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Crime Update: Break-ins on Ballard Ave

April 20th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

According to the SPD two businesses were broken into on the 5300 block of Ballard Ave NW in the early hours of Friday, April 10.

The first burglary occurred at approximately 3:50 a.m. and was captured on a surveillance camera. The footage shows two hooded males walking up to the business before breaking in.

In the video, one suspect appeared to be light skinned, 6’2, 185lbs, slim build, wearing a hooded sweatshirt under a North Face coat, cargo pants, converse shoes with a goatee. One suspect acted as a lookout as the other entered the business through a window and riffled through the cupboards, refrigerators, and drawers.

The suspects stole approximately $378.00, a Sony VIAO Laptop, and a IPad. One suspect spent approximately 25 minutes in the business before fleeing from the same window.

SPD took metal pans believed to have been touched by the suspect to recover fingerprints.

Another business owner on the same block arrived to work on the morning of April 10 to find the door broken. The owner then discovered that items were missing including a Canon 5D DSL camera with a 1000millimeter lens, light/flash sensor and 8GB SD card.

SPD officers determined that the burglar/s broke through the two front doors to access the business. No fingerprints were recovered from the scene.

The combined monetary estimate of items stolen and property damage comes to $4500.

SPD officers have not yet confirmed if the same suspects were involved in both burglaries.

If you have any information in relation to this crime report it to the SPD North Precinct at (206) 684-5735.

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Time to bid nearly “up” on Edith Macefield’s House

April 20th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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A crew from CNBC News has been broadcasting from Edith Macefield’s house this morning during the final day that public offers are being accepted to purchase the now famous landmark.

CNBC Real Estate Reporter Diana Olick and her crew have been shooting segments (see below) about the Edith Macefield story that are airing live throughout the day and the team has also put together a story for The Nightly Business Report which will air at 5:30 p.m. tonight on KCTS9.

As the My Ballard team reported on March 31st, the Ballard icon is being sold by commercial real estate broker Paul Thomas, known as the “No B.S. Broker,” who will be accepting offers until 5 p.m. this evening.

There is no asking price for the famous home, with Thomas confirming that it will go to the person with the best offer. The home is also being sold “free and clear” of the liens that deterred potential buyers from bidding on the property at the March 13 auction.

Those interested in making an offer had to include a proposal of how they would honor and memorialize Edith Macefield through their purchase.

“It’s a wonderful house. The views on three sides aren’t anything to write home about but there is a huge back yard, a surprising amount of light and an palpable sense of history,” says Thomas.

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A number of Seattleites and local groups, including EAT Ballard, created petitions and online fundraising campaigns to ensure that the house remains standing as a tribute to the values which Edith Macefield stood for.

“We invite you to throw your support behind EAT Ballard‘s online petition asking the City of Seattle to delay and/or deny any permit request to demolish the house,” writes EAT Ballard on its Facebook page.

Unfortunately, a number of the Kickstarter campaigns were cancelled within the last few days as they had failed to reach even close to their fundraising goals.

The uncertain future of Edith Macefield’s home will be decided after today’s deadline when Thomas reviews all of the offers with the owner.

It is clear that whatever happens, locals are sure to have an opinion about the outcome with many showing their support to both sides of the argument.

“I hope that whom ever buys this house will keep it standing and not let it be torn down. Ballard has lost way to many of the old homes and businesses,” writes My Ballard reader Sheila.

EAT Ballard Facebook commenter Dan sees a different side to the story. “Out with this old, faux-historic and useless building,” he writes.

The My Ballard team will continue to update readers on the progress of the sale as more information is released after today’s deadline.

Click here to check out more photos of Edith Macefield’s house in our Facebook photo album.

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Development Update April 20: More subdivisions

April 20th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Two subdivision approvals make up today’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Decisions:

2008 NW 59th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 2,498 sq. ft. and B) 2,498 sq. ft. Existing single family residence to be removed.

Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than May 4, 2015.

2422 NW 61st St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 2,601 sq. ft. and B) 2,400 sq. ft. Existing structures to be demolished.

Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than May 4, 2015.

Comments about the above applications should be submitted to PRC@seattle.gov or mailed to the address below:

City of Seattle DPD PRC
700 5th Avenue Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

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Ballard Preschool Co-op sale set for Saturday

April 20th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Ballard Preschool Co-op is having its popular “Gently Used Kids Gear Sale” this Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The sale will be hosted by Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N. Community Hall, Lower Brick Building) and will include gently used clothes (newborn to size 8), shoes, toys and gear such as cribs, beds, car seats, strollers, maternity wear, and more.

