Archive for January, 2013

Pioneer Square Residents Council Meeting this Wednesday at 6pm

January 28, 2013  |  Event, News, Residential Council  |  No Comments

When: Wednesday evening, Jan 30th, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Where: The Kitchen (309 First Ave So.)
Who: All Pioneer Square residents are encouraged to attend
Review of Q4 minutes, updates
(Tija Petrovich-resident)

WESTPAC report
(Mike Klotz-resident)

SDOT will address street closures in our area
(Anne Fennessy and SDOT guest)

MID update
(Mike Klotz-resident)

New business: PSRC website, FB, Milestone Projects timeline handout, East parcel of North lot update, other business.

Would love to see you all there!

Pioneer Square Residents Facebook Page:

Pioneer Square in the News

January 23, 2013  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

Storefronts Seattle Update (Stranger)
Cmd+P gallery is a screen-printing studio/retail gallery/community hub that will graduate out of Storefronts into its own retail space in Pioneer Square’s Quintessa Building (!)

Which Rice is Right? Two Eaters Show Their Colors (Seattle Weekly)
There’s a new place in Pioneer Square that’s serving sushi with GABA rice–germinated brown rice that’s known as hatsuga genmai in Japan.

Intel, Avvo ink Union Station leases (Seattle Times)
The 705 Union Station building gains two high-tech tenants after being emptied by Amazon a couple years ago.

Lots and lots of free books at The Free Book Incident in Seattle (MyNorthwest)
Imagine a bookstore without a cash register. Imagine a library with a no-return policy. Imagine a book exchange without any exchanges. In others words, imagine a place where thousands of books are simply free for the taking. That’s what’s happening in a storefront in Seattle’s Pioneer Square.

Can Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson save the Kings again? (Seattle Times)
What’s next for Sacramento? The Kings’ sale to a group that will move the team to Seattle was announced Monday. The city is trying to save the team, one more time, by finding a potential buyer who could keep the Kings in Sacramento.

Lower Queen Anne businesses already looking forward to return of the Sonics (Seattle Times)
Businesses around Pioneer Square were equally pleased, even though it will be a couple of years before the new arena is finished. Basketball will provide a big boost during the slow months of January and February, said Kenny Jensen, manager of Elysian Brewing Company near CenturyLink Field. But Jensen is withholding judgment on basketball fans’ level of thirst. Right now, he said, no group can match the Seahawks faithful.

Footage from red light cams that could be key to unsolved slayings can’t be used (Kiro TV)
Prosecutors said three murder cases in King County are being affected because there’s evidence from red light cameras that they cannot use.

Satterberg pushes for broader use of red-light cameras (KiroTV)
Satterberg pointed to the unsolved Nicole Westbrook murder. The 21-year-old was killed in April in a drive-by shooting in Pioneer Square. Surveillance video from a nearby business barely shows the car and suspect, but no license plate. The shooter’s vehicle was headed right toward a red-light camera. Prosecutors are convinced that if they could have used footage from the camera and from those at other intersections, they could have caught Westbrook’s killers right away, possibly that night.

Bill would allow traffic-camera images in criminal cases(Seattle Times)
A proposed state law that would allow law enforcement access to images and videos from traffic cameras in crime cases will be introduced in a House hearing Wednesday afternoon before the Public Safety Committee.

Seattle clamping down on homeless feeds without permits (NWCN)
David Takami of Seattle’s Human Services Department says the main goal is to get the homeless to eat at outfits that can steer them to services that can help them get off the streets. “They can get a range of services, or at least information they wouldn’t be able to get if they just get the meal itself,” said Takami. Takami says this is not a new policy. It’s part of an ongoing effort to better coordinate services for the homeless. He insists this does not mean it’s illegal for to hand a burrito to a homeless person, but the city does ask groups who want to feed the homeless to coordinate with the city first.

