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Ballard Development update: subdivisions off Market Street and rowhomes to replace historic farmhouse

July 31st, 2015 by Halynn Blanchard

Today we see several submitted sudivision applications, including two off Market Street. We also are given notices of an approved apartment complex for Phinney Ave, and an updated design review for a 3-story structure on 17th and 58th. A double design review meeting takes place August 17th for two more 4-story apartment structures coming to both 15th and 17th.

Meanwhile, a historic 1895 farmhouse–once B&B– faces demolition to make way for 3-story rowhomes on 61st and 20th.

This week’s development update is provided by the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Applications:

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A Land Use Application  has been proposed to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6427253. 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.

3400 NW MARKET ST 

A Land Use Application has been proposed to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6480366. 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.

316 NW 41ST ST

A Land Use Application has been proposed to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6480366. 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.

2000 NW 61ST ST

A Land Use Application has been proposed to allow a 3-story rowhouse building containing 6 units. Parking for 6 vehicles to be provided. Existing structure– historic farmhouse built in 1895– to be demolished. We will update you more on this in the near future.

 

 

Decisions:

A Land Use Application has been grated to allow a 3-story structure containing 27 apartment units at 3635 Phinney Ave N. Existing structures to be demolished. No vehicle parking proposed; twenty-two bike spaces provided.

Notice of Streamlined Design Review:

1552 NW 58TH ST

A Streamlined Design Review has been submitted to allow a 3-story structure containing 16 small efficiency dwelling units and 2 apartments (totaling 18 residential units). Existing single family residence to be removed.

The Director will accept written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidance through August 12, 2015. The public is invited to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues.

Notice of Design Review Early Design Guidance Meeting:

1506 NW 61ST ST

A Land Use Application has been proposed to allow a 4-story structure containing 33 residential units. No parking proposed. Existing structures to be demolished.

The meeting will take place August 17th at 6:30 p.m. at the Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave) in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

The Director will accept written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidance through August 17th, 2015. The public is invited to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues.

6301 15TH AVE NW

A Land Use Application has been proposed to allow a 4-story structure containing 61 residential units and 2 live-work units with 2,500 sq. ft. of ground level retail space. No parking is proposed. Existing structures to be demolished.

The meeting will take place August 17th at 8 p.m. at the Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave) in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

The Director will accept written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidance through August 17th, 2015. The public is invited to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues.

Comments about the above notices 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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What’s on this weekend

July 31st, 2015 by Halynn Blanchard

Unlike last weekend, expect a high of 89 degrees with a zero percent chance of rain!

Ballard has a psychedelic music festival headed through Sunset Tavern this weekend, along with free yoga in the park on Saturday. As always in summer, there are free concerts at the Locks and the good ‘ol Ballard Farmer’s Market this Sunday. The Magnolia Summerfest goes on next door to us both Saturday and Sunday, and the Magnolia Seafair parade also happens on Saturday.

Also happening: Tonight, a New Belgium event just a bike ride away and a bike drive for a great cause Saturday at Interbay.

FRIDAY, July 31

  • Gasworks New Belgium event:  New Belgium Brewing’s annual Clips Beer & Film Tour comes to Gas Works Park. The beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting show gives guests a chance to try New Belgium’s beer offerings, while watching short films created by fans. Up to 17 varieties from Lips of Faith to brewery classics will be on tap. One-hundred percent of beer sale proceeds in Seattle will go to local nonprofits. Event begins at  p.m. with films starting at 9:30 p.m. Free admission. Food vendors include: Hallava Falafel, Hungry Me, Bread and Circuses and No Bones About It.
  • Blues/Country/Folk at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Sunderheed, Specters, and Big Splash ChampionTickets $8.
  • Blues/Country/Folk at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Pickathon Presents: Oklahoma Roots Rock- The Turnpike Troubadours. SOLD OUT
  • Rock/Pop at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) at 5 p.m. Northwest Psych Fest Day Two: Featuring Maitreya, Lures, Diminished Men, Heavy Petting, and Guests. Tickets $15.
  • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 Nw Market St). Featuring Third Hemisphere at 7 p.m. and Elizabeth Perera with Ryan Burns and Geoff Harper at 9 p.m. Tickets $12/$7.

SATURDAY, August 1

  • Live Music events
  • Free yoga in the park: Every Saturday starting July 25th there is a free yoga class in Ballard Commons Park with Instructors from the Ballard Health Club. 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Saturdays through September. Bring a yoga mat! All levels of experience welcome.
  • Magnolia Summerfest: The annual two-day community festival featuring the annual Art Show, local merchants’ sidewalk sale, craft booths, clowns, and pony rides at the Magnolia Community Center and Ballfields on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m.– 10 p.m.
  • Magnolia Seafair Parade and Kid’s Parade: Starts at 10:00 a.m. at West Raye Street and 34th Avenue West, heads southbound on 34th Avenue West, east on West McGraw Street, and northbound on 32nd Avenue West returning to the festival grounds. About 4,800 people are expected to attend throughout the weekend.
  • SDOT traffic advisory– Umoja Fest Africatown Heritage Parade: Parade starting at 1 p.m. at 23rd Avenue and East Union Street. The route heads southbound on 23rd, east on East Cherry Street, southbound on Martin Luther King Jr. Way, west on South Jackson Street and southbound on 23rd Avenue into the Festival at Judkins Park. About 975 people are expected to attend.
    Alaffia’s Bicycles for Education: Bike drive at Whole Foods Interbay (2001 15th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

