Shilshole Gateway project meeting on Saturday

Dave Boyd with the Shilshole Gateway steering committee sent us this note:

The median along 36th Ave NW between NW 60th and NW 62nd Street.

If you walk, bike, jog or drive the connection between Sunset Hill and Shilshole along 36th, 61st and 38th, please join us to review both short- and long-term improvement opportunities. Barker Landscape Architects will present ideas generated over the course of this Neighborhood Matching Fund project and get feedback from the community. Neighbors’ input is important to determine our next steps, which include planting the areas at the ends of the 36th Ave NW median this winter, and possible future projects.

The meeting is Saturday, October 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sunset Hill Community Association (3303 NW 66th St.) More info here.

East Ballard project getting national attention

A small bioswale project on 14th Ave NW is getting big attention with the Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA is working to reduce stormwater runoff and is looking at case studies around the country. “Jennifer Britton, formerly from SDOT and now Assistant Professor at Montana State University, submitted a case study for our bioswale and pedestrian safety improvement project at 14th Ave NW and NW 58th to ASLA for consideration,” Dawn Hemminger writes on the East Ballard Community Association website. “We just learned today that our project was selected as one of 479 case studies from 43 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada!” You can see the 14th Ave case study here (.pdf.)

Scottish pub to replace Harlow’s on Ballard Ave.

The owners of Bastille have reportedly purchased the building Harlow’s was in and plans to open a Scottish pub.

According to, Deming Maclise and James Weimann will soon open Macleod’s Scottish Pub (5200 Ballard Ave).

“The new bar is named for Allen Macleod, a friend of Weimann and Maclise’s who painted both of their restaurants,” writes Jessica Voelker in the article. “The rep [of Weimann and Maclisse] says Allen is from Edinburgh, Scotland where he was a bartender. He’ll be the owner and operator; Weimann and Maclise will take charge of the concept and design but consider themselves silent partners.”

Seattle Burger Company now closed

Updated: After 18 months, the Seattle Burger Company is closed and will be replaced with a BBQ place.

A photo from the grand opening in February 2010

The burger joint opened in February 2010 at 2008 NW 56th St, next door to Malena’s Tacos. “It is closed. It has been sold and a new concept will be starting shortly,” owner William Wen tells us. “A BBQ concept will be going in there, don’t know the name but they have a lot of experience so should be very good.” (Thank you charliecooper for posting in the forum.)

Public meeting next month for giant development

The giant development proposed for 2428 NW Market Street is moving forward.

The project site is orange, the arrows represent the primary views from the site.

Coming up later this month, designers will once again meet with the Design Review Board at a public meeting to show the board updated schemes and answer questions the board had at the Early Design Guidance (EDG) meeting earlier this year. According to the meeting minutes (.pdf,) “The Board reminded the development team that this was really a big building and the importance of choosing materials that would be attractive to both dwellers and neighbors and that could be well maintained by the owners. The Board would like to see a materials board presented at the Recommendation meeting which illustrates both the materials and colors proposed.”

Of the three concepts presented at the Early Design Guidance Meeting in May.

The proposed development is a seven-story building with 305 residential units, 12,200 square feet of retail and parking for 407 vehicles at and below grade. Five buildings will be demolished. The Spirit gas station on the corner of 24th and Market is not part of this project.

The Design Review Board meeting will be Monday, October 25th at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to offer comments and concerns.

Scandinavian Classes start next week in Ballard

Fall is officially here which means the Scandinavian Language Institute is starting up its fall quarter. Classes for Svenska, Norsk, Dansk and Islanska start the week of October 3rd at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St). Details, class schedules, tuition and registration can be found here.

The Swedish Cultural Center (1920 Dexter Ave N) also offers Swedish language classes as well as Swedish cultural classes. You can see the schedule here. (Disclosure: We are members of the Swedish Cultural Center.)

Raise a glass to the Ballard Food Bank

Aster Coffee Lounge (5615 24th Ave NW) is more than just a cool hangout and a place to grab a latte – they also serve beer and wine.

Tonight, raise a glass of Sozo wine and help the Ballard Food Bank. Sozo wine, which we wrote about earlier this month, donates a portion of its proceeds to non-profits such as the Ballard Food Bank.

Photo courtesy of Kirsten Graham

From 5 to 7 p.m., you can buy a flight of six wines or a glass of one wine for $12. Bottles ranging in price from $16 to $25 will be for sale.

“In addition the money that Sozo already automatically gives to the Food Bank with each purchase, Aster will be donating an additional $2 per bottle, tasting or glass purchase to the Food Bank during the event,” Beth Scribner, the owner of Aster tells us. “It’s a great opportunity to stock up on some fall wines for your cellar, or just enjoy a glass of wine with your neighbors while also helping raise money for the Food bank.”

Early enrollment for Seattle Public Schools starts next week

Incoming kindergarteners and students of all grades who are new to Seattle Public Schools can get a head start on the enrollment process for next year starting on Monday. Early Enrollment goes through Jan. 31, 2012.

SPS enrollment facilitators will be at several Seattle Public Library locations and neighborhood community centers from Oct. 3-25 to help parents fill out forms and answer questions. You can also enroll your child during Seattle Public Schools’ Family and Community Symposium on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Garfield High School (interpreters provided).

Early enrollment allows families to avoid long lines during the busy spring and summer enrollment periods. While early enrollment does not impact where a student is assigned to school – under the new student assignment plan, assignment is based on the student’s home address – it is offered as a convenience to families, enabling them to get the enrollment paperwork completed ahead of time.

In addition, families who have students enrolling early – as well as existing students – will receive their school assignment notification in early 2012, prior to the Open Enrollment period in the spring. Students may apply to attend a different school of their choice during Open Enrollment.

The nearest enrollment events to Phinney Ridge-Greenwood are:

The full list of all early enrollments sites is here.