Shooting and standoff on 32nd AVE NE

One man was shot in the leg, resulting in a standoff on 32nd Avenue Northeast near Northeast 145th Street. The shooting comes just days after another young man was found dead from a gunshot wound in a nearby parking lot.

About 11:20, a group of people that may be involved came out of the building with their hands up. Seattle Police said they may have been involved in an earlier dispute with the victim. Police said a total of 5 people were detained.

As SWAT officers moved in, police closed Lake City Way/Bothell Way NE and NE 145th Street.

The first medics were dispatched to the scene at 10:07am and the victim was transported in a medic unit.

From Seattle Police:

Police arrived in the 14300 block of 32nd Avenue NE around 10:15 AM after receiving reports one man had been shot. Officers found the man, who had sustained a gunshot wound to the leg. Medics transported the man to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

At the scene, officers learned a group of men and women had been in a dispute at a nearby apartment building just before the shooting. When the group emerged from the building, at least one man involved in the dispute opened fire, striking the victim.

Police are now searching for four men and a woman, who may have fled back into the building following the shooting.

SPD negotiators, SWAT, Washington State Patrol, Shoreline Police and Seattle patrol officers are all on scene working get the group to surrender to officers..

Some at the scene expressed concern about a rise of violence in the neighborhood with the death earlier in the week near Friday’s shooting scene. Some said they regularly hear gunfire in the neighborhood. Seattle Police spokesman Patrick Michaud said that if people feel unsafe they should call 911 to give police data to track crime trends in a neighborhood.

Police moved people back from the scene and said the area was not safe after Friday’s shooting. SWAT officers and an armored vehicle were used to clear people from an apartment building near the scene of the shooting. But it was unknown at the time if the suspect was still in the building.

Police said to avoid the area until they gave an all clear.

Large tree branch falls on car, closes NE 125th Street


A large branch fell from a tree over NE 125th Street, crashing down onto a passenger car. The driver had minor injuries according to the Seattle Police Department. 

The accident, reported at 8:24 am, had first responders arrive on scene to find a massive branch stretching across the entire road near 22nd Avenue Northeast, and resting on the fence of an adjacent home. 

The driver had minor injuries. The windshield of the car was shattered and the cars suspension was pushed low to the ground by the weight of the tree. 

Strong winds overnight likely weakened the branch.

The adjacent home escaped damage but the fence supporting some of the branch’s weight may need some repair. The property is the same spot where a car tumbled off the road and destroyed much of the fence in 2014. 

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Lake City Passport Program Underway


Last year’s winners surrounded by program supporters.

Want to support local businesses? Celebrate Lake City’s diversity? In it’s second year, this “World of Tastes in Lake City” program is designed to help do just that. Many of the participating businesses are family-owned by local Lake City residents.


To participate, grab a passport from Kaffeeklatsch.  Visit the other participating restaurants and markets any time between now and August 9th. Once you’ve completed your passport, return it to Kaffeeklatsch. Winners will be drawn at random from completed passports. First prize this year is a $250 Visa gift card!


What is a “Community Conversation” (and Why Should I Care?)

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A design concept presented as a possibility for redeveloping property owned by the Pierre family.

Do you ever feel like you’re the last to know? Where did all those speed bumps come from? Wait, there’s a new brewery opening?

Neighborhood changes are often planned for years before the public actually sees the results. A Community Conversation is a great way to find out about upcoming changes AND a way to give input while your opinion can still count!

What is a Community Conversation?
These events are sponsored by Lake City Future First – a group of neighborhood volunteers working to support economic diversity in the Lake City area. While volunteers run the event, they also work with city officials to help bring current information about proposals and upcoming changes .

Why Should I Care?
Lake City is going to be experiencing a great deal of growth and development in the very near future. Lake City Future First wants to ensure everyone is involved in that conversation. Some favorite local establishments will be faced with issues regarding development. How do we retain our unique neighborhood assets and cherished gems? What new assets are desired? NOW is the time to be heard and get involved.

