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Chase Lounge now serving up the seafood on 56th

April 28th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


Seattle Met reports that the neighborhood’s latest seafood joint,  Chase Lounge (1556 NW 56th St), opened in Ballard over the weekend.

The new eatery is owned by Rob Milliron who has worked at both Radici and Bizarro Italian Cafe.

According to Seattle Met, Milliron grew up with seafood as a centerpiece of his diet and that his new establishment pay’s tribute to his grandfather who taught him to cook.

The eatery’s menu features seafood favorites including ahi crudo, New England style clam chowder and a rotating selection of raw oysters provided by “oyster god” Kevin Bartlett.

Drinks wise, the cocktails will be curated by Travers Romann who is originally from New Orleans.

According to the article, Chase Lounge was booked out during their soft opening earlier this month and Milliron has since taken patron’s feedback on board.

Milliron created the eatery to have the feel of somewhere his friends would be able to enjoy delicious food while having something to do.

“The old school arcade games in the mezzanine are a shout out to”us ‘indoor kids’. The ones who weren’t sportsters” Milliron told Seattle Met.

Chase Lounge is open from Sunday – Monday and Wedesday – Thursday from 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 3 p.m. – 12 a.m.


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Development Update April 28: Subdivisions, pier replacement and a 6-story congregate residence building

April 28th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Here is today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


3400 NW Market St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6485885. 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.

2216 NW 64th St


A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one parcel of land into two parcels of land. Proposed sizes are: A) 1,601 sq. ft. and B) 3,398 sq. ft. Existing structures to be demolished.


4315 11th Ave NW

A Shoreline Substantial Development Application has been approved to replace existing 2,664 sq. ft. pier and 62 timber piles and install 65 steel piles, an 851 sq. ft. float, a 44 ft. long grated ramp, and a new 3,170 sq. ft. concrete pier.

Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 5/19/2016.

Notice of Administrative Design Review:

1514 NW 52nd St

The proposal is for a 6-story congregate residence building containing 61 sleeping rooms. Existing structure to be demolished.

The Director will accept written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidance through May 11, 2016. Locals 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 – Seattle DCI – PRC
700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA  98124-4019

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Locals invited to “dig deeper” at Historic Seattle event

April 27th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Locals are invited to learn more about Ballard’s past at the Digging Deeper event next Saturday, May 7, from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Sunset Hill Community Association (3003 NW 66th St).

The Digging Deeper series is Historic Seattle’s multi-session program designed to provide attendees with behind-the-scenes insight to primary research materials in the many archives and libraries in Seattle and King County. This program helps local residents to explore buildings, architecture, and history.

Attendees will have a chance to learn more about our neighborhood which was in fact its own city between 1890 and 1907. The first settlement was established in Ballard in 1852, the same year settlers arrived in Seattle.

Development then proceeded slowly until railroad entrepreneurs Thomas Burke and Daniel Gilman (remembered now with the Burke-Gilman Trail) assembled a large tract in 1888 for a new community.

At the event, Ballard Historical Society representatives will discuss their archives and how to access them, Anne Frantilla from the Seattle Municipal Archives will also discuss the Ballard records housed at the Seattle Municipal Archives.

“Learn how Ballard got its name, when/why the railroad came through Ballard, and many more fun facts about this unmistakable Scandinavian community in Seattle,” says Luci Baker Johnson from Historic Seattle.

All are invited to attend the event. Cost is $10 for general public members and $8 for members of Historic Seattle. Registration is available online.

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Ballard Jazz Festival tickets now on sale

April 27th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


The 13th annual Ballard Jazz Festival is set to entertain the masses from May 11 through 14 this year.

The festival embraces the feeling of “old” Ballard and will feature a wide variety of modern American music at clubs, bars, shops, and at the Nordic Heritage Museum.

Over the years, the four day festival has grown into a significant part of the Northwest’s jazz and live music scene. The festival is strongly supported by local businesses, media outlets and the community itself.

Each year the festival brings on average 2000 attendees from all over Washington and beyond and about 70-85% of festival revenue is pumped back into Ballard’s economy.

