Aysu Skincare now open on Ballard Ave

skin care

Aysu Skincare is now open at 5227 Ballard Ave NW#3 (right above Rudy’s Barbershop).

The new spot is owned by Licensed Esthetician Josie Baltan who graduated from the Euro Institute of Skincare in 2015.

“My objective with every treatment is to create a relaxing environment that is focused on meeting the needs of my clientele, so they may leave with a better sense of confidence and rejuvenation,” says Baltan.

Aysu Skincare is offering a number of treatements including facials, back facials, sugaring, brow waxing and tinting.

Baltan is proud to offer Sugar of the Nile, Dr. Spiller, DermaSource Clinicals, and Vera Botania product lines. DermaSource and Vera Botania (organic all natural line) are developed here in Western Washington.

“I love my job, and feel blessed that I am able to do something that I enjoy, while helping people feel good about themselves,” says Baltan.

Call (510) 717-1759 to find out more or make an appointment.

Proposed bill released to encourage construction of Backyard Cottages

Last week, Councilmember Mike O’Brien released a proposal that would make it easier for more homeowners to build backyard cottages and mother-in-law units in Seattle.

According to O’Brien, as of December 2015, 221 backyard cottages had been constructed or permitted in Seattle since Council authorized their use in 2009, despite approximately 75,000 single-family lots that are eligible to build one.

Backyard cottages, also called detached accessory dwelling units (DADUs), are separate living spaces on the same property as an existing single-family house. Mother-in-law units, also referred to as accessory dwelling units (ADUs), are separate living units generally located within a single-family house. Both are currently allowed in single-family zones.

Councilmember O’Brien heard feedback that current regulations put significant burdens on homeowners deciding to build backyard cottages or mother-in-law units.

The proposed bill makes a series of changes to the existing backyard cottage and mother-in-law unit building code, including:

  • Allowing both a backyard cottage and mother-in-law unit on the same lot, which provides additional housing options while maintaining the character and appearance of the property.
  • Increasing the height limit for backyard cottages by 1-2 feet, depending on lot width, which would allow enough livable space to make two-bedroom units more feasible. Setback requirements from property edges would not change.
  • Removing the requirement for owners to include an off-street parking space for backyard cottages or mother-in-law unit. Currently, this requirement often requires removal of green space on the property. Feedback found the parking requirement was prohibitive in creating new backyard cottages, as additional parking spaces were either unnecessary or unable to fit on the lot. For single-family lots outside urban villages or urban centers, the one required off-street parking space for a single-family house requirement will still apply.
  • If a backyard cottage is only one-story, its floor area may cover up to 60% of the rear yard (currently 40%), creating a large enough livable space for those unable to use stairs. Existing setback requirements from the lot edge would not change.
  • Requiring that the property owner live on-site for at least one year after a backyard cottage or mother-in-law unit is created, rather than the current requirement that the owner live on-site at least 6 months out of every year in perpetuity. The requirement prevents speculative developers from acquiring property and building backyard cottages that don’t fit the character of the neighborhood, while allowing the owner future flexibility for those who don’t want, or are unable to continue living on-site.
  • Allowing backyard cottages on lots 3,200 square feet or greater in area (currently 4,000 square feet), which would make approximately 7,300 additional parcels eligible to provide this additional housing option.
  • Increasing the maximum gross floor area of a backyard cottage to 1,000 square feet (currently 800 square feet), which would provide more livable area and increase the likelihood of two-bedroom backyard cottages to better serve families with children.
  • If a backyard cottage is built above a garage, the garage square footage will no longer count toward the maximum floor area, which often results in an unreasonably small living space.
  • Additional changes can be found here.

“By expanding the availability of backyard cottages and mother-in-law units, someone might be able move to a neighborhood they otherwise couldn’t afford while helping a homeowner who needs an extra source of income to afford to stay where they are.  It’s a win-win,” says Councilmember O’Brien.

The legislation was developed utilizing feedback from neighborhood community meetings, from architects, and from current backyard cottage owners. A summary of the public feedback is available online. The Office of Planning & Community Development, also conducted an analysis of current backyard cottages in Seattle and a review of peer cities’ backyard cottage model.

“After reading the new proposed changes for backyard cottages, there are definitely some new rules which would have greatly benefited this particular project,” says Janice Reebs, a backyard cottage owner in the Sunset Hill neighborhood.

The SEPA environmental determination on the draft proposal was published May 19, 2016. Comments may be submitted through June 2, 2016.

The proposal is scheduled for consideration in the Council’s Planning, Land Use & Zoning Committee in July.

Camry stolen from 14th and 57th

A My Ballard reader emailed in to report a car theft of a silver Toyota Camry from the corner of 14th Ave NW and NW 57th St.

The car was stolen on the morning of May 2 and the owners are asking locals to keep a lookout for it in the neighborhood.

“We’ve called the Police and Filed Report already, but wanted to put the word out in case one of our neighbors may have seen my girlfriend’s car in one of those spots that the police rarely check,” says Justin.

The Camry was a four door model with paint fading on the hood and trunk and blue Tweed fabric seats. The car has Oregon Plates, a pealing Southern University parking sticker on the back window and is missing one hub cap

If you have seen the car email us at tips@myballard.com

Nearby News: Wallingford bank robber arrested after leaving pants behind

SPD officers were able to track down a bank robber in Wallingford last week after he left a key piece of evidence behind.

Read the full post from the SPD Blotter below:

On May 14th, the suspect walked into a bank in the 4500 block of Stone Way and passed note, demanding cash from a teller. Police arrived shortly after the robbery and searched the neighborhood but weren’t immediately able to find the man.

