Monthly Archives: July 2011

Third floating home arrives at Wards Cove

A third floating home arrived at the Wards Cove dock on Fairview Avenue E. on Friday, July 22. 

The 2,000-square-foot home was built on the Ship Canal and towed from Fremont to join two other houseboats being built on the dock. Owners are Art and Eva Wahl who told KOMO that they sold their home on the land in order to have the adventure of living on a houseboat.

The Wards Cove development is touted as having the last new houseboat slips to be offered on Lake Union. It is located where the Wards Cove Packing Company previously had docks and storage buildings for its Alaska fishing fleet.

According to Joel Blair of Wards Cove, five of the 12 slips on the dock have been sold. According to KOMO, prices for the slips range from $600,000 to $920,000.

Read more of KOMO’s story and see photos at

Read our previous post about the Wards Cove development here.

Accidents and bike thefts highlight Eastlake weekly police reports

Highlights of the Seattle Police reports for Eastlake for the week include numerous accidents and bicycle thefts:

  • July 19: Auto theft, Eastlake E. and E. Lynn, 11:45 p.m.
  • July 20: Disturbance, E. Boston and Boylston E., 12:02 a.m.
  • July 20: Noise disturbance, 2000 block of Fairview Ave. E., 12:15 a.m.
  • July 21: Bicycle theft, 1500 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 8 a.m.
  • July 21: Residential burglary, bicycle theft, 2800 block of Franklin Ave. E., 9:11 a.m.: The victim reported that two bicycles were stolen from the lobby of the building where he lives. 
  • July 21: Theft, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 1:22 p.m.
  • July 21: Miscellaneous theft, 100 block of E. Allison, 5:09 p.m.
  • July 21: Accident investigation, Franklin E. and E. Roanoke, 6:17 p.m.
  • July 21: Bicycle theft, 1500 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 6:28 p.m.
  • July 21: Theft, Eastlake E. and E. Lynn, 11:29 p.m.
  • July 22: Accident investigation, 2200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 2:26 a.m.
  • July 22: Accident investigation, Boylston E. and E. Louisa, 12:22 p.m.
  • July 22: Accident investigation, Eastlake E. and E. Louisa, 7:22 p.m.
  • July 22: Accident investigation, E. Lynn and Boylston E., 9:45 p.m.
  • July 22: Liquor violation, intoxicated person, 1900 block of Eastlake E., 11:15 p.m.
  • July 23: Boat theft, 2200 block of Fairview Ave. E., 9:30 p.m.
  • July 24: Assault with weapon, Boylston E. and E. Boston, 
  • July 24: Assault, Eastlake E. and E. Hamlin, 8:03 a.m.
  • July 24: Property recovered, 200 block of E. Edgar, 1:02 p.m.
  • July 26: Trespass, 1800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 9:53 a.m.
  • July 26: Liquor violation, E. Newton and Fairview E., 2:32 p.m.

See the complete map at

This week’s Eastlake police reports include 3 cars thefts, numerous car prowls

Three car thefts and numerous car prowls highlight this week’s Seattle Police reports for Eastlake:

  • July 13: Car prowl, 1200 block of Eastlake E., 6:39 p.m.
  • July 13: Noise disturbance, 2000 block of Boylston E., 11:13 p.m.
  • July 14: Property destruction, Fairview E. and E. Boston, 12:48 p.m.
  • July 14: Disturbance, 2200 block of Franklin Ave. E., 7 p.m.
  • July 14: Noise disturbance, 2800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 10:57 p.m.
  • July 15: Property destruction, 2200 block of Franklin Ave. E., 10:36 a.m.
  • July 15: Car prowl, 3200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 2:53 p.m.
  • July 16: Fire, 1600 block of Fairview Ave. E., 12:17 p.m.
  • July 16: Auto theft, 2900 block of Franklin Ave. E., 2:14 p.m.
  • July 16: Harrassment, threats, 2000 block of Fairview Ave. E., 4:53 p.m.
  • July 16: Theft, Eastlake E. and E. Lynn, 7:50 p.m.
  • July 18: Accident investigation, Portage Bay Pl. E. and Eastlake Ave. E., 3:21 p.m.
  • July 18: Car prowl, E. Newton and Boylston E., 6:16 p.m.
  • July 19: Car prowl, 2600 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 7:25 a.m.
  • July 19: Auto theft, 2800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 7:56 a.m.
  • July 19: Auto theft, 2600 Franklin Ave. E., 10:56 a.m.
  • July 19: Fraud, identity theft, 1900 block of Fairview E., noon.

