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Protest to save local trees set for Friday

February 9th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

My Ballard reader Hannah emailed in to let the community know about a protest that is set for this Friday, February 12, to save a group of mature cherry trees in Loyal Heights from removal by Seattle City Light.

According to Hannah, last week Seattle City Light posted survey markers and signs for a 10-day public comment period before it intends to cut down the group of mature cherry trees at the unused Loyal Heights Substation at 7750 28th Ave NW.

“This is a site that neighbors are hoping to turn into a park, P-patch or public space,” writes Hannah. It is, as Hannah also mentioned, one of the sites highlighted in our December report about potential locations for restoration in the neighborhood.

Seattle Green Spaces Coalition, TreePAC, Keep Ballard Trees Standing and other groups are coming together to protest the tree removal. Check out the post on Seattle Green Spaces Coalition’s website below:

The city intends to cut down three large and exceptional ornamental cherry trees (among others) at the Seattle City Light’s surplus property (the former Loyal Heights Substation) before a decision regarding the destiny of this land has even been made! (It has not yet been determined if the property will be kept as a pocket park or sold to private developers.)

Protesters are demanding that the area be secured with construction fencing, and the trees kept until the final use of the property has been determined. They are also calling for an independent environmental contractor to assess soil remediation options and the overall impacts to the adjoining neighbors.

Seattle City Light has consistently sidestepped public process (as they did with the Market Street site last summer). It’s not just about the trees. The pattern of disregard for community process is fueling citizen anger.

If not for vigilant neighbors the trees could have been cut with only 10-day public comment notice (posted on 2/2/16).
The healthy trees would be protected as exceptional if they were on private, not public property. Notice claims they will be unstable after mitigation for contaminated soil (pesticides). This is misleading. They want to remove them before cleanup; but they there are methods that have been used successfully by SCL on other sites (soil vacuuming) in West Seattle.

The rally is being held on the first day that crews could come to cut the trees,” writes Hannah.

Members of the public are invited to comment through Thursday on the issue. Click here to find contact details.

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City to host workshop for applicants of Large Projects Fund

February 9th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ popular Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) announced its funding opportunities for 2016 early last month.

All three of its funds (Small Sparks, Small and Simple Projects Fund, and the Large Projects Fund) support the efforts of community members as they work on projects to build stronger neighborhoods and communities. Since the program started 27 years ago, over 5000 projects have been launched across the city with funding support.

The Large Projects Fund (LPF) awards up to $100,000 per project and is open to applications once a year. This year’s deadline is May 2 by 5 p.m. It is mandatory for interested community groups to attend one of the LPF workshops offered before applying.

The closest workshop to our neighborhood is being held on Thursday, March 24, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Bitter Lake Community Center (13035 Linden Ave N). Click here to see other workshop locations and times.

To attend a workshop, RSVP online or call (206) 733-9916. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact a Neighborhood Matching Fund Project Manager for application tips before applying at (206) 233-0093 or NMFund@seattle.gov.

Click here to learn more about the Neighborhood Matching Fund and to download the application forms.

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No Bones Beach Club now open in Ballard

February 8th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The folks behind the popular No Bones About It food truck recently opened a brand new tiki bar right here in Ballard.

No Bones Beach Club is now open at 5410 17th Ave NW, the former space of Bloom Ballard and Le Marche.

The bar and eatery opened last week and is already drawing crowds with their line up of fresh cocktails made from local spirits and their coastal inspired menu.

The team has been through the works in their culinary journey, from a pop-up tent, food truck, brewery and now a tiki bar.

“We’ve burnt down, broke down, rebuilt and still conquered the food truck scene from Seattle to Bellevue and beyond,” says Dylan from No Bones About It.

The team is now laying roots down in our neighborhood and serving up their well loved vegan dishes. The Beach Club’s menu features an array of items including eggplant fries, cauliflower wings, smoked golden beet poke and more.

At this stage opening hours are Tuesday through Thursday 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Happy Hour is on offer from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. daily and brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday.

