Development Update May 5: Subdivisions and a 30-unit building

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

Applications:

6406 28th Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6446157. 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.

1443 NW 63rd St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow a 4-story, apartment building with 30 small efficiency dwelling units. No parking is proposed. Existing structures to be demolished.

Decision:

2034 NW 61st St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6495195. 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.

Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 5/19/2016.

Army Corps to raise Lake Washington to Summer elevation this month

For the second consecutive year, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials will raise lakes Washington and Union earlier than typical to the target summer 22-foot elevation due to lower than normal inflows.

After a good start, the lake is currently at elevation 21.8 feet, typical for early May and consistent with normal annual operations. However, because of recent dry conditions and forecasts, and significantly earlier than normal snowmelt, Corps water managers intend to complete refill by mid-May instead of the usual June 1 target date.

“If we wait until late May, there may not 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.

Getting the lake to 22 feet is extremely important since every inch of water in the 2-foot operating band is needed for fish passage, lockages, and managing water quality throughout the season.

Refilling early last year helped immensely during the record-breaking drought but Corps officials still needed to alter lock operations.

Even with the operational changes of the early refill, limiting water usage for smolt flumes, maximizing lockage efficiency and delaying lockages, the lake briefly fell below the 20 foot minimum elevation water managers try to maintain.

“Last year’s challenging drought conditions reinforced how important it is to fill the lake to the 22 foot elevation each year,” said Brettmann.

Depending on conditions, the lake may remain at full pool through June.

The official lake level is measured at the Locks. 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 periods of time.

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

More information on Lake Washington’s status is available on the Corps’ Seattle District Reservoir Control Center website.

Brimmer & Heeltap to launch weekend brunch service

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Brimmer & Heeltap (425 NW Market St) co-founders Jen Doak and Chef Mike Whisenhunt are excited to announce that they are launching a brunch service this Friday, May 6.

Brunch will be served every Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations can be placed this week in the lead up to the launch.

The brunch menu will feature rotating seasonal fare and cocktails, including as Dungeness crab salad with smoked fingerlings and a “Giant Lemon Pancake” (featured in the above photo) topped with berry syrup.

“With summer right around the corner, guests can have brunch in the outdoor dining area while enjoying the flowers in full bloom– especially the wisteria,” says Doak.

To book in for the new brunch service call 206-420-2534 or reserve a table online.

Photo courtesy of Brimmer & Heeltap.

SDOT seeks feedback on potential RPZ in Ballard

After receiving a request from the Central Ballard Residents Association (CBRA) to create a new Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ) on residential streets around the Ballard business district, SDOT is seeking feedback from the local community.

“We’d like to hear from residents, employees, and visitors in Ballard about how adding RPZ restrictions might affect them,” says Norm Mah from SDOT.

Not sure what an RPZ is? An RPZ is put in place to ease parking congestion in residential neighborhoods, while balancing the needs of all people to use the public right of way.

In central Ballard, the RPZ is being proposed in the area featured on the below map:

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The RPZ is being proposed with the following restrictions:

  • The gray area on the map highlights where residents would be eligible for permits.
  • SDOT would install RPZ signs on the solid blue lined blocks, limiting vehicles without RPZ permits to 2-hour parking Monday – Friday, 7 AM – 8 PM. We are proposing RPZ signs on one side of the street only, to balance a variety of on-street parking demands.
  • All blocks with RPZ signs would be subject to signed parking restrictions and residents within the gray area would be able to purchase permits (currently $65 for two years)
  • SDOT does not install RPZ signs next to ground floor retail or other non-residential uses. Many of the blocks in this area already have paid or time-limited parking; this RPZ proposal will not change those signs or regulations.

This proposal was been created after SDOT received an RPZ review request from the Central Ballard Residents Association in Fall 2014.

In September 2015, SDOT studied parking in the area shown and found street parking to be on average 93% full during the day, with over 35% of vehicles not belonging to residents.

The goal of the proposed RPZ would be to limit all-day parking by non-residents, decrease parking congestion and circling within the neighborhood, and make it easier for residents to find parking near their homes.

Locals are asked to give their feedback via a brief online survey before May 31.

Send any additional comments or questions to Ruth Harper at (206) 684-4103 or email ruth.harper@seattle.gov.

BHS “Spilled Ink” exhibition set for Saturday

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Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) will host a community celebration of “Spilled Ink: Ballard High School Music and Art Night” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Saturday, May 7.

The Ballard Branch’s teen advisers have joined forces with the Ballard High School Ink Club to present the annual release of INK Magazine, Ballard High School’s online art and literary journal.

Saturday’s event will showcase student works including art and photography, along with a screening of student-produced videos at 6:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. This is an after-hours event and the Library’s parking garage will be closed; free parking is available on nearby streets.

