5th annual Pedaler’s Fair set for Sunday


The fifth annual Pedaler’s Fair is set for this Sunday, July 3, from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on NW 49th Street at 17th Ave NW. The popular street party will comprise of local bike goods, food, music, very local beer and more.

The free event is hosted in the middle of NW 49th Street between 15th and 17th Avenues and is jam packed with entertainment and fun for the whole family.

The Pedaler’s Fair brings together biking families, cargo bikers, mountain bikers, commuters, messengers, weekend warriors and basically anyone who loves biking.

Sunday’s exhibitors will include Donkelope Bikes, Swift Industries, Urban Bee Company, Cyclefab, Hinderyckx Bikes, Norther Cycles, Stoic Wheels, 333fab, Electric Lady, Ahearne Cycles, G&O Family Cyclery and Toast Tea Threads.

The mini food truck rodeo will be serving up the tasty treats from Anchor End Pretzel Shoppe, Cheese Wizards, Cycle Dogs, Napkin Friends, Off the Rez, Pop Up Bike Pops, Convoy Coffee and Street Donuts Co.
Attendees will also be entertained by the events schedule, as follows:

  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pedaler’s Fair vendors are open for business
  • 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Food trucks open
  • 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. Ballard Beer Festival at Peddler Brewing, Hilliard’s Beer and NW Peaks Brewery (all located on the block)
  • 2 p.m. Bike Trivia by Back Alley Bike Repair at Peddler Brewing
  • 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. KEXP DJ Sean Morrow playing the tunes at Hilliard’s Beer
  • 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Live music at Peddler Brewing

Click here to learn more about the event.

Development Update June 30: Subdivisions, a Design Review Meeting and a 6-story 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.


810 NW 63rd 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 #6515795. 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.

1514 NW 52nd St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow a 6-story building with 56 sleeping rooms for congregate residence and six small efficiency dwelling units (apartments). Existing structure to be demolished.


2208 NW 60th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 3,147.2 sq. ft. and B) 1,600.9 sq. ft. Existing structure to be demolished.

1760 NW 62nd 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 #6459579. 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 7/14/2016.

Notice of Design Review Meeting:

7730 15th Ave NW


A Design Review Meeting will be held to discuss a Land Use Application to allow a 4-story structure containing 54 apartments above 3,274 sq. ft. of ground level retail space.  Parking for 27 vehicles to be provided within the structure. Existing structures to be demolished.

The meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW).

City Council to host meeting on proposed amendments to Ballard Urban Village code

The Seattle City Council is considering proposed legislation to Seattle’s land use and zoning that would affect property in the Ballard Hub Urban Village.

The proposed changes include:

  • Amending the Official Land Use Map at pages 53, 54 and 55 to rezone land in the Ballard Hub Urban Village; and
  • Amending Sections 23.47A.005 and 23.47A.009 of the Seattle Municipal Code to designate 17th Avenue NW, 20th Avenue NW, Ballard Avenue NW and Leary Avenue NW as a principal pedestrian street, and adopt development standards for certain properties in the Ballard Hub Urban Village.

The City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee will host a public hearing to take comments on the proposed changes to land use and zoning regulations affecting property in the Ballard Hub Urban Village on Wednesday, August 3, at 6 p.m. at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Avenue NW)

Attendees are welcome to testify and sign-up sheets will be available before the meeting from 5:30 p.m.

Print and communications access is provided on prior request. Contact Amy Gore at (206) 684-8808 or via e-mail at: amy.gore@seattle.gov as soon as possible to request accommodations for a disability. Childcare will also be provided if requested by July 27. To request childcare during the public hearing, contact Amy Gore.

Written comments on the proposal will be accepted through 5 p.m. on August 3. Send comments to amy.gore@seattle.gov, or by mail to

Councilmember Rob Johnson
Seattle City Council
600 4th Avenue, 2nd Floor
PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA  98124-4025

To learn more about the Ballard Urban Design Project click here.

Brown Bear to Car Wash for a Cure this Thursday

Brown Bear Car Wash is hosting Car Wash for a Cure this Thursday, June 30, to raise funds for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in the fight against breast cancer.


The Brown Bear team will be donating $1 to the Climb to Fight fund for every car washed at any of its 22 tunnel locations which includes the location here in Ballard at 5111 15th Ave NW.

Click here to find out more about the fundraiser.

Road closure at 22nd and 56th

As many locals would already be aware, there is a road closure near the intersection of 22nd Ave NW and 56th St NW.

Crews are digging up the pavement and 56th St NW has been completely blocked off.


Drivers are advised to detour and use 57th St NW to access the area surrounding Ballard Library from 24th Ave NW.

The My Ballard team will update readers when the closure will end when more information is known.

