Holman Road closure starts tonight, runs through Saturday

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By Joe Veyera

A portion of Holman Road Northwest between 7th and 9th Avenue Northwest will be closed starting at 8 p.m. tonight through Saturday at 6 p.m., as crews work on bridge deck repairs and paving work. This work is weather dependent, but it appears mother nature will give crews a window to complete the work this weekend.

Drivers in the area will be detoured around the closure via Northwest 85th Street, and 3rd Avenue Northwest. Local bus access will be maintained during the closure, and riders can check the King County Metro alerts & updates page for the latest information.

Phase 2 construction of the Holman Road paving project began on May 19. During this phase, workers will be making sidewalk spot repairs on both sides of Holman Road Northwest, and doing road resurfacing work, between Northwest 87th Street and 7th Avenue Northwest, constructing curb ramps at six intersections, and doing median road work. The entire project is expected to be mostly complete by the end of the summer.

Crews are continuing work on Phase 1 construction, which has included sidewalk repairs, new ramps, bus shelter renovations, along with landscaping and paving work on Holman Road Northwest between 7th Avenue Northwest and Greenwood Avenue North. That work began the week of April 14.

For more information on the Holman Road project, click here.

Have you seen Charlotte in Ballard?

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By Joe Veyera

Update (5/31): We’re happy to report that Charlotte has been found and reunited with her owner!

Original Post (5/30): My Ballard reader Heather emailed in to report her cat, Charlotte, went missing from Northwest 56th Street, between 9th and 11th Avenue Northwest on late Tuesday evening.

Charlotte (pictured) is a 15 year old female Tortoiseshell cat, and needs her medicated food from home to stay healthy. Charlotte is microchipped, but did not have her collar on when she slipped out. She was seen on Wednesday at 901 NW 58th St, but has yet to be found and reunited with her owner.

If you see Charlotte, or wish to help in the search, please call 617-515-5618 immediately.

What’s on this weekend

By Joe Veyera

The calendar turns to June this weekend, and there’s no shortage of events happening in Ballard! Take a look at what the neighborhood has to offer this weekend:

Friday, May 30:

  • KEXP’s Hood to Hood Celebration will take over the neighborhood with a day of live music, DJ sets, and the first-ever KEXP record fair. Click here for more details.
  • 1980s-Themed Prom Party at Populuxe Brewing (826B NW 49th St) from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. Records will be spun, photo stations will be set up, food will be served, and last but not least, a prom king and queen will be crowned. Click here for more information.
  • 12 Tongues Performance at the Seattle Creative Arts Center (2601 NW Market St) at 7 p.m. Tickets from $10. Click here for more details.
  • The Two Step Performance at the Seattle Creative Arts Center (2601 NW Market St) at 8:30 p.m. Tickets from $10. Click here for more details.
  • Allerleirauh Performance at the Seattle Creative Arts Center (2601 NW Market St) at 10 p.m. Allerleirauh weaves the Grimm’s fairy tale of a Princess forced to flee her over-bearing Father with the story of a modern woman trying to release herself from an inheritance of perfectionism and self sabotage. Tickets from $10. Click here for more details.
  • Comedy Sportz Seattle Show at new venue Atlas Theatre (3509 Fremont Ave N) at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.

Saturday, May 31:

  • Whittier Heights Garage Sale featuring over 80 families. Click here for more information
  • Summer Garden Seminar at Swanson’s Nursery (9710 15th Ave NW) from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Laura Matter from Seattle Tilth (and program director for the Garden Hotline) explains what plants survive and thrive in dry conditions. Click here for more details.
  • Summer Concerts at the Ballard Locks featuring the Boeing Employees Concert Band, who will play a wide range of music, from lively marches to show tunes. The show starts at 2 p.m. on the Ballard Locks lawn.
  • RainWise Workshop at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ (6512 12th Ave NW) at 7 p.m. Attendees can hear about the community benefits of installing rain gardens and cisterns in Ballard. Click here for more information.
  • Music Center of the Northwest’s 25th Anniversary Concert (901 North 96th Street) at 7:30 p.m., capping off a day of events with a show featuring Meaghan Kawaller, clarinetist in “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. Click here for more details.
  • 12 Tongues Performance at the Seattle Creative Arts Center (2601 NW Market St) at 8:30 p.m. Tickets from $10. Click here for more details.
  • 100: A Story of O’s Performance at the Seattle Creative Arts Center (2601 NW Market St) at 10 p.m. Tickets start from $10. Click here for more details.
  • Comedy Sportz Seattle Show at new venue Atlas Theatre (3509 Fremont Ave N) at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.

