Yesterday we received a reader tip from someone whose name I cannot discern from the email address. The reader asked if we’d seen something on Facebook about Changes Bar on 45th Street here in Wallingford, and included the following link: http://changesinwallingford.com/wp/blog/changes-in-wallingford-needs-your-help/ .
It’s a tab on Changes’ official website for “Changes Petition” which states the following:
“For the last 22 years Changes has been a much loved fixture in Wallingford and in the Seattle gay community. Recently, new elements in the neighborhood have decided we don’t belong here anymore. These complaints come from a single new homeowner in the area that has filed a number of noise complaints against us. Changes serves hundreds of people a week with affordable drinks and good times, and but also supports local sports teams in the neighborhood and the Wallingford economy. To keep Changes alive and kicking please sign this online petition so we can be open another 22 years.”
And wow, I am totally impressed by how many people signed the petition on December 21st. It’s really spectacular.
Laura V., of Lower Wallingford, wrote on her Facebook page: “I can guarantee you I’ve walked by this bar a thousand times at all hours of the day and night and never heard anything outside of its walls.”
I did a little more sleuthing, and got the following information from a neighbor who wishes to remain anonymous: Changes has received numerous noise complaints from SPD. They’ve tried to be accommodating by closing the back patio at night and going from three karaoke nights a week to two. The petition shows that Changes is a fixture in the community with a lot of support.
Yes it does.
Check it out: Changes petition page
And thanks to our tipster for letting us know about this issue in the ‘hood. Happy Holidays, y’all.