Seattle man scales back remodeling plans

In order to get a permit from the city to do some remodeling (upgrade the kitchen, paint the exterior, etc.), he has to fork over $15,000(!) to have an asphalt sidewalk installed on his 60' frontage.
His would be the only residence in the area with a sidewalk.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2008912280_sidewalk24m.html
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On Wed, 25 Mar 2009 12:16:06 -0500, against all advice, something

You need a permit for that?
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He's not remodeling, he's doing a complete teardown and building a new house. That's why the sidewalk requirement kicked in.
Wayne
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The democrats there are hell bent on the detroitification of Seattle. He should move. Improvements will be severely punished.
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What kind of asphalt are they going to use, one with gold nuggets instead of gravel aggregate? That works out to $83.33 per square foot. If it was me, I would argue that the charges are out of line and demand that competitive bids be taken for that job. Also the sidewalk should not be built until after construction is completed as heavy vehicles could damage the priceless artifact requiring replacement.
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wrote:

It's all of the things required by the city that go with the sidewalk, like hiring an engineer, closing the street while under construction, putting in a landscaped buffer strip between the sidewalk and street and a curb on the street, etc.
Tom G.

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