Sunday, June 1:

  • Ballard Farmers Markets along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Summer Concerts at the Ballard Locks featuring the Cascadia Jazz Band, who will play their Latin jazz, funk, and rock standards. The show starts at 2 p.m. on the Ballard Locks lawn.
  • Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) featuring Cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, who debuted with the the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Toronto Symphony. Tickets for the concert are $22 for museum members, and $27 for non-members, with tickets including the post-performance dinner $47 for members, and $55 for non-members. Click here for more details.
  • Sunday Movies at King’s Hardware Presents: Terminator 2: Judgement Day beginning at sundown at King’s patio (5225 Ballard Ave NW). This month, the series will feature some of the best comeback movies of all time.

Do you know of an event happening this weekend or in future in our neighborhood?

You can submit it to our events calendar here on MyBallard.com, or email the information to tips@myballard.com to ensure we include it in our weekly weekend roundup.

Whittier Heights Garage Sale this Saturday

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By Joe Veyera

Bargain hunters rejoice, as the annual Whittier Heights Garage Sale returns this Saturday. Beginning at 9 a.m., and going until 4 p.m., over 80 families will be clearing out their excess, giving those searching for a deal the chance to take advantage!

It appears the weather will hold up as well, with the National Weather Service calling for a high of 73 and mostly sunny skies in Ballard.

Last year, 62 houses were officially signed up for the coordinated sale day.

Student filmmakers take the spotlight next weekend

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By Joe Veyera

Work from students in the Ballard High School digital filmmaking program will take center stage for two nights next week in the BHS auditorium.

On June 6 and 7 at 7 p.m., student-made comedies, dramas, news features, and documentaries will be screened as part of the Ballard High School Film Festival.

“Air Pressure,” a short film by Leo Pfeifer and Coleman Andersen about a disaster at the World Balloon Animal Championships and an Official Selection at the Seattle International Film Festival, and “Just Plane Lucky”, a short filmed in 48-hours that took second place in the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) 48-hour film off, are among the student films that will be screened.

The festival will also feature productions recently honored by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, along with the Chicago International Film Festival. Alumni of the digital filmmaking program will also be in attendance, sharing work they’ve created in college filmmaking programs or during their professional careers.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, with all proceeds benefitting students in the digital filmmaking program.

For more information on the BHS Digital Filmmaking Program, click here.

Development Update May 29: More subdivisions

By Joe Veyera

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 and decisions from the DPD as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Applications:

2441 NW 63rd St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted 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.

2052 NW 64th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into four 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.

Public meeting for Urban Rest Stop proposal set for Wednesday

By Joe Veyera

As the city’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) reviews an application to locate an Urban Rest Stop on the ground-floor of the Low Income Housing Institute’s (LIHI) Cheryl Chou Court (2014 NW 57th St.), Ballard residents will have the opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns at a public meeting at the Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Avenue NW) next Wednesday evening.

The Urban Rest Stop would have free showers, bathrooms, and laundry facilities for homeless men, women, and children, and currently has locations Downtown and in the University District. The proposal to locate the new rest stop in Ballard has raised concerns because of its location in the neighborhood.

According to the DPD, the project needs the following approvals:

  • Administrative Conditional Use to allow community center in a midrise zone within 600 ft. of an existing institution (Ballard Branch of Seattle Public Library).
  • Administrative Conditional Use to allow an institution in a midrise zone that does not meeting parking requirements.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m., and attendees may also submit written comments.

A copy of the plans for this project, along with other application materials are available at the DPD Public Resource Center (700 5th Avenue, Ste 2000) The center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

Throwback Thursday: Bikes in Ballard

By Joe Veyera

With portions of Ballard Avenue Northwest and 22nd Avenue Northwest set to be closed for several hours on Thursday evening as part of the City’s Summer Streets project, this week’s throwback is dedicated to our neighborhood’s two-wheeling past.

Unfortunately, we were unable to find any pictures featuring penny-farthings, and their gigantic front wheels.

The black and white photo below, taken in 1910, shows eight women in costume, with a bicycle, at the Ballard Field House at Adams Elementary.

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1900, shows a group of 12 police officers lined up in uniform, while spectators are lined up in the background as if for a parade. Last but not least, we see a bicyclist behind the officers. (This picture may look familiar, from the Throwback Thursday on May 1 to the Ballard police of yesteryear.)

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The black and white photo below, taken in 1918, features the Jensen home at 7557 14th Avenue NW, with Lester Bjork and Walter Nord standing beside a bicycle.

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Finally, this black and white photo, taken at an unknown date, shows the Ballard Feed Co., Inc. at 5133 Ballard Avenue North. If you look to the far left, leaned up against the building, you see a bike. Hopefully, that bike’s owner returned.

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Do you have an historical photo or a story that readers would enjoy hearing about? Email us at tips@myballard.com with Throwback Thursday in the subject line.

Photo and information courtesy of Ballard Historical Society.