Archive | May, 2010

Neighbor files complaint against VPC, citing zoning violation.

18 May

Today, Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) received a complaint citing zoning violation by Volunteer Park Cafe. The Notes section of the complaint reads: “The grocery has expanded its use with a cafe.”

DPD assigned the case #1022656. A zoning inspection is forthcoming

Technically: the main floor of 1501 17th Ave. E. is zoned as an exemption (‘Non-conforming use’) to the neighborhood’s residential status. As stated in the Notes section of the complaint: “The grocery has expanded its use with a cafe.”

Technically, the DPD inspect will determine if VPC has changed their land use from ‘Non-conforming use: Grocery’ to ‘Non-conforming use: A Eating and Drinking Establishment’ without proper permitting.


Parking impact: truck delivery.

14 May

Is parking so congested on 17th Ave E. as well as Galer, that truck parks in the red zone? Or is it just closer to the door?

Did VPC owners ask the truck to re-park legally? Or is there no space on 17th, Galer, or in the alley behind VPC for a truck to legally park for delivery?

Seattle Weekly: “From the Gut: Volunteer Park Cafe Blooms in Spring.”

6 May

Jason Sheehan writes:

What’s actually going on is a massive project by Heather Earnhardt and Ericka Burke to make use of the yard behind the cafe … There’s new outdoor seating going in on a patio built from bricks reclaimed from Capitol Hill’s Packard Building. When that’s done, it’ll be set with custom chairs and tables also made from reclaimed wood, padded out with cushions made from reclaimed burlap coffee sacks and arranged around a brand new barrel BBQ made for outdoor prix fixe dinners … served at lunch and dinner.

VPC is going to be rolling out a series of Sunday Suppers: three-course family style meals served in the garden … These dinners are scheduled to start June 27, go off the last Sunday of each month, and run through the end of September.

You can read the full article here.