Monthly Archives: April 2012

New Park and Pedestrian Walkway in Eastlake needs your support

Dear Eastlake Neighbors:

I am writing to you to look for community support for the development of a pedestrian connection, possibly a pathway + stairs, via the East Howe right of way. If you’re not familiar with this public right of way, it is approximately on the north edge of the old Siam Lake Union property on Fairview and is currently subsumed into the parking lot of the adjacent office building. This connection would allow access from Capitol Hill through Colonnade Park to Fairview Ave E.

Currently, the development of the former Siam site offers a chance to design and have funded a pathway/ connection along the East Howe right of way, if the community shows enough interest. If we do not support a preservation of this public right of way at this time, it likely will be lost forever to public use.

Another reason why it would be especially good to act now is because of the vacancy NOAA has created and the resulting potential for incorporating better public access to the shores of Lake Union at this location. The developer for the Siam site is expressing a strong interest in contributing to the design and development of this pedestrian walkway, so right now a few things have come together to create a brief window of opportunity to talk back a public access route, and at the same time enhance our neighborhood’s pedestrian-friendliness.

To summarize, I am make a plea for your help in bringing back/ preserving E Howe as a critical link from Capitol Hill to the east shores of Lake Union. Please express your support NOW so this path may isn’t lost to the community forever.

You can email the following people at the City with your comments:

Peter Hahn, Director of Seattle Transportation, peter.hahn@seattle.govMoira Gray, Street and Alley Vacations, Seattle Transportation,

For your information I have attached a map and pictures of similar proposals. If you would like to see something along the lines of the Harbor Steps downtown or the Wallingford Steps at the north end of Lake Union, please let me know and show your support for this project.

I will make petitions available to sign at various businesses in the neighborhood. Also include with this post is a copy of the petition in pdf format. If you would like an electronic copy, I will email you the petition in printable form. Also, please consider writing an email or letter in support of this project. Please send me a copy at the email address below or drop it by Lake Union Mail at 117 East Louisa St, #187, Seattle WA 98102.

Thank you,

Brian Ramey

Lake Union Neighbors

Eastlake police reports include disturbances and car prowls

Eastlake police reports for the week include several disturbances and car prowls:

  • April 17: Trespass, 2200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 9:37 p.m.
  • April 19: Vehicle theft, 3100 block of Portage Bay Pl. E., 8 p.m.
  • April 20: Felony warrant service, 2300 block of Minor Ave. E., 12:04 a.m.
  • April 20: Noise disturbance, 2900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 4:53 a.m.
  • April 20: Noise disturbance, 2300 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 6:12 p.m.
  • April 21: Liquor violation, 2300 block of Franklin Ave. E., 9 a.m.
  • April 21: Noise disturbance, 2700 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 9:44 a.m.
  • April 21: Disturbance, 3100 block of Franklin Ave. E., 9:51 p.m.
  • April 22: Noise disturbance, 2300 block of Fairview Ave. E., 4:50 a.m.
  • April 22: Car prowl, 3200 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 5:50 a.m.
  • April 22: Car prowl, 3300 block of Fuhrman Ave. E., 1:37 p.m.
  • April 23: Mischief, 1800 block of Fairview Ave. E., 1:59 p.m.
  • April 24: Accident investigation, E. Garfield and Franklin E., 12:49 p.m.

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KING 5 News: SPD swarms Eastlake in weapons raid (with video)

UPDATE: The SPD Blotter has a report up on this incident. The SPD says eight people were arrested at the home in the 2300 block of Minor Ave. E. The blotter item says:

One of the men, 27, was wanted on an outstanding federal fugitive warrant as well as local charges and his brother, 33, was also wanted on warrants.

Detectives who searched the residence found two AR-15′s, one equipped with a military-style grenade launcher, and a large smoke grenade. Photos of the recovered weapons are at the SPD Blotter.

Six of those arrested were interviewed and released. The two men with warrants were booked into the King County Jail.

KING 5 News reported last night on a Seattle Police Department weapons raid at a house at Minor E. and E. Louisa on Thursday evening.

KING’s video report shows SWAT team members on the streets and a flash grenade going off. KING reports that people in a house at the intersection were detained. 

