Madison Valley

is a charming Seattle village with a European flair. We offer an eclectic mix of sophisticated shops, services, and restaurants. Our independently owned businesses attract visitors from afar, and shopkeepers greet customers by name. Here you’ll find people enjoying the good life, strolling the sidewalks, pausing to chat and explore. Join us, say hello, and stay awhile.


Contact: Madison Valley Merchants Association, 4111 East Madison Street #290, Seattle WA 98112

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, Jan 24, 2017 -- Feb 22, 2018



Here are the Seattle OPCD and SDCI Land Use notices and City planning activities in the last month for communities from 18th Ave. to Lake Washington and E Union St. to SR-520




Broadmoor Water Main Lining

The proposed project increases the reliability of an existing 16-inch 90-year-old drinking water feeder main by installing a cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) inside 242 feet of the main and replacement of two small sections of other downstream pipe.
Notice of Determination of Non-Significance


Madison Street Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

After a careful environmental review, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has determined that the Madison Street Bus Rapid Transit Project will not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment.
Notice of Determination of Non-Significance




1132 34th Ave

Streamlined Design Review proposing 2, 3-story structures. One, 2-unit townhouse structure and 1 structure with 3 live-work units. Existing structures to be demolished. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 1-20′, Arterial within 100 ft.
Notice of Streamlined Design Review


728 21st Ave E

Land Use Application to allow a new 2-story gymnasium with below grade parking for 246 vehicles (Holy Names Academy). An additional 32 parking spaces to be provided in a new surface parking lot, 12 existing spaces to be removed for a total of 307 parking spaces. Review includes partial demolition of existing gymnasium. Zone: Single Family 5000, Arterial within 100 ft. 
Notice of Application


1644 20th Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three parcels of land. Project also includes a unit lot subdivision of Parcel Z into five unit lots. The construction of live-work units and residential dwelling units is under Project #6497160. This subdivision is for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the individual live-work and residential dwellings units. Development standards will be applied to the development site as a whole and not to each of the new lots and unit lots. Zone: Scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village overlay, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′ 
Notice of Decision


Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map
Permit and Property Records
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map


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Emerald City CrossFit: Fitness and Fun



Emerald City CrossFit (ECCF) is the premier wellness experience where both health and fitness are held as top values because of the transferability it has to all aspects of life! Started in 2012 by owners Melinda and Seth Schmitt, ECCF takes its mission of creating a supportive community where you can be awesome in your physical ability and have fun doing it, seriously!

ECCF owners Melinda & Seth fell in love with CrossFit after moving to Seattle in 2010. They didn’t know anyone, but ended up making lifelong friendships from joining CrossFit and got in the best shape of their lives at the same time! The owners of the gym they joined truly changed Melinda and Seth lives first with genuine friendships, second with fitness, and third by encouraging and helping Melinda & Seth open their own CrossFit gym. “Changing lives for the better in fitness and friendship is what we are after.”
—Seth Schmitt, ECCF Owner




As the needs of their community have evolved, so has Emerald City CrossFit. Now offering a Strength Class for female identified athletes, ECCF teaches everything members need to know for weight training. The 6-week program is geared toward beginners (or those who are returning to exercise after illness, injury, or maybe are just timid to try something new) to introduce basic strength building techniques safely. The classes have some of the functional movements you see in our CrossFit classes, but this class is not focused on high intensity — although you are able to raise your heart rate. Like a traditional CrossFit class the movements are constantly varied, but there is a lot of repetition in order to learn safe techniques and master the movements.




One thing that stands out at Emerald City CrossFit is the community. It’s hard to describe. The bond between the coaches and the members and friendships formed between all are life changing.

“Being from Vermont, Emerald City has become my second home since moving to Seattle in 2014. The community at ECCF is something special. As someone who prides himself on making fitness a priority, whenever I drop into other gyms while on vacation or during work travel, I am always reminded that the community in my gym is like no other.”
–Travis Mears, ECCF Member since 2014


Travis Mears (wearing the 6 pack) pictured with his team after the ECCF Endless Summer Throwdown


"I started at ECCF in July 2014 and walked in unable to do a single push-up or pull-up. I had no clue how to properly deadlift, clean, or squat. I felt completely intimidated by the weight room at my gym and started out just wanting to learn the basics and get back to running. While after 3 years I know how to safely lift and finally have some upper body strength for the first time in my life, I'm not done here yet and can't imagine going back to working out alone. The coaches, balanced programming, and fun energetic atmosphere keep me coming in five days a week. The community that has been built at ECCF is incredible — happy hours, family picnics, and in-house competitions. You get the chance to work out with people who truly want to see you succeed and are just as excited about our achievements!"
—Brittany V



As the changing landscape of Seattle evolves, Emerald City CrossFit prides itself on meeting the needs of current members while at the same time keeping its finger on the pulse of the fastest growing city in the country to help the community make fitness a priority. “We know our community is special and we want to share that with everyone.”
—Melinda Schmitt, ECCF Owner


Seth & Melinda Schmitt


ECCF offers a wide variety of membership options, including personal training and small business groups. View rates here.

