Early Design Guidance meeting Monday for new residential building

The Design Review Board will meet with planners on Monday for a new development at 5343 Tallman Ave NW for an Early Design Guidance meeting.

Plans call for a seven-story structure with 240 residential units and 7,500 square feet of commercial space at ground level and parking for 288 vehicles. According to the presentation (.pdf), “One of the great attributes of Ballard is its “walkabililty”. Our project sits near the center of a long block on a diagonal to the traditional city grid. It is flanked on two sides by large developments that create extended walls, blocking east/ west walkways. By creating a mid-block connection and interesting pedestrian facades, the project looks to enhance the walkabilty of this section of Ballard.”

The public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Ballard High School library (1418 NW 65th St.)


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great idea
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great idea

“walkability”

then what’s with all the parking spots? for 240 units, probably 20 or 30 parking spots should be fine.

Squintstopher
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Squintstopher

For day to day life, yes, ballard is very walkable, and it’s easy to get by without driving. But when it’s time to take a hike in the Cascades or visit family outside city limits, most of us still like to have a car.

Squintstopher
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Squintstopher

For day to day life, yes, ballard is very walkable, and it’s easy to get by without driving. But when it’s time to take a hike in the Cascades or visit family outside city limits, most of us still like to have a car.

Rondi Susort
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Rondi Susort

Would you rather have them parking on your street?

donarb
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donarb

Actually they do. I live next to an apartment building with underground parking. Some of the residents park on street because they don’t want to park in a cramped garage and wait for the automatic door to roll up.

NuttyNed
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NuttyNed

Is this the Tallman Medical Center building? I think it probably needs to come down, but it’s been around for so long I figured it would be around for much longer.

Yuude
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Yuude

The Rape Of Ballard continues unabated.

BOHICA, suckers.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

288 parking spots underground.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

288 parking spots underground.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Ballard was asking for it.

donarb
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donarb

Not that I’ve been, but it appears to wipe out Angelo’s salon as well.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I think it’s more likely that they park on the street because they’ve got 2 cars for an apartment with only 1 parking space in the underground garage.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

And one of the last views of Elliott Bay & West Seattle over downtown Ballard.

Ballardissmallilikeanonymity
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Ballardissmallilikeanonymity

Walker is right. Only in Seattle would a project announcement extol the walkability of its surroundings and boast of it’s gigantic parking garage in the same breath, with absolutely no sense of irony.

Ballardissmallilikeanonymity
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Ballardissmallilikeanonymity

Walker is right. Only in Seattle would a project announcement extol the walkability of its surroundings and boast of it’s gigantic parking garage in the same breath, with absolutely no sense of irony.

gilmanpark
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gilmanpark

I’ve not been either. But looking at the maps, it looks like Angelo’s has been spared (at least for now).

Kim Il-sung
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Kim Il-sung

No doubt, Ballard always dressed like a tart.

Daloislane
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Daloislane

I kind of think this is a strange place for another giant residential development. I have no idea what the zoning is – probably NC of some sort, but it seems like with all the other residential popping up in the vicinity, maybe we might need some office space? I wonder if anyone has thought to build a 4 or 5 story office building? It seems to go along with the whole urban village concept of living and working in the same neighborhood. Surely not everyone around here is a doctor, a restauranteur or a retailer.

Strike
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Strike

Love to see how Ballard is developing. It’s an exciting place to be.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

The city still insists on a certain number of parking spots for a building like this. The financers would be hesitant to put money in to a building like this if it didn’t have parking either.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Despite the requirements for parking that are inherent in any development, underground parking actually encourages walkability. I know that it seems counterintuitive, but if you don’t have to worry about moving your car you’re able to just leave it parked and walk your local errands. If you have to park on the street and can’t leave it in the same spot for 72 hours or less, then you have to move it, and if you have to move it you might as well drive it for your errands.