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Seattle Police reports in Eastlake this week include a stolen vehicle, two accidents, a car prowl and more:
This year's Night Out Against Crime event is tomorrow (Tuesday, Aug. 7). During this evening event, people all over Seattle gather at block parties in their neighborhoods.
This year, there will be three block parties in Eastlake:
The block parties usually begin around 6 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. or so.
The 28th Annual Night Out Against Crime event will be Tuesday evening, Aug. 7.
Seattle residents can get free permits to close off their street for these block parties that provide neighbors a chance to get to know each other, heighten crime prevention awareness, build support for anti-crime efforts and promote unity.
There are at least two Eastlake events that I know of, both on Franklin E.:
Are you planning a Night Out block party in Eastlake? Let me know in the comments below or email me at email@example.com.
For more information on the event, including instructions on how to register your event, go to the Seattle Police Department's website.
Tuesday evening's incessant thump-a-thon carried on prevailing winds hard into Eastlake was just a little too much for me. This morning's e-mailed noise complaint has the SPD North Precinct and Harbor Patrol communicating. So next time the drum circles break out, please don't feel like your accoustical deportation to Boreo has to last until the Gas Works drummers wear out. The cops (non-emergency line) should be helpful enforcing the repetitive noise provisions of the Noise Ordinance which are posted at the park.
Police reports for Eastlake for the last two weeks include a restaurant burglary and thefts of a bicycle, a motorcycle and a car:
In case you've been wondering, Eastlake won't be affected by the current garbage haulers' strike in Seattle.
That's because Eastlake, as well as the rest of central and northeast Seattle, are serviced by CleanScapes. The strike involves unionized workers for Waste Management, which serves other parts of the city. You can see the affected areas on this map from the city's website.
According to a press release from Seattle Public Utilities, the strike is affecting about 60 percent of the city.
The Seattle Times is reporting that Waste Management brought in outside workers today (Friday, July 27) to collect garbage from hospitals, day cares and nursing homes.
The dispute centers on a wage disparity between Waste Management's recycling truck drivers and drivers of garbage trucks. Recycling drivers at Waste Management earn about $9 less an hour than garbage workers, according to the Seattle Times. The Times story notes this isn't the case at CleanScapes:
The signs are popping up all over Eastlake: Yellow, letter-sized notices about a new development on Franklin Avenue E.:
The notice ends by noting that: “These building are permanent and Eastlake will suffer for a long time.”
The development in question will replace a house at 2371 Franklin Ave. E. The official city permit for the project says it contains five units, but neighbors note that it will actually have 39 individual units grouped around common kitchens on each floor (a basement and four other floors, with one kitchen on each floor).
If it was counted as 39 units, the development would require environmental and design reviews and offer neighborhood residents a chance to have input on the building.
The neighbors also question locating such a project, which they fear will have transient occupants, just two doors from the TOPS@Seward School and two houses away from a daycare center.
Members of the Eastlake group have organized under the name Count Units Properly Please. They’ve been writing to Mayor McGinn, members of the city council and the Department of Planning and Development questioning how a building with 39 individual bedrooms can be counted as five-units. They are also concerned because, under existing city zoning laws and policies, the new building won’t need to provide parking for its residents.
Delight Roberts, one of the neighbors opposed to the new building, noted in a letter to Mayor Mike McGinn that she and her husband, who have a toddler son, are “invested in the community.” When they moved to Eastlake there weren’t many children in the neighborhood, she writes, but that more families with kids are moving in. Her letter continues:
In a letter mailed to Diane Sugimura, director of the Department of Planning and Development, which is handling permits for the project, Roberts and several other neighbors (Carol Eychaner, Martin Cobb, Jules James, Christy Elton, Russ Anders, Tom Im, Colette and Chris Gordon, and Sharon and Aaron Grey) made their case for counting 39 units in the building:
Neighbor Jules James questions what type of lease will be made for each unit. He notes that the Fair Housing Act requires a 24-hour notice before a rental agent can enter a unit. Will all the units on a floor be given notice that an agent will be entering to show off a unit? he wonders.
In a June 28 letter to neighbors, Sugimara notes that the DPD “must review a proposed project based on adopted regulations and processes that apply to a particular site.” She says that the area has been zoned Lowrise 3, which allows apartment buildings up to 40 or 44 feet tall, since the early 1980s “and probably well before that time.”
