Monthly Archives: September 2010

Eastlake weekly crime report: auto accidents, car prowls top the list

The Seattle Police report for Eastlake for the week of Sept. 21-27 includes the following:

  • Sept. 21: Property destruction, 100 block of E. Boston St., 1:47 p.m.
  • Sept. 22: Liquor violation – adult, 1400 block of Fairview Ave. E., 3:48 p.m.
  • Sept. 22: Car prowl, 3100 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 6:15 p.m.
  • Sept. 23: Credit card fraud, 2800 block of Fairview Ave. E., 6:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 24: Accident investigation, 2600 block of Yale Ave. E., 10:12 a.m.
  • Sept. 25: Warrant – felony, 1100 block of Fairview Ave. E., 5:22 p.m.
  • Sept. 26: Noise disturbance, 200 block of E. Garfield St., 1:38 a.m.
  • Sept. 26: Tresspass, 100 block of E. Lynn, 9:07 a.m.
  • Sept. 26: Residential burglary, 2800 block of Franklin Ave. E., 10:20 a.m.
  • Sept. 26: Accident investigation, 100 block of E. Allison, 7:21 p.m.
  • Sept. 27: Car prowl, 2700 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 12:56 p.m.
  • Sept. 27: Accident investigation, 100 block of E. Blaine St., 2:36 p.m.

To see the complete crime report map, go to

50th Greek Festival this weekend; after party at Kristos on Sunday

Saint Demetrios (not quite in Eastlake but close) is celebrating it’s 50th Annual Greek Festival this weekend.

The event features Greek food, music and folk dancing. There’s also a chance to shop for food to take home as well as jewelry, books, music and other Greek items. And you can take tours of the congregation’s beautiful church.

The church is at 2100 Boyer Ave. E. Just head east on E. Roanoke and keep going and you’ll run right in to it.

Hours for the festival are noon to 9 p.m. today (Friday), 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

After the festival ends on Sunday, there will be an after party at Kristos Eastlake, 3218 Eastlake Ave. E. DJ Yanni will be mixing the beat and there will be drink specials. The event goes from 10 p.m. until late. Dress code will be enforced, they say.

Dog Police!

The Dog Police are prowling Rogers Playfield around 6:00 PM citing owners for off-leash violations.  Tickets were written the evenings of Wednesday Sept 22 and Thursday Sept 23.   

Fairview intersection reconstruction gets city dollars

UPDATE: This post has been updated since it was first published. Details about the project and an open house have been added.

A major reconstruction of the intersection of Fairview Avenue N. and Fairview Avenue E. came one step closer to realilzation Wednesday with the announcement of city funding for the project.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced that the Eastlake project will be among 11 city-wide constructed through the Neighborhood Street Fund Large Project program. The Fairview intersection will receive $500,000 in voter-approved funds from the Bridging the Gap transportation levy. Total cost of the project is estimated at $750,000.

The intersection in question is at the point where Fairview North turns into Fairview East by the ZymoGenetics building (see map). According to the Seattle Department of Transportation web page on the project, Fairview East peels off of Fairview North at a 130 degree angle, causing traffic heading north to “take fast, sweeping right turns onto Fairview Ave. E. across a huge paved area. Motorists heading south on Fairview Ave N from Eastlake Ave also take fast, sweeping right turns onto Fairview Ave E across a huge paved area. Both turns endanger pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists alike.”

According to the SDOT website, the idea behind the intersection project is to somehow “square off” the corner so cars will be less inclined to make a high-speed exit to Fairview Avenue E. (See attached drawing for one idea of how the intersection might look after the project is completed.)

The SDOT site says that, as part of the project, the department would like to install a pathway that would connect the intersection with a pathway that goes past Lake Union Drydock and NOAA. The idea would be to provide sidewalks at the intersection and give pedestrians shorter crossing distances as well as fill a gap in the bike/pedestrian link between downtown and the University of Washington.

Tim Ahlers, Eastlake Community Council president, is on the advisory committee for the intersection. He says in an e-mail that the drawing on the SDOT site is only an idea at this point, not a formal plan. The committe had its first meeting last week and talked about goals and brainstormed about how to meet those goals, he says. SDOT plans for the intersection may be presented at the committee’s next meeting.

A public open house on the project is planned for Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E.

More about the project can be found on SDOT’s website.

Eastlake Zoo’s 33rd Annual Chili Cook-Off is Oct. 2

Get cookin’! The Eastlake Zoo’s 33rd Annual Chili Cook-Off will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2.

This is a great event with loads of tasty chili. And the customers are the judges! Proceeds from the event benefit Northwest Harvest.

Walt from the Zoo says the sign-up sheet is up at the bar. Just ask the bartender for the sheet. They’re encouraging people to register early because they’re expecting a record number of entrants this year. Several local businesses and clubs have indicated they will be entering.

It costs $15 to enter your chili recipe (one gallon minimum). Entrants get a chili tasting bowl and ballot. Or, if you’re not the cooking type, pay $8 to get a tasting bowl and ballot. The first 15 paid entrants get an official Eastlake Zoo Chili Cook-Off t-shirt.

Entrants need to provide their own hot plate or crock pot to keep their chili warm. Vegetarian chili is welcome. Store-bought ingredients are welcome but store-bought chili is not.

For more of the cook-off rules, go to the Zoo’s new website.

To get a taste of this event, check out our coverage from last year.

See you at the Zoo on Oct. 2!

