LIHI receives $7.6 million for Ballard senior housing

The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) has been awarded nearly $7.6 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Development (HUD).

The vacant lot at 2014 NW 57th St from 2010.

LIHI first proposed the low-income housing for individuals and families and an Urban Rest Stop more than a year ago at 2014 NW 57th St. The proposal has since changed to construct and operate a 51-unit senior housing complex and Urban Rest Stop. The Urban Rest Stop would allow homeless men, women and families the opportunity to shower and wash their clothing.

LIHI will use just over $7 million of the Section 202 grant for capital advance funds and another $584,400 in rent subsidies. Sharon Lee, the executive director of LIHI says that private financing needs to be secured.

“Completing architectural work, permits and bidding will take a year. Once construction is completed, which will take another year, LIHI will advertise for interested seniors to apply to live there,” Lee says. “A waiting list will be created and we will certainly seek applications from existing seniors in Ballard who need affordable housing. We are thrilled to be able to offer much needed housing in Ballard.”

The Urban Rest Stop is still planned, although Lee tells us that LIHI is still working to secure foundation funding for the first-floor facility.

Urban farming group looking for new plots

By Meghan Walker

A Wallingford and Ballard urban farming group is seeking unused space to plant fruits and veggies. City Grown Seattle would like to expand in 2012, and is hoping to find residents who would like to support urban farming by letting them farm their land in exchange for a share in the farm produce.

The group exists to turn “underutilized land into productive food-growing space to feed our neighbors.” Most of the farms are in backyards, and the organizers hope to double the size of their farms in the next year.

From City Grown:

We are looking for new plots and partners within reasonable biking distance of our current hubs:

  • Ballard: 60th and 17th NW
  • Wallingford: 41st and Eastern
  • Tangletown: 54th and Kensington Pl

If you have land you would like to see utilized for our purposes, we want to talk with you about a partnership. Don’t have much space? Talk to your neighbors – maybe we can create a farm plot out of several yards on your block.

If you’re interested in getting involved, contact the organizers at

Work on NW 80th Street starts this week

Expect congestion on NW 80th Street between 6th Ave NW and 12th Ave NW as Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) crews replace about a dozen broken concrete panels in the roadway on NW 80th Street. One lane will be closed in each direction with flaggers directing traffic during the day. During non-working hours, temporary stop signs will be in place and cars will have to take turns.

SDOT Crews hope to have this work done before eastbound detours begin on NW 85th Street in January.

Swedish Ballard designated Level III stroke care facility

The Washington Department of Health has designated Swedish Ballard (5300 Tallman Ave NW) as a Level III stroke care facility. This means that they “have the infrastructure and ability to provide acute thrombolytic rescue therapy for stroke patients,” according to the press release.

Two other Swedish campuses have also received stroke care designations. Cherry Hill received the Level I designation, shared by only three other hospitals in King County. First Hill is designated as a Level II facility “having demonstrated stroke-trained staff, clinical and administrative infrastructure, and support programs to stabilize and treat acute stroke patients,” the press release states.

Each minute is crucial for a stroke victim. If you or someone you know shows signs of a stroke, act FAST (F = facial weakness, A = arm or leg weakness, S = speech changes – slurred or sound strange, T = time is brain) and call 911 immediately.

Ballard girls trounce Highline

The Ballard varsity girls basketball team jumped to a 28 to 3 lead and never looked back beating Highline (Burien) 57 to 25 in the first game of the season last night.

The Beavers held their opponent to just 10 points in the first half while they scored the majority of their points during the first two periods.

Sophomore Cailey Becket led the team with 13 points, followed by fellow classmate Shelby Bailess with 12 points and Freshman Makeylah Kirkwood with 11. Sophomore Beverly Verduin had eight points.

The Lady Beavers have their home opener Friday night against Rogers of Puyallup at 7:30.

Work underway for Market Street Landing

Excavators are busy at work at the former Denny’s location at 15th and Market.

The sign on the fence says, “NOTICE OF CLEANUP ACTION”

Market Street Landing, LLC is undertaking an environmental cleanup of this property under the Model Toxics Control Act. The cleanup actions may include

  • Sampling and characterization of contamination
  • Loading/transport/disposal of contaminated materials
  • Collection, treatment, and discharge or disposal of groundwater affected by contamination from site dewatering operations.

  • We have contacted the construction firm to get details on the cleanup and time frame for development. We will update this post when we receive that information.

    Market Street Landing received design approval back in March 2009 and the Land Use Permit was granted for theresidential/retail building in August 2009. The lot has sat empty since the former Denny’s building was razed in June 2008.

    The start of this project marks the third development to break ground in Ballard in recent months. Both the Avalon development at the former Sunset Bowl site and the Broadstone Koi broke ground In September.

    Ballard Brothers applies for liquor license

    Ballard Brothers (5305 15th Ave. NW) could soon be selling alcohol.

    The owner of the restaurant, Drew Greer, recently applied for a liquor license. “Many of our customers requested the addition to complement the kinds of foods we serve,” Greer says. “In listening to our customers we have found that families in Ballard want adult beverage options for the parents during the dinner hours and weekends.”

    Greer hopes to be serving beer and wine before the new year.

    Headsup: Holiday shipping deadlines coming up

    Although Christmas and Hanukkah are still about a month out, it’s time to think about those holiday shipping deadlines. If you want to get gifts to loved ones on time, Sip and Ship (1752 NW Market) has posted this information on their Facebook page.

    Within the United States:

  • Wednesday, December 14th is the last day for UPS/FedEx Ground to East Coast
  • Monday, December 19th is the last day for UPS/FedEx Ground to West Coast
  • Tuesday, December 20th for three-day service by USPS Priority Mail
  • Wednesday, December 21st for two-day services by USPS Priority Mail
  • Thursday, December 22nd with Saturday delivery by USPS Priority Mail
  • Friday, December 23rd with Saturday delivery by USPS Priority Mail
  • For International shipping, Diana at Sip and Ship says to ship as early as possible and take advantage of the flat rate options, when available. Because each country processes the mail differently there is no blanket deadline.

    Christmas falls on Sunday this year. Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 20th and ends on December 28th. (Disclosure: Sip and Ship is a sponsor of MyBallard.)

    Ballard church to discuss Occupy movement

    This Friday evening, Trinity United Methodist Church (TUM) will hold a community discussion about the police response to the Occupy movement.

    “I think we were all appalled by the seemingly indiscriminate and counter-productive response by police and city officials in Seattle and around the country to the Occupy protest actions,” John Lederer with Trinity United Methodist tells us. “Members of the congregation have long been concerned about the increasing militarization of our city police forces and the destructive us-versus-them mentality that the use of these weapons propagates within our community. On the other hand, because the Occupy movement is about continuous presence rather than one-day protest events, it raises a whole new set of public safety concerns that we are not dealing with very well.”

    The church, in cooperation with University Temple United Methodist Church, have put together a panel to discuss this issue. Panelists include Dorli Rainey, 84-year old activist recently pepper-sprayed by Seattle police, Rev. Rich Lang, Occupy Chaplain also recently pepper-sprayed by police, and Andrea Brenneke, a Seattle attorney specializing in civil rights. A representative from the Seattle Police Department has also been invited. “we wanted to get a range of viewpoints on a panel to talk about what is the appropriate public safety response to the Occupy movement, and how can we, as a community, balance the preservation of our precious free speech rights with our public safety concerns,” Lederer says.

    The community discussion is Friday, December 2nd from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at TUM (6512 23rd Ave NW.)