SPD urges locals to protect themselves against car prowls

As many residents are aware, car prowls have been an ongoing issue in the North Precinct.

The SPD have put together the following list of tips for residents to avoid being victims of this crime:

  • Remove all valuables from your vehicle every time you park, roll up windows, and lock your car.
  • Do not leave cords and charging devices in plain view, a prowler may see these and take the chance that you have some kind of valuable electric and enter your car.
  • If valuables must be left behind, hide them out of sight or place them in the trunk before parking at your destination.
  • Disable internal trunk releases per your owner’s instruction manual. -Audible alarms or other theft deterrent devices can effective.
  • Security garages are only secure if entering and exiting drivers watch the door fully close behind them every time. This is to deter someone from sneaking into the garage behind you.
  • Do not leave ID, credit cards or checkbooks in the car. These can be used to commit other crimes. (Identity theft)
  • Remote controls for security garages should never be left inside parked vehicles. They provide further access to returning thieves.
  • Park in well-lit areas if possible.
  • Call 911 if you see suspicious activity and give a good description of suspect if you are able to.

Have you been a victim of car prowls in Ballard? Email your story to tips@myballard.com

Development Update September 12: Residential units and subdivisions

Two 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.


1718 NW 56th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow a six-story structure containing 148 residential units above 16 live-work units and 1,898 sq. ft. of commercial space. Parking for 126 vehicles to be provided below grade. Existing structures to be demolished.

6406 28th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved 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.

1726 NW 64th 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 #6505859. 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 decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 9/26/2016.

Natural Drainage Project crews to install curb cuts on 26th

For the next few weeks, SPU’s contractor on the Natural Drainage Project will install curb cuts along 26th Ave NW to allow stormwater to flow into the roadside rain gardens.

The contractor will also fill the roadside rain gardens with bioretention soil and mulch and conduct flow testing to make sure they are draining properly.

From 6 p.m. on Friday, September 9, through Monday, September 12 at 5 a.m., the intersection of 26th Ave NW and NW 80th St will be closed for street improvement work. The contractor will be removing and replacing concrete street panels in addition to installing new curb bulbs, ADA curb ramps and sidewalks.

The following are updates that locals need to be aware of:

  • Traffic will be detoured around the work site along 32nd Ave NW, NW 85th St and 24th Ave NW. The approved traffic plan requires vehicles traveling on arterial streets to detour on arterials streets. Please pay attention to traffic and parking signs.
  • Pedestrian access will be maintained, but people should use caution.
  • Crews will work extended hours in order to complete the work most efficiently. On Friday, crews will begin demolition work at 6 p.m. and complete by 10 p.m. per the City Noise variance conditions.  From Friday evening at 10 p.m. to Saturday morning at 7 a.m., crews will prepare the roadway for new concrete.  After 7 a.m. the concrete paving work will begin and last until approximately 5 p.m. Concrete trucks will be arriving in shifts periodically throughout the day.
  • The crew should not be working on site Sunday, but the new concrete will need to cure before it is open to traffic on Monday morning at 5 a.m.
  • Please note that during construction, work schedule can change depending on site conditions.

Third annual Adventure Race for Parkinson’s set for this month

Hundreds of locals are set to participate in the third annual Adventure Race for Parkinson’s from 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 17.

The event will benefit the Northwest Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association.

Participants will race to accumulate points by answering clues and completing challenges in a scavenger hunt style event. The top three teams are set to win a variety of amazing prizes.

The race will start at the Trident Seafood’s parking lot parking lot (5303 Shilshole Avenue NW) and end with a post-race party at Peddler Brewing Company (1514 NW Leary Way).

Race entry costs $45 per person, registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and will close at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, September 15.

Teams can consist of two to four members. Attendees can register a full team or a team captain can register first and add additional team members later.

Registration and more information can be found online.

Golden Beetle set to transition into new gastropub

Owner Maria Hines announced the news this week that popular Ballard eatery Golden Beetle will soon transition into a New American gastropub, the Young American Ale House.

The gastropub will open in the current Golden Beetle space (at 1744 NW Market St) and will focus on a menu of American classics with a twist, a wide selection of draught beers, and craft cocktails.

Golden Beetle will continue service through October 22, closing for one week for the final remodel and reopening as Young American Ale House October 28.

“We are excited about the change to Young American Ale House. Golden Beetle is a concept that did well for five years, but I’m really looking forward to offering delicious American classics with a twist for the growing Ballard neighborhood and Seattle area. It’s an idea I’ve had for awhile and I’m thrilled to put it in motion,” says Hines.

The space is set to transform into a casual, comfortable gastropyb with reclaimed wood walls and custom made booths with a light grey color scheme. The dining room and bar will seat 75, with outdoor dining for 10.

Hines and her team are currently working on the new menu which is set to include delicacies such as an organic grass fed beef burger, smoked pork shoulder, crispy chicken wing confit, albacore tuna slider and Washington clam chowder.

Certified organic by Oregon Tilth, the restaurant will utilize ingredients from local farmers including Skagit River Ranch, St. Jude Vessel, Alvarez Farms and others that have been longtime partners of Hines.

In terms of drinks, local beers will be featured on the 12 beer taps, including seasonal offerings from Hilliard’s Beer and Fremont Brewing.

Starting from October 28,  Young American Ale House will open for dinner Sunday – Thursday from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. and Friday – Saturday 4 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. with a daily happy hour 4-6 p.m.

Weekend brunch, slated to start in December, will be offered 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Ballard Library invites local teens to check out remodeled space

The team at Ballard Library is inviting all local middle and high school students to drop in and check out their newly remodeled Teen Area.

There are plenty of comfortable swivel chairs, free monthly programs, gaming and more.

Check out a list of upcoming events below:

  • Gaming Night on Friday, September 9, from 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Featuring X-box, Wii, board games and snacks.
  • Teen Space on Sunday, September 11, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. This month Ian Dobson will give a Bucket Drumming
  • Talk About Whatever (books, computer games, movies, you name it) with snacks on Tuesday, September 20, from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

For a complete schedule of teen programs check out www.spl.org or contact Ballard Teen Librarian Lynn Miller at lynn.miller@spl.org

Ballard Preschool Co-op Gently Used Gear sale on this month

Ballard Preschool Co-op is having its popular “Gently Used Kids Gear Sale” for the Fall season on Saturday, September 24, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The sale will be hosted by Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N. Community Hall, Lower Brick Building) and will include gently used clothes (newborn to size 8), shoes, toys and gear such as cribs, beds, car seats, strollers, maternity wear, and more.

The entry line typically starts forming before 9 a.m. and it is recommended for attendees to bring their own shopping bags to take home their great finds.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale supports the Ballard Preschool Co-op.

Ballard Library to offer free jobseeker course

Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) will offer a six-week workshop series for job seekers interested in re-entering the workforce from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday from September 14 to October 19

The Library has partnered with WorkSource Seattle-King County to offer six workshops focused on obtaining work after having left the workforce for a time period. Attendees are encouraged to attend all six sessions, but the workshops may be attended separately.

A resource specialist from WorkSource will be available after each workshop to answer questions.

Workshop dates and topics include:

  •  Wednesday, Sept. 14: Identifying & Overcoming Barriers
  • Wednesday, Sept. 21: How to Succeed in the Workplace
  • Wednesday, Sept. 28: Career Pathways
  • Wednesday, Oct. 5: Resume & Correspondence
  • Wednesday, Oct. 12: Interviewing Skills
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19: Think Like the Employer

For more information, call the Library at (206) 684-4089 or Ask A Librarian.