Tenants of Lockhaven Apartments form union to oppose relocation

lockhavenAfter reportedly receiving relocation notices from building owners, tenants from Lockhaven Apartments (3040 NW Market St) formed a union (Lockhaven Tenants Union) earlier this week to oppose their relocation. My Ballard reader and Lockhaven tenant David Stoesz emailed in to inform My Ballard about the situation.

According to Stoesz, Lockhaven Apartments were sold to Pinnacle Family of Companies this summer (Lockhaven Apartments can be found in their current property listings) and within the last few weeks tenants of three buildings, some who have lived there since 1968, received 20-day vacate notices. According to Stoesz, Pinnacle Property Manager Anissa Olberg then confirmed over the phone that all tenants would be vacated from the property in order for extensive renovations to be undertaken. However, according to the Lockhaven Tenants Union blog, “it turns out that those initial 20-day vacate notices were blatantly illegal, and the new owners were compelled to rescind them.”

The My Ballard team spoke to Olberg this morning who confirms that the tenants will be vacated from the property but that “it is not an eviction process”, which Olberg emphasized requires the involvement of the King County Sheriff’s office. Olberg also confirms that tenants will be relocated within a six month time frame due to the renovations. Olberg also mentioned that Pinnacle has applied for a Tenant Relocation License which will assist low income tenants with funds in order to relocate as part of the City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development’s (DPD) Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance (Seattle Municipal Code 22.210).

The DPD explains the terms and requirements of the Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance on their website:

Our Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance requires developers to pay relocation assistance to low-income tenants that must move because their rental will be torn down or undergo substantial renovation, have its use changed or have certain use restrictions removed.

As a property or developer, you must get a Tenant Relocation License if your project meets the criteria listed above. The license covers all tenants in your building. Only your low-income tenants receive relocation assistance of $3,002.00. (Ask us for the income thresholds for relocation assistance eligibility.) You pay half of that amount and the City of Seattle pays the other half.

Within 30 days of applying for a Tenant Relocation License, you must give each rental unit in the affected building a Tenant Information Packet. The packet contains process information, forms, and instructions for the tenants.

A tenant household has 30 days to apply for relocation assistance after receiving the Tenant Information Packet. Tenants can request a deadline extension for a good reason, which is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

flierOlberg confirms that Pinnacle have begun handing out the Tenant Information Packets at their 3040 NW Market St office. Packets are being handed out today and will also continue to be available tomorrow during Pinnacle’s office hours of 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. “Tenants can come and pick up information and we can answer their questions,” says Olberg.

Many locals and tenants are angered by the situation and have expressed their thoughts via email and on the union’s blog:

The Lockhaven is home to many elderly residents who have lived here for decades, cultivating gardens and friendships. This is their home.

The Lockhaven is the last bastion of affordable housing in Ballard for them, and for all of us. What Pinnacle has planned is nothing less than the destruction of a community.

Check out the flyer (pictured above) that Lockhaven Tenants Union will be passing out at this weekend’s Sustainable Ballard Festival.

If you are or know of a tenant from Lockhaven Apartments email us at tips@myballard.com and let us know your thoughts.

We will ensure to update readers with any developments as soon as they are known.

Sustainable Ballard Festival to take over Ballard Commons Park Sunday

FestPoster2013Sunday Sept. 29, is the 10th annual Sustainable Ballard Festival at the Ballard Commons Park. This year’s theme is “Best of the Fest,” bringing back some of the some favorite exhibits form years past. The festival starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 6 p.m.

New this year is the “Taste of Ballard,” which will be a food court featuring food carts and some Ballard breweries. They’ll have food from Streetzeria, Patty Pan Grill, Bing of Fire, Don Lucho’s and Holy Cow Seattle. For those eager to get a taste of some of Ballard’s finest microbrews, beer from Hale’s, Peddler Brewing Co., Reuben’s Brews, Hilliard’s, Populuxe, Urban Family Public House and NW Peaks will be on tap.

From the organizers:

Family-friendly, free, and full of surprises, the Sustainable Ballard Festival is celebrating its 10th year with more interactive exhibits than ever. Festival goers can test ride an electric bike, sample Ballard craft brews and food, win prizes, catch some live music on the solar-powered main stage, watch chef demonstrations, press fresh cider, and meet goats, chickens, rabbits, and ducks.

There will be over 75 exhibitors at the festival, which is free and open to the public. Here is a schedule of the events planned for the day.

Ballard Boys & Girls Club receives $25K from Sports Medicine Clinic

The Ballard Boys & Girls Club has just received $25,000 from the Sports Medicine Clinic, who has committed to be a sponsor for their 9th annual barbecue and auction. The theme for the Oct. 25 event is “Field of our Dreams,” and the Sports Medicine Clinic’s funds, in addition to money raised at the event, will go to renovate the club’s baseball field and to the club’s scholarship fund. “We are thrilled to receive this sponsorship,” Club Director Shelley Puariea said in a statement.  “The Sports Medicine Clinic has been a staple in the community and we are honored by this partnership.”

According to the club, the Sports Medicine Clinic is celebrating 50 years of service and was looking for a way to give back to the Ballard community. In addition to the clinic, Mariners Care (the Mariners’ nonprofit foundation) will also be a sponsor, committing $10,000 to the club.

The event will be Oct. 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Ballard Boys & Girls Club (1767 NW 64th St). They’ll have a silent and live auction and a barbecue salmon dinner donated by the Ballard Masonic Lodge. The event is 21+, but child care will be available for kids ages 3 and up (parents must pre-register their children).

Tickets are available through the club website or by contacting Puariea at 206-954-2926.


Police looking for missing man with Alzheimers

UPDATE from SPD:  Mr. Cornell was located 5 minutes ago by officers at NE 45th and Corliss Avenue N.  He is ok, and is being reunited with his family.

