Development Update August 31: three subdivision applications and an apartment building

Three subdivisions and one apartment complex application are in today’s development update, as provided by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspection’s Land Use Information Bulletin.


2222 NW 62ND ST

A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Existing structure to be demolished.

Comments may be submitted through 09/13/2017.

2428 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 #6575722. 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.

Comments may be submitted through 09/13/2017.

8015 15TH AVE NW

A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into nine unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6494943. 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.

Comments may be submitted through 09/13/2017.

Notice of Design Review Early Design Guidance Meeting:

412 NW 65TH ST


Design Review Early Design Guidance application proposing a three-story building containing nine apartment units and three live-work units. Retail located at street level. Parking for nine vehicles to be provided at and below grade. Existing structure to be demolished.


Monday, September 18, 2017, 6:30 p.m, Ballard Community Center (6020 28th Avenue NW) Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

All meeting facilities are ADA compliant. Translators or interpreters provided upon request. Please contact the Public Resource Center at or (206) 684-8467 at least five business days prior to the meeting to request this service.


The Director will accept written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidance through September 18, 2017. You 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 or City of Seattle – SDCI – PRC, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, PO Box 34019, Seattle, WA  98124-4019.

An application for Design Review related to future development of this site has been submitted to the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI). The first phase of Design Review includes the Early Design Guidance (EDG) meeting. At the Early Design Guidance meeting, the following occurs:

The applicants will present information about the site and vicinity as well as early massing design concepts. The public may offer comments regarding the design of a development on the subject site.* The Design Review Board will provide guidance and identify those Design Guidelines of highest priority for the design as it moves forward towards Master Use Permit (MUP) application.  Following the meeting, SDCI will issue a written Early Design Guidance report summarizing the meeting. This report will be sent to those who signed in at the meeting or otherwise requested a copy.

*Please note that public comment at the EDG meeting is limited to design considerations. If environmental review is triggered, comments related to environmental impacts (such as traffic, parking, noise, etc.) may be sent to SDCI following notice of that review.


This proposal may be viewed at our Design Review Program website. For more information regarding this application or the Design Review process, you may contact the Land Use Planner listed above, go to the Design Review Program website or visit our office at the address above, open from 8 am to 4 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 10:30 am to 4 pm Tuesday and Thursday.

How a Ballard upbringing led to educating the community about recycling

By Jake Henry

Growing up in Ballard, there were a number of things that were second nature. Anticipating that you will get stuck waiting for the Ballard Bridge on a sunny afternoon. Going to Golden Gardens for the best view of the sunset. And, of course, recycling and composting.

That’s why it was a surprise, as I started my freshman year at the University of Washington, to learn that most people don’t grow up recycling and composting from a young age. As I met people from across the country, I began to understand how unique Seattle’s recycling culture is, and how much others can learn from us.

An opportunity to “walk the talk” came my junior year. I moved into a house with 13 guys from all over the country and realized we didn’t have a single recycling or compost container. I found old containers at Goodwill, labeled them with a black marker (“recycling only,” “food scraps and compostables only”), and set to work training my housemates to put everything in the right containers.

As it turned out, that experience came in handy when it was time to hunt for internships. This summer I joined the Waste Management Recycle Corps, a team of 14 college students working with communities, businesses and multifamily properties across greater Seattle to reduce waste and improve recycling.

Waste Management created the internship program to give future sustainability leaders the opportunity to learn the latest strategies in waste reduction and recycling behavior change and then apply learnings to help reduce what goes to the landfill.

While the hands-on experience as a recycling educator has been invaluable, I also learned a lot from the people I met along the way. I learned that kids make great teachers. At events like Seafair, Duwamish River Festival, and National Night Out, you can count on kids to try their hand at recycling games and talk their parents into playing, too. Some of the best conversations I had with community members happened because their kids were captivated by the Wheel of Waste and jumping up and down to guess which items go in which cart.

I also learned it can be challenging to set up successful recycling systems in apartment buildings.  This summer, we worked with property managers in more than 20 cities across two counties, helping them to create systems that work efficiently in small spaces and make sense to the residents who live there. Systems must be convenient for residents short on time and easy to learn for people who are new to the building.

“Cracking the code” on multifamily recycling is like a 1,000-piece puzzle.  It involves placing the right containers in the right places, with signage in the right languages – so everything works together. I like to think our conversations with residents are the last piece of puzzle. Explaining the resources available to residents and making sure they have educational materials in the language they are most comfortable with, helped make the pieces click into place.

