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Anger, frustration, delays as Seattle rolls out new building-permit system that's been 'a big disaster'

Maria Barrientos, left, and Kristin Ryan are co-Developers of this 1908 building on King Street in the International District. The building, when restored, will house retail on the street level and mixed income apartment units above.

Builders say the botched rollout of Seattle’s $14 million new online system for construction permits has cost them time and money, angered their clients, delayed projects the city needs to house its exploding population

The number of Seattle permit applications completing initial review plummeted 75 percent from April to May, from 266 to 66. Builders say problems with the system are setting their projects back by weeks or months.

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