SEATTLE, WA – Police seized a large cache of drugs across three downtown locations last week during operations against drug dealers.
In the first operation, bike officers came across a 26-year-old alleged drug dealer and a 20-year-old sitting in an SUV at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Madison Street. Inside the SUV, they found a stash of drugs including heroin, methamphetamine, Xanax, Oxycontin, Viagra, psychedelic mushrooms, a handgun, and cash, they said.
The 26-year-old was turned over to the Department of Homeland Security, although police underscored that he’s a U.S. citizen. The other man was connected with a drug diversion program.
After those arrests, police were able to set up a meeting with another dealer who was working out of an apartment in Belltown along 3rd Avenue. They arrested the 35-year-old dealer, who apparently gave police permission to search his apartment – and they found more drugs.
Inside the apartment, police said they found 60 grams of heroin, 80 grams of meth, 58 grams of shrooms, 25 Oxycontin pills, 25 Viagra pills, and a large caliber gun. The dealer also told police about another stash he was keeping at a hotel along 6th Avenue, and they found 379 grams of meth there.
The dealer was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of possession of narcotics and possession of a firearm.
Earlier this year we heard that Richard Tsang of Tsang Enterprises had big plans for 2121 Fifth Avenue in Belltown. Turns out the project also includes 2115 Fifth Avenue and will end up as a 17-story hotel and condo tower. Caron Architecture is bringing the initial designs before the design review board for early guidance on January 3.
Plans call for approximately 136 residential units, 168 hotel rooms, and 120 parking spaces below-grade. Hotel parking will be off-site and limited retail parking will be accessed directly from the alley. Just off 5th Avenue will be ground-floor retail as well as a shared hotel lobby and residential lobby. There will also be separate amenity space for hotel guests and residents, though residents are expected to have access to some hotel amenities.
The tower is limited to 160 feet because of its proximity to the 24-story Martin apartment tower and the Potala Tower project.
ICEUP SZECHUAN CUISINE—There’s an awning up but little more information available about this upcoming spot. A source says it’s owned by David Leong, who used to run Acquabar at the same location. At one point, Seven Stars Pepper was supposed to expand here from the International District, but that deal seems to have fallen through.
CHILI AND SESAME KOREAN KITCHEN—A tipster reports that this Belltown restaurant is taking over neighboring Branzino, which clearly never recovered from its mysterious “emergency closure.” A help wanted sign posted to Branzino’s former home links Chili and Sesame to the new project, and an employee confirmed the news, though a manager was not immediately available to provide further details.
PINTXO—This seafood-focused Spanish tapas eatery has a new kitchen team as of May, and a new summer menu as of this month. David Haight, chef de cuisine, actually comes from a French culinary background, developing a passion for tapas and Basque food while living in San Francisco, according to a press release. He has worked at Le Crocodile in Vancouver, Angèle in Napa, and Willows Lodge in Woodinville. He’s joined by sous chef Emelio Sansone, who has worked at Portland, Ore.’s Olympia Provisions and Castagna.