To learn more about joining the Emerald City CrossFit community, visit or email Melinda at

Emerald City CrossFit
2308 E Madison St
(206) 465-9640


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Floret by Cafe Flora is now Open at Sea-Tac Airport!


After much anticipation, Floret by Cafe Flora is now open at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. This spinoff of the popular Cafe Flora is a 2,000-square-foot light-filled space located next to the new Delta lounge between A and B terminals.




This is the first exclusively vegetarian and vegan restaurant to open at Sea-Tac, and one of just a handful of vegetarian airport restaurants in the nation!

With more vegetarians, vegans and ingredient-savvy diners traveling through America’s airports, Cafe Flora, a landmark for vegetarian cuisine in Seattle, is thrilled to operate its concept at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. 

“We are very excited to open Floret at Sea-Tac and let all of our guests and travelers experience all of the hard work we’ve poured into it. We’ve created hearty, nourishing and delicious items that just happen to be vegetarian,” said owner Nat Stratton-Clarke. “Now, travelling vegetarians or people looking for a healthier option, will have an incredible array of choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Floret.”  

Independently owned and operated, opting out of the often-utilized concessionaire model seen at many airport restaurants, Stratton-Clarke has gone to great lengths to replicate the same high level of quality ingredients used at Cafe Flora. He spent months working with his regional farm sources and purveyors to get them airport “badged” (obtaining vendor credentials) to offer the seasonal, local, fresh produce that will be found on the Floret menu.

The 80-seat restaurant serves both dine-in and grab-and-go clientele for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is also a full bar serving craft cocktails, Washington beer, wine and hard cider. View full menus here.

Diners can expect flavorful and creative vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes from chef Bernadette Biela, that utilize local Washington purveyors; including produce from Whistling Train Farm in Kent, tofu from Island Spring Organics on Vashon Island, dairy from Medosweet Farms, and eggs from Stiebrs Farm. 

Grab-and-go offerings: breakfast sandwiches, housemade pastries including Cafe Flora’s signature vegan cinnamon rolls, superfood salads, and mixed grain bowls featuring everything from quinoa to falafel.

Dine-in offerings: hearty sit down breakfasts including biscuits with mushroom gravy, scrambles, and pancakes for kids. Dinner features signature items including the Oaxaca tacos and mushroom French dip with yam fries, as well as a plethora of salads, entrees and sandwiches.

Beverages: a visit to Floret provides an opportunity for travelers to sample many of the Northwest’s favorite beverages including Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Rachel’s Ginger Beer on tap, Tieton Cider Works hard cider, and Fremont Brewing Company IPA on tap, among other local brews. Standout nonalcoholic beverages include housemade sodas and shrubs, and Seattle-based Mystic Kombucha on tap.




Another of Stratton-Clarke’s touches is bringing the atrium-like atmosphere of his Seattle cafe to Floret. The unique Sea-Tac space takes on a life of its own, with 20-foot-high ceilings and large conservatory-style windows with tarmac views that allow natural light to spill into the dining room. Contemporary interior design elements include hexagonal cement tiles, brass accents, botanical inspired wallpaper and soft color accents that create a warm and inviting atmosphere. The restaurant’s commitment to sustainability reaches beyond its food, featuring select furniture thoughtfully sourced from recycled and reused materials. Outlets under every bar seat conveniently allow guests to plug in and work or charge electronics.

“Plants and greenery bring a relaxing, restorative effect to any space, and we really wanted that peace for travelers dining at Floret,” Stratton-Clarke said. “We are pulling in elements of our original Seattle cafe while giving Floret a playful, modern identity all its own. The space is a tranquil and relaxing haven for weary travelers.”

Floret is open daily with grab-and-go options from 5 a.m. – 9 p.m., and the dining room seating guests from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.; each serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Photos by Belathee Photography


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MoveMend’s Expanded Hours and New Personal Trainer


Please help us welcome Eric Kartevold to Madison Valley and MoveMend!

Eric is a personal trainer with 10 years’ experience. He earned his bachelors degree from University of Washington in Healthcare Administration and is now pursuing his Masters of Occupational Therapy from University of Puget Sound, to be completed in 2019.




Eric has been providing health and wellness services for the past decade in multiple capacities. Through private personal training Eric has worked with individuals who have a history of pain, muscle and joint injuries, as well as acute and chronic health conditions. He focuses on providing a creative and collaborative service to achieve goals. Eric believes above all else that achieving health and wellness is about finding what works for you. He uses his broad experience to find the catalysts for your success.


Eric and his family enjoy finding new adventures in hidden places in Washington. With two boys that are lovingly referred to as his “monsters,” Evan and Eli, find new ways to challenge the world every week as Eric tries to keep up.

Licensure, Certification, and Professional Associations:

• University of Puget Sound, Masters of Occupational Therapy (TBC 2019)
• University of Washington, Bachelors of Healthcare Administration/Leadership
• National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) – Certified Personal Trainer
• 2014 Certification: NASM Cardio for Performance, NASM Integrated Balance Training, 2012 Certification: NASM Integrated Core Training, NASM Integrated Reactive Training, NASM Integrated Resistance Training, NASM Neuromuscular Stretching. 