KING’s report says police were acting on a tip that a wanted felon was in the house and that weapons were also there.

The raid came after an announcement on Wednesday that SPD has partnered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the FBI in a renewed drive to get weapons off the city’s streets.

KIRO TV News also has a report this morning.

Police reports for Eastlake include a burglary, two car prowls, more

Seattle Police reports for Eastlake for the last two weeks include a burglary, two car prowls and several disturbances:

  • April 4: Illegal dumping, 1800 block of Fairview Ave. E., 2 a.m.
  • April 4: Theft, other, 1800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 11 p.m.
  • April 5: Illegal burn, Franklin Ave. E. and E. Boylston, 12:49 a.m.
  • April 6: Property found, 2000 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 5:29 p.m.
  • April 7: Driving under the influence, Eastlake E. and Fairview Ave. N., 8:58 a.m.
  • April 7: Property destruction, 1500 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 7:55 p.m.
  • April 8: Burglary, unoccupied structure on residential property, 2800 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 4:03 p.m.
  • April 9: Noise disturbance, 2500 block of Minor Ave. E., 2:20 a.m.
  • April 9: Accident investigation, E. Roanoke and Boylston Ave. E., 4:11 p.m.
  • April 9: Vehicle theft, 2300 block of Boylston Ave. E., 7 p.m.
  • April 11: Car prowl, 2300 block of Franklin Ave. E., 3:55 a.m.
  • April 11: Narcotics, 2300 block of Minor Ave. E., 10 a.m.
  • April 12: Disturbance, 200 block of E. Garfield, 10:22 a.m.
  • April 12: Car prowl, 200 block of E. Edgar St., 11:54 a.m.
  • April 13: Driving under the influence, I-5 and E. Roanoke, 3:40 a.m.
  • April 13: Noise disturbance, 2900 block of Eastlake Ave. E., 4:19 a.m.
  • April 14: Disturbance, E. Garfield and Eastlake E., 10:03 p.m.
  • April 15: Fire response, E. Roanoke and Fairview Ave. E., 4:04 p.m.
  • April 16: Accident investigation, Eastlake Ave. E. and E. Shelby, 5:09 p.m.
  • April 17: Accident investigation, 200 block of E. Blaine St., 7:40 a.m.

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Body parts found in Eastlake linked to murder victim

UPDATE: The Seattle Times reports that the murder victim whose body parts were found under the Ship Canal Bridge is Donald S. Meyer, a 53-year-old Ballard man.

The Seattle Police Department is reporting this morning that body parts found under the Ship Canal Bridge in December belong to a murder victim discovered last July.

According to the SPD, DNA tests confirm that the body parts found in the 3100 block of Fairview Ave. E. on the morning of Dec. 10, 2011, belong to a 53-year-old man whose torso was discovered at a recycling plant in Georgetown in July, 2011.

The SPD Blotter quotes Seattle Police Department Homicide Unit Lieutenant Steve Wilske as saying: 

“We’ve been able to link the two sets of remains. They are from the same person.”

The case is still being investigated, Lt. Wilske is quoted as saying, adding that detectives believe it was “not a random act.”

Three volunteers from Heroes for the Homeless were checking the hillside on the morning of Dec. 10 when a volunteer stepped on a plastic bag containing a human leg. 

The Seattle P-I has more details on the case.

Our post from December is here.

Roanoke Park planting party photos

Eastlake neighbors gathered at the newly renovated Roanoke Park (E. Roanoke and Fairview E.) on Saturday, March 31, to put in new plants.

Despite cold and rain, a group of about two dozen volunteers gathered to do the planting. Amanda Bailey, a local landscape designer, did the planting design for the park, which was renovated by the city. Carsten Stinn, a local resident and project manager at Perkins+Will, spearheaded the project. Perkins+Will allowed Stinn and others to work on the project as part of the firm’s committment to the community.

The project was sponsored by the Eastlake Social Club with the support of the Eastlake Community Council, the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department and the Seattle Department of Transportation. Funding for the $50,000 project is coming from the city.

A second piece of Roanoke Park, which faces Mallard Cove, remains to be renovated. Funding for that project isn’t yet available.

Thanks to Carsten Stinn for providing the photos.