Waterfront business shutdown
Seattle and a group of central waterfront businesses today reached agreement on a plan to pay some shops to shut down during the reconstruction of the Elliott Bay seawall. Compensating the businesses rather than trying to maintain limited access will allow the work to move much more quickly, the Seattle Department of Transportation said. Today's plan grew out of negotiations with the Seattle Historic Waterfront Association, which had appealed the city's shoreline construction permit. The seawall replacement is key to seismic safety along the waterfront, particularly with a new tunnel replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
The city's statement gave no details on the savings in time or costs, but the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce said the city would redirect construction savings to "a $15 million mitigation fund to cover losses those businesses will incur over that period."
In praising the plan, the Chamber noted that the Seattle Aquarium, Argosy Cruises and the Great Wheel — all at the north end of the project area — will remain open.
Explosives near UW
Updated at 4:44 p.m. Seattle police and the FBI today continued trying to figure out what a heavily armed Nevada man, 21-year-old Miles Jasper, in a stolen truck was doing near the UW campus on Wednesday night. In court this afternoon, prosecutors said they had also found a map pinpointing not only the University of Washington but also Seattle University and South Seattle Community College, The Seattle Times reported. As a result, his bail was set at $2 million.
As the investigation here continued, Montana authorities said Jasper is believed to have stolen both weapons and the truck from a Butte man who had offered him a place to stay. Jasper had body armor, several guns and Molotov cocktails when campus police arrested him on Sand Point Way. He was booked into King County Jail on suspicion of possessing incendiary devices.
Moving walkway at end of Link line?
Development plans at Sea-Tac International Airport could eventually lead to construction of a moving walkway to help people get from the Sound Transit light-rail station to the main passenger terminal, Seattle Transit Blog reports today. A Sound Transit spokesman said the walkway could be built as part of what the Port of Seattle, the operator of Sea-Tac, envisions as a possible hotel between the airport terminal and Sound Transit's station. Martin H. Duke's post notes that a walkway would help with "the mild inconvenience" of a walk that takes a few minutes for most people. But, as he notes, packing light makes a difference on the walk, which is about a quarter-mile. And a a moving walkway would help, too, for a lot of people. It's all very tentative at this point.
In this video on how to get to the light-rail station from the airport, the walk between baggage claim and the station appears to take about five minutes.
Capitol Hill shooting
A lengthy standoff ended with a man being shot to death in a Capitol Hill apartment along busy Denny Way late this morning. Police said the man began shooting at SWAT units, causing officers to return fire. Capitol Hill Seattle reports the man's neighbors said he had been acting strangely in recent weeks and that a police crisis intervention team was "very familiar" with him from earlier troubles. A friend told the blog that he had known the man for eight years, since college, and that he suffered from both physical and mental illness.
Day-after July 4
Nearly 500 candidates became U.S. citizens yesterday at Seattle’s 29th Annual Naturalization Ceremony. The tearful new Americans at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion joined the more than 7,800 people from around the country who took the Oath of Allegiance this week. Seattle’s swearing-in ceremony is one of the largest in the country and one of the few that takes place on July 4. This year’s class of new citizens hails from 86 different countries, including the Philippines, Mexico, Somalia and South Korea. It's something to cheer even if illegal fireworks continue to shake many neighborhoods tonight. (Sarah Radmer's excellent Crosscut story yesterday on Peter Schnurman, who has helped many achieve their dreams of citizenship, is here.)
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