About an hour after the robbery, a Wallingford resident contacted police and reported that a suspicious man had been pacing back and forth behind an apartment building in the area for the last hour.

The man was gone when police arrived at the building, but officers found a pair of pants at the scene, matching those worn by the bank robber. Inside the pants, police found a wallet and an ID card for a man, who bore an uncanny resemblance to the bank robber captured on surveillance cameras hours earlier.

After searching for the man for several days, robbery detectives found him in White Center and booked him into the King County Jail for investigation of robbery.

Seattle Parks to open some spray parks, beaches this Saturday

We are fast approaching summer and Seattle Parks has a variety of options to keep us cool including beaches, wading pools, water spray features, and outdoor pools.

Some of these locations will be opening this Saturday, May 28, and will stay open through September.

Here are a few cool off options close to Ballard:

  • Spray Parks
    • Ballard Commons (5701 22nd Ave NW) open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. from May 28 through September 5
  • Life guarded Beaches
    • East Green Lake (7201 E Green Lake Dr N) open noon to 7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sunday. (Note: hours from May 28 through June 24 are 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays)
  • Wading Pools
    • Green Lake (N 73rd St and E Green Lake Dr N) open 11 a.m. – 8 p.m daily from June 25 through September 5
    • Soundview (1590 NW 90th St) open noon – 7 p.m. Saturdays through Mondays from June 27 through September 21
    • Wallingford (4219 Wallingford Ave N) open noon – 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays from June 29 through September 19

Wading pools are open on days with sunny skies and warm temperatures. Call the hotline at (206) 684-7796 by 9 a.m. each day to find out whether pools will be filled. All spray features are open from May 28 to Sept. 5.

Click here to check out the Seattle Parks Summer Family Fun Guide which includes locations and opening times of Seattle Parks’ cool down options all over Seattle.

Ballard Chamber to build tourism website with grant funds

Ballard Chamber is the recipient of one this year’s Port of Seattle grants awarded to support tourism across Washington.

The grants will fund nearly $100,000 in projects, from websites and advertising to booths at tourism fairs. The grants must be matched by the organization and used for publicizing and attracting visitors to their destinations.

With its grant, the Ballard Chamber of Commerce is planning to develop a new brand and website, www.visitballard.com, to provide a one-stop tourism resource about “all things Ballard.”

Chamber Executive Director Mike Stewart said the site will feature information about restaurants, shopping, services, and unique experiences, like a visit to the Ballard Locks, Fishermen’s Terminal, Shilshole Bay Marina, or Golden Gardens Park.

“By highlighting all of our unique attractions, including the new Nordic Heritage Museum opening in 2018, we hope to make Ballard a go-to destination, help secure new visitors, and give people who have already visited a reason to come back,” said Stewart.

The Port of Seattle has been encouraging tourists to extend their visits to the region by highlighting places across the state that offer interesting experiences. One goal is to entice some of the nearly one million annual Alaskan cruise passengers to “cruise and stay,” adding a few days on either end of their cruise to sight-see in Washington.

Swedish name chosen for 14th Ave park

As the My Ballard team reported back in February, Seattle Parks asked locals to help come up with a name for the new park to be built on 14th Ave NW that has been in the works since 2009.

In a press release Seattle Parks confirmed that the chosen name is Gemenskap Park (pronounced Yuh-MEN-skawp), which is the Swedish word for community.

The creation of the park is set to convert two full blocks on 14th Ave NW (between NW 59th and NW 61st streets) and will replace the gravel parking median and portions of the existing concrete roadway.

Because this was a community initiated project and because of the area’s Swedish history and influence, the Park Naming Committee believes this unique park will help build community by turning parking into park space.

While there are several Ballard parks that have Norwegian names, this is the first with a Swedish name, Seattle Parks writes in their press release.

Learn more about Gemenskap Park here.

North Seattle College hosts huge book sale

North Seattle Community College (9600 College Way N) is hosting a huge book sale from today (Monday, May 23) through Friday, May 27, from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. each day.

Hundreds of books of all genres and disciplines will be available for purchase for only $2 a pound.

All of the proceeds will go directly to supporting the North Seattle College library.

Attendees are asked to bring their own bags or boxes to transport their treasures home.

Ballard Natural Drainage construction set for next two weeks

As the My Ballard team reported in April, construction is now underway on the Ballard Natural Drainage System Project.

Project crews have now started constructing the modular soil cells for the natural drainage systems. The modular soil cells’ design helps manage storm water and includes sidewalk space for pedestrians.

In the next two weeks, crews will be installing these facilities in several locations along NW 75th St, NW 77th St, 19th Ave NW and 17th Ave NW. The crews will also be installing concrete sidewalks along portions of those blocks.

Anticipated impacts include the following

  • Temporary sidewalk closures
  • Temporary traffic lane closures
  • Constructions materials and equipment in street
  • Increased construction traffic, noise, dirt and vibrations
  • Parking restrictions during work hours

Click here to learn more about the project and to receive future updates about planned construction.

Development Update May 23: Townhouse decisions

Two development decisions make up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


8342 Mary Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow a 3-story, 3-unit townhouse. Surface parking for 2 vehicles to be provided. Existing structures to be demolished. Reviewed with 3022558 for shared access.

8340 Mary Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow a 3-story, 4-unit townhouse. Surface parking for 4 vehicles to be provided. Existing structures to be demolished. Reviewed with 3021129 for shared access.

Appeals of the above decisions must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 6/6/2016.