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Development Update March 20: A subdivision and a 4-story building

March 20th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Two applications make up today’s update from the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections as posted in the Land Use Information Bulletin.


8311 15th Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow a 4-story building containing 5 congregate residences with 80 sleeping rooms in an environmentally critical area. Retail will be located at ground level. Existing building to be demolished.

8353 18th Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6530214. 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

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What’s on this weekend

March 17th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Have a fantastic weekend in Ballard!

FRIDAY, March 17

SATURDAY, March 18

SUNDAY, March 19

  • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
  • Sunday Morning Meditation at Amazing Grace Spiritual Center (2007 NW 61st St) from 10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.
  • 9th annual Seattle Empty Bowls Fundraiser  at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Locals can purchase a hand made bowl filled with soup of their choice of a donation of $20 or more. Proceeds go directly to Ballard Food Bank.
  • Live Music
    • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
    • The Lowebeats, The Connection and The Dee Dees at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $10.

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SPL to accept Student Assistant Program applications next month

March 17th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Teens ages 16 and older are invited to learn about and apply to the Student Assistant Program at The Seattle Public Library.

The Student Assistant Program gives young people valuable work experience at the Library. Applicants must be enrolled in a school program, but may not yet have completed bachelor’s degrees. Students accepted into the program may participate for up to three years, or until they no longer qualify as students.

To apply, a student must complete an employment application, a cover letter, proof of school enrollment and a reference from an educator or employer (form included in the application). The application will be available online on Saturday, April 1.

Screening the application materials can take between four and six weeks following the application deadline. Throughout the application and screening process, students are welcome to log in to their online applicant profile and view their status in the recruitment process. Applicants are asked to check their status online before contacting Human Resources.

Eligible students will have until 5 p.m., Sunday, April 30, 2017 to apply. More details on how to apply will be posted on the Library Job Listings on Saturday, April 1.

For more information, call the Library at (206) 386-4636 or Ask A Librarian.

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1st annual “Running of the Beavers” fun run/walk set for April 1

March 17th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Locals are invited to participate in the 1st annual Running of the Beavers fun run/walk on Sunday, April 1. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ballard High School Foundation.

The run will start and finish at beautiful Golden Gardens Park along the Ballard waterfront. Participants will enjoy stunning views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains on this fast, flat course. The finish will take participants right by the famous Beaver Pond at Golden Gardens.

Day of Race Registration and Packet Pick-up will open at 7:30 a.m. with the 5km run/walk kicking off at 9 a.m. There will also be a Kids’ Dash that starts at 10:30 a.m.

Locals can register for the event online. Registration is $40 for adults through March 29, $20 for students and Kids’ Dash participants can register for $10.

Click here to learn more about the event on the official Running of the Beavers website.

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Locals to race in Leif to Leif Fun Run/Walk this Saturday

March 16th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The annual Leif to Leif 5k Fun Run/Walk is set for Saturday, March 18, starting at 9 a.m.

Participants will race from Leif Erikson Lodge to the statue of Leif Erikson on Shilshole Ave NW while raising funds for both the lodge and Ballard Senior Center.

Cost for registration is $10 for adults and $5 for children. All participants will receive a Norwegian flag and a waffle for taking part.

All are welcome to participate and can register online.

Upon returning to Leif Erikson Lodge, participants will find the Tastes of Norway/Norwegian Cultural and Heritage Day that is set to kick off at 10 a.m.

The event will be jam packed with fun for the whole family including musical entertainment, special speakers/presentations,demonstrations of many traditional Norwegian handcrafts, music, song, dance, food and more.

Artists will be demonstrating cooking and crafts, such rosemaling (a traditional craft dating from the 1700s). Gorgeous handmade goods by the Norna Ladies will also be on offer, including their famous embroidered tea towels!

Local genealogy researchers will be available to assist attendees with questions about their Norwegian ancestors. Locals will also have the chance to judge local pickled herring from a variety of vendors competing for the 2017 Pickled Herring Taste Off.

Kids will be entertained throughout the event with Norwegian themed crafts by local Norwegian teacher Kristina Strombo.