Public engagement liaisons help make it easier for community members to find out what's going on. Translation services are available too!

At the April Community Conversation, public engagement liaisons helped reach out to community members. Translation services are available too!

Please join your community on June 24th at the Lake City Community Center from 6 – 8 PM for the next official Community Conversation.

What will be there?
Free food from some of Lake City’s wonderful restaurants, in honor of the launch of this year’s “World of Tastes in Lake City Passport Program” which helps celebrate local restaurants.

Many representatives will be on hand to discuss everything from zoning to the need for open space in Lake City. The Urban Design Framework document will be on hand too. If you’re wondering whatever happened with the Pierre Visioning Project… you’ll find your answer there.

Road construction projects come to Lake City Way

Two large construction projects have come to Lake City Way. They will likely impact traffic as equipment and workers take to the roadway.

The first started in early June at the intersection of Lake City Way and 24th Avenue NE. From the Seattle Department of Transportation:

Pedestrians and bus passengers will soon benefit from improvements now underway near the busy intersection of 24th Avenue Northeast and Lake City Way Northeast. A contractor working for the Seattle Department of Transportation is constructing new sidewalks and other street elements to improve safety, and expects to complete the work in about three months. The project includes sidewalks, a curb bulb, curb ramps, a new crosswalk, an upgraded traffic signal, and improvements to a bus stop and storm drainage, many of which were recommended by the community.

The project at 24th Avenue was identified through the Lake City Way Traffic Safety Project.

The second significant project is happening farther north at the inyersection of Lake City Way and NE 145th Street. It started June 12th. Again, from SDOT:

This project, intended to improve safety for all travelers, includes new curb ramps (southeast and southwest corners), roadway pavement panels, storm drainage improvements and an upgraded traffic signal.

Over the summer, contractors will remove and replace the existing curb ramps, upgrade signal poles and conduct electrical work. During construction, the contractor will reduce lanes, relocate the bus stop and detour pedestrians on an as-needed basis.

The crews will typically work from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. with possible work on weekends. SDOT expects the project to be completed in mid-August, weather permitting.

Two new restaurants coming to Lake City

A pair of new restaurants appear to be opening soon on Lake City Way in the Rekhi Building. We knocked on the doors of both but no one answered from behind the covered windows. We looked up permit info from the City of Seattle but there wasn’t much available.

The first restaurant is Mo & Lu Pasta Co. Rumor is that the business will open around the end of June. It will offer another addition to the increasingly diverse selection of food in the Lake City core.

The second restaurant is 2C Thai Bistro & Spirits. Both will be welcome additions to the neighborhood.

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Seattle City Council supports use of eminent domain to reclaim formerly public beach

The saga of the small beach at the end of NE 130th Street —formerly the only public water access for a 5.5 mile stretch on Lake Washington shoreline— continues.

The beach at the end of NE 130th Street. (LCL photo)

Adjacent property owners sued to secure ownership of the property, because of what has been described as a legal loophole, and won. The ruling was upheld by an appeals court and they now own the small stretch of shoreline.

The beach had previously been public for 82 years. Community members have fought back by organizing and rallying to return the property to the public. Momentum within the movement to return the small piece of property to the public has now spread aross much of Northeast Seattle.

(You can read about the case in previous coverage here, here and here.)

Now in the most recent development, all nine Seattle City Council members have signed a letter to Mayor Murray, stating that they support the use of eminent domain to reclaim the NE 130th Street Beach for the public.

A petition with over 2,400 signatures was part of the effort to sway the councilmembers.

“This fight is not over. It is possible that eminent domain litigation may take months or even years, unless a settlement is reached. But we will prevail in the end, and the NE 130th Street Beach will be a public park forever, as everyone intended back in 1932,” said a statement from members of the Save the Beach campaign.

Stairs leading down to Lake Washington offer messages about the beach. (LCL photo)

You can see the letter from the Seattle City Council below.

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