(Wallyhood welcomes its newest writer to our fold, Nicholas Kato.)
What do we do when a reader reports gunshots in lower Wallingford? Gumshoe, of course.
After hearing reports there was a man seen with a rifle on December 2nd at 34th and Burke, I walked the block last Friday to investigate. What I found was surprising, to say the least. Two spent 10-gauge shotgun shells lay on the sidewalk adjacent to the old Avtech building. Nothing seemed damaged, and thankfully there have been no reports of injuries.
Besides the expended ammo, the only other thing that seemed out of place was the derelict house that stands, or rather, leans, just to the north of 34th and Burke.
Residents have reported some activity around the derelict house on the northwest corner of the Avtech property. Although the house has been boarded up for years, apparently there are people using the garage and porch for shelter and a place to sleep.
“There have been a couple people who might be drinking or smoking that get a little loud, but nothing where we’ve had to call the police,” reported Thom Goulding, who manages the apartment complex adjacent to the house.
Wallyhood reader Tracy H. provided the following information from Avtech:
“The HR manager at Avtech/Tyee has informed me that the property is for sale (rather than lease) but who knows how long it could be before a sale happens. They, at one time, tried to obtain a permit to demolish what is known as the “meth house” on the northwest side of their property but the city code wouldn’t allow them to pursue this unless they were willing to replace it with more housing. Since they are not in the housing business this was not of interest to them. The continuing existence of this house and it’s large, unkempt “backyard” (Avtech kept it up beautifully when they were in residence) will probably contribute to the number of incidents we may see in the future.”
According to SPD’s online crime map
, no reports have been filed related to the incident. A check on local reports over the last year reveal only a handful of police incidents, mostly graffiti, car prowls, and a home burglary.
Neighbors are encouraged to continue to report suspicious activity to the police. Meanwhile, discharging firearms on or by the Avtech property is still not allowed. Stay safe, folks.