MoveMend is now providing personal training and occupational therapy (shoulder, arm and hand rehabilitation) on Saturdays! Visit our website to make an appointment or just drop in to say hi.


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Chef Rob Sevcik returns to Madison Valley!


Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Madison Valley at Seattle’s best new restaurant, Petite Galerie, with a private preview from February 14–17! Chef-Owner Rob Sevcik’s gorgeous 4-course menu served with complimentary bubbly, roses and chocolates is the perfect date-night out. 




Chef Rob, formerly Chef de Cuisine at Rover’s and Loulay, is thrilled to be back in Madison Valley with his own restaurant, opening later this month. But guests can enjoy a special Valentine’s week preview of Petite Galerie from February 14–17!

Dinner is by invite-only. Please call 206-588-1682 to inquire about an invite. First seating at 5 p.m. and last seating at 9:30 p.m.

Petite Galerie Sneak Preview February 14–17

Enjoy a special four-course Valentine’s menu or choose select house specialties. Upon seating, each guest will be served a complimentary glass of bubbles while a long stem rose awaits each guest at the table. When dinner is finished, guests receive a box of chocolates as parting gifts




Valentine’s Menu

This special four-course menu comes with two sumptuous options per course:

  • Amuse
  • First course – choice of Dungeness crab, sweet lemon supreme, green pea consume’, crème fraiche; OR smoked salmon mousse, butter lettuce, caper berry, pickled pearl onion, artichoke heart
  • Second course – choice of Pan seared diver sea scallops, pastis brown butter, confit fennel, tarragon, whipped red beet, pancetta, OR rye crusted black cod, chiffonade haricot vert, celery root rondelle, cauliflower puree
  • Main course – choice of seared waygu rib cap, charred broccoli, madeira braised mushrooms, sour onion jam, red wine demi, OR roasted whole quail, filled with orange scented chicken mousse, romanesco tops, chicken fat poached baby white potatoes, sage sauce
  • Dessert course – dark chocolate, cookie pieces, and scotch, OR brandied Cherry pie, sweet toasted black pepper mascarpone, amaretto meringue

A la Carte Menu

Choose from select house favorites such as:

  • Whole lobster, saffron mayo, drawn butter, fine sea salt
  • Pan seared foie gras, bourbon gastrique, spiced bread, poached apple


Petite Galerie is located at 3131 East Madison, Suite 100; phone 206-588-1682. Hours will be Monday–Friday for lunch from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.; dinner will be served Tuesday–Saturday with the first seating at 5 p.m. and last seating at 9:30 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Sunday. To learn more visit or follow us @petitegalerieseattle on Facebook and Instagram.


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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, Dec 18, 2017 - Jan 23, 2018


Here are the Seattle OPCD and SDCI Land Use notices and City planning activities in the last month for communities from 18th Ave. to Lake Washington and E Union St. to SR-520




2301 E Union St (Midtown Block)

Design Review Early Design Guidance application proposing a seven-story apartment building containing 435 units, retail and restaurant spaces at ground level. Parking for 286 vehicles to be provided below grade. Existing structures to be demolished. Zone: Urban Village overlay, Scenic view within 100 ft., NC2P-75′ (M1), Arterial within 100 ft., NC2P-40′


Proposed Changes to Off Street Parking Requirements
The Seattle City Council is considering proposed legislation (Council Bill 119173) to amend Seattle’s land use code regulations related to off-street parking for motor vehicles and bicycles. The proposal includes a new “flexible use” parking, reduced parking requirements, and clarified definition of frequent transit.

Notice of Public Hearing


152 21st Ave E

Streamlined Design Review application proposing a 3-story structure with 6 townhouse units. No parking to be provided. Existing structure to be demolished. Zone: Lowrise-3, Urban Village overlay, Scenic view within 500 ft., Arterial within 100 ft.

Notice of Streamlined Design Review


1630 43rd Ave E

Shoreline Substantial Development Application to enclose existing covered driveway and install a new boat lift. Project includes a new in ground covered pool, landscaping, and interior and exterior alterations to existing multi-family building. Parking areas to be reconfigured to add additional barrier free spaces and one additional parking space for a total of 80 spaces. Zone: Urban residential, Zoning special street within 100 ft., Archaeological buffer area, Lowrise-3, Wetland, Conservancy recreation, Arterial within 100 ft., Special grading requirement.

Notice of Decision


Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map
Permit and Property Records
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map


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December 2017 Police Reports



2017 Wrap-Up



In terms of numbers, 2017’s burglaries, robberies and aggravated assaults in Madison Valley were similar to other years in the recent past. Robberies were up a bit, but as noted in past reports, this is due to what appears to be an increase in shoplifting incidents at the local Safeway store that have escalated into robberies.

Six burglaries were reported in Madison Valley during December.