In terms of performers, Ballard Jazz Festival attracts highly talented musicians from all over the world. This year the festival is set to feature world class acts including Mike Stern, Hal Galper and Julian Priester just to name a few.

“Our program for this season promises to continue on that path with more music than ever,” writes organizers on the Ballard Jazz Festival website.

Of course the usual event favorites are on the ticket including Brotherhood of the Drum on May 11, the “Guitar Summit” on May 12, the Jazz Walk on May 13 and to finish things off, the traditional Swedish Pancake Jazz Brunch at the Nordic Heritage Museum on May 14.

Tickets to both individual events and festival passes are now available online. Ticket costs vary for each individual show and festival passes are available for $100.

Photo courtesy of Ballard Jazz Festival.

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Dining Out for Life on tomorrow in Ballard

April 27th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The 23rd annual Lifelong Dining Out For Life fundraising event is on this Thursday, April 28, all over the city.

During the event close to 150 restaurants will be donating over 30% of their proceeds to Lifelong, a community health organization based in Seattle that assists people who are living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.

“The idea behind the single-day event is simple: Dine Out, Fight AIDS,” say the Seattle event organizers.

The following restaurants in and around Ballard will be participating in the fundraiser:

  • Pasta Bella (5913 15th Ave NW)
  • Red Mill Burgers (312 N 67th St)
  • The Other Coast Cafe (5315 Ballard Ave NW)
  • The Tin Hat (512 NW 65th St)
  • Stock (500 NW 65th St)

For a full list of participating restaurants in Seattle click here.

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Magnolia Heron colony welcomes newly hatched chicks

April 27th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The folks at Heron Habitat Helpers are excited to report that the heron chicks have hatched in the colony at Commodore Park (3330 W Commodore Way) in Magnolia.

To celebrate a Heron Chick Birthday Party has been organized for this Saturday, April 30, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

“We are really hoping to have the public learn about the heron colony that exists between Ballard and Magnolia – and how lucky we are to have such nature so close by,” say the organizers.

On Saturday, the team will have telescopes set up, naturalists on hand, and a huge birthday cake!

All are welcome to attend the free event and learn about Seattle’s Official City Bird!

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Man attacks customers with glass shard in Market St restaurant

April 26th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

A man believed to be high on methamphetamine and PCP smashed the window of a Market Street restaurant on Saturday and attacked customers with a shard of glass before being wrestled to the ground by diners and passersby.

Read more from the SPD Blotter post below:

SPD’s 911 center began receiving calls at around 12:08 p.m. on Saturday that a man was yelling and shouting at customers inside a restaurant the 2300 block of NW Market Street.

Witnesses watched him kick out a massive window pane next to the front door of a Market street restaurant, causing it to shatter. The suspect picked up a glass shard, walked through the now open window into the dining room, and began menacing customers.

Frightened patrons ran out of the establishment. The suspect followed and ultimately confronted a man and a woman who had been at a nearby consignment shop.

The suspect attacked them with the shard, injuring both of them. The victims fought back and disarmed him, smashing his glass weapon, rendering it safe.

Numerous passersby seized this opportunity to wrestle the newly disarmed suspect to the ground, where they pinned him until police arrived.

Officers arrested the suspect and called for medics to treat the consignment shoppers superficial cut wounds.

Ambulance staff transported the suspect to a local hospital, where he will remain under guard until discharged.

Once released from medical care, officers will book the 22 year old man into King County Jail for felony assault and malicious mischief charges.

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Un Bien now open on Seaview Ave

April 26th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

According to the folks at Seattle Eater, local sandwich spot Un Bien’s second location is now open in the former Paseo spot at 6226 Seaview Ave NW.


By the looks of things, the owners the Lorenzo brothers, have given the outside of the building a little update.

The new spot’s opening hours will be Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. You can reach the team at (206) 420-7545.

Photo courtesy of Seattle Eater.

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Have you seen Lily in Ballard?

