Ballard Development update: subdivision central around 17th and 63rd

Four applications have been granted to subdivide development sites along 17th and 20th, spanning from NW 61st to 63rd. All sites are well within a half mile of each other. Two new applications have been proposed for subdivisions on NW 59th and 60th.

This week’s development update is provided by the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Applications:

1756 NW 60TH ST

A Land Use Application has been proposed to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6469643. 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.

1526 NW 59TH ST

A Land Use Application has been proposed to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 1,681 sq. ft. and B) 2,091 sq. ft. Existing structures to be demolished.

Decisions:

A Land Use Application has been grated to subdivide a development site at 2222 NW 63RD ST into three unit lots. The construction of residential units has been approved under Project #6459750. 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.

A Land Use Application has been granted to subdivide one parcel at 1737 NW 63RD ST into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 2,799 sq. ft. and B) 2,799 sq. ft. Existing structures are to be demolished.

A Land Use Application has been granted to subdivide one development site at 6316 17TH AVE NW into two unit lots. The construction of residential units has been approved under Project #6437762. 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.

A Land Use Application has been granted to subdivide one development site at 1750 NW 61ST ST into three unit lots. The construction of residential units has been approved under Project #6422958. 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.

Additionally, two Land Use Applications for northern sites on N 105th have been granted. A 3-story, 5-unit rowhouse structure and one, 3-story, 4-unit rowhouse structure (9 units total) is set for 526 N 105TH ST. Parking for 14 vehicles to be provided in attached garages and surface. The development site at 502 N 105TH ST will be subdivided into nine unit lots.

 

What’s on this weekend

The 2nd Saturday of the month brings back the Ballard ArtWalk and a Golden Gardens restoration volunteer crew. Whittier Heights puts on a family-fun festival with music and raffle tickets. Our neighbors at Phinney and Greenwood close off a section of road for a Saturday street fair celebration.

As always in summer, there are free concerts at the Locks and the good ‘ol Ballard Farmer’s Market this Sunday. Plus, watch out for Mariners traffic downtown for games all three days this weekend!

We are told to expect a high of 79 degrees with a twenty percent chance of rain both Saturday and Sunday. Overall, we’ll see the weather fluctuate from sunny to partly cloudy.

FRIDAY, August 7

SATURDAY, August 8

  • Ballard Art Walk is on at many businesses and art galleries all over Ballard from 6 p.m.–9 p.m. Click here to check out more details
  • Ballard History Walk with Susan Reinhard; walk along historic Ballard Avenue and shares Ballard’s history. Meet from 10 a.m.– 11:45 a.m. at Bergen Place Park (Market St. between Leary Ave & 22nd Ave NW). Click here for more information.
  • Golden Gardens Restoration from 9 a.m.–noon. Volunteer and give back to the community by enhancing the forest and making a better wildlife habitat! Tools, gloves, and training are provided. Meet at restroom near parking lot for dog park. Contact Doug at (206) 794-4520 or doug@greshamenvironmental.com with questions.
  • PhinneyWood Summer Streets event will close down a good portion of Greenwood Avenue to cars from noon–5 p.m. Neighbors converge for dozens of family-friendly activities, performances and sidewalk sales. Greenwood Avenue from North 70th to 87th streets will be shut down to cars and open to pedestrians, skates and bikes. Click here for more information.
  • Whittier Heights Family Festival  kicks off for the first time from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. in Kirke Park (7028 9th Ave NW). Live music by local band “The The Not-Its!” plus kid’s activities, food and drink. A raffle will take place with giveaways from local businesses including Honore Bakery! Visit the Facebook event page here.
  • Live Music
  • Free yoga in the park: Every Saturday starting July 25th there is a free yoga class in Ballard Commons Park with Instructors from the Ballard Health Club. 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Saturdays through September. Bring a yoga mat! All levels of experience welcome.

SUNDAY, August 9

  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Click here to see this week’s specials.
  • Porkfest: the Sunset Hill community hosts a jazz-filled pork BBQ beginning at 1 p.m. at 3231 NW 67th St. Read more here.
  • Live Music
    • Summer Concerts at the Ballard Locks Botanical Gardens: 2 p.m. Featuring Ballard Sedentary Sousa Band- Marching band
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.

Next week: City-held meeting on homeless encampments

An official city meeting will take place Wednesday, August 12th, in Ballard to discuss the tent encampments coming to Seattle. The meeting is at Leif Erickson Hall (2245 NW 57th St) from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

City staff will address a number of key points having to do with the process of encampment site selections, including:
· The ordinance passed by City Council in March that allows sanctioned tent encampments on City-owned or private land in non-residential zones
· The selection process to identify possible City-owned sites
· The operations of and conditions for sanctioned encampments
· The additional work that the City of Seattle is doing to address the crisis of homelessness

Representing the city, Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim is attending. Staff from the Human Services Department, the Department of Planning and Development, and the Department of Neighborhoods will also be available to discuss their work.

