Monthly Archives: April 2011

Second houseboat float arrives at Wards Cove, third coming soon

A second housboat float has arrived at Wards Cove in Eastlake with a third due in May.

Joel Blair, director of real estate for Wards Cove, sent the attached photos of the float as it arrived on Thursday, April 14. The float next door arrived in December and that houseboat has been under construction since then.

A total of four slips have sold on the dock, which Wards Cove says may be the last new houseboat moorages to be offered on Lake Union. Blair says the float arriving in May will come complete with a finished house on it.

Wards Cove has been redeveloping its historic waterfront location for several years, as we reported last March. Gone are the old docks and storage for the company’s fishing fleet, replaced by the houseboat moorages, office space, a marina and a green street.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn joined the Eastlake community last August to celebrate completion of the green street and the Eastlake P-Patch’s expansion project.

Mercer ramps closed this week: Here’s how Eastlake will get to downtown

The first big effect of the Mercer Mess untangling project will be felt this weekend with the closure of the Mercer Street I-5 on-ramps.

The closure will begin at 1 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, and end at 1 a.m. Monday, April 18. During the closure period, Fairview Ave. N. will be totally closed between Mercer and Fairview and partially closed between Mercer and Republican.

What will the closure mean for Eastlake residents trying to get to downtown or onto I-5 at Mercer? Here’s how to get around and avoid the closures:

Metro will be redirecting Routes 70, 71, 72, 73 and 83 off of Fairview and onto Eastlake Ave. E. between Mercer and Galer northbound and between Galer and Thomas southbound. Buses will only stop at posted stops on Eastlake Ave. E. For more information on Metro service go to or call 206-553-5000.

The city’s Department of Transportation has links to maps of alternate routes for drivers, bikers and pedestrians on its closure web page.

Similar closures will happen for the first three weekends in May, but those will run from 11 p.m. on Friday until 5 a.m. on Monday. Those closures are May 6-9, May 13-16 and May 20-23.

For more information on the Mercer Corridor Project, go to the Seattle Department of Transportation’s web page.

Eastlake weekly police reports: Three burglaries are highlights

This week’s highlights from Eastlake’s Seattle Police reports include three burglaries:

  • April 4: Burglary, 1100 block of Fairview Ave. E., 9:15 p.m.
  • April 5: Burglary, 2900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 12:30 a.m.: The victim reports that her car, which was parked in the secured garage at her condo, was broken in to. Two boxes of items she was going to donate to a charity were stolen from her vehicle. Damage to the vehicle is estimated at about $1,000. The victim says that all the storage units in the garage appear to have been broken in to.
  • April 6: Disturbance, restaurant, 2200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 7:10 a.m.
  • April 6: Theft, building, 2600 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 8:19 a.m.
  • April 6: Threats, 2800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 8:14 p.m.
  • April 11: Burglary, non-residential, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 2:15 a.m.: Louisa’s Cafe Bakery was hit by burglars sometime between 2 and 4 a.m. See previous post.

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Burglars hit Louisa’s overnight, make off with the safe

UPDATE: This post has been changed since it was first published. The phone number for where to call if you have information about the burglary has been updated.

Louisa’s Cafe Bakery , 2379 Eastlake Ave., was hit by burglars sometime between 2 and 4 a.m. on Monday morning.

Alcena Plum, owner of Louisa’s, says the thieves entered through a front window. The burglars took the cafe’s safe and also ransacked the area around the cash register. The amount of the loss was not disclosed.

If you have any information about the burglary, contact the burglary section Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct at 206-684-5740.

Louisa’s is open today despite the burglary but they won’t have much cash until the banks open. So, for the moment, they’re asking for exact change or credit cards in payment.

Plum says she was having a sense of deja vu this morning after learning of the burglary. Three years ago, when she was considering buying the restaurant, she came to work a shift to learn about the place. The bakery had been broken in to that night as well.

Preview of Little Water Cantina, a soon-to-open new restaurant on Eastlake

Check out Seattle Weekly’s recent preview of Little Water Cantina:

​There’s going to be a party going on all summer long off Eastlake at the new Little Water Cantina. As first reported by the Eastlake Ave. blog last June, this restaurant will occupy retail space in one of the many condos in that ‘hood, but also have an outdoor space with a view of Lake Union. 