As to the tenants who might live there, Sugimura noted that “we (DPD) cannot regulate the type of tenants allowed through Land Use Code regulations; this is not something that DPD has the authority to control.”
Several neighbors had expressed concern that the project was on a “fast track” to approval. Sugimura noted in her letter that it qualifies for “Priority Green, which has a shorter initial review time to encourage people to develop more sustainable buildings.”
Bryan Stevens, a spokesperson for the DPD, said Thursday that the project is still being reviewed by ordinance and structural reviewers. The construction permit approval process generally takes about six to eight weeks, he said.
“That’s not been completed,” he said. “That’s the last step before we let the applicant come and pick up their plans.”
Stevens noted that even if DPD felt that there needed to be a change in policy regarding projects such as 2371 Franklin E., any change wouldn’t affect projects currently under review.
In her letter to the Eastlake neighbors, Sugimura said that this type of building helps to fill a need for affordable housing. She says the DPD has heard concerns about this type of building from other neighborhoods and she’s discussed this with Mayor McGinn and city council members.
“At this time,” she says in her letter, “our direction is to monitor them (the buildings) to determine if we are seeing unintended consequences from such development, and determine if any code changes are needed.”
UPDATE: This post has been changed since it was first published. Information on how long the construction permit process takes has been added.
UPDATE, Sunday, 10 a.m.: Paving on the University Bridge has been completed early. The bridge is now open.
ORIGINAL POST: The University Bridge will be closed to vehicles this weekend for a repaving project.
The bridge will be closed both days from 4 a.m. to midnight. Pedestrians and bicycles will still be able to cross and the bridge will still open for boat traffic, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.
SDOT crews will be repaving 400 feet of the roadway north of the drawspan. Crews will also be doing spot repairs on the sidewalks, inspecting the concrete portion of the bridge deck and doing minor maintenance on the section south of the drawspan.
Signs and police officers will indicate detour routes during the closures. Metro will be rerouting buses that use Eastlake Avenue. See their website for more information.
Chefs at two Eastlake restaurants will soon have a much shorter trip to get fresh ingredients: They’ll just have to go upstairs.
A new garden, located on a patio one floor above the street, will benefit the kitchens and patrons at Ravish and Sushi Kappo Tamura. The two restaurants are located on the first floor at Ruby Condos in the 2900 block of Eastlake Ave. E.
The patio is actually part of the residential portion of the building. In addition to views of Lake Union, residents at Ruby are now relaxing amidst vegetables that will soon be gracing the plates of restaurant patrons below.
The garden was planted on June 25. Chefs Taichi Kitamura and Hiro Tawara from Sushi Kappo Tamura, and Ravish’s owner, Lizbet Mielke, chef Kelly Daly and general manager Nick La Porta were checking out its progress earlier in the week.
It will soon be time to start harvesting the garden. A radish was pulled up, inspected and deemed ripe.
“I could serve that,” Kitamura noted.
Ruby’s patio has had planters ever since the building was completed. Kitamura says the plants, which included ornamental grasses, weren’t doing so great.
Enter Seattle Urban Farm Company, a firm that designs and builds food-producing gardens in the city and suburbs. Brad Halm, one of the founders of Seattle Urban Farm, says the company knew Kitamura and thought the patio at Ruby had good potential for a garden.
“They have an emphasis on sustainability at Tamura and Ravish,” Halm says. “They thought this would be a great step to bring more local food into their restaurants.”
Seattle Urban Farm does a lot of home gardens and has been trying to expand into more commercial projects. They previously planted a rooftop garden at Bastille in Ballard 3.5 years ago that they are still taking care of.
Seattle Urban Farm and the restaurants worked with the board at Ruby Condos to create an agreement for use of the space, a process that took about six to eight months.
The company then talked with the chefs to decide what vegetables to plant. Seattle Urban Farm did the planting and their staff visits two to three times a week to take care of the garden. They’ll even do the harvesting, although chefs Kitamura and Daly say the expect to make trips to pick items for the evening’s menu.
In addition to the radishes, the garden includes squash, greens like chard and kale, onions, chives, beets, lavender and herbs such as sage and thyme. One unusual plant is shiso, which Kitamura describes as a sort of Japanese basil.
There’s also a part of the garden for the homeowners that contains a mix of herbs and other plants.
