • Identify elements that contribute to the culture, character, and history of Seattle
  • Establish tools to protect them

Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 6.27.08 PMHow can you help save your favorite businesses? Or, let the City know what businesses are gone forever? Take the survey. It’s short – you can see the short list of questions to the right.

The survey results will help educate the City Council about businesses that may have escaped their radar – a true community-inclusion approach.

The results will be taken to the Mayor’s office, informing the Mayor’s Commercial Affordability Taskforce and its efforts to determine what policies and/or funding support may be necessary to preserve and protect Seattle’s iconic small businesses.

Let your voice be heard, take the survey today!

Register now for the annual Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk

IMG_2128In just two and a half weeks, 600+ runners and walkers will hit the streets of Queen Anne for a morning fun run/walk that benefits the Queen Anne Helpline. The annual run is Saturday, July 9th, with a race start of 8am sharp.

People of all ages and abilities are welcome to tackle the scenic Crown of Queen Anne course, and a bonus – the views along the route are worth it! From quiet tree-lined streets, to views of the Sound and Elliott Bay, to iconic Kerry Park, and more, the Crown of Queen Anne is popular even on non-race days.

Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 12.26.25 PMRegistration fees are $35 for adults and $10 for kids, and all registrants get a t-shirt. Proceeds benefit our local Queen Anne Helpline with its mission of helping neighbors in need.

Register today to run or walk the course or volunteer to help with the race logistics. Volunteers are needed for both event registration and day-of-race activities.

This particular event is a true hallmark of summer on Queen Anne, and it also kicks off Queen Anne Days – more to come on the latter soon. For now, get registered and mark your calendars!

New 7-story residential building planned for 320 Queen Anne Ave N

Screen Shot 2016-06-12 at 11.48.14 AMA 7-story building is planned to take the place of the A&A Printing at 320 Queen Anne Ave N. The current two-story print shop will be replaced by a residential building designed by NK Architects.

No preliminary plans or design drawings are available at this time. The 7-story building will house 66 residential units and two live-work units. It will also provide surface parking for four vehicles (no underground parking provided).

NK Architects has been the firm behind several of the newer Uptown/Lower Queen Anne developments including four residential multi-family buildings – Aperture on Fifth, H20 Apartments, Stream Uptown, View 222, and Fourth and Roy, It is also designed Galer 8 on Upper Queen Anne.

An Early Design Guidance meeting for this proposed project is set for Wednesday, June 29th at 8pm at the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave W, Room 1). This meeting is open to the public.

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