Development Update July 3: Subdivisions and a Public Meeting

By Joe Veyera

It was a big week of development applications, mostly concerning subdivisions, 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.


5917 20th Ave NW


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 2,597 sq. ft. and B) 1,300 sq. ft. Existing structure to be demolished.

3001 NW 56th St



A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units has been approved under Project #6403298. 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.

Revised Application:

2441 NW 63rd St


A revised Land Use Application 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.


1523 NW 58th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units has been approved under Project #6381184. 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 this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than July 14, 2014.

2657 NW 64th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6388755. 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 this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than July 14, 2014.

Notice of Design Review Recommendation Meeting: 

5601 22nd Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been received 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 cu. yds. of grading. Existing structures to be demolished.

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

The Director will accept written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidance through July 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 and requests to be made party of record should be submitted to or mailed to

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

Throwback Thursday: July 4, 1918

By Joe Veyera

With the United States set to celebrate it’s 238th birthday this Friday, this week’s throwback takes a look at how Ballard marked the July 4, 1918 — with a parade through town.

The black and white photo below shows Ford automobiles & parade watchers lined up on 24th Avenue Northwest for the Independence Day celebration.


The black and white photo below shows soldiers marching in the parade, possibly at the intersection of Northwest Market Street and 24th Avenue Northwest.


The black and white photo below also depicts a marching band of soldiers.


The black and white photo below shows a streetcar unloading soldiers for the parade.


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

Photo and information courtesy of Ballard Historical Society.

Percy’s & Co. kicks-off weekly Hitchcock film series next Monday


By Joe Veyera

Movie lovers and suspense fans will have a new way to take in some classic films at Percy’s & Co. (5233 Ballard Ave NW) the next eight Monday nights.

Every Monday between July 7 and August 24, the neighborhood bar will be showing a classic Alfred Hitchcock movie on their patio big screen starting at dusk, with first come, first serve seating, and free popcorn. The bar will also be offering happy hour specials throughout the night — which includes $2 off all cocktails, beers, and glasses of wine, along with deals on salads, potted pork rillettes, and crispy potatoes. Here’s a look at the lineup:

July 7: Rear Window

July 14: Dial M For Murder

July 21: To Catch A Thief

July 28: Vertigo

August 4: North By Northwest

August 11: Psycho

August 18: Birds

August 25: Frenzy

Hitchcock is remembered as one of the foremost, if not greatest director and producer of suspense and psychological thriller films of all-time. He was nominated for best director at the Academy Awards five times, with Vertigo, Rear Window, North by Northwest, and Dial M for Murder all named to the American Film Institute’s list of ten greatest American mystery films of all-time in 2008.

All movies are provided by Rain City Video (6412 32nd Ave NW). For more information on the weekly screenings, click here.

Dishcrawl Seattle hosts exploration of Ballard restaurants on July 15


By Joe Veyera

Local foodies looking to sample the offerings of several Ballard restaurants will have their chance next Tuesday night as part of Dishcrawl Ballard. However, attendees won’t know exactly where in Ballard they’ll be heading.

Starting at 7 p.m., ticket holders will begin their dining exploration at the first of three Ballard eateries. Throughout the night, a trio of local chefs will present of nine their finest dishes. While the locations are a secret, Dishcrawl Seattle will be reveal hints on their Twitter page in the lead-up to the event.

Vegetarian options are available, but it may not be possible for organizers to accommodate all dietary restrictions. Anyone with a particular request is encouraged to contact the event organizers.

Tickets for the event are $45 and do not include drinks, though drink specials and pairings may offered depending on the restaurant. Ticket holders will be notified of meeting location via email 48 hours prior to the event. Forty-eight hours is also the deadline to make a cancellation. All events are held rain or shine. Attendees must be at least 21 years of age.

For more information on the event, or to register, click here. Questions should be directed to Joey, Seattle Dishcrawl Ambassador, at

Phinney Ditch Block Party next Saturday night


By Joe Veyera

East Ballard will play host to a neighborhood gathering for the ages next Saturday, as it hosts the seventh annual Phinney Ditch Block Party.

Starting at 4 p.m. at 6226 6th Ave NW, the party, which promises to, “rock your socks-in-sandals off,” will feature cream pie jousting, barbarian noodle wars, spam carving, dodge ball and face painting. Organizers promise the party will be bigger than last year, with more events, more yards, and more fun.

There will also be a fair share of live music, with Loud Motor, Bugs, Future Fridays, and the Fabulous Juncos all set to perform.

Now, event planners are putting out the call for local artists, artisans, and practitioners to join in a Curiosities Carnival, inspired by the Stumbletown Artists Trunk Show, for anyone interested in setting up and talking about what they love and do, in the spirit of buying local. Also included in the showcase is the Summer 2014 Ballard Pop-Up Food Garden Project.

If you’re interested in joining in on the Curiosities Carnvial, email

Municipal League releases candidate ratings for state races

By Joe Veyera

The Municipal League of King County has released its 2014 Washington State Senate and Legislature candidate ratings, with current 36th Legislative District representatives receiving high marks.

The ratings divide candidates into five categories — Outstanding, Very Good, Good, Adequate, or Non-Qualified — in an attempt to answer the question, “How well might a candidate do the job?” To determine the candidate ratings, over 50 community volunteers reviewed candidate questionnaires, studied public records, spoke with their references, and conducted candidate interviews. Each candidate was then rated by committee members on four measures: involvement, character, effectiveness and knowledge.