Not all the beds have been planted. Halm says they are planting a small amount each week so that new crops will always become available. The growing season should continue through the winter, he says. They’ve been able to do that at Bastille and “it’s been quite successful.”
The chefs say they’re excited about the potential for the produce from the garden.
“Whatever will grow here, I’ll cook with it,” Daly says.
This week's Seattle Police reports for Eastlake include a one-car accident, a car theft and more:
See the map at 911Seattle.com.
Construction is set to begin Monday, July 16, on improvements for the intersection where Fairview Avenue N. meets Fairview Avenue E. at the southern end of the Eastlake neighborhood (see map).
Work on the project is expected to be completed by Aug. 3, although that schedule might slip, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.
From July 23 to Aug. 3, Fairview E. will be closed while work on realigning the intersection is under way. Pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles will need to use alternate routes. This section of Fairview is part of the Cheshiahud Loop Trail around Lake Union.
Making improvements to the intersection, which is known for speeding vehicle and dicey crossing for pedestrians, has been a priority for the Eastlake community since the 1990s. Funding for the project was obtained in September 2010 and a community open house took place in October of that year to hear preliminary plans.
A press release from SDOT lists the following improvements for the intersection and the stretch of Fairview E. from Fairview N. to E. Blaine:
A 6-foot asphalt walkway will be built on the waterside of Fairview E. as part of the Cheshiahud Loop Trail.
The SDOT website shows a map of the project area (see attached PDF) but no drawings of the final design. I'm asking the city for more information.
SDOT says construction will run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. There will be parking and load restrictions in the area during construction.
Update: This post has been updated since it was first published. The year when funding was obtained has been corrected.
A 49-year-old man who drove his SUV into a light pole at Fairview and Galer in Eastlake on Friday evening was expected to recover from his injuries, according to a Seattle Fire Department spokesperson.
The man was the only occupant of the vehicle.
According to SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore, the unnamed driver was traveling north on Fairview at about 8:35 p.m. when his vehicle swerved off the road and plowed into the pole. Two doctors from Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma who witnessed the accident stabilized the patient while they waited for SFD emergency crews to arrive.
Moore said the driver was trapped inside the vehicle under the dash, emergency brake, steering column and seat.
"The car sort of caved in around him," Moore said.
It took emergency crews an hour to cut away pieces of the car to extricate the driver. Emergency crews were able to get an IV line in the driver, who was conscious and alert the whole time, Moore said. The driver had serious head and chest injuries, which Moore characterized as "non-life threatening."
"It looks like he'll survive," Moore said. The driver was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.
Moore said the Seattle Police Department will determine the cause of the crash after an investigation.
KOMO News has video showing the rescue of the driver:
Eastlake residents may find two events that will have an impact on traffic this weekend:
520 bridge closed: The 520 floating bridge will close at 11 p.m. tonight (Friday, July 13) and will reopen at 5 a.m. Monday, July 16, at the latest. This latest closure will allow work on the Eastside that is part of the project to replace the bridge. More information on the closure, as well as maps of alternate routes, are on the Washington State Department of Transportation's website.
STP riders: If you're up early on Saturday morning you might catch sight of 10,000 participants in the annual Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic as they ride through the north end of the neighborhood starting at little after 5 a.m. Riders will cross the University Bridge, then head down Fuhrman Avenue E. on their way out of town. More information is at the Cascade Bicycle Club's website.
See Jane Run Half Marathon: A women's half marathon runs through Eastlake on Sunday morning following the route of the Cheshiahud Loop down Fairview Ave....
Police reports in Eastlake this week include one car theft, several auto accidents, disturbances and more:
See the map at 911Seattle.com.
It's the Fourth of July and the sun is shining. It's a miracle!
Here are a few quick notes from Eastlake this morning:
Parking: The parking ban on Eastlake Avenue E. began at 11 a.m. Don't try to park along Eastlake or you'll get a ticket and probably get towed as well. More information on the Seattle Police Department's plans for parking can be found in our previous post.
I-5 ramps at Roanoke, Boylston and the southbound exit at Mercer will be closed at 9 p.m. and won't reopen until after the fireworks are done at about 10:30 p.m.
