Turritopsis Nutricula may soon need to revert to its polyp state as the city signals its intent to evict them.
A group loosely-aligned with Occupy Seattle has been squatting in an unfinished duplex at 23rd and Alder protesting homelessness and vacant housing. The collective of residents named the house Turritopsis Nutricula (see Wikipedia), and planned to stay there indefinitely. They have since painted the house red, black and green and have been working on fixing up the unfinished interior, residents said.
Seattle Police spokesperson Sean Whitcomb tells CDNews that they are working with other city departments to respond to the occupiers at the house.
However, the legal property owner has been difficult to get in touch with, and the Thanksgiving holiday slowed that process even further.
But now, the Department of Planning and Development says they are in touch with an attorney representing the legal owner, and the city is now working to remove the current residents.
DPD sent the following message around noon to people who filed complaints about the house:
Thank you for your complaint concerning the vacant property at 307-09 23rd Avenue that is being occupied by unauthorized persons. We have received a number of other complaints about this property. We conducted property research and identified representatives of the owner last week, but were unable to reach anyone with authority to take action until early this week due to the intervening Thanksgiving holiday. Now we have been in contact with the attorney representing the owner, who is working with the Seattle Police Department with the goal of having the unauthorized occupants of the building removed. We will continue to closely monitor the situation at the house and will proceed with enforcement action depending upon the outcome of the efforts to remove the occupants.
Thank you again for informing us about the concerns with this property. Please feel free to contact me or Housing Zoning Inspector Supervisor Clay Thompson (684-7794) if you have questions.
Diane C. Davis
Code Compliance Manager
No word yet on a timeline for city action. We will update as we learn more.