1. On Dec. 1 at around 5 AM someone broke into a storage unit at an apartment building near 19th and Highland. A resident called the police during the break-in and followed the burglar to an apartment building near 18th and Prospect. When the police arrived at that location the burglar had fled south from the building. Further investigation at the 19th and Highland location revealed that the burglar had broken into several storage units there.

2. Sometime during Dec. 8 someone entered an apartment on E. Denny near 20th and took electronic and personal items worth approximately $1200. When the resident returned home that day he noticed that various items inside the apartment were amiss and called the police. The resident told the police that all of his keys to the apartment were accounted for but that one was in the possession of a friend who had recently “fallen on hard times” and who may have a drug problem. The resident also told the police that he would contact the friend and find out what she knew about the burglary.

3. On Dec. 15 at 11:13 PM a surveillance camera monitoring the entrance of an apartment building on 20th near Denny recorded a burglar using a pry bar to gain entry to the lobby of the building. The burglar is described as a white woman, 25–35 years old, wearing gloves and a maroon hoodie under a dark coat and carrying a black backpack with a rolled-up blue sleeping bag attached. Once inside the lobby, the burglar opened the door to a room where packages for residents are kept and proceeded to open two packages. She did not take the contents of the packages, however, and returned to the lobby where she again opened a package without taking its contents. The surveillance video shows her leaving the building at 11:15. The burglar caused approximately $75 worth of damage to the entrance door.

4. On Dec. 17 police were called to a home being renovated on 21st Ave. E near Roy to investigate a burglary that had occurred sometime during the previous 36 hours. The burglar broke in through a piece of plywood that was covering a back window of the home and took approximately $1250 worth of construction tools. Police found no fingerprints at the scene.

5. Sometime between Dec. 25 and Dec. 27 someone broke into a home on 24th Ave. E . near E. Galer St. while its occupants were away for the holiday. The burglar forced the front door open with a crowbar and took musical instruments worth approximately $9500. No fingerprints were found at the scene.

6. On Dec. 28 police were called to a townhouse on 19th near Pike to investigate a burglary that apparently occurred the previous day. When they arrived, a resident told them that earlier that day she had found a backpack belonging to her roommate, who was on vacation, lying in the back yard of the residence. She called her roommate, who told her that there were three credit cards in the backpack, and a check of recent purchases showed that the cards had been used to purchase approximately $500 worth of items. The resident who talked to the police told them that there was no evidence of a forced entry, but that the previous day (Dec. 27) she had found that the front door to the townhouse was ajar. After she closed it she checked her own belongings and found nothing missing. Police found no fingerprints.

There were two robberies reported during December, and both were shoplifting incidents that developed into robberies.

On December 7 at around 11:30 AM employees at the Safeway store on Madison observed a man and woman load items into a hand shopping basket and then attempt to leave the store without paying for the items. When one of the employees confronted the man as they attempted to leave, the man yelled a profanity at the employee. The employee then tried to take the basket away from the man, but the man resisted and then shoved the employee to the floor. The couple then fled the store without the basket. The incident was recorded by the store’s security cameras.

Police were called to the Safeway store on Madison at 9:30 PM on Dec. 13 to investigate a robbery that had just occurred. When they arrived, employees told them that a man and a woman had loaded their grocery baskets with containers of baby formula worth approximately $600 and had tried to leave the store without paying for them. When the shoplifters got to the store exit two employees stood in the doorway and told them to return the items they had taken. The man pushed one of the employees to the floor while the female sprayed the other employee in the face with an unknown liquid that caused a burning sensation. The robbers then fled south on 22ndAve. Shortly after the police arrived at the Safeway store, a 911 call from the resident of a nearby home reported that a man and a woman were having a physical fight in her front yard. When the police arrived to investigate that incident, they found a man matching the description of the shoplifter/robber, and they took him into custody when store employees positively identified him as the robber. Police also found most of the stolen baby formula in the yard where the couple had been fighting, but were unable to find the woman involved in the robbery and the fight. During questioning the male claimed that he had not been in the Safeway store than night, but that shortly before he had been apprehended he had had a fight with an unknown “Mexican guy” who sprayed mace in his face. The police, however, believed the store employees who had identified him as one of the robbers and concluded that the female robber had sprayed her accomplice during their fight. The police booked the man into the King County jail. Security cameras recorded the incident and there was also a witness present.

Finally, there were two aggravated assaults reported during December.

At around 3:40 AM on Dec. 17 police received multiple reports of gunshots in the vicinity of 22nd and Union. When the police arrived, people who had heard the shots reported that several cars had sped away from the scene after the shooting. Police found multiple cartridges at the scene, and a transient who had been sleeping nearby told them that “a group of kids” had been congregating at 22nd and Union before the shooting. At 4:30 AM the police were informed that a man with a gunshot wound in his leg had been taken to the emergency room at Swedish Hospital. When interviewed, the victim told police that he had been walking toward his car, which was parked at 19th and Union, and had just crossed 22nd when he heard gunshots. When he looked in the direction of the shots he saw a man aiming a gun at him so he ducked behind a car. When he tried to run from behind the car he realized that he had been shot. Fortunately, he was able to flag down a passing motorist who took him to the hospital. The victim told police that he didn’t know anything about what had produced all the gunfire.