Cheshiahud Challenge: The Museum of History and Industry has put together a history quiz geared to the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop trail. Walk the trail, stop at the spots marked on the map and answer a history question. Leave your completed form at the MOHAI booth at South Lake Union Park or the information booth at Gas Works Park and you'll be entered to win two three-day Gold passes to Bumbershoot. More information on the challenge is at the MOHAI website. You can also download the map there.
Businesses open in Eastlake: Numerous businesses are open in Eastlake today, including several places to eat and get a drink. Check our previous post for more information.
There's a yard sale going on in a parking lot on the east side of Eastlake in the 2700 block. They'll be there until about 4 p.m.
Have a great -- and safe -- Fourth of July!
Police reports in Eastlake this week include a restaurant burglary, two stolen vehicles, numerous mischief complaints and more:
The Fourth of July is Wednesday and many Eastlake businesses will be open for the holiday. Our list is below.
The weather forecast looks promising. It won’t be the hottest Fourth ever but the clouds should part for the Lake Union fireworks and your backyard barbecue.
If you’re trying to get in or out of Eastlake during the day or during the fireworks show in the evening, check out our previous post for all the details on where to drive and park, and what to tell your guests.
Details on all the events going on around the lake can be found in our previous post and also at the websites for the Family 4th (they do the fireworks) and the Wooden Boat Show (it ends on Wednesday).
One of the best ways to get in and out of Eastlake is on a Metro bus. Metro will be running on a holiday schedule, which is the same as their Sunday schedule. Get more details at Metro's website.
And Seattle Public Utilities reports that there will be normal garbage collection on Wednesday. The North Transfer Station will be...
Seattle Police reports from Eastlake for the week include a case of narcotics possession, several accidents and a burglary:
The Fourth of July is next week and Eastlake is getting ready for the annual onslaught of fireworks enthusiasts coming for the Gas Works show.
Officers with the Seattle Police Department say their plan for controlling traffic and parking in Eastlake on the Fourth is essentially unchanged from last year. You’ll find the basics on where not to park, when and where access is controlled, and how to get out of the neighborhood after the show is over on the attached PDF map.
The fireworks show starts a little after 10 p.m. and runs about 20 minutes.
Three points stand out:
SPD will be limiting vehicle access to the area from Eastlake Ave. west to the water to try to control the number of people and cars in that part of the neighborhood. After the show, SPD’s goal is to move people and vehicles out of the neighborhood as quickly as possible. Things usually move fairly smoothly after the show but have some patience or wait until the traffic thins out.
If you have guests coming SPD will be checking to make sure they where they’re going and where they’ll park, especially in the evening. They don’t need a written invitation. The city will post notices on parking restrictions three days before the Fourth. The attached PDF also shows where not to park. (And yes, you will get ticketed and towed if you pick the wrong spot.)
Parking along Eastlake Avenue: It's tight. Parking is totally prohibited on both sides of Eastlake from Hamlin south to Newton from 11 a.m. to midnight on the Fourth. North of Hamlin, you won’t be able to park on the east side of the street. Warning signs will be up and officers will be out and ticketing people on the Fourth.
Pre-show limited access: The area west of Eastlake to the water will have limited access during the day (gray zone on the ). During the day, SPD officers will check with people attempting to drive in to that area to make sure they have a place to park and are aware that they’ll be towed if they park illegally.
Traffic barricades along Eastlake: On the , you’ll see orange barricades marked on Newton and along Eastlake. Officers will start staffing those positions around 6:30 p.m. Around 7:30 to 8 p.m., they’ll begin to assess the traffic and around 8:30 p.m. they’ll close car access to that area until after the show. You can always walk or ride a bike in to this area. After the show, barricades move from the west side of Eastlake to the east (blue circles on the map).
I-5 off ramps: They’ll be closed from 9 to 11 p.m. The Mercer, Boylston and Roanoke ramps are all closed at this time by the State Patrol. The Patrol will reopen them as quickly as possible after the fireworks. The Lakeview overpass will also be closed to cars and pedestrians during the show.
Street flow after the show: Big changes after the show is over. The two blocks of Lynn from Eastlake to Boylston become a one-way street heading east. If you want to go south on I-5, get in the right-hand lane. Want to go north? Get in the left-hand lane. Harvard E. from Roanoke to Eastlake becomes a one-way street going north. The goal of SPD after the show is to move people out of the area, Officer Kelley says.