April 25th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

A My Ballard reader emailed in to report that Lily the cat went missing last Thursday from NW 73rd St and Jones Ave NW.

“Please keep an eye out for her,” writes her owner Julie.


If you have spotted or found Lily please call (206) 853-8255 or email

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Recycling event on this weekend at Our Redeemer’s

April 25th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Make a Clean Sweep with this spring’s recycling and donation event at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church (NW 85th Street and 25th Ave NW) this Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Event organizers are encouraging locals to clean out their basements and garages and get rid of all those unwanted electronic items, metal, styrofoam and clothing.

Our Redeemer’s is partnering with SBK | Green Century Electronic Recycle for an E-recycling event. Check out the Facebook event page for the full list of accepted items.

The EarthCare Team will also be collecting clean, dry styrofoam (please remove all tape and labels). They are unable to accept hot tub covers or any wet or dirty styrofoam.

Gently used clothing will be collected for donation to The Bridge Care Center. The center is especially looking for men’s jeans, socks and shoes.

Recycling at Saturday’s event is free. Our Redeemer’s Youth will be on hand to manage the event and accept donations for their summer camping trip.

Locals are reminded to kindly not drop off anything before 9 a.m.

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Development Update April 25: subdivision and town home approvals

April 25th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Three development 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.


2051 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 #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.

7530 15th Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow 20 live-work units and 33 townhomes for a total of 53 units. Parking for 70 vehicles to be provided. Existing structures to be demolished. Environmental Review includes future full subdivision and full unit lot subdivision.

5418 P Ballard Ave NW

A Land Use Application to locate a minor communication utility (Verizon Wireless) on a new Seattle City Light utility pole #1374620 within the right-of-way has been approved. The project includes attaching two antennas to the new pole. Final decision on placement of antennas will be made by Seattle City Light.

The Department of Construction and Inspections has completed their siting review of the Class II attachment described above and is recommending that the General Manager of Seattle City Light (SCL) grant the request.  SCL will make the final determination on the proposal.

Appeals of the above decisions must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 5/9/2016.

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Viaduct to close for two weeks starting April 29

April 22nd, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin


WSDOT is reminding drivers and transit users that there are just seven days until the two week closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct through downtown Seattle.

Starting Friday, April 29, the WSDOT will completely close the viaduct between South Spokane Street and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel (shown in above map) for 24 hours a day for two weeks.

This closure is expected to start prior to the morning commute and last approximately two weeks as the SR 99 tunneling machine Bertha digs underneath the roadway near Yesler Way.

According to WSDOT, roughly 90,000 vehicles use the viaduct each day and WSDOT expects this closure to have a significant effect on the region’s commute.

“When we closed the viaduct for nine days in 2011, we saw significant congestion on Seattle city streets and nearby highways,” said David Sowers, deputy administrator of the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program. “We’ll do everything we can to ease congestion, but unfortunately there’s no way to close a major highway without disrupting traffic.”

WSDOT, the Seattle Department of Transportation, King County, the Port of Seattle and other agencies around Puget Sound are working together to help drivers and commuters plan for the closure and change their normal routines.

A website dedicated to the closure – – lists resources and ideas on ways to adjust commutes and work schedules.

“We understand this closure will be a major inconvenience for many drivers, but we need their help to keep traffic moving,” said Sowers. “We will all get through this together if everyone starts the planning process now and adjusts their commutes.”

WSDOT is working with partner agencies to provide standby buses, more real-time traffic monitoring, police officers at key intersections to keep traffic moving, additional water taxi capacity, additional response vehicles to clear accidents quickly and more.

For downtown commuters in our area, WSDOT is encouraging drivers to leave cars at home and to instead take the bus with King County Metro, or share a ride in a carpool, vanpool or van share. However, it is also important to keep in mind that buses are expected to be crowded during the closure.

WSDOT wants to also remind locals that alternative routes, especially I-5, are likely to be more congested during peak times and to plan for extra travel time accordingly.

According to WSDOT, the viaduct closure will allow for better monitoring of the structure and for quick repairs if any ground movement from tunneling should occur.


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