Original post: Police are searching for a missing Ballard man who has Alzheimers. Charles “Chuck” Cornell, 66,  left his house around 7:30 this morning. According to the Seattle Police Department Blotter, Cornell is a white male, 5’07″ tall, 190 pounds, with salt and pepper hair, balding in the front, with a full mustache.  Police say he was last seen wearing a green nylon jacket, dark pants, and black tennis shoes, and he should have a medical tag on his wrist.

If you see Mr. Cornell, please call 911.

The Gerald up for best cocktails category in Best of Western Washington awards

geraldBallard Ave favorite The Gerald (5210 Ballard Ave NW) has been nominated in the Best Cocktails category of the Evening Magazine Best in Western Washington awards. They are currently in 2nd place and need Ballard’s help to take out the prize!

Evening Magazine’s Best in Western Washington awards recognize the best in local businesses as voted by the people. The competition has a variety of categories that covers almost any business you can think of including health and fitness, social media, cheap eats and specialty food and drinks. The competition began early this month and voting is open until October 18th.

“Let’s bring this win to Ballard! People can vote with every email address they have,” says Jodi Smith Westwater from The Gerald.

According to the Best in Western Washington blog, it’s not too late to make a nomination if you don’t see one of your favourite Ballard businesses nominated in a category.

Click here to vote for The Gerald and to find out more about the competition.

The week in sports at BHS

MU0A1620The athletes at Ballard High School will be involved in plenty of sports matches during the last few days of the week. Head out and support our sports stars!

Thursday, September 26:

  • Golf: Boys 4A Varsity vs. Woodinville at Echo Falls Golf Club 3 p.m.
  • Tennis: Boys 4A Varsity vs. Redmond at Redmond High School 3:45 p.m.
  • Tennis: Boys 4A Junior Varsity vs. Redmond at Ballard High School 3:45 p.m.
  • Volleyball: Junior Varsity vs. Franklin at Franklin High School 5:30 p.m.
  • Volleyball: 4A C Team vs. Franklin at Franklin High School 5:30 p.m.
  • Volleyball: Varsity vs. Franklin at Franklin High School 7 p.m.

Friday, September 27:

  • Boys Ultimate: Varsity vs. U Prep at Interbay 3 p.m.
  • Swim and Dive: Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity Meet vs. Newport at Ballard Pool 3:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: Girls Junior Varsity vs. Skyline at Loyal Heights Playfield Playground 3:30 p.m.
  • Soccer: Girls Varsity vs. Skyline at Ballard High School 4 p.m.
  • Football: Varsity vs. Garfield at Memorial Stadium 7:45 p.m.

Saturday, September 28:

  • Football: C Team League vs. Bainbridge at Bainbridge High School 10 a.m.

Photo courtesy of Ballard High School.

Early Design Guidance meeting for 20th Ave NW condo building

A new condo building is being planned for the corner of NW 56th St and 20th Ave NW, and there will be an Early Design Guidance meeting at Ballard High School at 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30 for the public to view project plans and offer comments. According to the Department of Planning and Development, the condo, known as Saltworks, would be seven stories with 33 residential units and 4,400 sq. ft. of commercial space and six live-work units. There will be underground parking available for 18 vehicles.

From the developer’s project plans:

Ballard is and always has been a community of creative, hardworking folk. From the shipbuilders and loggers who founded the place, to the architects, chefs, and woodworkers who keep it going now, it’s a community of industry.Saltworks is a building intended to support the new generation of makers in Ballard. Mixed use, with a focus on live/work, the architecture will be simple and durable, taking cues from the industrial past and artisanal present of this dynamic neighborhood.

The Early Design Guidance meeting will allow the applicants to present information about the site and vicinity and design concept plans. The public will have an opportunity to provide comments during that time, and the Design Review Board will then provide guidance and identify high priority guidelines for the design.

If you cannot attend the meeting but would like to comment, the DPD is accepting comments regarding site planning and design issues via email at PRC@seattle.gov or by mail at City of Seattle – DPD – PRC, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, PO Box 34019, Seattle, WA 98124-4019.

Mosaic street tiles to be reinstalled after sidewalk improvements

Update 9/25: The Seattle Department of Transportation informed us that the tiles were originally removed in order to make the intersection of 24th Ave NW and NW 63rd St. ADA compliant.

SDOT’s contract with the company hired to do the work stipulated that the mosaic was to be removed, saved, and reinstalled after the work was completed. “We are working with the general contractor to have them put the tiles back into the northwest corner of the sidewalk,” Peg Nielsen with SDOT tells us. “We will not consider the contract’s requirements to be fulfilled until the contractor has done so.

Update 9/23: The My Ballard team spoke to Laurie Munger from the City of Seattle who confirmed that the repairs were done by contractors under SDOT management.

However, Munger reported that the specific manager of the project will be out of the office until early next week so there will be a short wait to get full details on the future of the tiles. However, Munger’s comments were promising, “the intent was for them to go back,” she said.

Original Post: My Ballard reader Dan emailed in to let us know that the old Ballard street name tiles had been removed after sidewalk repairs on the corner of 24th Ave NW and NW 63rd St.

According to Dan, the sidewalks have been redone on all four corners of the intersection where the street name tiles had been imbedded.

“To be fair, it does look like they redid the ramps that lead onto the sidewalks and they look nice but I’m sad that they didn’t put the old name signs back in,” writes Dan.

We have put in a call to the City of Seattle regarding the future of the street name tiles and are awaiting a response.

Check out the photo above of the street name tiles that have been removed from the 24th and 63rd  location. The photo was taken by local photographer Luke who mapped and photographed the street name tiles back in 2009.

Thanks to Dan for sending in the information and the photo.