Development Update December 29: Subdivisions galore

Three subdivision applications and one subdivision approval make up today’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


2412 NW 61st St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 2,400 sq. ft., and B) 2,601 sq. ft. Existing structures are to be demolished.

2240 NW 64th St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6420971. 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.

6742 Alonzo Ave NW


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6394909. 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.


701 NW 105th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into five unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6383289. 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.

Comments about the above applications should be submitted to or mailed to the address below:

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

What’s on this weekend

Enjoy the last weekend of 2014 in Ballard!

Friday, December 26

  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m.  Featuring Food Drive & Concert featuring: Brenda Xu, & Yet, Local Strangers, Vanessa Small and Leanne Wilkins . Click here to find more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring The Dutchess & the Duke, S and Ephrata. Tickets $10. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Saturday, December 27

  • Live music at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Home Sweet Home and Strange Jerome. Click here for more information.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Featuring Scarlet Parke, Breaks & Swells and Mother of Pearl. Tickets $8. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Sunday, December 28

  • Ballard Farmers Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Open Mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information click here.
  • Live Music at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Featuring Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons w/ special guests. Tickets $10. Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Have you seen Toby in Ballard?



Jennie emailed in to let us know that Toby was found by a Sunset Hill resident on Christmas Day and delivered to the local vet.

“They scanned him, found his chip and called us. He is home sleeping off his adventure,” writes Jennie.

Thanks to all readers who kept an eye out for Toby!

Original Post:

My Ballard reader Jennie emailed in to report that her family dog Toby (pictured) went missing on Christmas Eve from their Sunset Hill home at 3228 NW 62nd Street.

Toby is black, weighs approximately 30 labs and is a schnauzer/terrier mix.

“Toby is a senior dog with poor hearing and sight – he may appear to be anxious,” writes Jennie.

If you see Toby around the neighborhood, please contact Eric at (206) 782-7410.

Developer buys property on 15th for $16.25 million

According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, Martin Selig Real Estate has purchased the property on the northeast corner of the NW Market St and 15th Ave NW intersection (where Burger King and the Shell gas station now stand) for $16.25 million.

As the My Ballard team reported back in October, Selig plans to construct a 200, 000 square foot office building on the property.

The sale included just over an acre of land and was recorded by King County Administration on Tuesday.

According to the report, Selig is planning to construct a five-story office building and a small office building on the site. Plans to break ground on the project are set for the third quarter of 2016.

The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that Selig has assembled three properties for the project. The sellers included Arthur and Cory Saulness of Conway, Skagit County; ACD Associates LLC of Ballard; and Sant-Bhan Enterprises of Everett. Commercial real estate brokers Jim and Ross Klinger of Kidder Mathews also marketed the properties for sale.

Selig Real Estate also reportedly has plans for another development project in Ballard at 907 N.W. Ballard Way, a block north of Fred Meyer. However, the report confirms that project is not as far along.

SPU offers free holiday tree composting

Local residents who subscribe to SPU curbside food and yard waste collection services can put their trees and greens out on their regular collection day at no extra charge from today through January 11, 2015.

Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge during this period. Trees should be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, with branches trimmed to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Sections should be bundled with string or non-plastic twine.

Metal, plastic and ornaments in trees and wreaths must be removed.

Trees that are flocked and/or have tinsel or ornaments will be collected as extra garbage. Customers will need to cut the tree into three-foot pieces and each piece will be charged as extra garbage. Each unit of extra garbage costs $10.20. Plastic trees are not compostable.

For information on where to dispose of household hazardous waste, including station locations and hours, click here or call (206) 296-4692.

The 2014 Ballard Christmas Day Roundup

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The team at My Ballard would like to wish everyone a very Happy Holidays! We hope that you are enjoying the day with your family and friends.

Check out the Ballard Christmas Day Roundup below:

What’s Open:.

  • The Old Pequliar Pub (1722 NW Market St) will be open from 12 noon – 2 a.m.
  • Hattie’s Hat (5231 Ballard Ave NW) is open all day from 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Lockspot Café (3005 NW 54th St) is open from 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.

What’s Closed:

  • All US post offices
  • Most major banks and credit unions
  • Seattle Transfer stations
  • Ballard Library
  • Ballard Neighborhood Service Center
  • All Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers including Ballard Pool

Things to remember:

  • On-street parking is free in Seattle on Christmas Day.
  • King County Metro Transit bus routes are operating on a Sunday schedule. Click here to check out more details about the holiday schedule.
  • Garbage, food and yard waste, and recycling will not be picked up in Seattle on Christmas Day. Thursday and Friday collections will be collected one day later that week due to the Christmas Day holiday. Please be sure to have your containers out by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.

Do you know of any other events or information for Christmas Day 2014 in Ballard? Email us at and we will add the information to the post.

Have you seen Zooey in Ballard?

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My Ballard reader Dan emailed in to let us know that his cat Zooey went missing a few days ago from their home on Sunset Hill.