In the 36th district, which includes Ballard, Magnolia, Greenwood, Queen Anne, Interbay, Belltown, along with portions of Phinney Ridge and Fremont, the incumbent candidates received higher ratings in all three races on the November ballot.

For the pair of State House positions, Democrats Reuven Carlyle and Gael Tarleton received outstanding and very good ratings respectively, while their challengers, Republican Leslie Klein and Libertarian Paul Addis, were rated as not qualified, and adequate. Klein was the only candidate in the 36th district to decline to be interviewed, or fill out a questionnaire.

In the senate race, Democrat Jeanne Kohl-Welles, who has represented the 36th district since 1994, received an outstanding rating, while Republican challenger Sarina Forbes was rated adequate.

The ratings do not consider a candidate’s political affiliation or their standing on specific issues, but instead assess their ability to be effective in office.

For more information on the ratings, or to read each candidate’s questionnaire, click here.

Spots remain for Hoopaholics basketball camps in Ballard


By Joe Veyera

Parents looking for an athletic way for their elementary or middle school aged children to spend their summer have the option of a trio of basketball camps over the next two months.

Hoopaholics has space remaining in its three week-long basketball camps in July and August for boys and girls in second through eighth grades of any skill level. The camps, which run from July 22 to 25, August 12 to 15, and August 25 to 28, are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The first two camps will be held at Ballard High School, with the third at the Ballard Boys & Girls Club.

The camps are designed to build individual and team skills in a fun and safe learning environment, and emphasize learning basketball fundamentals like footwork, shooting technique, and team defense. Above all else, Hoopaholics says the goal of the camps are to give young players confidence in their abilities and to foster excitement for the game.

The cost is $490 for all three camps, $190 for one camp, and $60 per day.

For more information on the camps, click here, or contact Dave Gerig at Parents can register online, or mail in this form with payment.

(Photo courtesy of Dave Gerig)

Fair Trade Winds moving in on Ballard Avenue


By Joe Veyera

A retail store that specializes in the sale of certified fair trade and environmentally sustainable products has announced its moving to the heart of Ballard at the beginning of next month.

Fair Trade Winds will open its doors at 5329 Ballard Ave NW on August 1, according to post on the business’s Instagram account, saying that the new location will provide them with more space and a place to hold backyard events as well.

The company’s Seattle location — one of seven across the country — has been in Wallingford at the Wallingford Center (1815 N 45th St #202) since September 2011. According to their website, the store’s fair trade products range from jewelry and accessories to kitchen items and home decor, and all items are handmade by artisans around the world.

The space previously belonged to the Urban Family Brewing Company, who announced in late April that they would be leaving that space for a new location near Fisherman’s Terminal at 4441 26th Ave W, after opening in Ballard in January of 2012. In a post on their Facebook page earlier this afternoon, the brewery noted they had completely moved out of their old space.

The brewpub took over the location after Sutter Home & Hearth moved to a larger location at 920 Leary Way NW, after 32 years on Ballard Avenue.

Adams Elementary School mural club finishes first four works of art


By Joe Veyera

The portable classrooms at Adams Elementary School (6110 28th Ave NW) are looking a little more colorful, after being adorned with four new murals that were worked on throughout the school year by the Adams Mural Club.

The club, which began in the fall with a group of 15 students, worked each Thursday afternoon to brainstorm and illustrate their ideas onto wood panels.

Artist Andrew Miller, who led the club, said the students were encouraged to use their imagination to tell a story with their work, using images that represented their homes, school, and general environment.

“They chose the color pallet and the results were amazing!” Miller said.

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With new students joining both winter and spring quarter, a total of 32 students were involved throughout the process.

Miller said the highlight of the program was seeing the results from week to week, and watching the students develop as artists. 

“It was a challenge to envision how a group of kids, with ages ranging from 5-11, would work together and construct work that was worthy of public display,” Miller said. “They brought a level of enthusiasm and patients that put any concern to bed!  Each student should feel extremely proud of their efforts.”


After the successes of this year’s club, and his Illustration & Multimedia class, Miller said he certainly plans to continue the club in the fall.

“The support of the school staff and the PTA (i.e Shelly Landschulz) made it possible,” Miller said. “I am super excited to see the club grow and watch the murals expand”


(Photos courtesy of Andrew Miller)

Lights on at local synthetic fields July 3 and 4

By Joe Veyera

Seattle Parks & Recreation will be lighting up the night at ballfields throughout the city on July 3 and 4, in an effort to discourage the use of fireworks, which are both illegal in the Seattle city limits, and destroy the fields’ artificial turf.

Beginning at 8:45 p.m., the lights will be turned on at 13 local fields, and will stay on until 10 p.m. at three fields, and 11 p.m. at the other ten. The fields will be monitored by security between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

“All the fields have been renovated in the past several years and benefit field users including players of soccer, football, baseball, Ultimate Frisbee and lacrosse,” reads a statement from Seattle Parks & Recreation.

Nearby, the lights will be on at the Loyal Heights Playfield (2101 NW 77th St) from 8:45 to 10 p.m. As part of the 2000 Pro Parks Levy, that field was converted from natural grass to artificial turf in the spring of 2007.

For more information and a full list of playfields that will be illuminated, click here, or call Seattle Parks and Recreation Security Manager Marlan Teeters at 206.684.7088.