Full story:

Eastlake Tree Ambassadors needed

Any tree ambassadors out there? From the Green Seattle Partnership website (

Become a Seattle Tree Ambassador!

The Tree Ambassador program empowers residents to become stewards of the urban forest and serve as resources for their local communities. Tree Ambassadors will be trained in the basics of urban forestry, leadership and community organizing. As a Tree Ambassador, you will work in teams of 2-3 people to develop projects for your neighborhood which could include tree walks, invasive species removal workdays, and/or tree plantings. No previous tree experience necessary, only a desire to learn and a passion for urban greenery. Both the team and individual applications and more information can found be online at Applications are due April 24.

Clean up the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop Trail, April 23rd

Attached is an invite from Therese Casper from SDOt for a clean up event at South Lake Union.

From: Casper, Therese []
Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2011 8:56 AM
To: Casper, Therese
Subject: Fairview Ave E clean up event

Dear Fairview Ave E Stakeholder:

I wanted to let you know of an exciting opportunity to clean up the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop Trail.   In celebration of Earth Day, Out for Sustainability is hosting Earth Gay 2011 on Saturday, April 23.  This volunteer driven event will be restoring a portion of the Cheshiahud Loop Trail along the eastern shore of Lake Union—from Fairview Ave N to Terry Pettus Park (E Newton St).  Approximately 100 volunteers are expected.  Sponsors include Earth Gay, the Eastlake Community Council, Seattle Department of Transportation Urban Forestry and Seattle Parks.

Here are the specifics of the event:

Date: Saturday, April 23, 2011 – from Noon to 4 pm with optional after-party


12 – 12:30 p.m. Volunteers to assemble.  Refreshments

12:30 – 1:00 pm - Messages from a City official, Safety Minute

1:00 - 3:45 pm - Volunteer work


-Picking up trash

-Invasive Removal/ Weeding

-Planting trees (Seattle Department of Transportation Urban Forestry will also be celebrating Arbor Day by planting trees at E Blaine Street)

-Planting native plants such as red twig dogwood and snowberry

-Spreading Mulch

3:45-4:00 pm – Clean-up

4:00 - 7:00 pm – After Party Event 

In preparation for the event, SDOT crews will trim some trees along the corridor (and use the wood chips for the event), tag invasive plants for removal and put up no parking signs (to designate staging areas needed during the event). 

I look forward to working with you on this exciting opportunity to clean up the neighborhood.  Please let me know if you’d like to attend.


Thérèse Casper

Seattle Department of Transportation

(206) 684-8764

 PS  Our next stakeholder meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 26 from 3 to 5 pm.  I’ll be sending you an agenda and meeting materials next week.

Eastlake weekly police reports: Auto theft, burglary are highlights

The week’s Seattle Police reports for Eastlake include a vehicle theft, an unsuccessful burglary and pot possession:

  • March 29: Threats, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 5:40 p.m.
  • March 31: Theft, auto accessories, 1000 block of Fairview Ave. E., 7:27 p.m.
  • April 1: Burglary, forced residential, 1900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 8:15 a.m.: Suspect attempted to make entry to an apartment but was unable to because a deadbolt lock prevented entry.
  • April 1: Fraud, credit, 1500 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 11:30 p.m.
  • April 2: Marijuana possession, 2800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 4:51 p.m.
  • April 4: Auto theft, 2700 block of Boylston, 12:01 a.m.: The car, a red Honda Civic, was stolen sometime between midnight and 9:45 a.m.

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Seattle Times: Ghosts of city’s maritime past lie at bottom of Lake Union

Deborah Bach of Three Sheets Northwest has a fascinating story in The Seattle Times today and at Three Sheets about the sunken boats that lie beneath Lake Union.

It had never occurred to me that there would be sunken vessels beneath Lake Union but they’re there. Bach writes that the Center for Wooden Boats is leading the search for sunken boats at 20 locations.

So far, they’ve found a number of wrecks, Bach writes:

Teams of highly trained and well-equipped volunteer divers have found a dozen shipwrecks — some stacked on top of each other. Those include old sloops, a cannery tender, a powerboat that once was a liveaboard, a 1942 minesweeper named Gypsy Queen, a 1908 Navy barge named Foss 54 and an 1888 tugboat, the J.E. Boyden.

You can read the best of Bach’s story and see photos of some of the wrecks at the Times website or at Three Sheets Northwest.