My internship helped me understand why some communities are better at recycling than others, and gave me a deeper appreciation for the recycling education I had right here in Ballard, from a young age. At the end of the day, the recycling basics are simple:

1.     Recycle all empty bottles, cans and paper

2.     Keep food and liquids out of recycling

I will go back to UW this fall with a renewed excitement for educating my community about the importance of sustainability. I will also take with me a deeper appreciation for the green culture and recycling savvy that make Seattle a world-class sustainable city.

Jake Henry is a rising senior studying Terrestrial Resource Management at the University of Washington. He also works as a softball intramural umpire for UW. Jake designed the new informational brochure for the red wolf exhibit at Point Defiance Zoo.

Pruning work planned for 8th Ave NW median next week

Next week, crews will be out pruning the median on 8th Ave NW between NW 65th and NW 85th Streets. Seattle Department of Transportation Urban Forestry crews will be working on the trimming work on Wednesday, September 6 and Thursday, September 7.

SDOT will place temporary no-parking signs along the 20-block span, which will be enforced from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Vehicle owners are asked to keep cars clear of the work zone during the restricted parking hours for two days.

Comic book artist needs help finding stolen backpack

A local comic book artist’s backpack was stolen, and they’re offering $200 to get it returned.

The artist says the tan backpack had the following items:

  • Only draft of a 24-page comic book
  • USB containing 100+ edited comics pages
  • 2 copies of 1st draft of self-published comic
  • 3 rolls of undeveloped film
  • 3 sketchbooks of original art
  • Keys to my bicycle that’s currently locked up
  • Keys to my locker at work
  • My self esteem

If you have any leads, email us at, or call the artist at 206-755-8146.

Second Saturday Ballard ArtWalk coming up

The monthly Ballard ArtWalk is coming up soon, set to happen Saturday, September 9. Happening every second Saturday, the ArtWalk includes live music, live painting, art installations and other works of art in shops all over downtown Ballard.

Participating venues include the following:

  • GenCare Lifestyle – Ballard Landmark (5433 Leary Ave NW). Live music by Washboard Cutups, live pottery by Clay by Bruce.
  • Visit Ballard & Ballard Alliance @ the Sanborn Building (5325 Ballard Ave NW). Live music by TBA and art by Claudio Duran, Adam Grensten, Sarah C. B. Guthrie Studio, Tara Flores ART, and Yvonne Chan Art.
  • Odin Apartments (5398 Russell Ave NW). Live music by Kevin Connor and Swing 3PO, art by Laurène Hillion)
  • Jax Joon (5338 Ballard Ave NW). Live music by Joshua Wayne Kendrick of Low Bodies and art by Whitney L. Anderson, and David Glow.
  • Caffè Umbria (5407 Ballard Ave NW). Live music with Sandi Fernandez, Drew Martin, and Beasley.
  • Market Street Shoes (2232 NW Market St #101). Art by Jon Driver.
  • Venue (5408 22nd Ave NW) Product education with Andrew Parry of Seattle Pomade Co.
  • Annie’s Art and Frame (2212 NW Market St). Art by Nina Björk Eliasson.
  • Monster: Art, Clothing & Gifts (5000 20th Ave NW). Art by Joseph Brooks.
  • Bauhaus Strong Coffee (2001 NW Market St). Art by Christopher Bridges.
  • Tides & Pines (5410 22nd Ave NW)
  • Ballyhoo Curiosity Shop (5445 Ballard Ave NW)

For more information about ArtWalk, visit their Facebook page.

Local tutoring program needs volunteers

A local nonprofit that provides free tutoring for local elementary students is looking for volunteers for the upcoming school year.

Invest in Youth from Invest in Youth on Vimeo.

Invest in Youth is Seattle-based, and offers tutoring all over the city. They need tutors who are willing to work one-on-one with students at schools such as Roxhill Elementary, Madrona Elementary, Thurgood Marshall Elementary, Daniel Bagley Elementary and Beacon Hill International. Tutoring begins the second week of October, runs through May and takes place once every week at each school.

The organization matches tutors with students at the beginning of the school year; tutors mentor the same student for the whole year. According to the organization, the pair will work together on things like playing math games, reading stories or working on homework, for one hour each week. “Educational materials and activities, training and support, and heartfelt appreciation are provided at every session,” Erika Chen, Associate Director of Invest in Youth tells My Ballard.

For more information or to apply to be a tutor, contact Chen at or visit the website.

Update on Joel Romeo’s affordable housing project

The housing renovation to help keep Ballardite Joel Romeo in affordable housing is ticking along, but the nonprofit in charge of the build is looking for additional help.