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 sixth 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:

  • ARC Dance
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of King County
  • Ballard Civic Orchestra
  • Ballard Food Bank
  • Ballard High School Foundation
  • Ballard High School Performing Arts Booster Club
  • Ballard Jazz Festival
  • Compass Housing Alliance
  • Groundswell NW
  • Justin Amorratanasuchad Scholarship Fund
  • Low Income Housing Institute
  • Nordic Heritage Museum
  • Seattle Neighborhood Greenways
  • Steamer Virginia V Foundation
  • Swedish Cultural Center
  • Swedish Medical Center Foundation

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.

The week in sports at BHS

It is another big week for the Ballard Beavers!

Monday, May 2

  • Baseball C Team: 3:30 p.m., Ballard vs. O’Dea High School at Loyal Heights
  • Boys Soccer JV: 4 p.m., Ballard vs. Lakeside High School at Lakeside High School
  • Boys Soccer Varsity: 3:30 p.m. Ballard vs. Lakeside High School at Interbay Stadium
  • Softball Varsity: 4p.m., Ballard vs. Seattle Prep at Lower Woodland Park

Tuesday, May 3

  • Softball JV: 3:30 p.m. Ballard vs. Mariner High School at Gilman Field
  • Softball Varsity: 4 p.m. Ballard vs. Bainbridge Island High School at Lower Woodland Park
  • Boys Lacrosse Varsity: 5 p.m. Ballard vs. Jackson High School at Jackson High School
  • Boys Lacrosse JV: 7 p.m. Ballard vs. Jackson High School at Jackson High School

Wednesday, May 4

  • Boys Soccer JV: 3:30 p.m., Ballard vs. Chief Sealth High School at Ballard High School
  • Boys Soccer C Team: 4 p.m., Ballard vs. Chief Sealth High School at Southwest Athletic Complex
  • Boys Soccer Varsity: 4 p.m., Ballard vs. Chief Sealth High School at Southwest Athletic Complex
  • Softball JV: 4 p.m. Ballard vs. Chief Sealth High School at Southwest Athletic Complex
  • Softball Varsity: 4 p.m. Ballard vs. West Seattle High School at Lower Woodland Park
  • Girls Lacrosse Varsity: 5:30 p.m. Ballard vs. Snohomish High School at Ballard High School

Thursday, May 5

  • Boys Track Varsity: 2:45 p.m. Meet at North East Athletic Complex
  • Boys Lacrosse Varsity: 5:30 p.m. Ballard vs. Bishop Blanchet High School

Friday, May 6

  • Baseball Varsity: 4 p.m., Ballard vs. TBD at Steve Cox
  • Girls Lacrosse Varsity: 5:30 p.m. Ballard vs. Bellarmine High School at Henry Foss

Saturday, May 7

  • Boys Soccer C Team: 10 a.m., Ballard vs. Ingraham High School
  • Softball Varsity: 4 p.m., location TBD

SDOT to discuss potential of greenway connecting Ballard with Burke-Gilman Trail

SDOT is currently studying a potential greenway route to connect Historic Ballard to the Burke-Gilman Trail.

To discuss the idea further and hear local feedback, SDOT is hosting a public project meeting tonight (Monday, May 2) from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Pacific Crest Montessori School (600 NW Bright St).

After the completion of neighborhood greenways on 17th Ave NW and NW 58th St over the past two years, SDOT is now studying the potential of an east-west route to connect historic Ballard to the Burke-Gilman Trail (see map for possible route details).

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“We want to hear from the people who live, work, shop and play along these streets,” say SDOT organizers.

This first public meeting will share traffic data and help SDOT understand where people want to walk and bike and barriers to doing so. At the second meeting SDOT will share the results of technical analysis and public comment and the most promising route with recommended safety improvements.

“Our work builds off recommendations collected while doing previous greenway outreach and a 2015 workshop with freight, walking and biking neighborhood representatives,” say the organizers.

Tonight’s public meeting will also provide locals with the opportunity to discuss RapidRide and Ballard Bridge connection improvements.

In terms of other local neighborhood greenways, the construction of the Ballard Neighborhood Greenway along 17th Ave NW has a few finishing touches yet to be completed. Locals may still see SDOT crews in the area completing the following work:

  • Modification of a curb ramp at N 90th St to eliminate ponding
  • Repositioning of the US Post Office mail drop box on the safety island at NW 57th St and 17th Ave

Those unable to attend tonight’s meeting can email their feedback to Neighborhood Greenway Project Manager, Summer Jawson, at Summer.Jawson@Seattle.gov.

Development Update May 2: More subdivisions

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

Application:

1756 NW 62nd St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6477273. 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.

Decisions:

1721 NW 60th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6482587. 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.

1543 NW 61st St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6493664. 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.

Appeals of the above decisions must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 5/16/2016.