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Entries from June 2013

Armed robbery this morning on Northgate Way

June 29th, 2013 by Mike

Police are reporting an armed robbery shortly after 9 a.m. at Sally’s Beauty Supply, in the 800 block of Northeast Northgate Way.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a lone male suspect entered the store and walked up to the checkout counter. While holding a bandanna over his face the suspect ordered the female employee to open the cash registers and give him all the money. At that point the victim felt something hard pressing against her back that she believed to be a weapon (a handgun was displayed during the robbery).

After she gave the suspect the money from the registers the suspect demanded the money from the safe. The victim opened the safe and handed the suspect a bank deposit bag containing receipts. The suspect then ordered the employee into a back office and told her to place her hands behind her back as he threatened to bind her hands. At that point two customers entered the store causing the suspect to flee westbound on foot. The victim was not injured during the robbery.

Responding officers conducted an extensive area search however, the suspect remains at large. There is no suspect description available at this time.

Robbery detectives responded to the scene and continue to actively investigate.

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Four new homes planned to replace “boarding house” at north entrance to Maple Leaf Park

June 27th, 2013 by Mike

As anticipation grows over the opening later this summer or early fall of the new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, a firm has announced plans for redevelopment at the park’s north entrance.

There, at Northeast 88th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast, an easement will provide a new entrance to the park. The firm Build Urban proposes to replace a multi-family, somewhat dated building with four new single-family homes, each with five bedrooms and 3.5 baths.

The project is called “Canopy at Maple Leaf,”  and judging from the sketches it will retain many of the large trees currently on the property.

(We have the sketches, but are wrestling with WordPress to get them uploaded. You can see them at the “Canopy at Maple Leaf” link, above.

Two of the homes will be “traditional,” similar in appearance to the new homes currently next to the park entrance, according to Build Urban. “The two units next to the sidewalks maintain a more traditional look while utilizing contemporary materials, while the two units beyond these exhibit a more modern form.”

We are currently in the permitting process and expect to break ground sometime in the fall.

We expect them to be complete sometime in the spring of 2014 (timing is dependent on the permitting and construction process).

Currently it is too early to determine pricing of each unit. (They will) range from 2500-3600 approximate square feet.

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Four new homes planned to replace "boarding house" at north entrance to Maple Leaf Park

June 27th, 2013 by Mike

As anticipation grows over the opening later this summer or early fall of the new Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, a firm has announced plans for redevelopment at the park’s north entrance.

There, at Northeast 88th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast, an easement will provide a new entrance to the park. The firm Build Urban proposes to replace a multi-family, somewhat dated building with four new single-family homes, each with five bedrooms and 3.5 baths.

The project is called “Canopy at Maple Leaf,”  and judging from the sketches it will retain many of the large trees currently on the property.

(We have the sketches, but are wrestling with WordPress to get them uploaded. You can see them at the “Canopy at Maple Leaf” link, above.

Two of the homes will be “traditional,” similar in appearance to the new homes currently next to the park entrance, according to Build Urban. “The two units next to the sidewalks maintain a more traditional look while utilizing contemporary materials, while the two units beyond these exhibit a more modern form.”

We are currently in the permitting process and expect to break ground sometime in the fall.

We expect them to be complete sometime in the spring of 2014 (timing is dependent on the permitting and construction process).

Currently it is too early to determine pricing of each unit. (They will) range from 2500-3600 approximate square feet.

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Broadband Internet service announces price – also that it’s not starting here

June 24th, 2013 by Mike

Update: Our news partner The Seattle Times has a broader story here.

A portion of Northgate/Maple leaf is one of 14 Seattle neighborhoods said to get broadband Internet service.

The provider of potential super-speedy Internet access, which we wrote about in April, today announced how much it will cost and added it won’t start until next year – and even then, not here.

From Gigabit Squared:

The Gigabit Squared fiber network will initially be made available to neighborhoods located within the University of Washington West Campus District, First Hill, Capitol Hill and Central Area of Seattle as part of a program called Gigabit Seattle.

The cost? Somewhere between $10 and $80 monthly, depending on plan, with a one-year service contract. More details below.

