Ballard Preschool Cooperative to host open house

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Ballard Preschool Cooperative (a program of Phinney Neighborhood Association at 7503 18th Ave NW) is hosting an open house next Tuesday, July 12, at 3 p.m.

The Co-op has openings in the Infant class for the 2016/17 school year. Class meets on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. – 11:30a.m.

To be eligible for the Infant class, a child must be 0-1 years old (born on or between 9/1/15 and 8/31/16).

“This open house will be specifically geared toward parents interested in the Infant class.  Parents and children are welcome,”says Emily, Registrar of Ballard Preschool Co-op.

RSVP via email at bpc.registrar@gmail.com if you are able to attend.

Click here to learn more about the preschool.

Applications now open for SDOT’s PARK(ing) Day Plus

Locals are now invited to submit applications to participate in SDOT’s annual PARK(ing) Day, where on-street parking spots are transformed into small themed public hangouts.

Based on the increasing success of the event SDOT is expanding the event into PARK(ing) Day Plus+ this year. The event will now span two days: Friday, September 16, and Saturday, September 17.

In addition, applicants are encouraged test out temporary street improvements, such as bike lanes and sidewalks, as well as the pop-up parks that have been the focus of the event in the past.

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Last year’s PARK(ing) Day was Seattle’s biggest yet, with over 50 pop-up parks across the city. Five Ballard parks were made, including the Ballard Writers Collective outside The Scoop (6406 32nd Ave NW) and a bike-safety focused Peddler Brewing (1514 NW Leary Way) park with cornhole.

Around Seattle, visitors also played life-size Jenga in Pioneer Square, made smoothies in a West Seattle space, and listened to stories at the “banned books” library in Belltown.

The international event encourages people to re-think how they can use their streets, while being a fun way to raise awareness for a walkable, livable, healthy city. Guidelines are available online regarding how to plan for your own PARK(ing) Day tour. Soon, a full map of this year’s pop-up parks will be available.

SDOT says a number of creative applications have already been received this year, and they eagerly await more ideas. You can follow the quick and free application process online and turn in submissions to david.burgesser@seattle.gov by Friday, August 5.

Photo courtesy of SDOT.

Ballard mom reports incident at Fred Meyer

Ballard mom Jennifer has shared a post on Facebook about a man she said attempted to lure her 9 year old daughter in the Ballard Fred Meyer store earlier this week. She says she filed a police report, but please note that Seattle Police has not arrested or charged anyone in the alleged incident.

“I sincerely hope this super small story highlights the complex problems facing all residents in the city that I love. Public safety for ALL communities in Seattle. Thank you,” writes Jennifer.

LIHI encampments find residents permanent homes

The three City of Seattle-authorized homeless encampments, that were established as a result of the City’s March ordinance that permitted three encampments on City or private land, have successfully moved 57 encampment residents into transitional and permanent housing and assisted 40 residents in obtaining jobs.

Nonprofit organization Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) operates the encampments, including the encampment 2826 NW Market St, in partnership with Nickelsville and SHARE.

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LIHI employs two case managers, funded through the Seattle Human Services Department, to help families and individuals living in tiny houses and tents to access housing and an array of services and employment.

“We have good news to report: in the month of June our case managers helped 13 people move into housing, seven into shelters and nine people got jobs.  This frees up space for 20 other homeless people living in dangerous conditions on the street. The three city-supported encampments enable people to live in a safe place linked with services,” says Sharon Lee, LIHI Executive Director. No alcohol, drugs or weapons are allowed at the encampments.

The three encampments feature a mix of tiny houses (8’ x 12’) and tents on platforms. Many of the tiny houses have been built by volunteer labor, many through vocational training programs. According to LIHI, each tiny house costs about $2,200 for wood, insulation and building materials.

