Locals host rally to protest Loyal Heights Elementary expansion

Loyal Heights Elementary parents and students, along with members of the community, will host a rally to protest the expansion of the school.

The rally will be held this Friday, June 10, at the school (2511 NW 80th St) from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Many locals have expressed their anger about the planned expansion (see planned area of enrollment expansion on the map below) for the past few months and have now banded together to make a stand.

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Rally organizers released the following statement yesterday:

Almost 100% of the community opposes the extent of the planned expansion of this neighborhood school. Many are extremely frustrated by Seattle School District heavy handedness and stone-walling against the community’s input, so we expect a good turnout at the rally.

The Seattle School District is wasting taxpayer dollars by replacing Loyal Heights Elementary with an unnecessarily mega-sized school that will:

  • Cause a construction budget overrun of 50%, to $44M – for an elementary school!
  • Create a building for over 825 students, when 2016-17 enrollment is 411 (shrinking).
  • Create a mega school on the smallest lot in the area.
  • Continue the District’s unauthorized move away from the neighborhood schools.

The Seattle School District has “listened” to community objections over the last two years, but has simply not responded in any real way to the concerns raised.

We are rallying to pressure the School Board to finally lead the District in this matter, and keep them from “running over” our community, other communities in the past, and in the future.

Rally organizers are reminding parents that students must be accompanied at the rally and that it will take place on the sidewalk, not on school property.

Find out more about the rally on the event’s Facebook page.

Patxi’s to help raise funds for BHS Performing Arts

Ballard High School Performing Arts’ Corporate Sponsor Patxi’s Pizza has generously offered to donate a portion of the proceeds from dine in, order out or delivery orders to Ballard Performing Arts all day this Saturday, June 11, from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

“Meet your friends there, take a break with take-out, or have some delivered while knowing you are supporting Ballard Performing Arts. Mark your calendar and let’s give them a BUSY day,” writes Ann from BHS Performing Arts.

Click here to check out the Patxi’s menu in preparation for Saturday.

Pints with a Purpose to support Operation Tiny Home

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The folks at Ballard Beer Company (2050 NW Market St) are supporting Operation Tiny Home during this Friday’s “Pints with a Purpose” fundraiser event.

From noon through midnight this Friday, June 10, $1 from each pint or wine glass sold will go towards Operation Tiny Home, a local nonprofit that assists people struggling with severe housing instability to maintain a life of dignity through pay-it-forward tiny housing solutions.

Head to Ballard Beer Co. and support this fantastic local organization!

Register now to compete in Seattle City Open tennis tournament

This year’s Seattle City Open tennis tournament will be hosted at Lower Woodland Tennis Courts from June 14 – 19.

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites locals to join friends, families, and tennis enthusiasts at the annual showcase of the region’s most skilled tennis athletes.

Matches will be played after 5 p.m. Tuesday – Friday and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for Finals. In the case of rain, games will be moved to the Amy Yee Tennis Center (2000 MLK Jr. Way).

Online registration closes tonight (June 7) at midnight.

CBRA to discuss Ballard Commons at monthly meeting

Central Ballard Residents Association (CBRA) will meet this Thursday, June 9, from 7 p.m. in Cafeteria Conference Room of Ballard Swedish Hospital.

This month’s meeting will focus on the issues facing Ballard Commons, St. Luke’s and the Ballard Library.

“Solutions will be sought to activate the Commons and mitigate problems,” says CBRA President Mike Kahrs.

The CBRA will also vote on by-law changes at the meeting.

All are welcome to attend.

National Marina Day celebrations on at Shilshole Bay this weekend

Shilshole Bay Marina will host National Marina Day celebrations this Saturday, June 11, from 8:30 a.m.

The day will celebrate boating and provides an opportunity for communities to visit their local marinas and learn about the important role marinas play as family-friendly gateways, plus the environmental stewardship activities marinas promote.

Visitors can tour the historic schooner Adventuress by Sound Experience, or take part in sailboat rides and youth sailing lessons, kids’ bouncy houses, a boaters’ swap meet, plus a festival of boating-related activities including Ballard community booths, live music, food, and beverages.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary will also conduct vessel safety checks and provide boat safety information.

“This is an opportunity for everyone to find out what great things marinas do,” said Bob Ross of Sail Northwest. “Nothing beats being on a boat in Puget Sound.”

The Boater’s Swap Meet is set to kick off at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot just south of the administration building. All other events run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Maritime Pacific Brewing Company beer and Domanico Cellars wine garden will open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and live music including Zeptology from 12:30 pm to 2 p.m. and Wet City Rockers from 2:30 pm. and 4 p.m.

The event will also feature the Annual Open Boat Showcase to benefit the Leukemia Cup Regatta, which includes tours of sail and power boats, charter boats, and liveaboard “open house” boats. In addition, there will be “Sail for a Cure” sailboat rides every 30 minutes in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  These specific events have a suggested donation.

Event admission and parking will be free at Shilshole Bay Marina during the celebrations.

Click here to view the complete schedule of activities.

Have you seen Nieve the cat in Ballard?

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Update:

Nieve was found safely on Tuesday night. “Our neighbor saw the post and recognized him which led to an intensive search and we got him! Thanks so much to everyone,” writes Tobias.

Original Post:

My Ballard reader Tobias emailed in to report that his beloved cat Nieve broke out of the house through the screen door while he is away on vacation.

Nieve went missing on Saturday, June 4, from 59th St NW and 8th Ave NW.

“He’s very shy and likes to hide. He’s charcoal in color with white underfur and a white breast. Long and tall but very slender,” writes Tobias.

If you have seen Nieve please email tpiering@gmail.com or Tobias’ house sitter at mikeoz3321@gmail.com.

Development Update June 6: More subdivisions

Two applications and five 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.

Applications:

2218 NW 61st 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 #6517406. 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.

1415 NW 65th 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 #6503136. 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:

2648 NW 62nd St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6444044. 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.

316 NW 41st St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6480366. 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.

2651 NW 63rd St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6443817. 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.

9056 4th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 5,094 sq. ft. and B) 5,000 sq. ft. The existing residence on parcel A will remain and the shed on parcel B will be removed.

6727 Alonzo Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6470939. 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 6/2o/2016.