See the complete map at

Eastlake roundup: Little Water reviewed, cruise the lake and more

A few notes from around the neighborhood:

Seattle Times reviews Little Water Cantina: Providence Cicero of the Times reviewed Eastlake’s newest restaurant, Little Water Cantina, on Friday. Cicero loved the view at Little Water and most of what she ate.

Noting that chef and Little Water co-owner Shannon Wilkinson (with his wife, Laura) worked on TV’s “Top Chef,” Cicero wrote that Wilkinson “filters his love of Mexican cuisine through a TV producer’s lens. Nearly every plate is ready for its glamour shot. The best of them thrill with clean, focused flavors.” 

Read more of Cicero’s review here.

Cruise two lakes on Thursday: The Eastlake Community Council and Champagne Cruises are sponsoring a boat tour of Lake Union and Lake Washington on Thursday evening. Cost is $10 and includes appetizers by Eastlake restaurants.There will be a no-host cash-bar.

The boat, the Islander, boards at 1611 Fairview Ave. E. (see attached map) at 5:30 p.m. and departs at 6:30 p.m. It returns by 8:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets, go to Brown Paper Tickets. For more information, contact or (206) 329-5824.

Quick Stop Grocery and Deli for lease: We wrote about the sudden closure in April of the Quick Stop Grocery and Deli, 2352 Eastlake Ave. E. At the time, a sign in the window said the store would reopen soon under new management. Now, a sign at the building says it is available to lease.

Anyone interested in opening a market in Eastlake? Here’s your chance.

Eastlake weekly police reports include a truck theft, numerous car prowls

A truck theft and several car prowls top the list of Seattle Police reports for Eastlake in the last week:

  • July 6: Vehicle theft – truck, Eastlake E. and E. Boston, 2:37 a.m.
  • July 7: Theft, 2800 block of Franklin Ave. E., 7:50 a.m.
  • July 7: Drug related casualty, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 9:57 p.m.
  • July 8: Disturbance, Furhman E. and Fairview E., 4:33 a.m.
  • July 8: Car prowl, Fuhrman E. and E. Allison, 9:30 a.m.
  • July 9: Car prowl, 900 block of E. Allison, 6:30 p.m.
  • July 10: Car prowl, 2300 block of Yale E., midnight.
  • July 10: Car prowl, 3200 block of Franklin Ave. E., 11:08 a.m.
  • July 10: Noise disturbance, 2500 block of Fairview E., 12:25 a.m.
  • July 11: Stolen auto recovery, 2800 block of Fairview Ave. E., 2:02 a.m.
  • July 11: Forgery, bad checks, 1500 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 1:34 p.m.
  • July 12: Theft, 2200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 9:04 a.m.
  • July 12: Disturbance, 1900 block of Franklin Ave. E., 9:56 a.m.
  • July 12: Theft, E. Blaine and Franklin E., 12:04 p.m.

See the complete map at

Vive la France! Celebrate Bastille Day at the Bouledrome on Thursday

The Eastlake Social Club will be celebrating Bastille Day, the French national holiday that marks the storming of the Bastille in 1789, with a potluck and petanque tournament on Thursday, July 14.

The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the fabled Eastlake Bouledrome at Fairview Avenue E. and E. Louisa. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish and “meet your fellow Eastlake Social Club members as well as the the secret members of the Independent Petanque club of Eastlake!” according to a post on the Social Club’s Facebook page.

Petanque is the French version of the Italian game of bocci. The short version of how to play the game: Roll the large silver balls as close to the small, orange “piglet” ball as you can. Closest counts and the team that is nearest the piglet wins. You can learn more about the game at the Petanque American website.

We wrote about the Eastlake Bouledrome in a post from July 2009. The neighborhood project turned a parking lot into a street end park and petanque court. From the post:

Linda Furney, Carsten Stinn and their son, Enzo (Teamenzo), were instrumental (with the help of many neighbors) in getting the project done in 2006. According to a blog post from Teamenzo in 2007, it took about six months of working with various City departments and local businesses to create the Bouledrome and petanque court.

The site had previously been parking for a dock and boat repair business. When the business was closed and the dock replaced by houseboats, the street end became available for development. Teamenzo and other neighbors sprang into action to make the park and petanque court a reality.

Petanque is a relaxed, social game that is fun for all ages (and more complicated than it looks). Come celebrate Bastille Day, learn how to play and mark the creation of the French Republic!

Groundbreaking marks start of blood center’s move to Eastlake

The former home of the Gates Foundation in Eastlake took a step toward its new role as home for the Puget Sound Blood Center with a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, July 6.

According to a press release from the blood center, a crowd of 100 turned out for Wednesday’s event that marks the beginning of a remodeling project to convert the former Gates Foundation offices at 1551 Eastlake E. into lab space for the center’s researchers. A total of 45,000 square feet will be remodeled.

