Ballard Development Update May 7: Subdivisions and row houses

Three subdivision applications, one subdivision approval and a row house application makes 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.


1738 NW 62nd St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 2,548 sq. ft. and B) 2,449 sq. ft. Existing structure to be demolished.

2415 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 #6443550. 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.

1552 NW 62nd St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow a 3-story, five unit rowhouse structure. Parking for five vehicles to be provided at and below grade. Existing structure to be demolished. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision.

1402 NW 70th St


A Land Use Application has been submitted  to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6433767. 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.


839 NW 52nd 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) 2,597 sq. ft. Existing structures to be removed.

Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than May 21, 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

Li’l Woody’s to host elementary art contest


As part of the monthly Ballard Art Walk this Saturday, May 9, the Li’l Woody’s team has invited three local elementary schools to display their artwork and go head to head in a month-long art contest.

Artwork by students from Adams Elementary, Loyal Heights Elementary and West Woodland Elementary will go on display this Saturday and remain hanging until the end of the month with the decision in the hands of locals as to which school is the best.

Locals are able to vote multiple times over the course of the competition, but only once per day, and votes must be made on site at Li’l Woody’s (2040 NW Market St).

The school with the most votes at the end of the month will have the opportunity to create a special “Burger of the Week” for the week of June 9, with all proceeds from the burger going towards the winning school’s art program.

“It’s cool to be able to acknowledge these kids and their hard work,” says Marcus Lalario, owner of Li’l Woody’s.

Each school will display up to 12 pieces of art throughout the month of May starting at this Saturday’s Art Walk.

Click here to learn more about the competition.

Photo courtesy of Li’l Woody’s.

Lucky Envelope Brewing to open in Ballard


Ballard is set to welcome its newest brewery just in time for Seattle Beer Week. Lucky Envelope Brewing (907 NW 50th St) is set to officially open this Thursday, May 7, at 3 p.m.

The neighborhood’s newest brewery is the venture of Brewmaster Barry Chan and Director of Operations Raymond Kwan (pictured). Both are beer enthusiasts and have a ton of experience in their own right.

“What began as an occasional weekend activity evolved into an obsession. When I wasn’t brewing I found myself studying the chemical and biological processes involved in producing beer,” says Chan.

The brewery’s name takes after the the Chinese tradition of giving red envelopes with money to celebrate Chinese New Year and major holidays.

Lucky Envelope Brewing is set to feature a regular brew rotation packed with traditional German-style beers including Munich Helles and Schwarzbier lagers. The brewery will also feature Asian-inspired beers including the Belgian Style Tripel that is infused with Thai ingredients.

At the grand opening event, attendees will have the chance to sample six beers on tap which will include an IPA, Fog Dart Pale Ale, Seattle Helles, Thaiger Mom Trippel, British Stout, and a Cherry Stout.

The Lucky Envelope Brewing tasting room will be both kid and dog friendly, will feature partnerships with local food trucks and also boasts a bike rack outside the front door.

“Our tasting room will be family friendly and dogs will also be allowed as long as they are well behaved and play nice with other customers and dogs,” says Kwan.

Click here to find out more about Ballard’s newest brewery.

Photo courtesy of Lucky Envelope Brewing. 

Army Corps to raise Lake Washington to summer elevation early

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are set to raise lakes Washington and Union to the target summer elevation a couple of weeks earlier than normal due to extremely low inflows to Lake Washington.

The lake is currently at elevation 21.9 feet, which is typical for early May and consistent with normal annual operation.

However, due to the extreme low water supply situation (no mountain snow pack, dry recent conditions), the Corps intends to complete refill to an elevation of 22 feet in the next week or two instead of the normally scheduled June 1 target date. The official lake level is measured at the Ballard Locks.

“If we wait until late May, there probably won’t be sufficient lake inflow to get us to elevation 22 feet,” says Ken Brettmann, senior water manager with the Seattle District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“In a very poor water supply year like this one, getting the lake to 22 feet is extremely important, as every inch of water in the 2-foot operating band will be needed to operate the locks for fish passage, lockages, and managing water quality concerns this year given current and expected future low lake inflows,” Brettmann continues.

Lake Washington levels may vary due to the natural gradient between the lake and the locks or wind that can push the lake levels up for short durations. Depending on conditions, the lake may remain at full pool through June and July.

Vessel owners should closely monitor lake elevations and adjust mooring lines as necessary.

Click here to find out more information on Lake Washington’s status.

Driver rolls car on Ballard Bridge


According to KIRO News report, a 47-year-old woman was pulled from her car after rolling it on the Ballard Bridge at about 1:30 a.m. this morning.

