Boarding Houses and Density

DR2012-6_pdf__page_1_of_6_Cheri writes:

I’d like to see a discussion about the provision in the zoning code that allows boarding houses in single family zones. Up to eight unrelated adults can live in a single family house. This allows investors to buy houses in single family zones and rent the rooms individually. Ironically, one of the tests for a house being a boarding house is that bedrooms do not have private bathrooms or cooking spaces. Therefore, a minimal amount of retrofit is required for maximum profit. No review is required for the increased density this creates in the neighborhood.

At a minimum, there does not appear to be an equal amount of scrutiny for increased density through this method as opposed to others (ADUs, etc.). Increased density has impacts on neighborhoods, which is why review processes are in place elsewhere. This seems to be a gaping hole in the zoning code. I’d be interested in hearing what others think.

Cheri sent along the Department of Planning and Development’s Director’s Rule 6-2012, which “clarifies the distinction between a single family dwelling unit and a boarding house for the purpose of applying the Seattle Building Code (SBC).”

Footprint-WallingfordFrom my perspective, density isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it can be a good thing: density fosters locals businesses to serve the growing number of residents, which makes the neighborhood more walkable and more interesting.

I also feel that the focus on “boarding houses” may carry a hint of unconscious classism, since it invokes “working poor” imagery, at least for me. If we were strictly worried about density, I would expect more of an outcry over the “aPodment” ultra-efficiency apartments such as the Footprint Wallingford. It’s 40 units of tiny, less than 300 sq ft apartments stacked 5 stories high in the heart of Wallingford.* That’s some density!


* I’ll admit to being a bit of a bad reporter here. I’m sure this was Footprint property (as articles like this can attest), but now there’s no mention of it on Footprint’s web site, nor any other obvious listing of it anywhere else. I’m writing this at 10:30 pm for publication in the morning, so I’ve done all the research I can for now, but maybe someone can let me know what’s happening with this property, and I can update this story?

Farmers Market Produce to FamilyWorks

ascendedgroundsreishimushroomsTwo more weeks of Wallingford Farmers Market, and this week’s post is dedicated to the husband/wife team Clare Breidenich and Carson Lemmen, volunteers for FamilyWorks.

Every Wednesday, around 7 pm as the market stalls get ready to close, Clare and Carson are there with bins going from stand to stand, collecting unsold produce, bread and other items from the vendors, loading them up and carrying them over to FamilyWorks food bank, for distribution to those who struggle to keep them family from going hungry. Jake Weber, FamilyWorks

Thanks, Clare and Carson, for your good work, and thanks to all the vendors who give to them every week!

The Wallingford Farmers Market runs every Wednesday, 3:30 – 7 pm in Meridian Park, but wraps up for the year next Wednesday, Sept 24th.

(Reishi mushrooms from Ascended Grounds, a Wallingford Farmers Market vendor, photo by Zachary Lyons)

Dog Hit and Run

Ray asked that we post this poster, asking for info regarding a hit and run that ended a dog’s life on Sunday:


Wallingford Chili Cook-Off

(Vivian sent in this announcement)

Wallingford_Chili_Cook_Off_Flier_REVISED_pdfWe are excited to announce the First Annual Wallingford Chili Cook Off hosted by Gift of Grace Lutheran Church located in Wallingford at 2102 N. 40th St. on Sunday Oct. 5, at Noon!

Come and eat the best chili in Wallingford and/or enter the best chili in the Wallingford Chili Cook Off.

We are inviting residents of the Wallingford neighborhood to prepare their Chili to be entered into this Cook Off where five judges (local Wallingford restaurant owners/chefs and a Gift of Grace member) will taste and select the most delicious and appropriate chili for our purpose.

First Prize Winner earns the bragging rights of their chili to be used in the recipe book and rotating menu for our Sunday Dinner that we call GraceFeast*. This is a free community event where neighbors may also participate by eating chili, GraceFeast Cornbread, enjoying live music and awaiting the outcome of the Cook Off!

What is our purpose? *What is GraceFeast? Each Sunday, we invite our neighbors, by personal invitation to GraceFeast. The point of GraceFeast is that homed and homeless people gather together for a homemade, family style meal. It is not a soup kitchen, feeding program or a social service. It is not a service TO a group of people as much as it is a service AMONG people of diverse demographics. Gathering together builds genuine relationships and an opportunity for genuine community.