Check out the No Bones Beach Club Facebook page for more details.

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The week in sports at BHS

February 8th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Playoffs are here for the Ballard Beavers! Good luck to all of the athletes competing this week.

Monday, February 8

  • Boys Basketball Varsity: 7 p.m., Ballard vs. Bishop Blanchet, at Bishop Blanchet High School

Tuesday, February 9

  • Girls Basketball Varsity: 7 p.m., Ballard vs. Seattle Prep, at Seattle Prep

Friday, February 12

  • Boys Swimming Varsity: Time TBD, 3A District 2 Prelims, at Mary Waite Pool

Saturday, February 13

  • Boys Wrestling Varsity: 8 a.m., at Chief Sealth High School
  • Gymnastics Varsity: Time TBD, at Ballard High School

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Chippy’s to close, space to reopen as Marine Hardware

February 8th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Chippy’s Fish and Drink on Ballard Ave will serve its final meal this Sunday, February 14, after being open in the neighborhood since May 2014.

Ethan and Angela Stowell are closing the eatery and planning to reopen the space as Marine Hardware at Staple & Fancy.

The new eatery will open on Wednesday, March 2, and its quirky name comes from an existing painted sign from the early days of the Kolstrand building, similarly to Staple & Fancy’s name, which was uncovered during the construction process.

Marine Hardware will open Wednesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and offer an a la carte menu of more than 10 items. A tasting menu of four courses will be also available for $50/person, and six courses for $80/person.

Longtime chef at How to Cook a Wolf, Michael Gifford, will be heading up the kitchen. Chef Stowell also plans to be in the Marine Hardware kitchen too.

Gifford and I had a great time cooking together back at Union,” says chef Stowell. “I’m looking forward to working with him, and I’m really excited to get back in the kitchen – hopefully every week.”

Marine Hardware’s menu will feature a selection of items including rabbit loin with frisée and lardon salad and red wine dressing, smoked foie gras terrine with dried cherries, watercress, and brioche and seared Hamachi with steamed rice, ponzu, and seaweed to name a few.

In terms of drinks, the wine program will highlight the Old World with a special focus on the table wines of France, from the Gamay of Burgundy to Cabernet Franc of the Loire Valley. The bar program will focus on brown liquors with a small selection of rotating house cocktails, and there will be four local beers on tap with an additional selection of European and domestic beers by the bottle.

The 600-square-foot space will remain almost the same with minimal design updates including new plates, new glassware and subtle decor enhancements.

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Development Update Feb 8: two subdivisions and a 61-unit apartment block

February 8th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

One subdivision application, one approval and a 61-unit apartment building approval makes up today’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Applications:

1717 NW 60th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units are under Project #6482588. 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.

Decisions:

6301 15th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow a 4-story structure containing 61 residential units and 2 live-work units with 2,532 sq. ft. of ground level retail space. No parking is proposed. Existing structures to be demolished.

9606 12th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 7,399 sq. ft. and B) 6,605 sq. ft. Existing structure to remain.

Appeals of these decisions must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 2/22/2016.

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What’s on this weekend

February 5th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The first week in February is here! Enjoy it at these fantastic events.

FRIDAY, February 5

  • Live Music
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 9 p.m. 9pm – Clint McCune Band, with Clint McCune (guitar/harmonica/vocals), Aaron Brouillette (djembe/vocals) and special guest Sara Pelfrey (digeridoo) ($5 cover).
    • Athens Psychedelic Country: Futurebirds with SUSTO and Grey Waves at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $12.
    • Kris Orlowski, My Brothers and I and The Native Siblingat Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $15.
    • Hounds of the Wild Hunt, Fountains and Sundries at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $8.

