Preview of the Danielle condos on 24th

Right across the street from the massive Ballard on the Park construction project on 24th Ave., the Danielle condos are beginning to take shape. They now have a website with an artist’s rendering:

As Seattle Condos and Lofts explains, units will go on sale this fall in the mid-$200,000s to the upper-$300,000s for single bedrooms. (Check out the 3D animation on the Danielle’s site.) Occupancy is slated for May 2009.

Fremont Oktoberfest tickets on sale

Fremont Oktoberfest is quickly approaching (it’s in September, not October, you know), and advance tickets have gone on sale. This year, there are a few new twists to Fremont’s annual event including the Miss Buxom contest (“all contestants must be dressed up in funky, fun German attire”) and the BMX keg jump. Sounds like a party. As always, there’s a full line-up of bands, a comedy show, the Brew HA-HA 5K Run and Walk and lots and lots of microbrews. Mark your calendar for September 19-21st, and get tickets here.

Nordic Museum to become ‘world-class museum’

For nearly 30 years, the Nordic Heritage Museum has called the old Daniel Webster Elementary School on NW 67th Street home. But after the Seattle School District refused to sell the property to the museum, they purchased land on the south side of Market Street between 26th and 28th. “Now that we’ve purchased a piece of property we’ve hired architects and designers and are in the intention to move. The vision is to build and create a new world-class museum right in the heart of Ballard. It’ll be a beautiful location and we wanted to make sure the architecture of the museum would be an embodiment of the Nordic American experience,” Eric Nelson, executive director of the museum told the Ballard News Tribune. The school district anticipates the museum will stay at their current location for 5-7 more years.

Raccoons attack cat on the Ridge

PhinneyWood reports a case of raccoons attacking a neighbor’s cat. As most Ballard residents know, raccoons are a common sight around here. In fact, one walked right into our kitchen a couple weeks ago and gave us a good scare. (There was quite a discussion recently in the My Ballard forum about raccoon sightings around the area — even a couple hanging out in the old Denny’s parking lot.) The tipster who emailed PhinneyWood wants to make sure that cat owners are careful — especially if you have an unsecured cat door.

Wicker Basket to become new market and cafe’

Last week we wrote about the Wicker Basket closing and the post received a lot of comments. We got an email from Michael who says he will be working at the newly remodeled store which will be called the “Take Five Market & Cafe'”. Here is what Michael says:

“We plan to change the concept from convenience store (lotto, tobacco, malt liquor etc. which we will not offer) to a neighborhood market offering fresh produce and espresso with a casual family environment. We will offer a limited dine-in menu emphasizing comfort foods and high quality fresh goods. We are currently facing a huge remodel but we are energetic and hopeful to be opening in late October. We would love to hear your thoughts as our new Ballard neighbors – what do you want to see on our shelves?”

Family of missing swimmer asks for help

On Thursday night we reported on a water rescue and missing swimmer at Golden Gardens Park. The search was suspended and the swimmer has yet to be found. In our original post, we noticed that people who said they were family members were connecting through the comments. We exchanged emails with Martin Sweet, who lives in Austria, and he says the missing swimmer is his son, Brent Sweet. He sent us this photo.

“We are very thankful to everyone at the scene who tried to save the two men,” Martin writes in an email. “We also thank you for your site and that a few of us could connect with each other there. My wife and I and our other son and daughter are heading for Seattle within the next day to come to grips with all this and maybe find some closure. He is in our prayers.”

Martin also sent an email and photos to Emily Weaver Brown, the woman who blogged about her experience helping the paddle boarder rescue Brent’s friend. And he also mentioned that Brent’s truck has disappeared from the Golden Garden’s parking lot, which may have been taken by the surviving swimmer. If you have any information that may help the Sweet family, they ask that you call the Coast Guard at 206-217-6001. (Thanks Emily for your help on this story.)

Update: Police are looking for Brent’s vehicle, a white Nissan truck, license plate GAK-524. ‘We want to locate the missing truck and talk to whoever is driving it essentially on behalf of the family because the family does not know this other man that their son was with,” Seattle Police spokesman Jeff Kappel told the 911 Blog. If you spot it, please call the SPD at 206-625-5011.

Fremont house saved, to be moved 10 blocks

That former bed-and-breakfast on Palatine in Fremont will be saved from demolition crews and moved to a new lot.

Musician Steven Flynn scrambled to secure the financing and permits to move the home 10 blocks away. He’s tearing down his small, flimsy home on the lot to make room for the new arrival. The developers were scheduled to demolish the home a week and a half ago, but they cooperated with Flynn to make it happen. The move will take place 2 a.m. on September 7th.

The seedy side of Sunset Bowl

While we await the demolition of Sunset Bowl, we’ve noticed the back side of the building along 56th St. is covered in graffiti and littered with trash.

We’ve seen on several occasions that this is becoming a popular hangout for Ballard’s transient population, but we’ve also noticed Seattle Police officers hanging out in the Sunset Bowl parking lot at night keeping an eye on things. By the way, the next design review meeting for the new development was scheduled for Monday night, but it has been canceled and will be rescheduled.

Earlier: Preview of the proposed building replacing Sunset Bowl, and the design review board’s concerns that it consumes too much of the lot.