Seattle Real Estate Podcast

#868 - Fremont Brewing is Still Using Concrete "Eco Blocks" To Prevent RV Parking

December 05, 2021 Sean Reynolds
Seattle Real Estate Podcast
#868 - Fremont Brewing is Still Using Concrete "Eco Blocks" To Prevent RV Parking
Show Notes

After at least one formal complaint, the Seattle Department of Transportation has issued a warning—but no penalty—to Fremont Brewing, the company co-owned by city council member-elect Sara Nelson, for obstructing the public right-of-way around its Ballard brewing facility with massive concrete “ecology blocks.”

As PubliCola reported last summer, eco blocks—so called because they are a byproduct of concrete production that uses waste that would otherwise occupy landfills—are an inexpensive way for business owners to prevent people living in their vehicles from parking on the street next to their properties.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, when the city stopped enforcing a law requiring people to move their vehicles every three days, the blocks have proliferated throughout Seattle’s industrial areas, which are the only places where people living in oversized vehicles can legally park. Business owners say that the presence of RVs and other types of large vehicles, such as box trucks, discourages patrons, and that large concentrations of RVs can lead to health and safety problems that impact their customers and employees.

https://publicola.com/2021/11/30/fremont-brewing-is-still-using-concrete-blocks-to-prevent-rv-parking-so-are-the-city-of-seattle-and-the-us-postal-service/

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