Last chance to sign up for Ballard Little League

Seattle’s oldest Little League chapter, the Ballard Little League is days away from its registration deadline. “The more players that sign up, and the more adult volunteers that umpire, coach, or serve as a parent representative for a team, the better for everyone!” explains Paul Anderson, who dropped us a note. You can find the eligibility rules right here, as well as information for low income families to apply for a scholarship to cover the registration fee. Last day is February 1st.

Whole Foods coming to Interbay after all

Whole Foods has settled its legal dispute with developer TRF Pacific, paving the way to open its latest store along 15th Ave. in Interbay after all.

Construction ground to a halt late last year after Whole Foods had second thoughts about moving into the entire 38,000 square foot space. But the new plan is for Whole Foods to open a smaller store later this year and sub-lease the remaining square footage to another retailer.

The Interbay Urban Center Whole Foods Market will offer a salad bar, hot bar, chef’s case, all-natural sandwiches, coffee shop and other amenities, such as cooking classes and demonstrations. Peet’s Coffee, Subway, Verizon Wireless and a dry cleaner are also planning to move in the complex. Magnolia Voice attended the big announcement and has full coverage here. (Thanks to everyone who sent us tips, links and the press release!)

‘Market Street Landing’ makes progress with board

Rhapsody Partners and architect Arthur Chang presented the latest proposal for Market Street Landing to the Design Review Board on Monday night. The condo-retail complex is slated for the old Denny’s site at 15th and Market.

Last time Chang presented his design plans to the board, a member called it a “sprawling octopus.” This time, the board said it applauded many of the changes, but a couple members said the lack of diversity in building materials still made the project “feel big.” The building is large by Ballard standards: it tops out at eight stories in height with 287 condo units, 32,850 sq. ft. of retail space and 445 parking stalls over three underground floors.

One of the design changes is the corner tower on 15th and Market — which would be illuminated at night. Chang had said he gathered inspiration for the design from the Old Ballard City Hall along with a lighthouse. One board member said the tower still needed some work.

This aerial view illustrates the large private rooftop garden area. A board member mentioned the project needed some kind of public space because “the public deserves something” for a project in such a central place.

Overall, the board said the Market Street Landing design had “a lot of great elements” but that Rhapsody and Chang should make some changes and “probably plan on another round” with the board. A member of the audience declared that the project “doesn’t say Ballard at all” and “doesn’t speak to the neighborhood” — a common theme among supporters of the old Denny’s building, once Manning’s Cafeteria, that was designated a landmark and demolished to make room for the Market Street Landing project. Yet despite all the previous controversy, only a dozen or so people attended tonight’s meeting. For Rhapsody, which appears to be making progress with getting design approval, the next hurdle is finding financing for the project — which is currently unfunded in the middle of a recession.

Plus: See the entire design presentation (large .pdf file)

Home for Good’s proposed design

At the Design Review Board meeting tonight, Home for Good presented its early proposal for an affordable green housing project at 1506 NW 62nd St. Home for Good is a non-profit striving to build “creative home ownership” projects throughout Seattle to “increase personal stability and community vitality.”

The proposal is for two structures: 1) a four-story building with 22 residential units and 700 sq. ft. of commercial space and 2) a two-unit residential townhouse-style building. There will be underground parking, and the existing single-family structures on the lot will be demolished. This is Home for Good’s first presentation to the board — they’ll be back in the coming weeks for another round. You can see the proposed design right here (.pdf file).

Last week: Group hopes to build affordable green housing

Bella’s boutique closes its doors

After putting on a big “going out of business” sale over the last few weeks, workers at Bella’s on Market St. covered the windows in brown paper tonight after carting away the remaining inventory.

There’s been a lot of change recently within a block of Market and 24th St. The following businesses are either closing or plan to move: Bella’s, Jacobsen’s Marine, Archie McPhee’s, Mandrake’s and Annabelle’s Consignment.

Jacobsen’s leaving Ballard after 58 years

One of Ballard’s oldest companies is picking up and moving to West Seattle. Jacobsen’s Marine, which has been a boating tradition here in Ballard since 1951, is packing up and expects to move out of its Market St. store by February 1st.

Last year Bob Jacobsen Jr., trustee for the estate holding the property, announced its intention to require that Jacobsen’s Marine — owned by Bob’s brother Greg — sign a month-to-month lease in preparation for a possible sale. The same offer was given to next-door tenant, Archie McPhee. Faced with the possibility that the land could sell with only a month’s notice to vacate, both McPhee’s and Jacobsen’s immediately began exploring their options. McPhee’s found a new location in Wallingford, and Jacobsen’s initially settled on a site at the Port of Edmonds. “Because of the downturn in the economy and the expense of building a brand new building up there, it just got too expensive,” said John Givens, who works at Jacobsen’s. So they shifted their sights to West Seattle and a 10,000 square-foot warehouse at 2625 Harbor Ave. SW.

“We’re all sad to go, believe me,” Givens said about leaving Ballard, saying he hoped their loyal customers would follow them to West Seattle.

‘Market Street Landing’ design meeting

If you want to have your say in the design of the proposed condo-retail complex at the corner of 15th and Market, often called the “Gateway to Ballard,” then you can attend a public meeting at the Ballard High School library tonight (Monday) at 8 p.m. That’s when the proposed designs for Market Street Landing, previewed here a few days ago, will be presented to the city’s Design Review Board for a recommendation. Earlier in the meeting, at 6:30 p.m., Home for Good will present their early concepts for an affordable housing complex at 1506 NW 62nd St. (which we wrote about here last week.) We’ll be covering tonight’s event and will update any new developments here on My Ballard.