Another business leaving downtown Seattle cites crime, safety concerns

(KOMO) — Another business has announced that it plans on leaving downtown Seattle because of concerns about crime and safety.

Syndio Solutions will become the second business in the same block in Pioneer Square to close up shop and move out of downtown.

Another business has announced that it plans on leaving downtown Seattle because of concerns about crime and safety. (KOMO)

The other business, Seattle E-Bike moved to West Seattle last October.

On this stretch of 3rd Avenue South in Pioneers Square, there are handful of tents.

Surging crime is the reason why Syndio, a Seattle pay equity software startup is planning to leave the area.

The company’s CEO told KOMO News: “It’s getting really tough to figure out where to be from a safety perspective.”

We also talked to Brian Nordwall, the owner of Seattle E-bikes who moved to West Seattle last October. He said he was fed up with the crime.

“We probably had 50 people living in tents on our block,” Nordwall said. “The customers don’t want to come down (because of) the attempted thefts. It was an average 3 to 5 attempted break-ins a week. One by one, they broke every single window we had.”

Nordwall said multiple factors convinced him to move his business elsewhere.

“The crime, the boarded-up windows, the homeless tents, the feces, the threats,” Nordwall wall. “It’s astonishing what has happened to this city in a short time.”

KOMO News talked to Alicia Teel with Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce today. She said it is concerning to see businesses leave Downtown.

“Downtown Seattle is a critical economic engine for the entire region,” Teel said. “It is imperative that our city’s leaders demonstrate they are taking concerns about crime and safety seriously.”

Beyond Threads in Pioneer Square is next door to Syndio and the former location of Seattle E-Bike. Owner Cristina Dioguardi told KOMO News she is really torn about what to do.

“This is really just getting out of control,” Dioguardi said. “We’ve been really contemplating, ‘What do we do next? Do we stay here?’”

More than 160 businesses have closed permanently in the Downtown Seattle area during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of those businesses, like Columbia said the increasing crime is to blame.

Late Tuesday, the owner of Simply Seattle reached out to KOMO News. Jamie Munson closed up his Pioneer Square location late last year, largely in part because of concerns about crime and theft. His store in Downtown near Pike Place Market is still open. But he said the theft there is a constant headache.

Businesses around Downtown Seattle said it’s tough enough dealing with the ongoing impact of COVID-19 pandemic closures. They said the added concern of theft and crime has made things even more difficult.

Many of the businesses tell KOMO News they are concerned about another issue: the Seattle City Council’s proposal to cut police staffing and what that might mean for crime and safety in their community.

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