Development Update February 6: More subdivisions

One subdivision application 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.


2227 NW 60th St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6440513. 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.


2416 NW 61st St

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

Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than February 19, 2015.

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

Man barricades himself inside Crown Hill home after assault

SPD officers spent hours trying to coax a man out of his home in Crown Hill on Thursday after he allegedly took hallucinogens and assaulted a family member. Check out the report from the SPD blotter below:

Officers were called to the 9200 block of 8th Ave NW around 10 a.m. on Thursday after receiving a report a man was hallucinating, had access to knives, and refused to leave the home after a domestic dispute.

The man’s family member fled the home before police arrived. SPD negotiators made several attempts to convince the man to leave the home, but he declined invitations to come outside. Officers eventually entered the house and arrested him.

Police will book the man into King County Jail for misdemeanor domestic violence assault.

Red Schwinn bike found abandoned in Ballard

My Ballard reader Brendan emailed in to let us know that he found an abandoned red Schwinn bike in the bushes in Ballard.

He called SPD and was then forwarded to SDOT where he left a voicemail. The bike is now in his garage.

“If this is your bike, contact me with identifying characteristics,” says Brendan.

If you know the owner of the bike email us at and we will pass on the information.

Nordic Heritage Museum to host Finnish Design exhibition

Finland Designed Environments; Eero Rislakki and Erkki Rahikainen (designer of 1965 original model); Jopo bicycle, 2000 (update of 1965 design)

The Nordic Heritage Museum is set to celebrate all that is Finnish design with the opening of Finland: Designed Environments exhibition next month.

The exhibition is set to examine the creativity of Finnish design, craft and architecture over the past fifteen years.

Finland: Designed Environments will include examples of furnishings, fashion, craft, architecture and urbanism.

The exhibition comes to Ballard direct from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and is the first significant museum presentation to explore contemporary Finnish design since the 1990s.

“After the success of last summer’s exhibition on Danish Modern furniture, we are pleased to continue the conversation about the value of excellent design here at the Nordic Heritage Museum,” said CEO Eric Nelson

Mrs. Ritva Koukko-Ronde, the Ambassador of Finland to the US, will formally open the exhibition on March 11.

The museum is also partnering with the Seattle Symphony to present the music of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius in conjunction with this exhibition.

Finland: Designed Environments will be open from March 11 through July 26.

The Nordic Heritage Museum is open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. from Tuesday – Saturday and from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Entry to the museum costs $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and college students and $6 for children over 5 years of age. Children under 5 and museum members enter free of charge.

Photo courtesy of the Nordic Heritage Museum.

Community helps to name lions cubs at Woodland Park Zoo


The parents of Woodland Park Zoo’s latest litter of lion cubs have given the final approval on the names for their three sons.

Locals were asked to cast their vote to decide the names for the three male cubs all of which were derived from languages linked to the South African lion’s native range.

The name that scored the most votes from the public was Tandie (meaning “fire”) and was automatically selected as one of the cub’s names.

The second, third and fourth most popular names were then presented to proud parents Adia and Xerxes who played the final part in the naming decision.

On January 29, as proud mom Adia attended to the cubs, Xerxes (pictured above) tore into the two enrichment items with the names Gandia (meaning “clever”) and Mandla (meaning “power/strength”).

“We’re greatful to have our community members take part in naming our three lion cubs,” says Woodland Park Zoo collection manager Pat Owen.

The three male cubs – Tandie, Gandia and Mandla – were born on October 24 last year to seasoned mom Adia and first time dad Xerxes.

As the warm, dry weather becomes more frequent, locals are set to see more of the cubs outside in the African Savanna exhibit.

Bartell Drugs offers locals discounted cholesterol screenings

In conjunction with American Heart Month this February, Bartell Drugs has put together a special offer to encourage locals to get their cholesterol tested.

“High cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for coronary heart disease,” says the team from Bartell’s.

With a $25 purchase or more until this Saturday, February 7, at both Ballard locations (1500 NW Market St and 5605 22nd Ave NW) customers will receive a complimentary cholesterol screening during the month of February (worth approximately $60).

To redeem the voucher locals simply make an appointment with a Bartell’s pharmacist or online.

For full cholesterol panel test, ensure to completely fast for at least 8 hours before the appointment.

Click here to learn more about the special offer.

Man rescued after spending night in abandoned railway car


A 25-year-old man was rescued by the SFD and SPD after being stuck inside an abandoned railway car (pictured) in the 6200 block of Seaview Ave NW overnight on Tuesday.

According to the SFD, the man apparently slid inside the abandoned railway car head-first through the small opening accessible from the outside.

“He slid into the car with his feet sticking out, so for 18 hours he was stuck at a 45-degree angle,” says Seattle Fire spokesman Kyle Moore.

According to a report from our news partners at The Seattle Times, two local residents who were out walking discovered the trapped man at approximately 8:16 a.m. this morning and called 911.

Moore confirmed that the man suffered minor injuries being pulled out of the railways car that is believed to have been used to previously transport dry goods. “We had to pull him out by his feet,” says Moore.

At this point it is unclear why the man climbed into the abandoned car. “I don’t know how he got in there,” says Moore. “He’s not majorly injured; he’s being taken to Swedish Ballard.”

Photo courtesy of SFD.

Ethan Stowell opens wine storage cellar in Ballard

The team at Ethan Stowell Restaurants has rejuvenated the basement space in the Kolstrand Building (4739 Ballard Ave NW) to offer locals an intimate event space and wine storage facility.

The ESR Cellar offers locals a full service storage facility with a variety of different sized wine storage lockers to rent.

As an added bonus, members of the cellar receive monthly coupons to waive corkage fees at any of the Ethan Stowell Restaurants and for any private events booked in the cellar event space.

The ESR Cellar offers five different sized storage options, and includes load-in parking, elevator access, 24-hour secure key card access, climate control, and security. The ESR Cellar also hosts quarterly meet and greet events.

In addition to the storage service, those utilizing the wine storage will receive wine advice from a personal concierge of sorts, Sennen David, who is the wine director for Ethan Stowell Restaurants. David has created a wine club that offers wine storage members the opportunity to build their cellars each month with a hand-selected collection of wines based on a theme or region, complete with in-depth descriptions—and at great prices.

Members will also have access to the wines on the restaurants’ wine lists, and can request hard-to-find and must-have favorites that can be delivered straight to the personal wine storage lockers.

The ESR Cellar is owned and operated by Ethan Stowell Restaurants.

To find out more information, call (206) 588-0030 or visit their website.