An I-502 lottery winner is setting his sights on a 15th Ave E and E Republican location to open Capitol Hill’s first retail marijuana shop.
According to the state liquor board, Samuel Burke has submitted an application for a retail marijuana permit for the space currently occupied by the Capitol Hill Animal Clinic.
The application lists the same trade name Burke used to enter the I-502 lottery at the 15th Ave E location. In July, Burke told the Seattle Times that he settled on an unspecified location for his shop after hitting snags in two other places.
CHS tried to contact Burke, but the phone number listed on his I-502 application has been disconnected.
Dated November 14th, the application notification gives the City of Seattle twenty days to respond:
Uncle Ike’s at 23rd and Union is currently the closest I-502 shop to Capitol Hill, and is doing quite well despite an ongoing lawsuit from the neighboring Mount Calvary Christian Center. Under state liquor board rules, Seattle has been allocated 21 I-502 retailer licenses.
A small stretch of 15th Ave E on north Capitol Hill has been seen by some as a promising alcove for I-502 shops as it appears to meet the state’s 1,000-foot buffer rule. Last year CHS wrote about an I-502 retail license application at 518 15th Ave E, a location that was eventually snatched up by Nuflours vegan bakery.
The 15th Ave E location is currently occupied by longtime tenant the Capitol Hill Animal Clinic and has been home to a veterinarian for decades. An employee at the clinic said she was not aware of the application.
UPDATE: The Seattle Police Department contacted CHS about the application saying “if anyone has any questions or concerns about this retail location” SPD asks that they contact the East Precinct Community Police Team at (206) 684-4370.