City 12th Ave & E. Jefferson
posted by July 19 at 17:35 PMon
Since Waid’s Hatian Lounge, located on 12th and Jefferson, opened in July 2006, neighbors have complained about late-night noise. This week, after a shooting occurred near Waid’s, a small group of Barclay Court residents marched to city hall and urged the City Council to pass legislation to “protect” their neighborhood. Mike Webb, who lives around the block from Waid’s, told the council the shooting was “the result…of an illegal nightclub in our neighborhood,” However, according to Seattle Police Department spokeswoman Renee Witt, SPD found “no connection between the incident and Waid’s.”
This is how bad things have gotten between Waid’s owner, Waid Sainvil, and the neighborhood. For the last 3 years, neighbors say the he building Waid’s occupies has been home to several problem businesses. Before it was Waid’s it was Cafe Langano and before that, Mundo’s.
Now, neighbors say they’re fed up with the booming bass and loud patrons, and they want Waid’s out of the neighborhood.
While Barclay Court residents have been complaining about the problem for years, they’ve yet to produce any real concrete evidence that Waid’s is a problem. Anecdotally, I’ve gone to Waid’s late on a Saturday night and didn’t hear the earth-rattling bass several neighbors told me about. However, Waid Sainvil has been able to produce some evidence that he’s trying to appease the neighborhood. He sent me a copy of a recent test by a sound engineer, which showed he was within the city’s noise level limits, and he claims he’s spent $70,000 soundproofing the building, although he was unable to show me any receipts for the work.
Yesterday, I spoke with Barclay Court resident Richard Shaffer and asked why Waid’s had been blamed for the recent shooting. Shaeffer clarified the neighborhood’s position. “It does appear that there was no clear connection between the shooting and Waid’s”, he said. “There was no malicious intent [in our statement]. That was our understanding at the time. We apologize if we jumped to a conclusion.”
Waid’s conditional use permit —which allows him to operate near a residential zone— is under review by the Department of Planning and Development and a final decision about the restaurant/bar/nightclub’s future should come next Monday. Sainvil is confident that his business will remain open. “This thing is just getting out of control,” he says. “If they want to shut me down, they have to come up with a good reason. The shooting had nothing to do with me.”