News City Sets Deadline for Seattle’s Last Newsstand
posted by August 18 at 14:53 PMon
The Seattle Department of Transportation has set a firm deadline for the man working to save Seattle’s last newsstand. SDOT has given Ben Gent until August 27th to apply for permits so he can continue operating his newsstand at 3rd and Pike.
Gant’s been battling with the city for over a year now.In November 2007, SDOT cited Gant for failing the maintain and regularly operate the newsstand. Gant filed an appeal with the city’s hearing examiner, and was told he’d need to get the stand re-permitted before he could renovate it and officially reopen.
If the city does not receive an application from Gant in the next nine days, SDOT spokesman Rick Sheridan says the city will refer the matter to the city attorney’s office, which would likely get a court order to remove the stand. “At this juncture, it’s been several months since the hearing examiner ruled against Mr Gant,” Sheridan says. “We feel we’ve been patient with him.”
Gant says he’s nearly ready to move forward with his permit applications—he’s waiting to hear back from a few architects and engineer.