The owner of 619 Western plans to renovate the building so it won't fall down in an earthquake, but can't do so on the schedule either DPD or WSDOT has prescribed.
"Failure to make hazard corrections within the specific time period may result in legal action on the part of the city pursuant to the Seattle Building Code," DPD's letter says.
In a letter to tenants, WSDOT's viaduct replacement project manager, Ron Paananan, wrote, "Although the City's decision will change the timeline for relocation, it does not affect WSDOT's commitment to help tenants relocate. We will accelerate our relocation plans to meet this faster schedule. Tenants who qualify for relocation assistance will be entitled to the same benefits regardless of this determination by the Department of Planning and Development."
The city and state will meet with building tenants to talk about relocation assistance (and the "faster schedule" for tenants to move out) on July 27.