Developers release design for mixed-use structure at current Bartell’s site

Seattle developer Henbart LLC announced plans for the mixed-use development set to be constructed at the current Bartell’s site (NW 56th St and 22nd Ave NW).

The My Ballard team initially covered the announcement of the development when the design review meeting was held in December last year.

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Henbart LLC announced that the project (design pictured above) will be a six and five story, mixed-use site with two contemporary, companion buildings featuring 80 apartments and 4 townhomes. The property will front Ballard Commons Park and approximately 21,000 sf. of loft style office space and 21,000 sf. of retail along 22nd Avenue.

The northern building that will be constructed across from Ballard Commons Park will be primarily residential, with two floors of office space. The project will also include underground parking with stalls dedicated for office, retail and residents along with electric charging stations.

“This is an ideal site to promote an emerging theme on the traditional mixed-use building by purposefully combining uses and spaces,” said Mark Craig, President of Henbart LLC. “Rather than maximizing the site with a traditional box design we created two buildings that respond to their adjacencies with an artistic and highly amenitized approach.”

The project is designed by the Seattle architectural firm, Studio Meng Strazzara, and aims to showcase the creation of connectivity between residential, office and retail.

“Henbart wanted a design that differentiates itself from the typical market with two buildings rather than a mega building. We are working with a client who has a long-term vision for the site and is willing to invest in great spaces,” says Charles Strazzara,” Principal at Studio Meng Strazzara.

According to a press release written by Henbart, the two building option was decided on to achieve the collaborative mix between retail, office, and residential components while connecting them through a central lobby.

The property is set to showcase unique features including card key activated bike lockers on each residential floor and a roof-top garden.

The interiors are set to offer loft style retail, office and modern mid-rise living. According to the press release, the apartments and townhomes are designed to attract both young people as well as established professionals looking for an urban lifestyle within a walkable neighborhood. There will also be a mix of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units throughout the residential section of the buildings.

In terms of office spaces, they will range from 1,200 sf. to 1,800 sf. for smaller firms or start-ups that are keen to be located in Ballard. “There are very few boutique, class A office options in Ballard. We think our loft-style design and mix of uses will be in demand,” stated Craig.

The project is still in the early stages of its design, however, architects are keen to have each building feature multiple levels of landscaped view terraces and community common areas along with amenity spaces.

“We are still refining the common areas but they will be designed to be used throughout the day and evening by office workers and residents. Building connections is a central theme throughout the design,” concluded Craig.

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Holly
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Holly

This is ridiculous! Ballard is being torn apart by developers with $. Enough is enough! Is there not enough traffic? Is there not enough NEW condos and apartments that are still in the process of being built? Do they know they are tearing down an iconic block of ballard? I hate this! I hope they choke on their money.

Charles B
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Charles B

Wait, are you saying the Bartell Drug’s building here is historic? I believe its a fairly modern building.

The Bartell’s already has a new location, they might keep this location too and we would get some new residents directly across the library in the bargain. It even has more parking than the number of living units being generated.

What is not to like about this unless you just hate growth in general?

MH
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MH

I agree Holly , this has nothing to do with growth, Ballard has become over built way too fast . Its all about more property tax for the city .Try to get a building permit for a small project on your home . It will take a year . These big developers get permits thrown at them

Skipspence
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Skipspence

Let’s get three or four people living in the AVA apartments on the site of the old Sunset Bowl before we build MORE apartments.

Dee Veloper
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Dee Veloper

“…before WE build more apartments.”

“WE”? Do you own the property? Why would it be your decision or any of the naysayers above what gets built on these parcels of land.

I’ve gotten a building permit for a major house remodel that took 3 months. This has nothing to do with ‘favoritism’ on the part of our city government.

If you guys don’t like growth, there’s some lovely riverfront land up in Snohomish county for sale.

Ballard Homeowner
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Ballard Homeowner

MH, I just went throughout the permitting process for a small project on my SFH in Ballard and it took four weeks. Not sure where you pulled that “take a year” figure out of – maybe thin air? Those property taxes pay for many services I’m sure you would not want to be without. As for Holly’s comment, Charles B is right – that “iconic block” is a recent cinderblock box with surface parking. Hardly historic. Sadly, it’s your kind of NIMBY attitude that could turn us into another San Francisco – a playground for the rich bent on never changing. Housing availability is at a very low mark. To quote Seattle Transit Blog this very morning, ” In 2007, there were over 12,000 single-family homes on the market in King County. Today there are just 3,000, despite the increase in population.” This low supply and growing demand is what drive up rents and drives a wide swath of people out of the city. Yes, we need better transit to connect Ballard to downtown and the U-District, but the solution isn’t to stop building apartments and condos that maintain availability. This is short sightedness to an extreme. If you don’t… Read more »

Nick
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Nick

If I hear one more person complain about growth, I think I am going to puke! You live in a major city people! Don’t be a NIMBY. I for one welcome this and others similar. It is the reason that Ballard will be and continue to be a great neighborhood. There is a massive shortage of housing! I do hope that Bartells will keep the second location as well however. It would really help the W. Ballardites.