On Dec. 27 at 12:30 PM police responded to a reported assault at a house on 19th near Pine. A woman who was living in the house told police that she was packing in preparation for leaving because she had been evicted, and that another resident had demanded that she pay him $800 that she owed him. The victim denied that she owed the money and an argument ensued during which the other resident pushed a bookshelf over in an attempt to injure her. When he failed to injure her, he smashed her cell phone on the floor and she fled the house to call the police. When the police searched the house for the assailant’s belongings, they found a packet of what appeared to be methamphetamine and a stun gun. A check of police records showed that the assailant is the chief suspect in another aggravated assault at a nearby location that involved a stun gun. The victim was advised that she should notify the police immediately if she sees her assailant again.


Lowell Hargens is a Madison Valley resident and former University of Washington professor of sociology specializing in the statistical analysis of data.


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Fury Winter Sale


Hello and Happy New Year! Its time for our annual winter clearance sale. Save 30–70% on all of our fall/winter inventory. We have a ton to choose from, bring a friend :) Sale starts Sat. Jan. 27 at 10 am.





Thanks to you, Fury has been here 32 years!  Watch for a special sale in mid-March to celebrate our 33rd anniversary.  Current events and new arrivals can be found on our Instagram and Facebook pages.  

If you are interested in a private shopping party, please contact us for more details. We would love to host your girls day or night out!

Fury—Extraordinary Consignment
2810 East Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98112
Open Tues–Sat 10–5:30


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“After Hours” at Baas Framing Studio


The first gallery art show of the year at Baas Framing Studio is “After Hours,” featuring art from the staff to showcase their creative talents outside of what they do during business hours. 


Driftwood Animal Sculptures


Baas exhibits sculptures inspired by animals and birds. Made of driftwood pieces gathered on the Elwha River, these works embody the forces of nature in their delicate construction. The aged wood fragments were released with the removal of the Elwha Dam and gathered by the artist on rejuvenating journeys to the Olympic Peninsula. 


Abstract Painting on Canvas


Ricketts exhibits new abstract oil paintings. Each piece is built from repeated brushstrokes of different lengths and widths. The use of repetition evokes architecture and creates a rhythmic language that is enhanced by strong color choices. Within a limited concept, infinite variations are possible. 


Abstract Ink Paintings


Taking influences from automatic writing, Japanese Zen brush painting, and abstract expressionists like Mark Tobey, Keller creates works that are simultaneously active and meditative. His works employ techniques drawn from stochasticism and Eastern approaches to existentialism. This will be his first gallery showing in over ten years and the first exhibiting his new direction.


The show runs from January 25th–February 28th, 2018

Artist Reception:
Thursday January 25th, 5 pm to 8 pm
Meet the Artists and enjoy wine, and snacks!


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January MV Merchants Assoc. Meeting


Do you own a business in Madison Valley? Would you like to meet and network with other business owners in the Valley? Then join us for the first Merchants Association meeting of 2018. 

The association promotes local businesses and restaurants, neighborhood beautification and safety, and networking opportunities.

On the agenda for January’s meeting: We’ll be discussing our yearly activities, the Spring Clean and Holiday Lights. We’ll also talk about the community bikes program and what, if any, feedback we want to give the city about it. Also up for consideration is the direction of the organization and how it can meet the needs of the members.

Wednesday, January 17
8:30 AM, coffee provided
All are welcome
Araya’s Place
2808 E Madison St.


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November 2017 Police Reports


Eight burglaries, three robberies and an aggravated vehicular assault were reported to the police during November from Madison Valley.




1. Sometime between 10 AM and 5 PM on Nov. 7 a burglar broke into a rental home on Ward near 28th and took approximately $8000 worth of digital equipment and jewelry. When one of the residents returned home that afternoon he discovered the burglary and called the police. The police found that the burglar had forced open a door to the lower level of the home, but were unable to find fingerprints.

2. On Nov. 10th police were called to an apartment building on 23rd Ave. E. near Denny to investigate a burglary that had happened a week earlier. When they arrived, the victim told them that she had had to go to Virginia Mason hospital for a medical emergency during the morning on Nov. 3 and that she did not lock her apartment when she left. When she returned that evening she found that various items worth approximately $50 had been stolen from her apartment. Police did not search for fingerprints because too much time that had passed since the burglary.

3. Sometime around 4 AM on Nov. 13 someone broke into the laundry room of an apartment building on John near 23rd. The building’s manager notified the police of the incident later that morning, and told them that it appeared that nothing had been taken either from the laundry room or from elsewhere in the building.

4. On Nov. 16 at around 9 PM police were called to a home on E. John near 28th to investigate a burglary that had occurred earlier that day. The victims told police that the burglar apparently entered through an unlocked front door, and that once inside the home the burglar had ransacked their bedroom, taking approximately $5000 worth of items. The police did not find fingerprints at the scene.

