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Development Update April 4: Subdivisions, a design review meeting and two 5 story towers

Posted by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin on April 3rd, 2014

Applications for developments in Ballard have been coming in fast this week to the Department of Planning and Development (DPD).

Check out the most recent applications from the DPD as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Applications:

2216 NW 63rd St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide the site into two unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots.  Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

9715 6th Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 5,768 sq. ft. and B) 5,388 sq. ft. Existing structures to be demolished.

2218 NW 63rd St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide the site into two unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots.  Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

6711 Alonzo Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide the site into two unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots.  Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

5601 22nd Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow two, 5-story towers above a 1-story base containing 84 residential units with 21,517 sq. ft. of office and 22,199 sq. ft. of retail. Parking for 132 vehicles to be provided below grade. Project includes 21,100 cubic yards for grading. Existing structures to be demolished.

Decision:

2029 NW 60th St

An appealable decision has been made to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Appeals of the decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than March 6, 2014.

Notice of Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting

5601 20th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been received to allow a 6-story, 35-unit residential building with three live-work units (3,222 sq. ft.) and retail (1,884 sq. ft.) at street level.  Parking for 19 vehicles will be located below grade.  Existing structure to be demolished.

The meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Avenue)

The Director will accept written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidance through April 21, 2014.  You are invited to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues, which you believe, should be addressed in the design for this project.

Comments should be submitted to PRC@seattle.gov or mailed to:

City of Seattle, DPD, PRC
700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

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8 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Mike // Apr 3, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    5 stories is not a tower! Way to sensationalize the title! Playing to the NIMBYs perhaps! OMG ballard is getting towers!

  • 2 Profile photo of Gurple Gurple // Apr 4, 2014 at 7:04 am

    Hmm… two things about the 63rd Street ones: a) it doesn’t look like 2218 currently exists; maybe that’s the new address that will be created in the split? and b) what’s up with the crazy map for the 2216 application, in which 65th Street appears to be immediately north of 63rd Street? How did that even get generated?

  • 3 Profile photo of Sunset Hill David Sunset Hill David // Apr 4, 2014 at 10:20 am

    5 stories is definitely a tower in that location. It will tower over everything, even the current 3 story monstrosities.

  • 4 Mary // Apr 4, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Headline says 5 story, article says 6 story. Either way it’s pretty awesome in my opinion, so each to his/her own I guess.

    I love all of this density in the urban core. Build it and they will come.

  • 5 john // Apr 4, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    RIP, Old Ballard

  • 6 Ron // Apr 4, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Tower is the technical definition from the DPD. MB just copied and pasted the DPD text.

    @Gurple — The old single family lot was first subdivided for development (short platted) to avoid applicable density requirements (1 unit per 1,600 sf) and design review. Now the two halves are being subdivided for sale, with a separate application for each. At no point were the neighbors able to participate or comment on this development.

    The whole process is a joke, including the city’s maps (cut and pasted here by MB).

  • 7 Fred // Apr 7, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    @ Ron – Agreed. The entire structure of the design review process and the manifold ways to step around it are suspect – for many property types. DPD drones would have written the codes differently if they’d had their life savings in property nearby.

    I don’t have an issue with density but the neighbors should have a heads up on what’s happening to adjacent properties and then have an opportunity to comment.

    DPD will almost always ignore comments anyway but they deserve to be heard.

  • 8 S. S. Victor // Apr 9, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    What a waste to design the beautiful Ballard Commons Park and Ballard Library only to have them shaded towers of 5?, 6?, 7? stories.

    Since Ballard development is well past the 2015 expectation, let’s slow it w-a-y down and find occupants to fill all these new buildings. Those of you who really love all this density are welcome to move to already-dense areas.

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