Eastlake weekly crime update: Burglaries highlight quiet week

It was a quiet week for crime in Eastlake, with three residential burglaries as the highlights:

  • Sept. 13: Residential burglary, 1900 block of Franklin Ave. E., 11:47 p.m.
  • Sept. 16: Accident investigation, 200 block of E. Boston, 11:32 a.m.
  • Sept. 16: Residential burglary, 100 block of E. Louisa St., 3:38 p.m.
  • Sept. 18: Theft, building, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 8:39 a.m.
  • Sept. 19: Disturbance, 2300 block of Fairview Ave. E., 8:07 p.m.
  • Sept. 20: Residential burglary, 2800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 8:30 a.m.
  • Sept. 20: Bicycle theft, 1800 block of Fairview Ave. E., 4:19 p.m.

For the complete map on, click here.

Eastlake Community Council elections are Oct. 12; candidates are named

The Eastlake Community Council met Wednesday evening and, among other items, set the date and time for its annual meeting. Candidates for ECC offices were also nominated at the meeting.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Seward School. Voting for officers takes place at the meeting.

Candidates are:

  • Chris Leman – president
  • Carsten Croff – treasurer
  • Tim Ahlers – secretary
  • Board members: James Metz, Cecilia Grevson, Mary Hansen, Carsten Stinn, Betty Gard, Susan Forhan and Kathi Woods

ECC members in good standing will receive a ballot. Ballots can either be presented at the Oct. 5 meeting or dropped off at Lake Union Mail, 75 Louisa St.

If you aren’t a member, you can join two ways:

  1. Clip, fill out and send the form from the back of the Eastlake News to Lake Union Mail (don’t forget to send the membership fee!); or
  2. Use the Google Checkout page.

If you’ve been a member but you aren’t sure if you still are, e-mail membership and they’ll check their records. Cost for a membership is $35 for a household, $75 for a business and $10 for senior/student/low income.

Don’t dawdle! You need to be a member at least 15 days in advance of the election to receive a ballot and be eligible to vote. That makes the last date you can join Sept. 20, by my count.

Emergency preparedness to be focus of Sept. 21 community meeting

UPDATE: This post has been updated since it was first published. Details on attendees from the City of Seattle have been updated.

The Eastlake Community Council will be sponsoring a community meeting on emergency preparedness, safety and graffiti control next week at Seward School, 2500 Franklin Ave. E.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in the school’s library.

Cecilia Grevson from the ECC’s Emergency Preparedness and Safety Committee says that officials from the Seattle Police Department, including Terri Johnston, the crime prevention officer from the East precincts, will be attending. Other officials invited include those from the city’s emergency preparedness department, the University of Washington Medical Center and the Harbor Patrol.

Grevson says the meeting will allow Eastlake residents to ask questions of the various officials as well as find out how to prepare their families to survive a natural disaster. You’ll also learn how to register for city-sponsored disaster readiness classes.

This week’s Eastlake crime report: Expensive bikes stolen

The theft of four very expensive bicycles highlights this week’s Eastlake crime report:

  • Sept. 7: Car prowl, 2900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 1:03 p.m.
  • Sept. 7: Accident investigation, 600 block of E. Lynn St., 8:52 p.m.
  • Sept. 7: Noise disturbance, 100 block of E. Edgar, 10:23 p.m.
  • Sept. 7: Car prowl, 2000 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 11:12 p.m.
  • Sept. 8: Accident investigation, 200 block of E. Blaine St., 12:25 p.m.
  • Sept. 8: Burglary, 1500 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 5:14 p.m. Four bicycles worth more than $14,000 were stolen from a secured parking garage. The bicycles were all men’s bikes. Suspects may have entered through a cut fence. Surveillance video showed a white male in his 30s and a woman of unknown race and age walking around inside the garage and riding off on two of the bicycles.
  • Sept. 8: Liquor violation – adult, 200 block of E. Boston St., 5:47 p.m.
  • Sept. 9: Car prowl, 2600 block of Franklin Ave. E., 1 a.m.
  • Sept. 11: Noise disturbance, 2300 block of Minor Ave. E., 3:42 a.m.
  • Sept. 11: Car fire, 1500 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 4:06 p.m.
  • Sept. 11: Burglary in a secured parking garage, 200 block of E. Garfield St., 5:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 12: Noise disturbance, 2300 block of Fairview Ave. E, 12:45 a.m.

For the complete crime map for the past week, see

From What will happen to ZymoGenetics building when new owner takes over?

The big news in local biotech companies was last week’s announcement that ZymoGenetics has been acquired Bristol-Meyers Squibb for $885 million.

ZymoGenetics has been the main occupant of the old Lake Union Steam Plant since the builidng was remodeled in the 1990s. And, as Luke Timmerman writes at, many people are wondering what will happen to the staff and the building after the new owner takes over.

ZymoGenetics bought the building in 1993 and, Timmerman reports, spent $25 million to refurbish it. Later, the company sold it to Alexandria Real Estate Equities with an agreement to lease it for 15 years, a deal that was later extended another two years.

The question is what would happen if Bristol-Meyers Squibb decided to leave part or all of the building, Timmerman writes. The space isn’t set up for multiple tenants and there aren’t many biotech firms large enough to need the building. Nothing is certain right now, he writes, quoting a ZymoGenetics spokesperson:

ZymoGenetics spokeswoman Susan Specht had no comment about what might happen to the facility as part of the transaction, and a Bristol-Myers Squibb spokeswoman said “no decisions have been made” about the people or the site.

To read Timmerman’s Xconomy post, click here.

A previous Eastlake Ave. post about the history of the plant is here.

And, a post from about the building’s history is here.