Locals encouraged to comment on Burke Gilman Missing Link Project options

SDOT has published the SEPA Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Burke-Gilman Trail Missing Link Project which has started a 45-day comment period that ends on August 1.

Four alternatives (pictured below) are addressed in the study, in addition to some connecting segments that would make it possible to mix the alternatives.

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The Draft EIS does not identify a preferred alternative between the four routes analyzed; the preferred alternative will be identified in the Final EIS, planned for publication in early 2017.

SDOT is hosting two open houses on July 14, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and July 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Leif Erikson Hall (2245 NW 57th St) to hear public feedback about the options.

“We want to hear from people and this comment period is your opportunity to provide us with your thoughts on the environmental analysis and the merits of the alternative alignments,” writes SDOT in a press release.

Click here to check out the DEIS and the technical appendices. Hard copies of the DEIS and appendices are also available to review at no cost at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW).

To give your feedback on the options attend one of the Open House events, email BGT_MissingLink_Info@seattle.gov or mail a letter to :

Scott Kubly, Director
Seattle Department of Transportation
c/o Mark Mazzola, Environmental Manager
P.O. Box 34996
Seattle, WA, 98124-4996

Book Bindery chef to open restaurant in Ballard


The long awaited opening of Ballard’s latest restaurant, Copine, is nearly here!

According to Seattle Eater, Shaun McCrain and partner Jill Kinney (pictured), will open the 64-seat restaurant at 6460 24th Avenue NW on July 5.

McCrain, who was formerly a chef at Book Bindery, announced the plans for the restaurant back in 2014 and has been pretty tight lipped about it ever since.

Copine is set to serve up American cuisine with French flourishes, according to Seattle Eater.

The restaurant will feature a 10-seat chef’s table with a special menu and a 12-seat bar.

McCrain also told Seattle Met that he will also open the Copine Project, a retail takeaway arm of the business set to serve up soups and other lunch fare. The Copine Project is set to launch in August.

Copine will be open from Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Seattle Met. 

Development Update June 27: 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.


2422 NW 64th St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6480208. 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.

What’s on this weekend

Enjoy another weekend here in Ballard!

FRIDAY, June 24

  • Park in the Heart childrens Art Classes at Ballard Commons Park (5701 22nd Ave NW) from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The classes will allow children to experiment with color and each week will have a new theme. All are welcome and the event is free.
  • Kiran Singing at Kula Movement (5340 Ballard Ave NW) from 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Singing kirtan is a form of yoga that connects the breath with mantra, one of the smoothest ways to transition into peaceful meditation. $10-$15 donation suggested. Register online or call (206) 972-2999.
  • Live Music


  • 8th Annual Edible Garden Tour hosted by Sustainable Ballard starting at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Self guided tour through 13 edible gardens in southwest Ballard. Cost is $10 (kids are free).
  • Pre-Natal Yoga Class at Ballard Health and Wellness Center (1138 NW Market St) at 10 a.m. Class led by Nico Lund. Cost is $14, bring a yoga mat.
  • Jim Page and Friends Music Jam and Sing Along  Arts in the Park event at Ballard Commons (5701 22nd Ave NW) from noon – 2 p.m. Bring your voice, talent and instruments. Free event. All skill levels and all are welcome.
  • Heron Habitat Helpers Chick Viewing Party at Commodore Park (330 W Commodore Way) from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Join the team for the last public viewing event of the season! Telescopes will be set up and locals will be able to ask questions about Seattle’s Official City Bird.
  • Live Music
    • John Whalen, Anna Elizabeth Laube and Vito and the One Eyed Jacks at Populuxe Brewing (826 NW 49th St) from 2 p.m. Food provided by Papa Bois Food Truck.
    • Morrissey/Smiths Tribute and Love Vigilanties: New Order at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $15.
    • The Great Um Temple CanyonBrass Bed and Robb Benson at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 8:30 p.m. Tickets $10.
    • Dorothy Rodes at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St) at 7 p.m. $10 cover.

SUNDAY, June 26

See heron chicks before they “Fly the Coop”


Locals have their last chance to see the chicks in the Magnolia heron colony before they “fly the coop”.

Heron Habitat Helpers report that the chicks are almost the same size as their parents and will be leaving the colony between now and July.

At the moment, the nests are crowded and noisy, as the “teens” strut their stuff and test their feathers, getting ready to fledge. Some chicks can also be seen at the shoreline learning to fish.

Locals are welcome to join Heron Habitat Helpers this Saturday, June 25, from 1 p.m. – 3 pm at Commodore Park () for the last public viewing event of the season!

“We’ll have our telescopes set up and will be ready to answer your questions,” says Marla Master from Heron Habitat Helpers.

The event is free and open to all. Invite your family and friends to learn about Seattle’s Official City Bird!

Photo courtesy of Aurora Santiago.