von Reichbauer proposes use of Civic Square property for temporary homeless shelter

Metropolitan King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer has proposed a solution to the current homeless encampment set up at the King County Administration building that would take advantage of nearby open space not far from the county facility.

In a letter to Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell, von Reichbauer proposed using the former site of the city’s Public Safety Building, which has been vacant for over a decade, as a temporary homeless shelter. Recent reports indicate that proposals to develop the property have stalled, so the space will continue to sit vacant.

Now known as the “Civic Square project” the property is city-owned and is located between 3rd and 4th and Cherry and James Streets.

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Crowds gather at public meeting for Burke-Gilman Trail ‘Missing Link’

Seattle Department of Transportation hosted two public meetings last week to gather pubic input for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Burke-Gilman Trail Extension Project. The DEIS evaluates four routes that aim to connect the Missing Link: the gap between the intersection of N.W. 45th Street and 11th Avenue N.W. and the Ballard Locks.

The Missing Link has been the center of controversy dating back to the late 80s, but more specifically since 2003 when the City proposed connecting the link along Shilshole Avenue N.W. Community members with business interests in the freight and maritime industries appealed the resolution, their contention being that the increase of activity through the industrial sector would negatively impact business operations and potentially lead to safety issues because Shilshole Avenue N.W. is a freight route.

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Ballard Crime Watch: Police arrest bicycle thief after three-mile pursuit

Seattle Police arrested a 37-year-old man after he led officers on a several-mile chase on a stolen bicycle July 18.

Two bicycle patrol officers, Henry Feldmann and Tabitha Sexton, were patrolling the area near 24th Avenue N.W. and N.W. Market Street, and they witnessed the suspect ride past them around 6 p.m. The officers had knowledge that the suspect was wanted in relation to a felony fraud case. They followed him.
They called out for him to stop. The suspect heard them and took off toward the industrial area of Ballard. Officers pursued him for three miles. According to police, a bystander attempted to stop the suspect by throwing his own bicycle in front of the suspect. This action knocked the suspect off his bike. He was momentarily slowed down but remounted and took off.

Officers finally took the man into custody near the intersection of N.W. 43rd Street and Eighth Avenue N.W. The suspect was carrying a small amount of methamphetamine. He was also riding a stolen bicycle. Police booked the suspect in King County Jail.

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