In just a few short months, there have been three permit applications for retail pot shops on East Olive Way, and it appears the block may not be big enough for them all.

“I would argue that that neighborhood is dense enough to support three pot shops,” said Ryan Campbell, who has operated The Bakeree in Georgetown since 2010.

Campbell has applied to open a medically endorsed shop at 1351 E. Olive Way, but said with two other shops designated for that part of the Hill, there could be pushback due to the city’s zoning rule requiring a 1,000-foot buffer between retail marijuana businesses.

Last month John Davis with the Northwest Patient Resource Center applied for a retail license to open a medically endorsed shop at 1411 E. Olive Way. Records show Uncle Ike’s owner Ian Eisenberg purchased that office building for more than $2 million in early October. Eisenberg declined to comment when reached by the Capitol Hill Times last month.

Then in early November an application was filed for a change of location for The Reef, from 3405 Fourth Ave. S., to 1525 E. Olive Way, where Amante restaurant is currently located.

“So, hopefully moving into the neighborhood with Ian and someone else,” Campbell said.

The Reef operates a retail shop in Bremerton, and appears to have taken over a license originally issued to District 420 in Georgetown.

The Bakeree’s application is also for a change of location, after hitting renovation hurdles with a planned site in Lake City.

Lake City, Sodo and Aurora neighborhoods are packed with retail pot shops, Campbell said, so he will contest any decision by the city of Seattle that finds issue with The Bakeree being on East Olive Way.

“It’s oversaturated up there (Lake City, Aurora) but three shops on a huge thoroughfare like Olive Way is too much?” Campbell said. “I don’t agree with that.”

The Bakeree does its best to cater to the medical community, Campbell said, adding there’s only so much to that under I-502 regulations. He said he wants to open a shop in Capitol Hill that appeals to Seattleites.

The 1351 and 1359 E. Olive Way parcels were purchased by Fifth Avenue LLC for $4.26 million on Sept. 22, and includes John John’s Game Room, Pie Bar and Lustre Communications.

Where The Bakeree would fit in is currently up in the air, Campbell said.