You will find the “Rules” below (or you may visit but if you have any questions, you may contact Vivian at 206-795-1220.WALLINGFORD CHILI COOK OFF RULESContestants may submit your recipe to Gift of Grace c/o Wallingford Chili Cook Off  @ 2102 N. 40th St. Seattle, WA 98103

The winner of the Chili Cook Off will have the honor of their chili recipe included in the rotational dinner menu for GraceFeast, a weekly Sunday Dinner hosted by Gift of Grace in service to the Wallingford neighborhood. The winner will also be awarded a gift basket with items procured from the Wallingford business community.

  •  The submission deadline is Sept. 20, 2014
  • In your submission, please provide a written recipe that would serve 50-60 people (Judges will not see your recipe). Include the cost of this 50-60 servings batch, your name, address in Wallingford and a contact (either email or phone number) so that we may assign a number to your chili submission
  • The cost of the batch of chili (serving 50-60) should be no more that $60
  • On the Chili Cook Off Day, please provide (at least) a 5-6 quart pot (that serves approx. 16)
  • Your chili will need to be prepared off site
  • Deliver your heated chili to the Gift of Grace kitchen on Sunday Oct. 5 no later than 11:30AM (the kitchen is the most Southern door on the East side of the building)
  • Please maintain your anonymity when delivering your chili but have your entry number attached to the container

Definition of Chili:

  • Your chili should not be cost prohibitive (no exotic ingredients that are difficult to access)
  • You may use beans or not
  • It may be made with or without meat
  • You may use red or green chilies and there is no heat restriction (though extremely hot chili may not be appropriate for GraceFeast Dinners)
  • The total cooking and prep time (not including bean soak, if that is your method) should not be more than 4 hours

The chili will also be judged on these qualities

  • Color
  • Aroma
  • Consistency
  • Taste
  • Aftertaste
  • Thrift


11177487605_a48f4b8ee4_zKellie spotted this story on the Seattle Police Department’s blog:

Officers Catch Wallingford Burglar

A 34-year-old man is behind bars after breaking into an occupied Wallingford home Sunday morning.

Around 7:30 AM, a startled Seattle man called officers to the 1200 block of North Allen Place when an equally surprised burglar ambled into his kitchen.

The burglar made a prompt exit of the home with the homeowner in tow and on the phone with police. Officers were given a description of the suspect and his last known location.

Officers flooded the area and stopped a man matching the description near North 50th Street and Woodland Park Ave North. After the homeowner confirmed the identity of the bumbling burglar he was arrested.

The suspect was booked into King County Jail on investigation of burglary.

Finally! I saw a friend of mine over here in east Wallingford who said they had someone burgle their house recently. They were out of town, and the dogsitter arrived one morning to find that someone had broken in through their back door and gone through drawers and closets throughout the house. Some money was taken, but very little else (laptop computers were left behind, for example).

(Photo of Kilmainham Gaol taken by Monika, probably nothing like King County Jail.)

Car theft lost-and-found

unnamed (7)First, the car theft found Crista writes:

There was a 2 sided, black, car emergency kit found in our front yard (4210 Thackeray) this morning [Friday or Saturday].  One side holds jumper cables, the other side has been more or less emptied. If your car was broken into last night and this sounds like yours, please get in touch.

Email [email protected] if they’re yours. On the lost side, Michelle writes:

We had a car window smashed last night and some things stolen from a car on 42nd and meridian ave. I was wondering if at all possible to post a picture of this custom made bag that was stolen with baby stuff as well as health documents. We are thinking  maybe the bag was ditched somewhere after the valuables were taken?

At right. If you find it, email [email protected] and we’ll put you in touch. Thanks!

Garage Sales

Last of of mini-Wallingford garage sale fest. Still lots of good stuff, including petite women’s clothing, baby stuff, toys for boys 2 – 5, electronics, costumes and some nice furniture (David Smith Balinese coffee table, shelves, drawers, etc.) at 4065 4th Ave NE. See Wallingford Garage Sales for the full list.

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