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Armed, masked man robs Rick’s at DreamGirls strip club

The Seattle Police Department reported on their Blotter website that a masked gunman robbed Rick’s on Lake City Way on Friday. From the Blotter:

Just before 10:30 AM on July 4th, the suspect approached the manager of Dreamgirls club as he was standing outside the business—which had not yet opened—in the 11300 block of Lake City Way.

The suspect pulled out a handgun and forced the manager to let him inside the business, where the suspect ordered the manager and a custodian to lay on the floor as he ripped phone lines out of the club’s walls and stole a large amount of cash.

The suspect—described as a white male wearing all black clothing, gloves, sunglasses and a bandanna over his face—then fled the scene in a blue or gray SUV.

If you have any information about this case, please call the SPD Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5535

Lake Washington beach access at end of NE 130th St no longer public, appeals court rules

This Lake Washington access point was ruled to be private property at the end of NE 130th Street.

This Lake Washington access point was ruled to be private property at the end of NE 130th Street.

A Washington State Appeals court ruled on June 30th that a beach on Lake Washington is private property and not a place the public can access the water. The ruling may change nearly 80 years of public use of the small property.

The court ruled 3-0 against the City of Seattle and King County and sided with property owners on either side of the land at the end of Northeast 130th Street.

Lake City Live first reported about the dispute in April 2013 after signs were placed on the property announcing coming improvements as part of a Parks and Green Spaces Levy. When the sign was erected announcing the street end improvements by Seattle Parks and Seattle’s Department of Transportation, the adjacent property owners filed a dispute of title, saying the land was private property. As the case made its way through court, the project at the site was put on hold.

The dispute stems from the 1926 purchase of property from the Puget Mill Company. In 1932 King County vacated the street that separated the properties. The timing of the street vacation led to the dispute.

Some residents advocating for public Lake Washington access have expressed their disappointment via a Facebook group, and are now advocating for the City of Seattle to condemn the property for public use.

Area resident David Pope wrote in letter to City leaders, “The North end of Seattle has very limited access to Lake Washington and it would be irresponsible to let this public beach be taken over by two land owners who already enjoy water access.”

The beach is the only public access to Lake Washington between Matthews Beach and the Log Boom Park in Kenmore.

You can see a Google Street view of the area below:

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You can see the Washington Court of Appeals ruling below.

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Schedule of July events at Lake City Farmers Market

The Lake City Farmers Market has planned for a month of fun activities and special events for the month of July at the market. The market runs Thursdays from 3-7 pm at Northease 125th & 28th Avenue Northeast. Aside from the fun of having a picnic at Albert Davis park with food purchased at the market, this month the market will also feature:

  • 7/3: Live Music from Marc Smason,Cherry Pit Spit Contest for kids of all ages,Face-painting 3-4:30, Seattle Preschool movement in the park from 3-7 pm
  • 7/10 Live Music from Brett Gadbois on Piano and Salmon Fest Seattle Cooking Contest from 4-6, Elliott Bay Brewery Sampling
  • 7/17: Live Music from Brad and Valerie, Salmon Mask Making with Salmon Fest Seattle
  • 7/24: Live Flamenco Music and Dancing from 4-5 pm, Seattle Preschool movement in the park from 3-7 pm, Salmon Mask Making with Salmon Fest Seattle 3-7, Jam Town in Albert Davis Park 4-5 pm
  • 7/31: Live Music from Tinkers Dram
  • Most Thursday from 3-7 pm: Farmers Market story time and outdoor reading with the Lake City Library.
  • North Seattle Helpline will be collecting non-perishable donations for the food bank and Baby Cupboard. Stop by the Farmers Market for more information about their needs.
  • Kids activities from Preschools and other community partners
  • Northeast Seattle Tool Library

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Taco Time restaurant planned for Lake City


tt_contact_357x389The former site of Pierre Auto Center’s fleet and commercial sales and leasing is slated to become a Taco Time restaurant, according to permits filed with the Seattle Department of Planning and Development.

In recent weeks the fleet vehicles were moved from the location and workers have been seen preparing the building. Permits issued by the City of Seattle are for the building to be demolished and replaced with the new business. The proposal is for a 2,096 sq. ft. restaurant. No changes to the parking lot are noted in the application. The site is adjacent to Thornton Creek, where it flows under Lake City Way, see map below.

Wind gusts bring down large tree branch across 35th Avenue Northeast

A branch is shown after it fell on 35th Avenue Northeast. (LCL photo)

A branch is shown after it fell on 35th Avenue Northeast. (LCL photo)

A tree branch fell onto a van during gusty winds on Friday. The end of the branch landed on the van with a woman and dog inside. They were uninjured but the van had some dents and scratches from the tree.

The branch was first reported about 11:45 after it fell near Northeast 123rd Street.

