City Manager responds to resident comments about Chainline Brewing

Dear Concerned Citizens, business owners and neighbors,

Kirkland City Manager, Kurt Triplett

Kirkland City Manager, Kurt Triplett

Thank you for your comments regarding the Chainline Brewing Company proposed to be located at the Kirkland Commerce Center, 503 6th Street South. A few months ago, the applicant, Scott and Michelle Holm, approached the City about locating a brewery/tasting room at this site. A building permit application (BNR14-03895) was submitted and is being reviewed for compliance with Washington State Building Code, the Kirkland Zoning Code (KZC) and local drainage and discharge requirements.

This type of manufacturing use, which includes a retail component (tasting room), is an allowed use in the Light Industrial/Technology zone per the KZC. The location is also directly adjacent to the Cross Kirkland Corridor which requires that all new businesses have a welcoming façade facing the Corridor.

The Chainline Brewery Co. has provided plans to meet the Zoning Code requirements and has demonstrated to the City, along with a landlord’s agreement, that it can meet the parking demand that is required of this type of business.

The tasting room portion of the brewery is proposed to be open on Fridays from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Any further expansion of the tasting room space or opening to the public earlier than 4:30 p.m. on a weekday would need to be supported with additional parking stalls before being considered by the City.

Your concerns about safety of those who attend activities at AMC Martial Arts and International Ballet Academy, both located in the same business complex, have been shared with the Kirkland Police Department (KPD). The KPD’s primary mission is to provide for the safety of the community and as such, DUI and other alcohol related offenses are a primary enforcement focus. It is the KPD’s practice to work very closely with the owners and managers of new taverns and with the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) to proactively mitigate community safety concerns through increased visibility, education, and enforcement. The City is notified 90 days prior to an expiration date of a business’s liquor license. If the City has received complaints that are relevant to the renewal of the liquor license it will communicate those incidents directly to the WSLCB. The City has an option to object to the renewal based on the recorded incidents.

Should you observe inappropriate activity, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1. I can assure you that the KPD will be closely monitoring the situation. We have encouraged Scott and Michelle Holm to meet with concerned citizens and businesses to discuss their proposed business operation.

We acknowledge your concerns about parking impacts and safety and appreciate your sharing them with the City. The City has the responsibility to ensure the company is in compliance with all applicable codes and laws. Should you have specific questions about the review of associated permits for Chainline Brewery, please contact Christian Geitz, Planner, at 425-587-3246 or


Kurt Triplett
City Manager