Help SPD detectives find “prolific burglar”

The SPD Major Crimes Unit has issued a plea to locals to assist in finding a prolific burglar who has been targeting North Seattle. Read all of the information from the SPD blotter post below:

A prolific burglar is wanted by police after he fled from Major Crimes Detectives on Wednesday at the Northgate Mall.

Detectives believe Joshua Meadow-Mittenen, 24, (pictured below) is connected to several recent burglaries in North Seattle and Queen Anne, as well as a New Year’s Eve break-in in Magnolia.

Police attempted to arrest Meadow-Mittenen outside Northgate Mall on Wednesday around 1 p.m. after receiving information he had planned to meet there with a criminal associate.

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Officers spotted Meadow-Mittenen driving a white Dodge Charger through the mall’s parking lot, but he sped away when police tried to take him into custody.

Meadow-Mittenen is 6’0, 185 lbs with green eyes and brown hair. Detectives believe Meadow-Mittenen is driving a black Chrysler 200 bearing Washington license plate APH7751, or a white 2013 Dodge Charger with Washington plate AJG1332.

If you have any information which could lead detectives to Meadow-Mittenen, please contact police at (206) 786-2746 or 911.

SDOT releases final parking plan for Ballard

Yesterday, SDOT released the final version of the Ballard Parking Plan that has been in the works since 2013. The new parking changes are set to come into effect in Spring this year.

The changes that are coming include new areas of time limits, paid parking, and angled parking. One of the main changes includes the addition of paid parking (with a two hour limit) on Ballard Ave NW. Check out all of the specifics in the map below (click to enlarge):

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This final plan is the combination of information gained from SDOT’s work with the community through their Community Access and Parking Program and also from comments and feedback received after the release of the proposal for parking changes back in September last year.

“SDOT is working to better serve Ballard residents, businesses, and visitors, by balancing the parking needs of all. Parking is a limited resource that is often in high demand,” writes SDOT on their blog.

According to SDOT, despite all of the development and changes to our neighborhood the parking regulations in Ballard have not been changed since 2005.

The changes brought about by this final plan are geared towards making parking more available and predictable in high demand areas. SDOT reports that in these high demand areas, spaces are over 90% full for an excess of three continuous hours of the day which results in drivers often needing to circle in search of parking.

In addition to their on-street parking studies in Ballard, SDOT also documented off-street parking in a May 2014 study. From this study, SDOT and the Ballard Chamber worked together to create the off-street parking spaces map.

As SDOT prepares for the new parking controls, locals will likely see SDOT staff in the neighborhood making measurements. Information about how changes will be implemented will regularly be updated on the SDOT project website.

SDOT has also received a request for a study to determine eligibility for a restricted parking zone (RPZ) on residential blocks in the neighborhood which will also be conducted this year.

Click here to find out more about the upcoming parking changes.

Ballard Beer Company to host release party this Friday

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Ballard Beer Company (2050 NW Market Street) is set to host a release party for the new Salted Caramel Stout beer from Breakside Brewing this Friday, January 9, from 6 p.m.

“The pouring, which starts at 6pm, will feature this new beer as well as several others including their very popular sour beer,” says Ballard Beer Company owner Greg Anderson.

No reservation is needed and all who are over 21 are welcome. Click here to learn more about the event.

Development Update January 8: One subdivision

One subdivision application is the only new development for Ballard in this week’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Decision:

802 NW 57th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 3,755.5 sq. ft. and B) 3,755.5 sq. ft. Existing structure to be demolished.

Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than January 22, 2014.

Comments about the above application should be submitted to PRC@seattle.gov or mailed to the address below:

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

Have you seen Trixie in Ballard?

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Update:

Trixie has been found at Stevens Elementary School all the way on Capital Hill. Penny is unsure of how Trixie ended up so far from home, however, both owner and pup are now happily reunited.

Original Post:

My Ballard reader Penny emailed in to report that her dog Trixie has been lost in the neighborhood since December 26.

She was last seen around Dibble Ave NW and NW 70th St wearing a collar and harness.

Trixie is a pug mix, is fawn colored with dark brown markings and weighs 18 lbs. She is also licensed and microchipped.