5. On Nov. 17 at 5:30 AM police responded to a report of a man entering a second story window of a business on the corner of 20th and Union. A witness familiar with the business and knowing that it was not usually open at that time watched while the man, described as a black male, approximately 30 years old and wearing a winter coat and hat, entered the business, climbed through the window and then emerged from the front door. After the burglar moved the ladder inside the building the witness continued watching the front of the business until the police arrived. When they arrived, the police found the back door of the business open, and that someone had removed the drawer from the cash register and spilled change on the floor. The owner of the business arrived to open for the day at about that time and reported that she had been burglarized several times previously and now kept only about $20 of change in the cash register. Police found no fingerprints at the scene.

6. Sometime between 6 PM on Nov. 17 and 11 AM on Nov. 18 a burglar broke into a storage closet of an apartment building on 23rd near Olive, pried open a key-storage safe, and took the keys contained in the safe. The police report of this incident notes that a key smith was re-keying the building during the afternoon of Nov. 18, and that nothing appeared to have been taken from any of the apartments in the building.

7. On Nov. 27 police were called to an apartment building on E. John near 23rd to investigate an attempted burglary. When they arrived, the building manager showed them that someone had tried to pry open a door to the building and told them that the burglary attempt had taken place sometime earlier that day. The manager estimated that repairing the door would cost approximately $1000.

8. There was a forced-entry burglary on Nov. 30 around 5 AM at a nonresidential building on Madison near 20th but the police have not posted a description of the incident yet.

Women with anger issues were involved in two of the other four incidents that occurred during November.

On Nov. 10 at approximately 12:30 PM a patron at the car wash on 23rd Ave. near Union apparently tried to kill or injure an employee at the site by ramming him with her car. When the police arrived at the scene the victim told them that the woman was upset because she had not received the kind of car wash she wanted, and briefly confronted him about it. After the employee returned to his work the woman, who apparently thought that the employee was a manager or owner, returned to her car and then tried to run him over as she left the car wash. Luckily, the employee was able to dodge the oncoming vehicle and received only minor injuries when he was hit by its side view mirror. Clear pictures of the incident, the woman, her car, and its license plate were recorded by security cameras at the site.

At around 3:30 PM on Nov. 6 two robbers forcibly took approximately $30 worth of merchandise that a customer had just purchased at a store on Union near 23rd. The customer, who was wearing a knee brace, was unable to chase the robbers when they fled. The customer described one of the robbers as a white male, age 16 – 19, and the other as a black male with an afro and wearing a dark hat. After the robbery, the victim returned to the store and employees then made an unsuccessful search for the robbers in the immediate vicinity of the store.

On Nov. 19 at approximately 9 AM a woman walked into a coffee shop on 19th near Aloha and asked to use the business’s telephone. When an employee told her that the phone was unavailable to the public, except in cases where students from a nearby school need to call their parents, the woman became angry and poured hot coffee into the tip jar and slapped the employee. When she left the store the woman took several newspapers that were available for sale to coffee shop customers and started walking south on 19th. When the employee tried to get the woman to return the papers, the woman hit her in the face with the papers, thereby committing robbery, and continued on her way south on 19th. When police arrived at the scene they learned that the woman had also been causing trouble at another shop on 19th, and that she had threatened to kill an employee there. Shortly afterward the police learned that the woman had just been sighted on 15th Ave, and were able to take her into custody there. After victims and witnesses confirmed that she was the woman involved in the incidents on 19th Ave., she was booked into the King County Jail on charges of robbery and assault.

Police were called to the Safeway store on Nov. 30 at 4:20 PM to investigate a shoplifting incident that had become a robbery. When they arrived, an employee told them that she had witnessed a man loading items from the cosmetics section of the store into a shopping bag. She went to inform a manager about the shoplifter, but by the time he was located again he had gone to an area in the back of the store where liquor is stored and was filling a bag with liquor bottles. When the manager asked the shoplifter to surrender the bottles, the shoplifter denied that he had any bottles and a physical altercation resulted. The shoplifter was then asked to leave the store, but instead of doing that he attempted to get into the men’s restroom. A store employee successfully resisted the shoplifter’s attempts to shove his way into the restroom, and then the shoplifter left the store with the bag of liquor bottles. After the robber left, employees found the cosmetics items he had stolen inside the restroom. The police report indicates that the shoplifter has a history of shoplifting at the Safeway store and that security cameras recorded his activities during the incident.


Lowell Hargens is a Madison Valley resident and former University of Washington professor of sociology specializing in the statistical analysis of data.


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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, Nov 23 - Dec 17, 2017


Here are the Seattle OPCD and SDCI Land Use notices and City planning activities in the last three weeks for communities from 18th Ave. to Lake Washington and E Union St. to SR-520.