SUNDAY, August 2

  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Magnolia Summerfest: The annual two-day community festival featuring the annual Art Show, local merchants’ sidewalk sale, craft booths, clowns, and pony rides at the Magnolia Community Center and Ballfields on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m.– 10 p.m.
  • Live Music

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Car Care 101 at Seattle Libraries this August

July 31st, 2015 by Halynn Blanchard

Learn the basics of car care and maintenance when The Seattle Public Library hosts a local mechanic at a few library locations this August. Mark your calendars now for the event at The Ballard Branch (5614 22nd Ave. N.W.) on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The free workshop is open to the public, and will take place in the parking lots of each Library branch. Registration is not required and free parking is available at the branches.

If you can’t make it a few weekends from now, you can drive up north tomorrow, Aug. 1  for the workshop at the Northgate Branch (10548 Fifth Ave. N.E.) from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For more information or for additional dates and locations, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or ask a Librarian.

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Public meeting at Market Street encampment site this Monday

July 31st, 2015 by Halynn Blanchard

A community meeting is being held this Monday August 3rd, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the parking lot of the Ballard VFW Post 3063 (2812 NW Market Street), next door to the proposed encampment on Market Street. The meeting has been organized by residents responsible for the online petition “Seattle City Council: Don’t Tell Ballard to Shut Up,” which has now surpassed 1,280 signatures.

Organizers have asked Mayor Ed Murray, City Councilmember Mike O’Brien and Diane Sugimura– director of the city’s Department of Planning and Development– to meet with Ballard residents at this time.

As for the RSVPs? Councilmember Mike O’Brien, running to represent District 6 on City Council, has agreed to attend the meeting. A definitive answer has not yet come from Mayor Ed Murray and his key city staffer.

The main question that the organizers hope to have answered will be of the city’s selection process for the Market Street Encampment site in particular.

Other questions on the agenda will include:
• What other local sites were considered?
• What steps were taken to inform neighbors and gather community input?
• Is there still time to find a location that will work better for Ballard and the homeless residents?
• And how will the city address the potential impacts to local residents and businesses?

The group says they plan to have a moderator to ensure the discussion remains on track, with as many residents as possible getting to ask their questions and have them answered directly from city leaders.

Additionally, donation barrels for the Ballard Food Bank will be on site for the meeting’s duration and attendees are encouraged to bring something to give.

Volunteers could be used for tasks including set-up and take down for the meeting. If interested, email speakupballard@gmail.com.

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Edith Macefield’s house to be saved

July 30th, 2015 by Geeky Swedes

edithThe iconic Edith Macefield house in Ballard will be moved and saved by a non-profit organization, according to a press release sent by real estate broker Paul Thomas.

“The house really will float away, but not by air,” he wrote. “I can’t possibly imagine a more wonderful ending for this chapter of the Edith Macefield story.”

Thomas did not provide details, explaining that he’ll hold a press conference at 11 a.m. on August 4th at the site.

Last month, Thomas said that the home was facing demolition if nobody stepped forward to save it. Would-be buyers backed out when they discovered the aging house was not up to code and would require a significant investment to restore.
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Macefield made headlines several years ago when she refused to sell her house for $1 million to developers. The Ballard Blocks development was built around it, leading many to believe that Macefield’s house inspired the Pixar movie “Up.”

We’ll update you when we learn more.

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Multifamily apartments set for 56th; meet management tonight at Library

July 30th, 2015 by Halynn Blanchard

Lennar Multifamily Communities will hold an informational community meeting about their new Valdok project coming to the neighborhood.  The meeting will be at the Ballard Public Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) tonight from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

“We are eager to share specifics about the project and to hear your thoughts, questions, and concerns,” says Melissa Jones on Lennar’s behalf. The first of two apartment projects will be located at 1701 NW 56th St and the second project is set for 1718 NW 56th St.

Lennar says they are looking forward to establishing the Valdok project as a thoughtfully intentioned contribution to the Ballard experience with as little impact as possible for our neighbors throughout construction.

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Music in the park tonight at Loyal Heights

July 30th, 2015 by Halynn Blanchard

Seattle Parks and Recreation hosts an ice cream social and free concert tonight from 6– 8 p.m. The Ballard community is invited to bring a picnic to the upper lawn of the Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St.) and enjoy complimentary music by the Silverbacks.

The Everett-based music group plays classic rock/R&B covers featuring songs by the Beatles, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin and more. Tilamook and Cascade ice cream is also available for purchase at $2 per scoop.

