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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. 

The photo above is courtesy seattlepi.com 

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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It’s market season! Lake City Farmers Market opens June 11

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The much-loved Lake City Farmers Market will be back, starting on June 11th. The market runs every Thursday through October 1st, from 3-7 pm.

The market welcomes back many of their farmers and food artisans – and a few new vendors for 2015. New vendors include:

  • Deiros Artisan Chocolate
  • Fresh & Wild Seafood (starting mid-August)
  • Jikoni (authentic West African Food)
  • Lowercase Brewing, Mariposa Farm, White Heron Wine
  • Mt. Baker Berry Farm
  • Napkin Friends (Latke press sandwiches – food truck on rotating schedule)
  • Yellow Belly Farm (honey)

On opening day market visitors will find sweet, luscious strawberries, cherries, crisp fresh lettuces, beautiful heads of broccoli, crunchy carrots, and dozens of other vegetables. Kittitas Valley Greenhouse will have ripe heirloom tomatoes, and there will be plenty of fresh basil on the farm tables.

The market is also hosting a full schedule of fun events for kids and grown-ups, including a free cooking class with chef/author Amy Pennington on June 18, the Cherry Pit Spit Contest on July 2, and the Zucchini 500 car races on Sept 3. You can find events calendars and farmer/vendor lists on the market’s website here.

High-speed, fiber optic lines being installed in Lake City

Utility crews install fiber optic lines in the Olympic Hills neighborhood. (LCL photo)

Utility crews install fiber optic lines in the Olympic Hills neighborhood. (LCL photo)

You have likely seen the utility work in Lake City in recent weeks. Crews from CenturyLink have been hanging high-speed fiber optic lines from utility poles and threading them under streets. The new fiber cables are part of a CenturyLink project to bring high-speed broadband Internet to much of Seattle.

CenturyLink has not announced when the system in northeast Seattle will be on-line, but the infrastructre is now being put in place. Lake City has long suffered from a lack of Internet options and arguably poor service from those that we have here. The company is not without its own criticism from customers and government agencies, but it will be the first company to offer residentail customers Internet at gigabit speeds.

The Seattle Times in 2014 reported what kind of fees a customer could expect to pay for the gigabit Internet. From the Times:

CenturyLink will charge $110 per month for gigabit service for the first year, or $80 if bundled with a voice plan, DirectTV service or a Verizon wireless plan. There’s also a $60 installation fee, a $20 activation fee and a $7 per month modem fee. After the first year the standalone rate jumps to $152, which will limit its appeal and uptake.

You can learn more about the CenturyLink “gigabit” Internet here.

Lake City Future First ‘Community Conversation’ on April 29

Lake City Future First will host a “Community Conversation” on April 29 at the Community Center. The meeting will tackle the topic of urban design. From a flyer for the event (embedded below):

Talk with your neighbors and Lake City business owners over delicious food
Lake City Future First heard from the community and from your input we have our Strategic Plan to share with you
Share your thoughts about the draft vision for the urban design of Lake City
Volunteer sign-up for Lake City Future First projects in the Strategic Plan
Did we mention free food and entertainment? Find out more at lakecityfuturefirst.org

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Hellbent Brewing opening soon in Lake City

Hellbent Brewing's new tanks are shown. (LCL photo)

Hellbent Brewing’s new tanks are shown. (LCL photo)

Lake City is starting to become a beer destination. Elliott Bay Brewing Co. and The Beer Authority already attract a healthy crowd from across north Seattle to their successful establishments. Add to that list Lake City’s soon to open Hellbent Brewing Company.

Hellbent Brewing's future location is shown on Lake City Way. (LCL photo)

Hellbent Brewing’s future location is shown on Lake City Way. (LCL photo)

The future brewery has been under construction since October of 2014, but just now, as an illuminated sign has been installed and brewing equipment can be seen inside, has the project become obvious along Lake City Way.

The tasting room. (LCL photo)

The tasting room under construction. (LCL photo)

The brewery is a project by partners Brian Young, Jack Guinn, Chris Giles and Randy Embernate. The roughly 7,500 square-foot space across Lake City Way from Fred Meyer will feature a tasting room, an upper level lounge with games including pinball, pool tables and televisions.

The interior is accented with aged and reclaimed wood, steel and wrought iron. The tasting room features a pair of gorgeous, milled madrone trees as the bartop.

One of the business partners owns the building, which previously was a manufacturing business and decades ago was said to be a Chinese restaurant.

Hellbent will have a tavern license and will feature rotating food trucks in their back lot. They also eventually hope to have a patio area for use during warm months. A cold storage facility will take up part of the rear of the property.

The upstairs lounge is shown under construction. (LCL photo)

The upstairs lounge is shown under construction. (LCL photo)

Hellbent is in the final stages of construction and the business’s owners hope to be open in about one month.

You can take a virtual tour of the Hellbent Brewing in the video below.

Below the Hellbent team made a fun video showing some of the construction.

‘Private property’ signs go up at formerly public beach on Lake Washington

"Private property" signs recently went up at a beach that for nearly 80 years was public.

“Private property” signs recently went up at a beach that for nearly 80 years was public.

“Private property” signs were recently staked into the ground of a piece of waterfront property that for nearly 80 years was used as public access to the water of Lake Washington. Marks on the ground show where a sign that was announcing improvements planned by the City of Seattle was dragged away.

Lake City Live has been following the controversy and the court’s ruling that gave ownership of the property at the end NE 130th Street to the adjacent property owners. You can see our coverage here and here.

Neighbors advocating to keep the land public have been organizing via a Facebook group. They are asking the City of Seattle to condemn the property so it can be returned to public use. And in a Wednesday report, KIRO/7 said that the effort seems to be gaining traction with City of Seattle leaders.

KIRO/7 visited the site on Wednesday and filed this report. In the video below they try to talk to one of the property owners without success.