SATURDAY, February 6

  • Kids Art and Craft Class at Ballard Elks (6411 Seaview Ave NW) from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost is $5 and the event is open to the public.
  • Board Game Day at Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Children, teens and adults are invited to drop in and play an array of classic and new board games. Games will include Blokus, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Jenga, Scrambled States of America and more.
  • Intro to Yoga Workshop at Kula Movement Center (5340 Ballard Ave NW) from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. This semi-private workshop will bring more understanding, awareness, and catering to your needs.Cost is $45 and preregistration is required. Register online or call (206) 972-2999.
  • Live Music
    • Lowlands, Diamond Wold and Alice Howe at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $8.
    • The Crocodile Presents Panic is Perfect and Anya Marina at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m.  Tickets $12.
    • Jazz at Egan’s Ballard Jam House (1707 NW Market St). 7 p.m. ENCORE! RIIP & VIC: Together Again – Christine Riippi and Victor Janusz. Purchase tickets online. Any remaining seats will be sold at the door. Tickets $12.

SUNDAY, February 7

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Ballard Greenway to bring traffic restrictions to 17th and Market

February 5th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Crews are at work this week to continue construction on the Ballard Neighborhood Greenway and some traffic restrictions will be soon in place at the intersection of 17th Ave NW and NW Market St.

Pavement markings and signage are being installed this week that, once operational, will no longer allow vehicles to travel straight through the intersection (see image below).

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The work was originally planned for December last year, however wet weather caused the work to be rescheduled.

According to SDOT, the restrictions are being imposed due to the concerns about the volume and speed of vehicles traveling along 17th Ave NW that were expressed during the design of the Ballard Neighborhood Greenway.

SDOT released a press release stating that changes “will not only reduce cut-through traffic on the greenway, but will also improve safety and help preserve the residential character of the neighborhood.”

Construction is also in progress on other sections of the Ballard Greenway this month with crews completing the curb ramp installation at the intersection of NW Dock Pl and Leary Ave NW.

Access to NW Dock Pl from Leary Ave NW is now open on both the north and south sides of the intersection. The southwest corner of the intersection is still under construction. Crews were required to dig up the sidewalk to place additional electrical wiring for the crossing signal.

While work is being completed on this corner, the sidewalk will remain closed. Temporary pedestrian paths and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps around the closed sidewalk portion will remain in place until the work is completed this month.

Crews are also set to install an enhanced pedestrian/bicycle signal on Leary Ave NW within the next few weeks. Once the sign is installed vehicles traveling on the greenway at NW Dock Pl will be controlled by a stop sign.

The traffic signal will stay predominantly green for vehicles traveling along Leary Ave NW but will change when triggered by a vehicle, pedestrian or bike waiting to cross on NW Dock Pl. The crosswalks and other pavement striping require dry weather for installation and will be installed by SDOT crews as soon as possible.

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In addition to the construction detailed above, SDOT confirms that the following elements of the Ballard Greenway are now complete:

  • NW 90th St crossing and walkway – In September, new curb ramps were installed on NW 90th St adjacent to the walkway connecting to 17th Ave NW.
  • NW 85th St and 17th Ave NW – New curb extensions, curb ramps, crosswalks and crossing beacons were installed.
  • NW 65th St and 17th Ave NW – New curb extensions, curb ramps, crosswalks and crossing beacons were installed (see above photo).

Click here to view more photos of the project elements that have been completed so far.

Photo and image courtesy of SDOT.

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Coyote sighted in North Beach

February 4th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

My Ballard reader Erin emailed in to report a coyote sighting in the North Beach area at 8:15 a.m. this morning.

Erin saw the coyote in front of her home near the intersection of 26th Ave NW and NW 97th St.

“S/he looked to be healthy,” writes Erin.

Seen a coyote in the neighborhood? Email your report to tips@myballard.com

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Nearby News: Crime reports from Phinney, Fremont and Wallingford

February 4th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The North Precinct SPD blotter has recently been filled with crime stories from Ballard’s neighbors Phinney Ridge, Fremont and Wallingford.

Updates from the blotter posts are included below.

SPD officers arrested a man on Tuesday morning who was seen smashing the windows of a Phinney Ridge chocolate factory and an ATM machine in Fremont (pictured above). Check out more details below:

Officers made a rock-solid arrest Tuesday morning in Fremont after a man threw a chunk of concrete through a bus shelter, smashed windows at a chocolate factory with a cement brick, and hurled a large stone at an ATM.

