The design review meeting scheduled for May 14th will be a double-header for two proposed apartment buildings in Central Ballard.
The largest development is a 6-story, 170-unit apartment building with street level retail at 2417 NW Market St (above). As we reported before, it’s a large lot that’s the current home of Twice Sold Tales and Ballard Transfer, about a block away from the new Nordic Museum. The existing building will be demolished. The plan is to provide parking for 170 vehicles.
The second project is 7-story apartment building at 5409 Leary Way NW — this is the parking lot right next to Cafe Fiore — with 40 small efficiency dwelling units and street level general retail sales and service. This project is relying on a proposed upzone from 65 feet to 75 feet in height.
No parking is proposed. Earlier this month, the Seattle City Council passed a bill to reduce parking requirements for new developments inside “Parking Flexibility Areas,” especially for smaller housing projects like the Leary Way building.
For both developments, this is an early guidance meeting, and neither has submitted their design proposals yet (they usually appear a few days before). The meeting is scheduled for May 14th at 6:30 p.m. (for Leary Way) and 8 p.m. (for Market St.) at the Ballard Community Center.
(Thanks Maxx for the heads-up on the meeting.)