Zooey is a 5 year old dark Tabby (pictured) and is not wearing her collar.

“We recently moved from a house near the Pea Patch on Phinney Ridge (corner of 3rd Ave NW and 60th NW) to the other side of Ballard at Sunset Hill. We suspect she may be trying to return to the old house,” writes Dan.

If you have seen her please call (206) 550-6916 or (360) 616-1493.

New Seattle food waste requirements set for January 1

Starting on January 1, 2015, the City of Seattle will no longer allow food or compostable paper, including pizza boxes, paper napkins and paper towels, in the garbage.

The food waste requirements were passed earlier this year by the Seattle City Council and signed into law by Mayor Ed Murray. The new ordinance is projected to divert as much as 38,000 more tons of food scraps from the landfill each year, which helps Seattle achieve its goal to recycle or compost 60 percent of its waste by 2015.

“Seattle is a national leader in recycling,” said Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) Solid Waste Director Tim Croll. “Most of our city’s businesses and residents are already composting. This requirement is a progression of our collective efforts that help our city become even greener.”

Both Seattle’s recyclables and yard waste have been prohibited from the garbage for more than a decade.

Before submitting the food waste legislation, SPU polled businesses and residents and discovered widespread support for the measure. In June’s Survey USA telephone poll more than 3 out of 4 Seattle residents polled supported the proposal.

Organics (which includes food, paper napkins, cardboard pizza boxes, leaves and grass) make up the biggest component of Seattle’s waste. SPU estimates that 30 percent of the 317, 258 tons of trash that was disposed in the landfill in 2013 was compostable.

Seattle is the latest of several cities that have passed food waste requirements, including Vancouver, BC, Portland, OR, San Francisco, CA, and New York, NY.

Click here to learn more about SPU’s the food waste requirements.

Goodwill offers tips to maximize effectiveness of holiday donations

As the new new year approaches and the holiday season comes to a close, it is typically the time where many locals clean out their homes and closets. Keeping this in mind, the folks at Goodwill have put together a list of tips to maximize the effectiveness of local donations to the Ballard store.

“Goodwill is so appreciative of our many donors in the community,” said Arie Mahler, Donations Manger for Seattle Goodwill.  “There are some small steps that can make a big difference in increasing donation value  – such as using a rubber band around the box to keep all the pieces of a puzzle together so none of the pieces get lost.”

Use the following tips and techniques from Goodwill to bring the most value to your donations:

  •  To keep pairs of shoes together, please tie them together by the laces or rubber band them together.
  • Rubber band or tape together boxes of games or puzzles.
  • Bag up clothing and linens separate from other items.
  • Tape remotes to electronic devices.  Tape a note to the electronic device indicating if it fully works.
  • Box or bag like items together such as putting all the clothes together or all the dishes together in one container.
  • For fragile items, please wrap them in paper and put them in a box and marked it “fragile.”
  • For furniture that needs assembly put all fasteners in a plastic bag and attach it to the furniture.
  • Check coat pockets and drawers to make sure not to donate any items that you want to keep.

Revenue from the sale of donations fund Goodwill’s free job training and education programs, which can lead to employment and fresh starts for people without jobs. Goodwill also provides career services that anyone can use to improve their chances of getting hired, including assistance in writing a résumé, job interview practice and access to job leads.

Goodwill also participates in the E-Cycle Washington program. JLocals can bring in old televisions, computers, monitors and laptops to Ballard Goodwill and the items will be recycled responsibly free of charge. Any unusable hard drives are destroyed so any remaining personal information is removed.

“The end of the year is the perfect time to donate to Goodwill!  The simple act of cleaning out your closets and donating to Goodwill will help us help others with free job training and education programs and provides donors with a tax write-off,” says Mahler.

Ballard Goodwill is located at 6400 8th Ave NW and accepts donations from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday and  from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Click here to check out their holiday season opening hours.

Metro to operate with reduced service over holiday period

King County Metro buses will be operating on a holiday and reduced weekday schedule over the Christmas period and during several holiday periods in January. A full week of reduced service is set to start today and continue until January 1.

According to Metro, using a limited schedule over the holiday periods from November until January saves them approximately $1 million a year. The reduced service periods coincide with holidays where Metro has historically seen reduced ridership of up to fifteen percent.

Sunday schedules will be in effect on both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Reduced weekday schedules will be in place on:

  • Christmas Eve, December 24
  • December 26, 29, 30 and 31
  • Monday, Jan. 19 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

When the reduced weekday schedules are in place, some commuter and school-oriented routes do not operate, and other routes have individual trips canceled. Metro will also makes some adjustments to routes that serve the University of Washington. When the UW is not in session, there will also be some bus trip reductions.

Some of the alterations will impact routes that service Ballard. During the “reduced weekday schedule” the 15EX will be canceled. Route 41 will also operate with fewer trips.

Click here to check out the overview of all Metro holiday service.