Unfortunately, although she looks similar, Trixie is not the found dog that was reported on My Ballard on Monday.

If you have seen Trixie contact Penny at (206) 696-3710.

$30k damage estimate after kitchen fire in Ballard bar

Early yesterday morning SFD investigators responded to a fire reported in the kitchen of a bar located in the 800 block of NW 85th Street. No one was injured and  the damage estimate was deemed approximately $30,000.

Check out more information from the Fire Line blotter post below:

Fire Investigators determined a malfunctioning electric food smoker caused a fire inside a locked bar and restaurant in the Crown Hill neighborhood of Ballard.

At 4:22 a.m., a 911 call came into firefighter dispatchers reporting a fire in the kitchen of a bar located in the 800 block of NW 85th Street. Firefighters arrived on scene and found flames blowing through a window and a well-involved kitchen fire inside the restaurant.

Within 11 minutes, firefighters had the fire under control. The fire was extinguished in 30 minutes.

Fire Investigators determined the cause was accidental after a malfunctioning food smoker ignited nearby combustible materials. Fire crews confined the flames to the kitchen area. The damage estimate is $30,000.

There were no injuries.

The monthly Ballard real estate recap

Long time Ballard resident and local Real Estate Broker Sharon Giampietro shares a post on My Ballard every month to keep readers informed about the local real estate market.

Giampietro comes from a long line of realtors and has lived in Ballard for 30 years. She is currently a Broker at Windermere Real Estate in Greenwood.

Check out Giampietro’s recap of how Greater Ballard fared in December below:

Rising prices and low inventory characterized the greater Ballard Real Estate market in 2014. Price increases were good for would-be sellers who were underwater due to the real estate market tumble several years ago.

From November’s average sale price of $580,000, prices were down in December to $560,000, although 2014 saw an average 14% rise in home values in greater Ballard this year- a very big jump.

Many homeowners have finally realized some equity, putting them in a position to sell. These additions to the market are important for buyers who want to live in the very popular greater Ballard area. Nonetheless, our inventory average this year was at less than a month and a half, representing a market where sellers are in control of prices. A more even market would have an inventory of 4-6 months.

The new talk regarding home prices focuses on interest rates. Many owners are expecting a rise in 2015 and are calculating how much an increase could add to monthly payments. With rising rents, homeownership contnues to look attractive. Buyers are talking about getting in before “the rates go up” and sellers are readying to meet the demand. Real Estate brokers are preparing for a busy first half of 2015.

Condos are selling with 23 added to the market this month and 42 closing. The average sale price rose from $239,000 last month to $284,000. In December 2013, the average price was $293,00 and prices have fluctuated over the year. For example, in March the average price was $315,000. At the end of 2014 they settled just below where they were they were at the end of 2013. In 2015, there will be more to report on the prices being fetched by the new condos selling now.

New construction homes continue to be added with 20 new homes added to the inventory in December and 24 selling. The average sale price was $742,000 up from $658,000 at the end of January.  Buyers like new construction and sales show the demand continues to increase.

For buyers, it’s a good idea to talk to your lender early to start the often time-intensive loan approval process. Sellers, time to plan any improvement projects to be prepared to sell in the busy period coming up. I look forward to seing what 2015 brings!

Greater Ballard is Greenwood, Green Lake, Wallingford and other close by neighborhoods identified as “705” in the NWMLS.  All residential and condo numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand and unless noted do not include new construction. Statistics not compiled or published by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. 

Uma Thai closes its doors for good

Popular Ballard restaurant Uma Thai (5401 20th Ave NW) has closed its doors for good. The My Ballard team stopped by and took the below photo this morning after seeing a for lease sign in the window.

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The phone has been disconnected and there is no sign in the window to indicate the reason for the closure.

Uma Thai is sure to be missed by many neighborhood. “Of far greater concern to my family than the demise of Paseo, it seems that Uma Thai may be out of business. We’ve tried to go twice and found it closed. Now they are not answering the phone. We will really, really miss that place,” wrote Angeline on the My Ballard forum.

The My Ballard team will continue to investigate the reason for the closure and update the story.