Target date for the opening is December. The project is being funded with a $1 million anonymous donation. The facility will enable the blood center to double its research staff and also provide better opportunities for it to collaborate with other institutions, such as the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle Children’s and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Among those speaking at the event were Dr. James P. AuBuchon, the Blood Center’s President and CEO; Dr. José López; John Cox, senior vice president Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.; and Kevin Smith, BNBuilders.

Woman shot in face with fireworks at Eastlake July 4 party

Police report that a woman attending a party at a house near Eastlake Ave. E. and E. Hamlin on July 4 was injured when a man shot her in the face with a firework.

The woman told police she had watched the fireworks from a rooftop deck. After the show, she went down to the alley to leave. There were 40-50 people in the alley attending a party at another house. She said a man who appeared to be drunk was shooting off fireworks into the crowd. One of the fireworks hit her in the face causing her to be burned.

The suspect’s girlfriend drove the victim to a hospital emergency room to be treated. The victim told police she doesn’t believe the suspect did this intentionally and that she didn’t want to pursue criminal charges but would like him to pay for her medical bills.

She wasn’t able to tell officers who lives at the house she was at or where exactly the party was at. Friends who were with her were also unable to give officers a location. Officers went to Eastlake E. and E. Hamlin but were unable to find the party.

This story was first reported by

I-5 Mercer ramps, 520 bridge closed this week

MONDAY MORNING UPDATE: The I-5 ramps at Mercer and 520 bridge have both reopened to traffic. The next ramp closures will be July 22-25 and 520 will be closed again on Aug. 26-29.

Two weekend road closures are having an impact on Eastlake this weekend. The closures are expected to cause more than the usual congestion on I-5 and I-90 at midday on Saturday and Sunday:

I-5 Mercer Street ramps: The Ramps getting on to I-5 at Mercer are closed again as work continues on the project to untangle the Mercer Mess. The ramps will be closed until 5 a.m. Monday.

During the closure, Mercer is shut to traffic from Westlake to Fairview and Fairview is closed between Mercer and Valley. The I-5 on-ramp at University is also closed to improve traffic flow during the closure. Detour routes will be marked and police will be directing traffic at some intersections.

If you’re riding Metro to or from downtown, be aware that all routes are moved off of Fairview and on to Eastlake during the closure. 

For more information on the Mercer Corridor Project, including maps of ways to get around the weekend closures, go to the Seattle Department of Transportation’s website. The next I-5 ramp closures will be the weekend of July 22-25.

520 bridge closure: The 520 floating bridge is also closed this weekend until 5 a.m. Monday. The closure is to allow an annual inspection of the bridge as well as installation of a culvert under the freeway on the Bellevue side of the lake. Details on this project can be found on the state department of transportation’s website.

Here’s what you need to know for this year’s Fourth in Eastlake

It’s that time! The annual Fourth of July fireworks show at Lake Union is almost here.

Eastlake is bracing, as we always do, to receive our share of the expected 100,000 people who will be somewhere around the lake to see the holiday show.

The main question everyone always wants answered is: When should I tell my guests to arrive? When Seattle Police Officer Chris Kelley spoke at an Eastlake Community Council public meeting in June, his advice was that the best time to arrive is 6 to 7 p.m. (unless they’re coming for the day) and the best time to leave is after 11 p.m. 

Printable map of parking/traffic restrictions

The area in the neighborhood with the tightest access and parking restrictions is from Eastlake west to the houseboats. If you live in that area, your guests won’t need a written invite but they will need to know where they’re going and where they’re going to park. Officers will start to shut off vehicular access to that area around 8:30 p.m. 

Parking is always very tight on the Fourth. Parking along Eastlake Avenue is mostly prohibited on the Fourth. Several other streets have parking prohibitions. If you or your guests block driveways or fire hydrants or park in areas marked “no parking” for the day, you will be towed. Some residents and businesses will be renting parking in their lots. The best bet is probably to take a Metro bus.

After the fireworks are over, SPD concentrates on getting people out of the area. Some streets (Lynn and Harvard) become one-way heading away from Eastlake. Check the map attached to this story for more information. A downloadable PDF of the map is here.

For complete details on parking and access, check our previous post.

Other links that you may find useful on the Fourth:

  • Our list of businesses that are open in Eastlake is here
  • Information on the Family Fourth at Lake Union and the fireworks can be found on their website.
  • Metro will be running on a Sunday schedule on the Fourth. To see if your route has trips that are canceled, check the Metro website.
  • Starbucks will be hosting a clean-up day around Lake Union on Tuesday, July 5. Eastlake’s Rogers Playfield will be one of the staging areas. If you’d like to take part, information and registration is here.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!