The organizers say the line to get in often starts before 9, so plan to get there early. They recommend to bring something to put your finds in – a laundry basket or beach bags. All money from the sale will go to support the co-op.

Click here to find out more.

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Our/Seattle Vodka distillery set to open on Market St this Saturday

April 17th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The second Our/Vodka distillery in the country will open this Saturday, April 18, in our neighborhood at 1836 NW Market St.

The My Ballard team reported about the initial plans when they were in the works last March.

The distillery is the new venture of Our/Vodka (a Pernod Ricard company) and local entrepreneurs, Nin Truong, Christa Thomas and Stephen Pleadwell.

Our/Seattle is the third distillery to open in the Our/Vodka family that has opened establishments so far in Berlin and Detroit. The next Our/Vodka distilleries are planned for London, Amsterdam, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Houston.

According to the Our/Vodka team, the local partners at each distillery follow the same global recipe, but each location partly distills, blends and bottles the vodka using local ingredients. According to a report by Seattle Eater, Our/Seattle vodka uses Idaho-grown winter wheat and purified Seattle water.

Seattle Eater confirmed that the Our/Seattle local partners were keen to open the distillery in our neighborhood.

“We were looking for a centrally located space in a vibrant neighborhood, but there were not a lot of options that met the zoning requirements for a micro-distillery. The old Ballard Camera building had been sitting empty for several years. It met all of our needs and we really wanted to preserve this corner landmark in Ballard,” Truong and Pleadwell told Seattle Eater.

Once up and running, the distillery will comprise of a tasting room and a retail space where, in addition to being open to the public, the team will also run workshops and community events.

Tomorrow’s opening event will include tastings of Our/Seattle vodka, a walking tour of Old Ballard organized by local nonprofit Feet First, and musicby DJ Greasy of DUG.

After the official opening Our/Seattle will be open Wednesday through Saturday from noon – 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 4 p.m.

Click here to learn about the Our/Seattle distillery.

Photo courtesy of Our/Seattle.

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What’s on this weekend

April 17th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Another weekend is here, filled with plenty of events. Enjoy!

Friday, April 17

  • Live Music at Salmon Bay Eagles Club (5216 20th Ave NW). Featuring Teen Rock Night. Click here to find out more.
  • Overton Berry and Jeff Davies at the Swedish Club (1920 Dexter Ave N) from 7:30 p.m. Click here to find out more.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Soul/Funk Pop Rock – The Dip Album Release Party with Bigfoot Wallace. Tickets $12. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Saturday, April 18

  • Greyhound Meet and Greet at All the Best Pet Care (1909 NW Market St.) from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Come meet volunteers and dogs, and learn about this wonderful breed. Maybe one is right for you! Click here to learn more.
  • Record Store Day at Populuxe Brewing (826B NW 49th St) from 3 p.m. Event will comprise of giveaways, beer and Kiss My Grits Food Truck. Click here to learn more.
  • Live Music at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) from 7 p.m. Featuring The Market Street Dixieland Jazz Band performing hot New Orleans style jazz, Dixieland and 1920’s tunes. Tickets $10. Click here to find out more.
  • Live Music at Salmon Bay Eagles Club (5216 20th Ave NW). Featuring Town Hall Brawl. Click here to find out more.
  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Two Gallants with Will Sprott. Tickets $15. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Sunday, April 19

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Open Mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information click here.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Featuring Keep Him Playing: A Benefit for Skyler Mehal. Tickets from $12-100. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Do you know of an event happening in the neighborhood? Drop us a line at tips@myballard.com

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Populuxe Brewing set to celebrate Record Store Day this weekend

April 17th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The folks at Populuxe (826B NW 49th St) are teaming up with Light in the Attic Records for a day of vinyl and beer this Saturday, April 18, from 3 p.m. onwards.

The event is being held in honor of the internationally celebrated Record Store Day.

Populuxe will keep the beers flowing all afternoon and food will be served up by Kiss My Grits Food Truck.

Light in the Attic will also be selling some of their Record Store Day releases and special giveaways will also be in the mix.

Click here to check out the Facebook event page.

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Seattle Animal Shelter to host “Cool City Pets” adoption event

April 16th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

This Saturday, April 18, Seattle Animal Shelter (2061 15th Ave NW) is hosting a Cool City Pets adoption event. The event will be held from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. and will feature a range of small animals who are looking for their forever homes.