Background from our earlier post:

After the plan to provide broadband access citywide died last year, Seattle in December announced a partnership with broadband developer Gigabit and the University of Washington to use existing but unused  fiber-optic cable to bring blazing Internet speed to several neighborhoods that actually had the cable.

In February the initial dozen neighborhoods participating in the demonstration project were increased to 14. On its website, Gigabit Seattle says that will bring service to 100,000 citizens and businesses. There is the possibility of some wireless access as well.

In April, Gigabit indicated where it begins service might be influenced by how many people signed up for email alerts in a given neighborhood. It look like they’ve made that decision.

If you’re interested in registering for the service, click here.

More details on cost: [Read more →]

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Broadband Internet service announces price – also that it's not starting here

June 24th, 2013 by Mike

Update: Our news partner The Seattle Times has a broader story here.

A portion of Northgate/Maple leaf is one of 14 Seattle neighborhoods said to get broadband Internet service.

The provider of potential super-speedy Internet access, which we wrote about in April, today announced how much it will cost and added it won’t start until next year – and even then, not here.

From Gigabit Squared:

The Gigabit Squared fiber network will initially be made available to neighborhoods located within the University of Washington West Campus District, First Hill, Capitol Hill and Central Area of Seattle as part of a program called Gigabit Seattle.

The cost? Somewhere between $10 and $80 monthly, depending on plan, with a one-year service contract. More details below.

Background from our earlier post:

After the plan to provide broadband access citywide died last year, Seattle in December announced a partnership with broadband developer Gigabit and the University of Washington to use existing but unused  fiber-optic cable to bring blazing Internet speed to several neighborhoods that actually had the cable.

In February the initial dozen neighborhoods participating in the demonstration project were increased to 14. On its website, Gigabit Seattle says that will bring service to 100,000 citizens and businesses. There is the possibility of some wireless access as well.

In April, Gigabit indicated where it begins service might be influenced by how many people signed up for email alerts in a given neighborhood. It look like they’ve made that decision.

If you’re interested in registering for the service, click here.

More details on cost: [Read more →]

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Chess tournament Saturday at Thornton Place

June 23rd, 2013 by master

Thornton Place is the gathering area to be this summer with the addition of its new Summerfest that kicked off this weekend, followed next weekend by the first-ever Seattle Chess Club Tournament Simultaneous Exhibition.

From 12:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, you’re invited to join the chess tournament that will pit 30 players against one another. Registration fee is $10, payable at the adjacent box office at Regal Thornton Place Stadium 14.

May the winner be a Maple Leaf resident!

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Lake City Farmers Market is open (in the rain)

June 20th, 2013 by Mike

Despite the rain, there are plenty of people and vendors at the Lake City Farmers Market this afternoon.

It’s open until 7:30 tonight, and every Thursday from 2:30-7:30 p.m. in front of the Lake City Library at Northeast 125th Street and 28th Avenue Northeast.

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Red Crossbills – have they flown the hood?

June 19th, 2013 by Mike

It’s been two days since our feeders have been inundated by Red Crossbills. Have they left for the mountains?

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Summer Social to be July 31st at Olympic View

June 18th, 2013 by Mike

The wait is over, and the place is – different.

The annual Maple Leaf Summer Ice Cream Social will begin at 6 p.m. on July 31st, and will be at Olympic View Elementary School.

The social is held on the last Wednesday of July, and is usually held at the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

But this year, as we wrote earlier, the park is still under construction, and the grass on the reopened playground still new. There was speculation the social might move to August.

But instead the school, at 504 N.E. 95th St., will host, according to an email Monday from the Maple Leaf Community Council, the event organizer.

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Lake City Farmers Market opens Thursday

June 17th, 2013 by master

Maple Leafers won’t have as far to travel to get fresh produce from their local farmers market starting Thursday, when the longer and bigger Lake City Farmers Market reopens for the season.

This year, the market runs from 2:30-7:30 p.m., and extends from the road in front of the Lake City Library (at Northeast 125th Street and 28th Avenue Northeast) into adjacent Albert Davis Park.

New vendors this season include:

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