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SPD: Auto theft suspect flees from police but runs into moving vehicle at Aurora and 85th on Tuesday

September 6th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Police Department says a suspect fleeing from police yesterday ended up running right into the side of a moving vehicle at Aurora Avenue North and North 85th Street.

From the SPD Blotter:

A wanted felon was injured Tuesday after he ran from police across Aurora Avenue, directly into the side of a moving vehicle.

At about 9:00 am, officers spotted the man at N. 85th Street and Aurora Avenue North. As officers began to approach him, the suspect ran south on 85th Street and then west across Aurora. The man, who was wanted for auto theft and was dressed in a surgical mask and a Seahawks jersey, then ran into the side of a moving SUV.

The Seattle Fire Department responded and transported the man to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. It was determined that his injuries were not life-threatening. There were no injuries to the occupants of the SUV.

The 49-year-old suspect is being treated at HMC and will be booked into jail once he is released from the hospital. Patrol officers investigated the collision and the intersection was reopened once the on-scene investigation was completed.

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City conditionally approves development planned for 8820 Aurora Ave. N.

August 10th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections has conditionally approved the development proposed for the vacant lot at 8820 Aurora Ave. N. (formerly the site of the Aurora Motor Inn).

The project will be five-stories tall with 4,524 square feet of warehouse space, 5,246 square feet of office space, and 27 small efficiency dwelling units. Parking will be provided for three vehicles.

Any appeals of the DCI opinion must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than Aug. 24.

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Public meeting on proposed Handy Andy truck site at 92nd and Aurora is May 24

May 11th, 2017 by Doree

The city will hold a public meeting about the proposed new location for Handy Andy Rent-A-Tool Inc. on Aurora Avenue North after community concerns about the site location, traffic and safety.

Handy Andy has proposed moving from 10711 Aurora Ave. N. to 9225 Aurora Ave. N. As many as 500 truck trips per day are expected at the new site, which is just a block from the new Seattle Public Schools campus for three schools opening in the fall at North 90th Street, one block east of Aurora. Neighbors and activists are worried about students’ safety as they walk or bike to school. That block is part of the North Seattle Greenway, as well as a designed Safe Route to School.

The project would take up the entire west side of Aurora Avenue between North 92nd and 93rd streets. Three buildings and a portion of a fourth on the site of an existing wrecking yard would be demolished. The site would be used to display rental equipment, conduct vehicle repair and manufacture concrete. The project must go through SEPA environmental review.

The public meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room. Written and oral comments are welcome at the meeting.

You can find all documents and plans related to the site here; type in project number 3026342.

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SPD: Cops seize heroin, cash after suspects try to flush drugs down motel toilet

December 20th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle police served a warrant at the Seals Motel on Aurora Avenue at North 120th Street, just north of Greenwood, on Sunday, resulting in the seizure of heroin and cash.

From the SPD Blotter:

A suspected heroin dealer tried to flush his stash down a motel toilet Sunday night after police came knocking.

Members of SPD’s Narcotics Unit and North Precinct Anti-Crime Team arrived at the Seals Motel Sunday, looking for a man and a woman suspected of dealing heroin out of several rooms.

When police served a warrant at the motel Sunday, they found a 53-year-old man in the bathroom, and a pile of drugs floating in the toilet. Officers were able to recover the narcotics from the toilet after they took the man into custody.

Police also arrested a 30-year-old woman, and found two children–a nine-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl–in the room. Police and the SPD Victim Support Team turned the children over to Child Protective Services.

After searching the motel rooms, officers found 90 grams of heroin, 17 grams of meth, 15 grams of cocaine and $2600 in cash. Police booked the man and the woman into the King County Jail for possession of narcotics.

The next day, Monday, police were back at the Seal Motel…on an unrelated matter and spotted a stolen car in the parking lot. Officers arrested the 50-year-old driver and seized the vehicle. Police continue to focus on issues at the motel.

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SPD: Woman stabbed at Aurora Avenue motel yesterday

October 5th, 2016 by Doree

From the SPD Blotter:

A 22-year-old female is recovering at the hospital after she was stabbed several times by a female acquaintance last night at a North Seattle motel. The suspect fled the scene but investigators know her identity.

On Tuesday, October 4th at about 6:30 pm officers responded to a report of a stabbing at a motel in the 8800 block of Aurora Avenue North. Officers found a 22-year-old woman inside one of the rooms bleeding from stab wounds to her upper arms and thigh. Officers provided first aid until the Seattle Fire Department arrived and transported the victim to the hospital. Prior to being transported, the victim told officers the name of the person who stabbed her.