LIHI has reported the following statistics for the three encampments combined from the period of October 1, 2015, through June 28 this year:

  • 57 encampment residents moved to permanent or transitional housing (majority into LIHI housing)
  • 30 encampment residents moved into other shelter
  • 40 encampment residents found employment
  • 3 encampment residents were reunited with relatives (LIHI provided transportation)

Currently the Nickelsville Ballard Encampment has a population of 21 residents.

The SHARE Interbay Encampment (3234 17th Avenue W) has 63 residents and the Nickelsville Othello Village (7544 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S) has 47 residents.

Robber pulls baseball bat on employees at Walgreens

SPD officers arrested a 28-year-old man on Tuesday evening after an attempted robbery led to an escalating arms race inside a Ballard pharmacy

Check out the full story from the SPD North Precinct Blotter below:

Around 6:45 p.m., the 28-year-old suspect walked into the Walgreens drug store in the 5400 block of 15th Avenue Northwest, climbed on top of the store’s pharmacy counter and asked employees where they kept the morphine.

When an employee armed themselves with a mini commemorative Seattle Mariner’s baseball bat and told the man to leave, the suspect pulled his own full-sized baseball bat out of his backpack.

He began moving toward pharmacy employees, leading another staff member to arm themselves with a can of pepper spray and point it at the suspect.

The man claimed he wasn’t afraid of being pepper sprayed, but nevertheless ceased his advance on store employees.

Police arrived moments later and took the man into custody. He was later booked into the King County Jail for robbery.

Development Update July 7: A subdivision, townhouses and the Nordic Heritage Museum

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:

828 NW 125th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 7,604 sq. ft. and B) 7,245 sq. ft. Existing structure to remain.

Decision:

2655 NW Market St

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A Shoreline Substantial Development Application has been approved to allow a three story, 57,000 sq. ft. institution (Nordic Heritage Museum) and ground floor cafe. Surface parking for 77 vehicles provided on site. Existing structures to be demolished. Project includes grading of 3,600 cu. yds. of material.

Appeals of the above decisions must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 7/28/2016.

Notice of Design Review Second Early Design Guidance Meeting:

8015 15th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been received to allow a 9 townhouse units in three structures. Parking for 9 vehicles to be provided. Existing structure to be demolished.

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A Land Use Application has been received to allow a 9 townhouse units in three structures. Parking for 9 vehicles to be provided. Existing structure to be demolished.

The second design review board meeting for both projects is scheduled for Monday, July 25, at 8 p.m. and will be held at Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Ave NW). An early design guidance meeting was previously held on May 9.

The Director will accept written comments through July 25. Locals are invited to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues, which you believe, should be addressed in the design for this project.

Comments and requests to be made party of record should be submitted to PRC@seattle.gov or

City of Seattle DPD PRC
700 5th Avenue Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

Farmers Market concerned about Ballard Ave “missing link” option

Organizers of Ballard Farmers Market have expressed concern over one of the proposed options presented in SDOT’s recently released plans to complete the Burke-Gilman Trail.

To complete the much talked about Burke Gilman trail “missing link”, SDOT has proposed four possible routes including one that runs up Ballard Ave, that, if chosen, has the potential to have a devastating effect on the Ballard Farmers Market.

“If Ballard Avenue were to become the “missing link” route, the BG Trail would run through the Ballard Avenue Landmark District. It would directly impact the small businesses along Ballard Avenue and it would threaten the future of the Ballard Farmers Market, now in its 16th year,” writes Ballard Farmers Market organizers on their blog.

On Sunday, members of the market were petitioning for locals to have their say during the public comment period that is open through August 1 and “save Ballard Farmers Market”. Members of the Cascade Bicycle Coalition were also in attendance explaining the options to people.

SMFA staff will be spreading the word again this weekend at the market from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with pamphlets and postcards addressed to SDOT Director Scott Kubly to ensure all voices are heard.

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

The 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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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.

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

The My Ballard team has reached out to SDOT to confirm what effect the Ballard Ave missing link route would have on the future of Ballard Farmers Market and is yet to hear back.