Development Update June 12: Three-story structure and a sidewalk cafe

By Joe Veyera

It was a relatively slow week of applications for development in Ballard submitted 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.


1520 NW 87th St



A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow a three-story, 6-unit rowhouse structure with parking for six vehicles located on the site. Existing structures to be demolished. Review includes future unit lot subdivision.


5555 Phinney Ave N

An appealable decision has been made to subdivide this site into eight 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 made to the Hearing Examiner by June 26.

5451 Leary Ave NW

An application for a Sidewalk Cafe permit accessory to Porkchop & Co. at 5451 Leary Ave NW has been received by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). This application was approved with modifications — Approved dimensions 15’6″ by 7’6″.

Appeals and comments on proposed land use actions must be submitted in writing to the Public Resource Center by email to, by fax to (206) 233-7901, or by mail to the address below:

Department of Planning and Development
ATTN: Public Resource Center or Assigned Planner
700 Fifth Ave, Ste 2000
P.O. Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124-4019

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Natalie Mintz
Natalie Mintz

Why?? STOP! STOP! STOP!! Look around! Do you really think microhousing and giant structures make this neighborhood better? You know, since I moved back to Ballard in 2008 rent has tripled. TRIPLED. Thankfully my rent has been stable this whole time, or I could be paying close to $2k per month for my one bedroom apartment.

Where is our mayor? Why is no one doing anything to stop this?