Who ya gonna call? In past years, SPD has told me that if you see someone parking in front of a fire hydrant or blocking a driveway, call the police before the fireworks begin and they'll take care of it. Don't call the East Precinct; just call 9-1-1 to report it.
Fireworks: They’re illegal inside the city limits. But, folks have them and, as the SPD has said in the past, they just don’t have enough personnel to respond to every incident. If fireworks are potentially causing a fire or a safety hazard, Kelley says to call 9-1-1 to report it and police will take care of it.
I’ll be posting the list of Eastlake businesses that are open on the Fourth later this week. If your business will be open, please send me details and I'll add you to the list.
Police reports for Eastlake this week include several auto accidents, a burglary and more:
Feel like celebrating the start of summer during the solstice on Thursday, June 21? You'll have two events to choose from in Eastlake that evening:
Eastlake P-Patch Summer Solstice Celebration – Eastlake's favorite garden will be the scene of this solstice celebration. The evening will include live music, refreshments, $7 garden dinner plates by Balabuste catering, slug races, fitness and yoga demos, garden tours and a silent auction. Attendees are requested to bring a non-perishable food item as a food bank donation. Time: 4-8 p.m. Location: Eastlake P-Patch, 2900 Fairview Ave. E., next to Olmstead Park.
Roanoke Stree Mini Park Opening Celebration – Renovations were recently completed at the Roanoke Street Mini Park, Fairview Ave. E. and E. Roanoke St. The renovation was a project of Seattle Parks and Recreation, Perkins+Will, the Eastlake Social Club and the Seattle Conservation Corps. The park is part of the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop, a 6.2-mile pathway around the lake that highlights access...
It's just a bit over two weeks until the Fourth of July fireworks show brings thousands of people to Eastlake, Gas Works and Lake Union for the day.
Officers from the Seattle Police Department say their plans for traffic control and pedestrian access in Eastlake remain essentially unchanged from last year. As SPD Officer Chris Kelley told a public meeting last year, their goal is to limit vehicle traffic west of Eastlake Avenue to the water to try to control the number of people in that area.
Kelley told the Eastlake meeting last year that the best time for Eastlake residents to have guests arrive was 6 to 7 p.m. and the best time to leave was after 11 p.m. That advice hasn't changed. The fireworks show begins about 10 p.m. and will last for 21 minutes, according to the show’s producers.
I'll write in more detail about traffic plans closer to the Fourth. For now, refer to last year's post for details. The attached PDF shows all the closures and no parking zones at a glance and can be printed or forwarded to your guests.
According to a press release from One Reel (also attached), producer of the Family 4th, new events this year will encourage "revelers to enjoy attractions around the entirety of Lake Union on the 4th of July."
In addition to the fireworks and activities at Gas Works Park (music, food, kids events), the Wooden Boat Festival will be ending its five-day run at Lake Union Park at the south end of the lake. You'll be able to tour historic boats, build toy boats, take free boat rides and see a 24-hour boat-building challenge. There will also be live music. Get all the details at the Wooden Boat Festival's website.
New this year will be an interactive history tour of lake Union built around the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop. Participants will walk the loop with special game maps highlighting 15 History Trivia stops. Read the clues at each stop, write down your answers and turn in your map at either Gas Works or Lake Union parks to be entered to win two three-day Gold Passes to Bumbershoot.
Game maps will be available at the MOHAI booth in Lake Union Park, at the information booth at Gas Works and at Starbucks in Eastlake, Wallingford, Fremont and on Westlake Avenue. They'll also be available online closer to the event. (I'll post links when they go live.)
Starbucks, the presenting sponsor of the Family 4th, will be helping to clean up on Thursday, July 5. Volunteers will gather at Gas Work and Lake Union parks starting at 9 a.m. on July 5. There will be coffee, pastries and t-shirts. Theyll have all the supplies you need to help with the cleanup. Space is limited so register in advance at Starbucks' website.
I'll be posting a list of Eastlake merchants who will be open on the Fourth later in June as well as more detail on traffic plans. If your Eastlake business will be open, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eastlake police and fire reports this week include three accidents and one fire:
See the map at 911Seattle.com.
Eastlake police reports for the past week include a boat fire on North Northlake Way Saturday evening and two car prowls:
See the map at 911Seattle.com.
Spotted in the neighborhood.