The driver was heading north when she lost control of her VW Jetta which ended up flipping and came to a stop on its roof.

A Seattle Fire Department technical rescue team pulled the woman out of the car window and transported her to Harborview Hospital.

The current condition of the driver is not known. According to a Seattle Times report, the woman lost consciousness on the way to hospital.

The crash closed the bridge for about one hour. SPD officers are currently investigating the incident.

Click here to see the KIRO’s full video news report.

Photo courtesy of KIRO News.


City seeks local opinion on Ballard Transportation and Urban Design Improvements

The City of Seattle is once again seeking local input for the future of transportation and urban design in our neighborhood.

Locals are invited to give feedback at an Open House event this Thursday, May 7, at Leif Erikson Lodge in the Large Hall from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.(2245 NW 57th St).

Thursday’s event is the next planned open house to be held since the public meeting held in November and the first open house that was held last May which drew a large turnout of locals.

The City is hosting this week’s open house to once again gain local feedback on the important issues of development, transport and urban growth/design in our neighborhood.

According to the Goldberg, at last year’s meeting the community expressed their love for Ballard’s historic qualities and its tradition of industry. However, locals also expressed their concerns about the high number of recent high-density projects being built in the area, the concern of affordability of housing and also the lack of transportation improvements.

After last year’s meeting, The City collaborated with Ballard Partnership to define responses to the community input on the character of growth in Ballard’s core business areas. According to Goldberg, at the November public meeting ” we received strong support for preliminary recommendations to shape new development, streetscapes and open space in downtown Ballard.”

The City has been coordinating with Sound Transit, SDOT, the DPD and Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth to come up with recommendations for shaping the growth in the Ballard Business District and to explore the many transportation issues.

The collaboration between these agencies in combination with local feedback will develop into an Urban Design Framework (UDF) and a multimodal transportation plan called Move Ballard that, according to the DPD’s Senior Planner David Goldberg, “will articulate a shared vision to guide future development and transportation investment while ensuring Ballard’s people and places thrive.”

Through Move Ballard, the city aims to engage community members to recommend innovative solutions for enhancing the transportation environment for all, regardless of how they travel to and through the area.

Attendees at Thursday’s event will be asked to:

  • Make comments on the draft recommendations to better guide development
  • Identify and prioritize near-term improvements for all forms of transportation in the Ballard Hub Urban Village
  • Evaluate and prioritize potential future high capacity transit (e.g. light rail, streetcar) station locations while preserving and supporting industrial and commercial employment in Ballard.

If you are unable to make the event you can submit your feedback online by completely a quick survey.

Readers can review the background information about all public meetings and plans online.

Locals encouraged to “Give Big” to local non-profits today

Do you want to give to local organizations who play a fundamental role in the Ballard community?

Well, today is the perfect day to get involved in The Seattle Foundation’s fifth annual GiveBIG event.

The event is a one-day, online charitable giving campaign that benefits non-profits in both our neighborhood and all over the city.

All day today you can donate online via credit card to any of the 1400+ non-profits that are profiled on The Seattle Foundation’s website, some of which operate in Ballard. The non-profits will receive a prorated portion of the matching funds “stretch” pool. The total amount of the stretch pool depends on the size of the stretch pool and the total that is raised today during the GiveBIG campaign.

Check out the list of participating non-profits that support the Ballard area:

Reach deep into your pockets and GiveBIG today!  Do your part to help out the local non-profits that give so much to the Ballard community.

Salmon Bay Eagles to host Burlesque Bingo Cabaret night


The Salmon Bay Eagles Club (5216 20th Ave NW) is set to host another colorful charity event in the form of a Burlesque Bingo Cabaret this Saturday, May 9, from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. in the Aerie Social Room.

Attendees will enjoy wine, cheese, chocolates, fabulous prizes, cabaret and pulse-pounding Bingo action with all funds going directly to non-profit Friends of the Children – Seattle.

Organizers are excited about the event and are encouraging locals to come and support a great cause while having the time of their lives. “How do you make Bingo hot? Add a dash of saucy, scandalous burlesque,” says Katie Stephens from the Salmon Bay Eagles.

$13 general admission includes a Bingo dauber, full access to all performances by the gals from Top Down Presents, and non-reserved seating at a silver table.

$22 VIP admission gives you all of the above, plus nibble on hand-crafted chocolates and enjoy premier seating at a rainbow table.

Refreshments will be available for purchase. This is a 21+ event.

Click here to find out more.