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Throwback Thursday: Beer, Rainier and a Redhook scavenger hunt

July 30th, 2015 by Halynn Blanchard

Some things never change… like Seattle’s love of beer!

 Photo Museum of History and Industry, Seattle

(1949) Charles Thorndike pouring a beer at Rainier Brewery.
Did you know? Rainier was the only brew in Seattle to successfully be revived after nationwide Prohibition was repealed.
Photo Museum of History and Industry, Seattle

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Mighty-O’s opens in August with free donuts and superhero-themed contest

July 29th, 2015 by Halynn Blanchard

Mighty-O donuts is about to open its doors in Ballard.

The local company, with organic donuts made-from-scratch, has settled into their new storefront location on NW Market and 17th and is inviting Ballard to a grand opening weekend Friday, August 14th through Sunday, August 16th.

Free donuts are in store for everyone who stops by during the weekend-long event. Plus, Mighty-O hosts a superhero-themed contest in which those dressed as their favorite superhero will be entered to win a donut a day for a whole year.

“Our customers are our superheroes—they’re the reason we are here and we can’t thank them enough,” said founder Ryan Kellner. “We are excited to celebrate the grand opening of our new Ballard café with our community and look forward to giving away as many free donuts as possible for everyone to enjoy.”

Just like its Wallingford store, Mighty-O’s Ballard café is committed to sustainability and its community, supporting local farmers, achieving zero waste, and donating all leftovers to the homeless. Additionally, Mighty-O donuts are made-from-scratch using all organic, non-GMO and plant-based
ingredients that are individually sourced.

“It’s important to us that our donuts not only taste good, but do good,” said Kellner. “That includes being cholesterol free, pesticide and chemical free, and working to support sustainability and community causes.”

The 2,500 sq. foot café was designed to be a welcoming hangout with seating room for 50 people inside and a dedicated parklet on the street, making Mighty-O Ballard among the first of cafes in Seattle to offer the community amenity.

With a nod to the neighborhood’s roots, Mighty-O chose a maritime and industrial aesthetic to pair with the space-inspired design. The shop also features a large exhibition bakery so onlookers can watch the donuts being made or take a behind-the-scenes tour.

The Ballard café’s store hours will be Monday through Friday: 6 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m.– 6 p.m.

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French Immersion Preschool begins in fall

July 29th, 2015 by Halynn Blanchard

A new French Immersion preschool program begins in Ballard this September.

The program is part of The North Seattle French School, which is located at the Trinity Church (6512 23rd Avenue NW). The program will run Monday through Friday from 8:15am to 12:15pm.

Kids aged 2 and-a-half to 5 years old can be accepted, and the school adds they must be potty trained come the first day of the program.

“My son is going and I am really excited,” says resident Celia Beasley of the half-day program. Beasley attended the school’s first open house which occurred Saturday, July 18th. The school has scheduled another open house for Saturday, August 8th from 3 to 5 p.m.

Photo North Seattle French School

Photo North Seattle French School

Visit www.northseattlefrenchschool.com for more information.

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Used bike drive for West African students this weekend

July 29th, 2015 by Halynn Blanchard

Bicycles for Education holds a used bike drive this Saturday, August 1st at Interbay. The empowerment program, organized by Washington-based company Alaffia, distributes Washington and Oregon residents’ unwanted bicycles to rural students in Togo.

Parallel to selling fair-trade cosmetic products, Alaffia has been in collecting bikes since 2006. Thus far, over 6,300 bicycles have been distributed to students in sixty different villages, who previously were void of transportation methods to and from school.

Surveys taken in Togo areas affected by the program report a significant improvement on exam scores and progress in rural schools. Bicycles for Education also reports reduced teen-pregnancy rates in rural villages influenced by the program.

All locals who want to donate a used bike or bike parts can do so between 10 a.m.– 2 p.m. at the Interbay Whole Foods (2001 15th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119).

To learn more about the Bicycles for Education project, click here.

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Sustainable Ballard Festival meeting at Lucky Envelope tonight

July 29th, 2015 by Halynn Blanchard

Public planning for the 12th Annual Sustainable Ballard Festival happens tonight, Wednesday July 29 at Lucky Envelope Brewing (907 NW 50th Street). Everyone and all ideas are welcome at the meeting from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Over the years, the annual festival has grown into an inspiring showcase of community efforts to promote sustainable ways of living. Sustainable Ballard believes this year’s festival– set for Saturday, September 19th– may turn out to be the biggest yet.As always, hands-on workshops will be provided, as will educational displays, interactive activities, live music, local food and active exhibitors. The organization has also partnered with Seattle Summer Parkways to offer an inter-neighborhood 7-mile bike path with activities along the way. Additionally, a garden party is in the works– complete with a Tea Garden, Mad Hats and more.

Photo from 11th Annual festival: Sunset Hill Community Association

Photo from 11th Annual festival/ Sunset Hill Community Association

If you can’t make tonight’s planning session, but wish to keep updated on festival planning, contact Howard to get on the email list.

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