Staff members at a Fremont business called police just before 10 AM and reported a man had smashed two windows at a chocolate factory in the 3400 block of Phinney Avenue North and ducked into a garage. Officers found the 34-year-old man a few blocks away and arrested him for malicious mischief.

Police followed the man’s suspected trail through fremont and discovered the smashed bus shelter and damaged ATM. They also discovered he had a warrant for throwing rocks through windows during a separate incident in June 2015, and booked him into the King County Jail.

SPD Detectives also arrested two teens in connection with an armed robbery that took place at a Wallingford convenience store last week. Read the full report below:

Police responded to the store in the 4000 block of Wallingford Ave N around 9:30 p.m. on January 28th, after an employee reported that two masked men had robbed him at gunpoint.

The employee asked the robbers to wait until a customer left before he handed over any cash. Instead, the impatient robbers walked behind the counter, emptied the register and several packs of cigarettes before fleeing.

Officers tracked one suspect, a 16-year-old boy, to his Queen Anne home the night of the robbery. They later released him to his parents pending further investigation.

Robbery detectives continued to follow-up on leads in the case, and arrested a second 16-year-old suspect on February 2nd at Ballard High School. Detectives booked the second teen into the King County Youth Services Center for investigation of robbery.

A 30-year-old burglar was also arrested by SPD officers on Tuesday after breaking into a home on Phinney Ridge. The suspect was caught by the home owner, who beat him around the head with his fists and a pair of garden shears. Read more details below:

The resident called 911 around 3:30 p.m. after he saw the burglar pull up on his street in the 6200 block of 4th Ave NW in a Toyota, force his way into the victim’s garage, and then make a beeline for his home.

As the victim was on the phone with 911 dispatchers he heard the suspect knocking on his front door, followed by the sound of glass breaking.

The resident stayed on the phone with dispatchers as he went to his front door and walked outside to look for the suspect. When he didn’t find him, he turned back around, walked into his home, and found the suspect in his kitchen, holding a pair of garden shears.

The victim leapt at the suspect, snatched the shears from his hands, and began beating the burglar over the head with the tool and his fists as he chased him out the back door of the home.

As the homeowner rushed after the burglar, the suspect jumped on the victim’s girlfriend’s bike, which he had removed from the garage.

The suspect ignored the victim’s orders to get off the bike, and instead rode away down the street.

Officers caught up to the suspect four blocks away and took him into custody.

The victim told police he believed he had injured his hand during the incident–presumably from striking the suspect in the head–but did not require treatment at the scene.

The suspect complained of head injuries and was treated at the scene by medics before officers booked him into the King County Jail for investigation of burglary.

Photo courtesy of SPD.

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Throwback Thursday: The February Snow Storm of 1916

February 4th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

With it being the 100th anniversary of the huge February 2 snow storm of 1916, we thought we would take a look back at how Ballard fared that day.

Below is the torn image of the Ballard Ave street scene during the 1916 snow storm. Jeweler’s street clock can be seen on the left and Ballard City Hall and bell tower are in the background.

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Below is the view of the Junction Building and the Ballard commercial area street scene during the snow storm.

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Below is a postcard showing Ballard Ave. deep in the snow of the 1916 storm. A caption reads, “Record snowfall of 38 inches in Seattle, Wash. Feb 2 and 3 Ballard Ave. facing N.W.”

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Check out the KOMO News article to see more photos from around the city that were taken during the 1916 snow storm.

Photos and information courtesy of Ballard Historical Society.

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Development Update February 4: subdivisions galore

February 4th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

It is subdivision application time in the neighborhood with four applications and one decision in today’s development update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.

Application:

2051 NW 64th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6494241. 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.

7003 Mary Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6488058. 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.

2212 NW 61st St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6491911. 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.

1721 NW 60th St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6482587. 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.

Decision:

1707 NW 63rd St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6457754. 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 this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 2/18/2016.

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