Romeo, in his late 60s, was evicted from his home of 20 years last year because his landlord said he was a hoarder. Romeo is autistic and mute, and despite his friends helping him clean, he was still kicked out of his house, leaving him without an affordable home. So, his friends set up a Go Fund Me campaign, raising over $22,000 to help build Romeo a new house. The below documentary was made about Romeo.

Nobody Loves Joel Romeo from Mike Skoptsov on Vimeo.

Since then, nonprofit group Parkview Services has been renovating a duplex in Ballard to build him a studio to live in. Several businesses pitched in with supplies and funding, and volunteers have been working to build ever since.

From Parkview Services:

Renovating a garage into a studio apartment with a separate entrance is an expensive and time consuming job. Fortunately, local business owners have demonstrated their commitment to creating inclusive affordable housing in their community. Combined with financial support from Parkview Services, local foundations and the many donors who raised over $22,000 for Joel through his gofundme, this project is possible, and Joel will have a home for as long as he wishes to stay. Beyond Joel, this studio serves as an affordable housing rental for decades to come for other low-income people with disabilities.

The nonprofit is seeking additional help, either financially or with construction assistance. “We’ve encountered some unexpected problems over the past few months that have set us over budget. In order to finish on time, we need more money and can use your help if you are skilled in construction trades,” the group writes on their website. Contact Lauren Sabia at 206-542-6644 Ext. 151 or to help.


Northwest Girlchoir seeking new singers

The local all-girls choir has openings for the upcoming year. Northwest Girlchoir is now accepting fall enrollments for their program; they have spots in each of their choir levels, from grades 1 through 12.

“Fall enrollment is a great time for new singers to join our choir and develop their skills with the anticipation of exciting and festive winter concerts fast-approaching,” Pollyanna Manning from the choir tells My Ballard.

“Learn musicianship, vocal technique, and performance skills, all while building lasting friendships in a supportive community,” Manning says. The choir, now in its fourth decade, performs at concerts across the Puget Sound Region and on tours both nationally and internationally.

From the organizers:

For applicants in grades 1-2: Easy online registration is now open for girls entering grades 1-2 to join Prep Choir! Enrollment for Prep Choir is open online until Friday, September 22. Members learn music in a fun and nurturing environment as they prepare for exciting mainstage concerts. Sign up online at

For applicants in grades 3-12: Fill out the Audition Request form by Monday, September 4 to join one of Northwest Girlchoir’s five progressive-level choirs this season! Auditioned choir members enjoy performing at mainstage concerts, in the community and at special events, and even on tours. Learn more at

There are scholarships available for participants; contact for more information or call the office at (206) 527-2900.


Help the Leif Erikson Lodge find photos of past lodge presidents

Historians from the Leif Erikson Lodge are on the hunt for photos of past presidents of the club.

The lodge just celebrated their 114th anniversary this year – it was formed on May 13, 1903 – and they’re asking locals to help locate photos of some of the missing past presidents.

Here is the list of the missing presidents’ photos:

  • William C. Berg, July 1905-December 1906
  • Sam P. Oien, 1908
  • Gerhard Relling, 1910 (found in Norway see attached photo) Mr and Mrs Relling were married here in 1906. In 1914 they went back to Norway and raised a family there.
  • Andrew Anderson, January-May 1930 (no relation to the current historian)
  • Ole Hoff, 1928 (photo from 1914)

“I am hoping someone in our broader Nordic community and local community may either be descended from these men or somehow related or even family friends,” Christine Anderson, lodge historian tells My Ballard. They’re also looking for a photo of Albert S. Ryland from 1937-38 to replace an old one from the 50s that currently hangs on the president’s wall.

“Thanks for any help you can provide in completing this long overdue project,” Anderson says.

To contact Anderson with any information, email her at

Ballard Girls Basketball fall season registrations now open

The new school year is just around the corner, and the Ballard Girls Basketball program is now accepting registrations for the fall season.

Basketball coach Sara Weststone says the team runs trainings and camps for girls in 3rd grade up to high school. “From beginner to advanced, we find the right fit for each girl,” Wetstone tells My Ballard. “Our professional and positive coaches are dedicated to building player confidence and competence while building a strong and healthy community.”

The fall/winter season runs from Sept. 5 to Feb. 18, and tryouts for girls in 4th grade through to high school are this week. If you can’t attend a tryout, email Wetstone for other options at

For more info, visit the Ballard Girls Basketball website.