408 Lake Washington Blvd E

Land Use Application to allow a new, two-story school (The Bush School). Surface parking for four vehicles will be provided on the site. Existing structures to remain. To be considered with project at 3400 E Harrison St for shared parking. Zone: Potential slide area, Steep slope (>=40%), Arterial within 100 ft., Single family 7200

Notice of Application


3400 E Harrison St

Land Use Application to allow a new, two-story middle school (Bush Middle School) with below grade parking for eighteen fleet vehicles. Existing middle school and office building to be demolished. To be considered with project at 408 Lake Washington Blvd E for shared parking. Existing parking to remain. Zone: Single family 5000, Potential slide area, Liquefaction prone soils, Steep slope (>=40%), Arterial within 100 ft.

Notice of Application



2010 E Jansen Ct

Streamlined Design Review for a 4-story apartment building with 10 small efficiency dwelling units. One dwelling unit to be demolished. Existing multi-family structure to remain. Zone: Urban Village overlay, Lowrise-3

Notice of Streamlined Design Review




107 27th Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6522971. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-1, Potential slide area

Notice of Decision


1810 24th Ave

Land Use Application to allow a four-story building containing eight apartment units. Existing four-unit apartment building to remain. Zone: Urban Village overlay, Lowrise-2

Notice of Decision


Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map
Permit and Property Records
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map


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The Benefits of a Small School


By early October, I know each of the children at my school. As Head of The Valley School in Madison Valley, I get to greet our students by name each morning at the gate and ask questions that let them know I care about them. With just over 100 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, our school provides the close connections and sense of belonging that increase a child’s engagement in learning. 




Schools come in all types and sizes, but increasingly teachers, administrators, and researchers in the field of education are recognizing the advantages of small learning communities. 

Smaller schools foster a greater sense of connectedness among children, teachers, and families. Effective learning communities, at all levels but particularly in elementary schools, are based on empathy. In small schools, where every child is known and no one can fall under the radar, empathy can flourish more fully. 




Smaller schools have the flexibility to adapt more quickly to new learning opportunities. With fewer teachers and fewer scheduling constraints, small schools can respond quickly and nimbly to new topics and areas of student interest. Pulling the whole school together for a performance by a visiting musician is easier in a small school. 

In small schools, teachers know all of the students at all grades more personally. As students advance from grade to grade each year, children enter a new classroom where they and their parents are already known by the teacher. 




In smaller schools, with smaller staffs and fewer layers of administration, parents have closer contact with all members of the faculty, thus allowing for quicker, more timely communication and collaboration on strategies. Relations between parents and school people tend to be more personal and informal, thus leading to trusting, close relations. Research has shown that strong home-school relations are one of the key predictors of a positive learning experience for children and of academic success. 

At The Valley School, like many small schools, we pride ourselves in providing a positive family-like school climate where children can be themselves, can take risks safely and confidently, can engage in their learning fully, and grow into thriving members of a healthy school community. 




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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, Oct 27 - Nov 22, 2017


Here are the Seattle OPCD and SDCI Land Use notices and City planning activities in the last three weeks for communities from 18th Ave. to Lake Washington and E Union St. to SR-520.


523 20th Ave E

The proposal is to allow one, three-story, four-unit townhouse structure. Surface parking for two vehicles to be provided. Existing structure to remain. Zone: Lowrise-2, Urban Village overlay

Notice of Streamlined Design Review



113 27th Ave E

Land Use Application to allow two, three-story single-family dwelling units. Existing structures to be demolished. Surface parking for one vehicle to be provided. To be considered with project 115 27th Ave E for shared access and parking. Zone: Lowrise-1, Potential slide area

Notice of Application


115 27th Ave E

Land Use Application to allow a three-story, four unit rowhouse building. Surface parking for two vehicles provided at 113 27th Ave. E. Existing structures to be demolished. To be considered with project at 113 27th Ave E for shared access and parking. Zone: Lowrise-1, Potential slide area

Notice of Application




The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the Mandatory Housing Affordability rezone plan and preferred option is available for public review.

Notice of FEIS Availability



Short-Term Rental Regulations

The City Council is considering amendments to the Land Use Code (SMC Title 23) related to short-term rental uses and bed and breakfast uses. The proposed changes would: add a definition and standards for short-term rental uses; modify the definition and standards for bed and breakfast uses; and adds other definitions related to the new short-term rental and bed and breakfast standards. Comments may be emailed through 5:00 p.m. to Spencer Williams in Councilmember Rob Johnson’s office at

Public Hearing
Monday, November 27, 2017

Sign up to comment 4:30, hearing 5:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers
2nd floor, Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Avenue

Notice of Public Hearing


Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map
Permit and Property Records
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map


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October 2017 Police Reports


Seven burglaries, one robbery, and an aggravated assault were reported to the police during October, very close to the Madison Valley average monthly totals for each of those kinds of incidents.

An interesting feature of the robberies in Madison Valley, at least during the last year or so, has been that roughly half of them have involved shoplifting attempts that escalated into robberies. When a shoplifter is confronted by a store employee and then pushes or strikes the employee, or even threatens to do so, the shoplifter becomes a perpetrator of a “strong arm robbery.” Should the shoplifter strike the employee with an object that could conceivably cause an injury, or threaten to do so, the shoplifter becomes an armed robber. In one incident during the past year, for example, a shoplifter threatened an employee with a screwdriver, and thereby committed armed robbery. The vast majority of shoplifting incidents in Madison Valley that are reported to the police originate at the Safeway store at Madison and 22nd. This is due both to the high volume of business at that location and to the fact that it is well defended by security cameras and vigilant employees. As a result, the Safeway store, although a relatively safe location for customers, has lately been the scene of roughly half of all robberies in Madison Valley, and the typical robbery victim in Madison Valley is a Safeway employee who is trying to stop a shoplifter. One such robbery occurred during October.

