A group of residents are challenging a subdivision proposal in the heart of Ballard, and they’re looking for supporters.
“Your neighbors on and near NW 60th Street are trying to find a way to challenge the kind of lot subdivisions that we all find out about after it’s too late,” Jan Katzenberger from the Baker Street Community Group tells My Ballard. The group is hoping to get a public hearing with the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) to voice their concerns.
The subdivision in question is at 2002 NW 60th St, and would allow 20 dwellings on a space that currently holds three homes, including the historic Baker House, built in 1890, Katzenberger tells us. According to SDCI, the construction would include 14 rowhouses, five townhouses, and the relocation of one existing single family residence.
“We accept density, but 20 units is excessive and creates a slippery slope for other lots.”
Rather than further urbanizing Ballard, Katzenberger says more family homes are needed. “What we need is affordable family housing, which encourages families with kids to put down roots and invest in the neighborhood.”