Procedures not followed by City in sale of public land

unfairA petition addressed to Mayor McGinn is circulating. It is in regards to the Greenbelt land located along MLK that the City of Seattle sold without following established procedures such as notifying neighbors within 1,000 ft of the borders of the property about the proposed plans to sell the public land or future plans for the property. People are not happy that the Department of Financial and Administrative Services proceeded with the sale process without notifying neighbors or asking for input. The land was sold through a realtor and not made transparent through a fair bidding process either by sealed bidding or by auction. The fact that the price dropped from $121,000 to $40,000 at the request of a developer bidder was not communicated to anyone other than a few interested parties and was not posted on a Notice Board or realtor’s website. Neighbors did object to the manner if how the bidding was conducted but the FAS continued to move forward with the sale. Neighbors strongly object to how unfair the sale was handled and feel betrayed by the city. They also feel that the sale is null and void due to the City’s actions in conducting the sale. It is asked that if you agree with the petition that you email or call Mayor McGinn and let him know.

Central Pizza Opened Yesterday

If you didn’t have the chance to check out the new Central Pizza that opened yesterday at the old All Purpose Pizza location on 29th & Jackson, we suggest you check it out this week for some delicious thin crust pies! Toppings like homemade meatballs, prosciutto, pesto, gorgonzola, and cherry peppers will have your mouth watering before you walk through the doors, and did we mention the array of tasty sandwiches and pastas made in house? YUM! They do have a gluten free dough option available, and will be available for delivery in the near future. pizza

If you were able to stop in yesterday, you may have noticed that they did some nice renovations since All Purpose closed, moving the kitchen back to make room for more restaurant space, and they added a bar. The coolest renovation would probably have to be the booths and table tops made from reclaimed Lakeside High’s basketball court. Stop in for pizza and beers Monday-Thursday 3-11pm, and Fridays from 3-12am. Saturday will be open 12-12, and Sunday hours will be from 12pm-11pm. Let us know what you think if you’ve had the chance to sample the pies!

Central Cinema Gets a Sound System Upgrade!

Central Cinema has announced that thanks to the support of many, they will be getting a brand new system upgrade to their projection and sound systems! See their letter describing the awesome new upgrades below. We’re excited to experience a new and improved night at the movies when renovations are complete! Central Cinema Letter 8.26.13


Major Car Crash in Madrona Last Night

MadronaAnyone driving by the Madrona Business District last night saw the Seattle Police block off the westbound lane of 34th Avenue as they cleared a three car accident.  One person was taken to the hospital for what was believed to be minor injuries, but it could have been a lot worse.  From what I could gather, a car traveling westbound on Pike Street failed to yield to oncoming traffic when they tried to cross 34th Avenue.  When they did a car driving along 34th Avenue hit them which caused them to slam into the back of a parked Subaru station wagon.  The parked station wagon had its back tailgate open because minutes prior to the crash the new commercial tenants at Pike Station had unloaded a table from the back of the Subaru.  The new tenants would have been seriously injured if the accident had happened just minutes earlier.  The tenants, a travel website for outdoor adventures, got a memorable “welcome” to Madrona but thankfully it came without injury.

Third Annual Cider Fete at Bottlehouse This Weekend!

Hard ciders are growing in popularity in the Northwest as a delicious gluten free beverage option, and our very own Bottlehouse has tapped into the industry, and is ready to celebrate Washington’s cider week with their third annual Cider Fete this weekend! bottlehouse

Join your neighbors this Saturday August 24th at Bottlehouse from 2-6pm for a sampling from local cider makers,  cheese pairings, live music, and apple bobbing among other entertainment. Ciders on tap include Reverend Nat’s, Schilling & Co,  and Dragon Head among others. Special seasonal bites will be available as well, and tickets can be purchased in advance for $10, or at the door for $14 cash. Hope to see you there!

Seattle Police Investigate Arson at Madrona Elementary

Seattle Firefighters responded to a 911 call this weekend early Sunday morning to a fire at Madrona Elementary School. According to the Seattle Times, firefighters quickly extinguished an intentionally set fire that burned a shed outside of the school. Someone had called in an arson after driving by the school around 12:30am Sunday morning and seeing the flames, and firefighters were able to put out the fire within 10 minutes. school

An investigation has since been determined that this incident was intentional, and has been handed over to Seattle Police for investigation. The fire has reportedly caused $2,500 in damages, with $1,000 damages to the school’s exterior, $1,000 to the shed, and $500 in damages to the contents that were inside the shed. If you have any information about this incident, please contact Seattle Police as soon as you can.

Female Screams Heard Last Night in Madrona

Seattle PolicemanAccording to Madrona Moms, a female’s blood curdling screams were heard at about 9:30pm Wednesday night around 32nd and Union. The police were called but it is unknown if they were able to find who the screams were coming from. We were not able to find any information regarding the incident. If you may have any information please contact the Seattle Police Department.

Early Morning Med Mix Fire Determined to be Arson

Meed Mix fireInvestigators for the Seattle Fire Department have determined that the early morning fire at Med Mix on 23rd and Union was intentionally set. The fire originated behind the restaurant in an exterior storage area. No one was inured but the fire caused an estimated $90,000 in damages. The SPD do not believe that the fire was related to other recent fires in the area, it just happened to be in the same area.

St Clouds Named Best Pancakes in Seattle

St Clouds

Seattle Weekly has released their Best of Seattle awards for 2013, and with the votes in and ballots cast, our Madrona favorite St Clouds was awarded best pancakes in Seattle! There are so many things on the St Clouds breakfast menu that deserve an award, (like Grandma Hazel’s delicious sour cream coffee cake made fresh daily!) their pancakes have clearly won the attention of early risers across town. They are perfectly fluffy yet dense, and can be ordered with chocolate chips in them or blueberries on top- YUM! Congrats to St Clouds, we’re so glad a neighborhood restaurant made the Best of Seattle list!

Own a Madrona Restaurant!

Restaurant BeaWe are finally getting over the disappointment of Restaurant Bea’s closure, and started to pay more attention to the sign in the window.  We found the business-for-sale listing, and it turns out you can have your own Madrona restaurant for $50,000.  One could be discouraged by the closures of the previous restaurants in that space (June, Cremant, and Restaurant Bea) but just down the street Naam has survived after many Madrona restaurants had failed before (Coupage, Plenty, Supreme, Drey’s and Sapphire).  In fact even The Stranger questioned whether Naam could make it after so many failures before, yet years later Naam is still serving the Madrona neighborhood great Thai food.  So if you are looking to open the next Madrona restaurant contact a local broker to purchase the business and let us know when you will be opening.