Harkonnen
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The positive side is that property values will go up as Ballard becomes a popular place to live. The negative side will be that petty crime and traffic will also go up.

MH
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MH

Real sensitive comment Dee Veloper ! Ballard homeowner you been drinking way too much of the Kool-Aid Seattle transit blog is very bias . If there was such a shortage , why are all these ugly boxes EMPTY !

Greenwasher
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Greenwasher

The new residents will have wonderful, ring side seats to the bum fights in the Ballard Commons.

djw
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djw

People complain when development occurs in or near single family neighborhoods. This is in the heart of Ballard’s urban core. Seattle needs to grow, and the best place for that growth is dense, walkable urban villages. One of the downsides of development is displacement, either of people or beloved, community-enhancing businesses (like Sunset Bowl). None of that his happening here-Bartells is happy with their new location. This is unqualified great news, and should be welcomed. Housing demand is rising–if supply is not allowed to rise with demand, we’ll see more sprawl and out of control rents across the board.

John
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John

I really like the office space idea. It would be great if it was just a little retail and more office space. We need jobs in Ballard so that our retail establishments have daytime traffic to survive. This would help the balance of shops that sell things as opposed to just nail salons and bar/restaurants.

Greenwasher
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Greenwasher

Once thy price out the middle class with nothing but high end condos, Ballard will be nothing but rich techies and bums. Enjoy.

thatgirlkelly
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thatgirlkelly

It’s not NIMBY. Its more like, holy crap, not again. Can we slow down a bit please?

Gurple
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Gurple

I’m really worried about the intersection of 56th and 22nd. That intersection is already pretty slammed during the evening commute. I think it might need a light if there’s a lot more traffic going through there. Regardless, the northbound traffic is going to start to back up into the intersection at Market.

Something will need to be done to try to shunt as many people as possible off of 22nd and onto the arterials.

MC
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MC

The two proposed buildings seem pretty close to each other… What are you cooking, neighbor?

Holly
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Holly

@Charles B and @DeeVeloper It’s one thing to make a point, its another to be tasteless and rude when you do it. I can express frustration and anger if I please and that doesn’t give you a platform to be Aholes. And Dee Veloper your comment was just sick. As a resident who has lived here over 20 years, and can remember the view before all the condos were up and the King and Queen of Norway visiting and trips to the old Ballard Library, my opinion is absolutely valid and isn’t diminished by your lack to communicate like a decent person.

To everyone else, I can appreciate other perspectives, however culturally I feel Ballard is losing its roots condo by condo. And that’s OKAY to feel that way.

boardbrown
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boardbrown

God, can someone please design an interesting building for one of these mega-developments? This looks totally boring and uninspired. Please put some creative thought into this. The neighborhood deserves it!

Charles B
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Charles B

@Holly How am I being rude here? I was just pointing out that the Bartell’s building is not historic.

It seems interesting to me that the people you singled out as “Aholes” are the ones who happen to disagree with you. Neight one of us appears to be engaging in personal attacks or name calling here.

I would seriously like to know what people find wrong with this development.

As far as I can tell its adding housing (with sufficient parking) to a space that now only houses a drug store. The drug store might even stay when the construction is done.

What’s not to like?

Charles B
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Charles B

That was supposed to be “Neither one of us…” not sure what cause that “Neight” typo.

Ballard Homeowner
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Ballard Homeowner

Boardbrown, you can always (and should) attend design review meetings for these buildings. Community input pushing for creative architecture make a big difference.

MH, in the real world we have facts and figures. Just saying a news source is biased because you don’t like what they say is called trolling. We can, and should have a real conversation about development in the city, but your perspective just seems to be, “I’m angry at everyone and don’t like change!” At least be respectful and just put something out there as your opinion. That’s a lose-lose for everyone in our city and is a perfect example of the kind of polarization that has let our cities and civic institutions crumble.

King of Norway
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King of Norway

How dare they raze the historic structure where one of my minions once fetched me some velvet for my robe whilst I was visiting your fair hamlet!

I believe the shop-maiden’s name was JoAnn or such.

plasticbags
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plasticbags

So far, this one doesn’t sound half bad. I like the idea of office space and I like that there will be plenty of parking. I think the density makes sense for the location.

That being said, it’s hard for me to get past the gut reaction of “sigh, another huge development”. If they can fill the office space, I think it would be a benefit to that area. We need some variety instead of more bars.

John
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John

@ skipspence: I believe AVA is full or really close to full already. They rent for more money than I imagined was possible for Ballard, but don’t assume something that you don’t know.

Charles B
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Charles B

@plasticbags I like the office space part too. I think encouraging more small to medium sized business to take root is very much a good thing.

As an additional selling point to perspective small businesses, there are now plenty of places to get a nice lunch near Market Street. :)