Ballard Development Update: one subdivision

One subdivision application is today’s only update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

1526 NW 59th 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 #6473480. 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.

Ballard Library to offer free help for job seekers

The team at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) will offer drop-in, individualized help for job seekers from 10 a.m. to noon the next two Fridays, April 8 and April 22.

The Library has partnered with WorkSource Seattle-King County and the Ballard Food Bank to connect job seekers with job resources based on each person’s needs. One-on-one sessions are available.

For more information, call the Library at 206-684-4089 or click here.

Spring Mini Grant Funding now open for Safe Routes to School Projects

SDOT is now accepting applications for Mini Grants of up to $1,000 to fund projects that educate students about pedestrian and bicycle safety and encourage walking and biking to school.

Public and private schools, PTAs, and other non-profit organizations are welcome to apply.

Mini Grants can fund a wide range of projects and programs at schools that improve conditions for walkers and bikers, educate kids on safety walking and biking behaviors, or encourage more kids to ride their bikes or walk to school.

Examples of projects funded in the past include student safety patrol equipment, crossing flags, after school bike clubs, traffic circulation plans, walking school buses, bike trains, bike rodeos, and bike and walk to school campaigns.

Click here to download the application or apply online. In addition to the application, a letter of support from the school principal must be mailed or emailed by the application due date. For questions contact Ashley Rhead via email at

Completed applications are due April 30th, 2016 by 5pm. Applicants will be notified of awards the first week of June 2016 and funds will be distributed in July 2016.

Ballard Library to temporarily close for refurbishment

Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) is tentatively set to close from Monday, May 9, for up to two months for refurbishing and interior improvements.

Parking garage hours will be revised to match the hours of the Ballard Neighborhood Service Center (NSC) and a temporary book drop will be installed between the main entrances of the branch and the NSC.

The Library is planning to hold several programs such as story times and book groups at alternate locations and to park its new bookmobile near the branch to provide limited access to books and other items on selected days while the branch is closed.

Ballard’s 15,000-square-foot branch opened in May 2005, thanks to the 1998 voter-approved “Libraries for All” bond measure that renewed and revitalized libraries across the city. According to Seattle Public Library statistics, it is one of the most heavily used branches in the Library system.

SPL confirms that after 11 years of heavy use, the branch needs to be re carpeted. While the branch is closed for that work, the Library also will consolidate staff service desks, add comfortable seating, group most public computers in a single area and add a self-checkout kiosk. The changes are based on branch usage and trends in library services.

The changes to the layout are part of City Librarian Marcellus Turner’s vision for The Seattle Public Library. One of his five service priorities is “re-imagined spaces” – adapt Library spaces for new uses in keeping with changing services, programs, interests and needs of Library users and the ways they use Library spaces.

The Library will confirm the closing date once construction bids have been reviewed. Most of the branch will be fenced off during construction.

While the branch is closed, locals may choose any other Library location as a pickup location for items placed on hold and may return materials to any branch.

If patrons don’t select an alternate branch, their holds will be sent to the Greenwood Branch (8016 Greenwood Ave N). The branch can be contacted at  (206) 684-4086.

SPL reports that construction work is expected to be completed within about two months.

For more information, call the Library at (206) 386-4636 or click here.