McCoy’s Firehouse hit by car

January 15, 2013  |  Business, News, PI  |  No Comments

I was walking past McCoy’s early Saturday morning and noticed that it had been boarded up. At first glance, it seemed like someone had smashed their front door windows — and then I looked down and saw the marks on the sidewalk and curb.

McCoy’s had this image and note up on their website as of Sunday:

Just a Reminder... McCoy's FireHouse does not have a Drive Through!


Luckily, the car drove into the building after hours, so no one was injured.

They will be closed until repairs are complete.

Pioneer Square in the News

January 9, 2013  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

Popular pasta restaurant Il Corvo lands in Pioneer Square (PSBJ)
**The old place was open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and accepted cash only. The new place is open Monday through Friday, 11-5, and takes credit cards. Business was steady for today’s opener, but not line-out-the-door busy as it often was on the Hill Climb. Expect the crowds to come as word of the new location spreads.

Instagram, mobile-phone photography take off in Seattle (King5)
Forty square-shaped photographs neatly hang from a wall at Zeitgeist Coffee in Pioneer Square. It might seem like any other Seattle art show, but this one is a little different.

The Free Book Incident: Nothing to Buy to Nothing to Return (Seattle PI)
The Free Book Incident (FBI), a month-long experiment & celebration of books & community. Wessel & Lieberman Booksellers and Olson Kundig Architects have partnered to create a unique environment to celebrate the power of books and investigate what can happen when they are available for free. The opening reception for The Free Book Incident is scheduled for January 10, 5:30-8:30pm. Food, drink, and nearly 2,000 free books, will be provided. In addition to special events, [storefront] will be open Monday through Friday, 11:30am -1:30pm during which time visitors can browse for books.

New Post apartments attract more residents for Pioneer Square (PSBJ)
The first residents will begin moving into the new Post apartments in downtown Seattle this weekend. The 208-unit, 16-story apartment project at Post Street and Western Avenue was developed by Seattle-based Goodman Real Estate.

Pioneer Square’s takeoff: Be there or be left out (Crosscut)
After several years of losing businesses and enduring tragic incidents, Pioneer Square is being transformed with new buildings and new entrepreneurial energy. In contrast to previous initiatives that were more speculation than substance, this round of new investment is serious and tangible. And as with lots of other examples of urban revitalizations elsewhere in the country, this one has been stimulated by a handful of very intelligent and enthusiastic people making calculated decisions.

Car hits cyclist in Pioneer Square, flees (Seattle PI)
Seattle police say a cyclist was rushed to Harborview Medical Center early Monday morning after a car hit him and fled. The cyclist was on James Street near Second Avenue around 2 a.m. when a Toyota Camry went through the intersection and hit him.

Mike Easton’s new restaurant, Il Corvo, is open!

January 7, 2013  |  Announcement, Business, PI  |  No Comments

image by S. Pratt for Eater

EATER has an article up today, announcing the official opening of Il Corvo:

A friendly reminder that one of 2013’s most anticipated restaurant openings happens today. Mike Easton officially unlocks the doors to his new Il Corvo, now on 2nd and James in Pioneer Square, at 11 am. Unlike the Procopio location, the new Il Corvo will stay open until 5 pm, M-F, with a few Saturday family suppers thrown in now and again to take advantage of that sparkly new square footage.

As a resident, I’m both super excited and a little disappointed. Super excited that this fantastic restaurant is opening in our neighborhood, but a little disappointed that the hours are only 11am-5pm, meaning that residents can’t eat there in the evening hours.  Maybe once North Lot is finished and we get a stronger residential base here, more restaurants will consider joining the few (Delicatus, Cafe Paloma, Il Terrazzo Carmine, etc.) that stay open in the evening hours.

First note: I will look into some clarification on their hours — although the article says their open until 5pm, Il Corvo’s website says that their hours are Tues – Fri from 11am – 3pm.

Second note: the website says cash only!

Check out this article in the PSBJ from May that gives more insight into the business hours and the cash only model.

Welcome to the neighborhood!