Potential adopters will have the chance to meet rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, birds, reptiles, ferrets, mice and more.

Volunteer small-animal specialists will be on hand to help adopters find the right pet for them. The volunteers will  provide information about each animal’s characteristics and needs, demonstrate basic care and handling skills, and answer questions.

The Seattle Animal Shelter features Cool City Pets the third Saturday of every month.

All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Animals may be adopted by adults only.

Adopters must be prepared to provide proper housing, food, water, toys and other materials necessary for the care and good health of the animal. Adoption fees range between $15-$40.

Click here to find out more.

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Development Update April 16: More subdivisions

April 16th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Two subdivision applications and two subdivision approvals make up today’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Applications:

1540 NW 62nd St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6444133. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

1747 NW 61st St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. The construction of residential units is under project 6409262. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Decisions:

2014 NW 59th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6420753. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than April 30, 2015.

8727 25th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has bee approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land in an environmentally critical area. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 6,586 sq. ft., and B) 10,804 sq. ft. Existing structure to remain.

Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than April 30, 2015.

Comments about the above applications should be submitted to PRC@seattle.gov or mailed to the address below:

City of Seattle DPD PRC
700 5th Avenue Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

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1st annual Ballard Earth Day Street Party set for this month

April 15th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Ballard based solar installation company Sunergy Systems is teaming up with Sustainable Ballard to host the 1st Annual Ballard Earth Day Street Party on Friday April 24. The street party will take place on NW 46th St between Leary Way NW and 8th Ave NW from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunergy Systems is teaming up with Sustainable Ballard for this event to celebrate their 10 year anniversary.

“Sunergy Systems is honored to have been a key driver and leader in State’s solar boom” says Howard Lamb, Founder of Sunergy Systems. “When we opened our doors back in 2005, now here we are in 2015, projecting to install our 1,000th solar energy system in June.”

Event highlights include Keynote speaker King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson, fireside workshops and presentations from 15 local environmentally-minded businesses.

In the food and beverage department, event attendees will be nourished by burgers and greens from Giddy Up and with pints from Stoup Brewing. Four live bands will also be entertaining the crowd.

A raffle will also be held, with the featured prize being a Giant Twist Freedom DX electric bike by Electric & Folding Bikes Northwest.

All proceeds from the family-friendly event will go directly to Sustainable Ballard. Click here to find out more about the event.

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Ballard based company raises minimum wage to $70,000 per year

April 14th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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According to an article in the New York Times, the owner of a Ballard based credit card payment processing company announced that he will raise the minimum wage for workers in his company to $70,000 per year.

Dan Price, who originally started Gravity Payments (located at 1455 NW Leary Way) in his dorm room at Seattle Pacific University made the announcement on Monday afternoon to 120 surprised staff members (pictured above).

According to the article, Price plans to phase in the wage increase over the next three years at the same time as Seattle’s Minimum Wage Ordinance comes into effect.

Price plans to pay for the staff wage increases by cutting his salary from nearly $1 million to $70,000 and by using up to 80 percent of the company’s anticipated $2.2 million profit this year

The New York Times confirms that around 70 employees of Gravity Payments, where the average salary is $48,000 a year, will have their paychecks raised with some employees even doubling them.

“The market rate for me as a C.E.O. compared to a regular person is ridiculous, it’s absurd. As much as I’m a capitalist, there is nothing in the market that is making me do it,” Price told The New York Times.

Through this wage increase Price wanted to address wage inequality, however, he admits that the idea made him “really nervous” as he wanted to find a way to make it work without raising prices for his customers or cutting back on service.

As well imagined, the staff are beyond thrilled with the news. “Everyone is talking about this $15 minimum wage in Seattle and it’s nice to work someplace where someone is actually doing something about it and not just talking about it,” Gravity Communications Coordinator Hayley Vogt told The New York Times.

Photo courtesy of The New York Times.

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Burglars steal items from Ballard apartment

April 14th, 2015 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

My Ballard reader Ryan emailed in to report that he was a victim of a forced entry burglary in Ballard on Friday evening.

Burglars entered his apartment at the corner of 32nd Ave NW and NW Market St sometime between 7 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.

“They climbed onto our deck, took the screen off our window, crawled in and stole our laptop and a watch,” says Ryan.

If you have any information relating to the burglary contact Ryan at ryspahr@gmail.com

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