One of the seven burglaries in Madison Valley during October also took place in the Safeway store.




1. Shortly after 6 AM on Oct. 10 police were called to the Safeway store to investigate a burglary that had just occurred there. When they arrived, a manager told them that a man had entered the stockroom area at the back of the store and had removed a case of whiskey. After leaving the stockroom area he met an accomplice outside of the store’s public restrooms and they began to stuff the liquor bottles in their pants and jackets. As they walked toward the store’s exit an employee from the meat department confronted the accomplice, who at first claimed that he had no liquor bottles. When the employee insisted that he did have some, however, the accomplice stopped, placed four of the bottles on a deli counter, and then fled. The employee followed the burglars outside and witnessed them getting into a gold Nissan Pathfinder without license plates, which then fled northeast on Madison. Security cameras recorded all of the events inside the store and an employee reported that he recognized one of the burglars because he had previously stolen items from the store.

2. On Oct. 14 police were called to an address on 25th Ave. E. near Madison to investigate a storage unit break-in. When they arrived, the owner told them that sometime between early Sept. and Oct. 6th a burglar had broken the lock on his storage unit in the building and stolen items worth approximately $4800. The police found no fingerprints at the scene.

3. On Oct. 19 at around 6:20 PM a burglar entered a restaurant on 19th near Roy through a side door. He then entered the restaurant’s business office and after spending a little time rifling through desk drawers, took an employee’s purse from a coat hanger in the office and left via the side door. The purse and its contents were worth approximately $1300. The incident was recorded by the restaurant’s security cameras and police found fingerprints left by the burglar.

4. Police were called to a residence on 31st Ave E near Harrison at 2:30 PM on Oct. 26 to investigate a burglary that was in progress. When they arrived, the owner told them that when she returned home from work she thought she heard noises coming from inside the house and when she entered she found items out of place on the floor. She then thought she heard someone running out of the house and found that a sliding glass door on the side of the house had been smashed open. The police searched the home but found nobody inside. The owner found that one of the bedrooms had been ransacked and that some digital gaming equipment had been taken. Apparently the burglar did not have time to enter other rooms in the house, several of which contained valuable items. Police were unable to find fingerprints at the scene.

5. On Oct. 30 police were called to the same address on 25th E. near Madison as in incident #2 above, to investigate another storage unit burglary. When they arrived, the victim told them that sometime between Oct. 2 and Oct. 6 someone had broken into his storage unit and taken recreational equipment worth approximately $2400. Police did not search for fingerprints because so much time had passed since the burglary, and the police report notes that residents are considering installing a security camera system in the area containing the storage units.

6. On Nov. 5 police were called to a residence on 31st near Pike to investigate an attempted burglary that had taken place sometime after Oct. 7. The owner told them that someone had broken the window of a spare bedroom in the house, but that he hadn’t noticed it earlier. There was no evidence that the person who had broken the window had gained entry to the house and police found no fingerprints at the scene.

7. Sometime between 10:30 AM and noon on Oct. 31 burglars entered a home on Thomas near 31st through an open window in the back of the home. Once inside they ransacked the house and stole approximately $20,000 worth of items, most of them electronic devices. Police were called to the scene shortly after noon, but were unable to find any fingerprints.

On Oct. 15 at about 1:30 PM a couple who were shoplifting paper towels and laundry detergent accidentally ran into the sliding glass doors on the southwest side of the Safeway store while driving an electric shopping cart. This attracted the attention of an employee of the store, who followed the couple into the store’s parking lot and tried to stop them from loading the stolen goods into a minivan. While doing so, he was struck in the mouth by the female shoplifter, after which the minivan fled south on 23rd Ave. The incident was recorded by security cameras, and when the police arrived they were given detailed descriptions of the couple and the minivan. Shortly afterward another police unit located the van and its occupants and found that the couple had outstanding arrest warrants. After verifying that the couple were in fact the shoplifters (now robbers), the police booked them into King County Jail.

On Oct. 1 at 8:30 PM police were called to 21st Ave and Olive to investigate an aggravated assault. When they arrived, the victim, a homeless man, told them that he had been drinking beer with a group of friends behind a nearby apartment building when a newcomer to the group told the others that he wanted the group to start smoking marijuana. When the others in the group told him that they didn’t want to smoke, the newcomer became angry. The victim tried to calm him down, but when he did so the newcomer threw a beer can at him, striking him in the face. The assailant is described as a black male with blond hair, about 6′3″ weighing approximately 170 lb.


Lowell Hargens is a Madison Valley resident and former University of Washington professor of sociology specializing in the statistical analysis of data.


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