Seasonal specials at KuKuRuZa include new flavors and gift with purchase

ImageDisplayThrough September 15th, KuKuRuZa Gourmet Popcorn will be giving customers a free Flight Bag of popcorn when they spend $15 in the store. Two late summer/early fall seasonal specials have also arrived to KuKuRuZa.

KuKuRuZa has been handcrafting gourmet popcorn varieties in Seattle since 2008, providing quality, unique popcorn combinations. For this month and the next, they feature a sweet Amaretto Almond and a savory Garlic Parmesan.

Visit www.KuKuRuZa.com for more information or to place an order.

Throwback Thursday: The Macefield legacy

Photo Joshua Trujilo

As construction engulfed Edith Macefield’s neighborhood, Ms. Macefield became an international symbol of resistance against development. Ms. Macefield did not want to have to change her location in the last few years of her life and this opposition represented an unexpected legacy.

Ms. Macefield had witnessed courses of Seattle development throughout her long life. She seemed to be aware of where it was headed, according to Barry Martin, superintendent of the construction project neighboring Macefield’s home and friend to Macefield herself.

“Change is change. You know that building you are going to build? Twenty years from now, they’ll tear that down too,” Macefield told Martin, according to Martin’s novel “Under One Roof.”

Macefield ended up leaving her home to Martin, the first hands of many since 2008 to take possession of the tiny home.

Currently, the plan to “save” what’s left of Edith’s house is to move the structure to Orcas Island to become an affordable housing option. Read full report on that here.

To many, Macefield’s story represents an end of a generational era in Ballard. To others– like the estimated 40 people who’ve been tattooed with an image of the Macefield house and the word “steadfast” underneath– Macefield is an icon of refusing to sellout old Seattle authenticity on which this historic port neighborhood was founded.

Photo Joshua Trujilo

Photo Dailymail.co.uk
(1947) Photo courtesy of Dailymail.co.uk

Above, Edith is pictured in her youth with the instrument that her cousin, the clarinetist Benny Goodman gave her. Below, Edith walks outside of her home in the midst of the beginning of construction in the area. Barry Martin is pictured on the right.

Photo Dailymail.co.uk

Ballard bars not streaming the GOP debate tonight

Photo Andrew Cline

Ten Republican candidates– including Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker– vie tonight at 6 p.m. in the first Republican presidential debate of the 2016 campaign. In addition to providing entertainment, the 2-hour event at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena is likely to redefine the Republican field, the largest we’ve seen in modern times.

While some may be tuning in in the privacy of their homes, others have inquired about where to watch the debate in a local, social setting. Unfortunately, options in Ballard are not looking promising; no bars with TVs have said they plan to stream the Fox News event.

However, our Fremont neighbors at Outlander Brewery and Pub (225 N 36th St.) plan to stream the event from their TV behind the bar.

The Stranger also informs us that Seattle bars a bit further away from us are choosing to dial into the Fox News debate:

Downtown, the Gordon Biersch  (600 Pine St.) puts on the “sure-to-be entertaining debate” from 5–9 p.m. Pioneer Square’s Sake Nomi (76 S Washington St.) says they are willing to mix premium sake and politics for this groundbreaking event.

Capitol Hill’s Moe Bar (925 E Pike St.) says they will be hosting drinking bingo at their viewing party tonight. Also showing the debate on Capitol Hill: Summit Public House (601 Summit Ave E #102) and Saint John’s Bar & Eatery.

South Lake Union’s Art Marble 21 (731 Westlake Ave N) will also be tuned into Fox News in their lake-view area.

We encourage readers to use the comment section to inform neighbors about a streaming we may have missed. We will also provide an update if we hear of any changes.

Photo Andrew Cline

Friday deadline for NW Fine Arts Competition at PNA

The Friday application deadline for the Northwest Fine Arts Competition at the Phinney Neighborhood Association (PNA) approaches quickly.

Jurors this year include Shayla Alarie, the Director of the Antique and Modern Department at Davidson Galleries and Mylinda Sneed, Public Art Program Coordinator for Sound Transit.

The artist selected as juror’s pick will receive a $200 award and a solo show in the gallery in 2016. All other selected works will be included in the gallery show in October 2015.

Arts Coordinator Pamela Jaynes adds that many of the artists show in the Phinney Center Gallery are Ballard residents.

Apply online at phinneycenter.org/forms/art-gallery before August 7th.