The traffic impact from the branch was minimal as 35th Avenue Northeast is already closed south of there for the Thornton Creek project near Nathan Hale High School.

Rick’s strip club adding new 16′ x 8′ illuminated sign on LCW


DreamGirls at Rick’s strip club is installing a new, 30-foot-tall, illuminated pole sign, according to a permit issued by the City of Seattle. In recent days, painters have also been working on the building, painting it bright red.

20140626-133650-49010322.jpgThe illuminated sign and paint job come just weeks after the business severely pruned street trees along Lake City Way. The city has ordered the business to replace the trees that they say were cut illegally and improperly, according to a report from KIRO Radio. The cost of replacing the trees will be significant, said a spokesperson for the Seattle Department of Transportation.

The permit for the pole sign is for one similar to the style of signs at Bill Pierre Ford and Chevrolet. The permit for the Rick’s sign says the image on the sign “shall not change more than 7 times per minute. No flashing, no video display methods, and no off-premises advertising is permitted.” The Department of Planning and development said they cannot enforce the content of the sign.

The permit also says that the existing neon roof sign must be removed before installation of the new illuminated pole sign. The new sign will be 30-feet-tall from street level, and each sign face will be 8-feet by 16-feet.

In recent years, DreamGirls, owner of Rick’s, has battled with the Seattle Mariners over the location of a strip club and notably the illuminated sign next to Safeco Field. The dispute over the strip club led the Mariners to sue DreamGirls’ and the City of Seattle. Lawsuit filed here.

The Mariners eventually dropped the suit in an agreement with DreamGirls after the strip club chain agreed to not show certain types of images during days that the team was hosting events for children.

B-17 buzzing over north Seattle as part of Wings of Freedom Tour


Have you noticed the unusual airplane buzzing over north Seattle in recent days?

The airplane is a restored B-17 bomber, touring the country and offering rides from Boeing Field. The plane is one of three offering rides. A B-24 and P-51 are also part of the tour. Sunday is the final day the $450 flights.

You can find out more about the Collings Foundation, organizer of the flights, and the airplanes on their site by clicking here.

Lake City as viewed on a 1980s Atari game console

Computer graphics have come a long way since the 1980s. Now the smartphones we carry around in our pockets can render imagery with stunning detail. With a bit of nostalgia for Atari-era video games, we share this 8-bit map of Lake City courtesy of 8-BIT CITY.

The site renders maps without the impressive abilities of Google or Bing. Instead it shows interactive maps in the style of 1980s video games. You can scroll around the map to explore the neighborhood. Just watch out for the Space Invaders or Centipedes.

Design ideas unveiled for Olympic Hills community park

A proposed schematic design of the Olympic Hills community park. (click for larger)

A proposed schematic design of the Olympic Hills community park (Johnson+Southerland Landscape Architecture) click image for larger

Proposed design ideas for the Olympic Hills community park were unveiled during a gathering at the site Tuesday evening.


Residents gather to learn about park design proposals.

The park, formerly a pathway through a tangle of bushes on property set between 27th Avenue NE and 28th Avenue NE, has been a project adopted by numerous residents in Olympic Hills. The community park has emphasized community as it has brought together residents to work on the project. The work they have done so far has transformed the site.

The park is planned to be a feature of a future 27th Avenue NE greenway. A Neighborhood Matching Fund grant has helped the park steering committee hire a design firm to plan the park.

Neighbors have been out in force during work parties, removing invasive species, blackberries and trash, planting native plants and spreading mulch over part of the land. A small creek usually flows through the property and would be incorporated into the design of the park.

On Tuesday, people that have been part of the park building process gathered to see design proposals and to continue planning for the space. You can see a pair of panoramic photos of the park-in-progress below.


The park, looking east.


The park looking west

Below is a map showing the location of the park.

Below is a photo from a November 2013 work party at the park.

Temporary use for old Fire Station 39 proposed, delays development for two years


A proposal that would put development of the old Lake City Fire Station 39 property on hold for two years has been made by the City of Seattle and Pierre Auto Centers.

In 2012 the City of Seattle proposed that the site be sold for development of homeless-transitional housing. That proposal generated controversy because of the location of the site in what is considered the civic core of Lake City.

The controversial 2012 proposal, along with redevelopment plans for Pierre properties in Lake City and local transportation issues, spurred creation of the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance, bringing together many local groups that had been working independently on similar issues affecting the community. The proposal was unveiled to the group in recent days.

The proposal would be for Pierre auto businesses to lease the site for two years for parts storage. The site would be used for warehousing and would not appear to be an active business from the exterior. The City of Seattle would generate revenue from the lease and the the Lake City organizations would be able to have more time as they work on an Urban Design Framework with the City of Seattle. The Lake City Neighborhood Alliance plans to draft a letter of support for the plan that will include some ideas for community-generated enhancement of the building exterior.