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Friday, August 22, 2008

Clock Still Ticking for Seatle’s Last Newsstand

posted by on August 22 at 11:11 AM

In five days, Seattle’s last freestanding newsstand could be gone. The stand’s owner, Ben Gant, turned in permit applications to the city on Tuesday, but later received a letter from the Seattle Department of Transportation saying it will not accept them forms as some of them are incomplete.

After receiving your application and submittals on August 20th, I identified the following items were not included. These items are required in order for the application to be considered complete. • Letter from adjacent property owner for permission to have the newsstand and to vend the approved items. • Insurance showing the City of Seattle as an additional insured. See enclosed Client Assistance Memo 2102 for insurance requirements. • Health Department Vending Permit or proof of exemption to vend food and beverages. • Missing items from site and elevation plan: o Electrical specifications with a description of electrical hookup to adjacent property. o Stamp from a Professional Engineer. o Windload calculations. • Fire Marshall propane permit, if using for proposed food preparation.

The complete permit application needs to be submitted by August 27th

Gant—who just launched a new website for his newsstand to raise money for construction—says he has in fact turned in some of the “missing” items, including “a letter from [the Woolworth’s building] agreeing to supply the newsstand with electricity, as well as letters of support from Ross, Walgreen’s, Bruno’s, and Samuel’s jewelers.”

Gant also says he’s gotten an exemption permit from the health department, is waiting on on some documents from his structural engineer and will contact the Fire Marshall later today.

SDOT spokesman Rick Sheridan says it will take the city about 10 days to review Gant’s application once it’s complete, although Gant may also have to go through permitting process with DPD if any electrical work needs to be done.

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I don't get how donating money allows the newsstand to "avoid extinction and remain a part of Seattle’s history." No lack of money will erase it from history. Extinction now won't remove it from the past. Sorry to get all literate about the newsstand, but there it is.

Posted by elenchos | August 22, 2008 12:21 PM

You've really got a boner for this newsstand, don't you?

Posted by w7ngman | August 22, 2008 12:22 PM

On the other side of things, the sidewalk there is plenty, plenty wide enough to establish a series of vendors there, which could be a nice opportunity for some small-sized entrepreneurs.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | August 22, 2008 12:49 PM

Like hot dog stands, falafel stands, drink stands, peanut stands, roasted chestnut stands in fall and winter. These things should be REQUIRED BY LAW. Newspaper stands with no newspapers, that are open 3 hours a year, not so much.

Posted by Fnarf | August 22, 2008 1:18 PM


Posted by ma716zda | August 24, 2008 8:14 AM

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