Officers interviewed a number of witnesses and searched the area, but did not locate the suspect. Witnesses stated that prior to the stabbing, the two women were arguing over something in the parking lot. It was unclear what the argument was about.

Detectives will be handling the follow up investigation.

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Aurora Avenue Bridge sidewalk closures switching sides this week

September 28th, 2016 by Doree

The long-term sidewalk closure on the Aurora Avenue Bridge/State Route 99 is switching sides this week.

The sidewalk next to the northbound lanes will reopen by 11 a.m. this Thursday, after nine months of repair and painting. The sidewalk on the southbound lanes side will then close through the end of October.

To facilitate the switch, on Thursday the right northbound lane will be closed from 8 -11 a.m., then the right southbound lane will be closed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A contact number and emergency phone for a vehicle pickup is posted at either end of the bridge to assist users who are unable to use the pedestrian/cyclist detour.

With the exception of the handrail, most of the work to clean, repair and paint the Aurora Avenue Bridge’s stringers and floor beams is complete. Crews are now dismantling the work scaffolding and containment system that was installed under the bridge for the painting.

The project is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year. A second project to clean, repair and repaint the remaining portions of the bridge could begin in late 2017.

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Aurora Avenue-Licton Springs ‘Find It Fix It’ Walk with Mayor Murray next Tuesday, May 31

May 24th, 2016 by Doree

Mayor Ed Murray will lead a Find It, Fix It Community Walk in the Aurora Avenue-Licton Springs area from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31. That walk will center on the area around Aurora Avenue North between North 84th and 110th streets. The walk begins at Oak Tree Village Plaza by the movie theater, on Aurora Avenue North between North 100th and North 103rd streets.

Click here for a map of the one-mile walk route with proposed topics at certain locations (i.e., lack of sidewalks, crime, scheduled park improvements, etc.) The walk ends at Lantern Brewery on North 95th Street. City staff will be available for followup questions.

The first 75 people who sign in at the walk will receive a gift bag of city swag. Refreshments will be provided. If you need more information or have questions, contact Hilary Nichols at 206-386-1907 or hilary.nichols@seattle.gov.

In addition, Aurora-Licton residents are invited to apply for up to $5000 to complete community projects that improve the safety or appearance of their neighborhood. To apply for the Aurora-Licton Community Project Grants, community members can find the application at seattle.gov/finditfixit beginning Wednesday, May 25 through Friday, June 10.

If you find safety needs or city maintenance issues, you can report them any time using the Find It, Fix It mobile app. Android users can download the app from the Google Play Store and iPhone users can download it from the App Store.

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Aurora-Licton neighbors invited to help plan Mayor’s ‘Find It, Fix It Community Walk’ on May 31

May 6th, 2016 by Doree

Mayor Murray will lead seven Find It, Fix It Community Walks in different neighborhoods this year. The walks bring together City officials, business owners, and community members to address neighborhood needs. The first is in the Aurora Avenue-Licton Springs area from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31. That walk will center on the area around Aurora Avenue North between North 84th and 110th streets. The exact route will be determined by community members serving on its Community Walk Action Team.

If you’re interested in serving on the team, contact Find It, Fix It Program Coordinator Hilary Nichols at hilary.nichols@seattle.gov or 206-386-1907.

In addition, Aurora-Licton residents are invited to apply for up to $5000 to complete community projects that improve the safety or appearance of their neighborhood. To apply for the Aurora-Licton Community Project Grants, community members can find the application at seattle.gov/finditfixit beginning Wednesday, May 25 through Friday, June 10.

Lastly, community members don’t have to wait for the walk to report safety needs or city maintenance issues. They can use the Find It, Fix It mobile app. Android users can download the app from the Google Play Store and iPhone users can download it from the App Store.

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Design Review Board second recommendation meeting for self-storage facility at 9309 Aurora Ave. N. is May 16

April 28th, 2016 by Doree

The Northwest Design Review Board will hold its second Early Design Guidance recommendation meeting for the self-storage facility proposed for 9309 Aurora Ave. N. at 8 p.m. May 16 at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

The project will replace the Klose-In Motel with a four-story self-storage facility called Green Lake Self Storage. The site will have parking for 16 vehicles.

Click here for a PDF of the design proposal.

You can comment on site planning and design aspects of the proposal through May 16 by emailing PRC@seattle.gov. Reference project number 3019569.

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