Admission is free and open to the public. “Velkommen og vaer saa god! (Welcome to our home and table),” says the organizers.

Free parking will also be available in various locations. Check with the parking attendants when you arrive!

Click here to find out more about the event!

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River Run Farm to open Farmshare pick-up point in Ballard

March 16th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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The team at River Run Farm on the Olympic Peninsula are piloting a new project so that families can have access to fresh organic produce in the city.

River Run Farm is a small-scale organic vegetable farm run by a group of young farmers who are growing in the most ecological ways possible including farming with draft horses.

This summer and fall Farmshare the team is bringing weekly boxes of produce into the city and are going to launch a pick-up point here in Ballard!

“Our hope is that this program is an opportunity to build a community around good food and good living; bridging the gap between rural food-grower and urban food-eater,” says Elizabeth from River Run Farm.

Check out their website for more details.

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Development Update March 16: Subdivisions and an 85-unit block

March 16th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

One application and two 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.


1726 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 #6528468. 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.


2027 NW 65th St

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A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6488327. 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.

5512 17th Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been approved to allow a 7-story structure containing 85 small efficiency dwelling units, 3 apartment units, 2 live-work units and 1,700 square feet of retail at ground level. No parking is proposed. The existing structure will be demolished.

Appeals of the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 3/30/2016.

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AmazonFresh Pickup coming to Ballard

March 15th, 2017 by Geeky Swedes

Update March 17:

The opening of Ballard’s AmazonFresh Pickup store appears to be getting closer.

Original Post:

We now know what Amazon’s mysterious “Project X” development along 15th Ave. between 51st and 52nd will be called: AmazonFresh Pickup. The facility will be a drive-thru to pick up groceries ordered on AmazonFresh.


GeekWire discovered these sketches from Amazon’s request for city signage permits, which were approved. The building will include a “Hello Ballard” sign, and an elevated AmazonFresh sign will be visible from the Ballard Bridge.


Amazon has kept quiet when asked about the development. AmazonFresh Pickup is a new concept — different from the Amazon Go automated store that opened downtown. Another AmazonFresh Pickup facility is under construction in SoDo. No word on when they’ll open.

Ballard has several supermarkets, especially if you count the upcoming addition of New Seasons Market on Ballard Way which is slated to open later this year.

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Mighty-O Launches the first parklet of 2017 in Ballard

March 15th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Seattle’s ninth parklet opened outside of Mighty-O Donuts (1555 NW Market St,) to much fanfare on March 7.

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) joined parklet host Mighty-O Donuts and neighborhood residents to celebrate the opening of this new public space at 17th Ave NW and NW Market St in Ballard.

“Seattle’s Parklet Program has been a great success since its launch in early 2013,” stated Scott Kubly, SDOT director. “People all over the city enjoy having these unique neighborhood gathering spaces.”

The Mighty-O parklet is designed around a reused boat hull, and was celebrated with origami boat-making, boat races, and plenty of donuts. Hosted by Friends of Mighty-O Parklet, a local group of neighborhood volunteers, the parklet was funded by private donations and a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods grant.

“Mighty-O set sail a few years ago with an idea to participate in this community project, the 1940’s era boat was inspired by our cities maritime past,” said Megan Helmer, Mighty-O co-owner. “We are grateful to SDOT, Department of Neighborhoods, community donations, and the volunteers who came together to make this project possible.”

Parklets help activate city streets, provide seating and community gathering spaces, and support local businesses. They can also take the form of a streatery which is a parklet that is a sidewalk café during business hours. Parklets and streateries are small-scale public spaces built adjacent to sidewalks within on-street parking spots. They encourage walking and biking by providing interesting places for sitting or talking with neighbors.

Parklet and streatery design, permitting, construction, and maintenance costs are funded by the parklet or streatery host. The design of each parklet or streatery reflects the character of the surrounding neighborhood, and complies with City safety and mobility standards.

If you are interested in being a parklet or streatery host can get more information online, e-mail, or call (206) 684-5267.

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TCIS Detectives investigate Holman Road collision

March 14th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) are investigating the circumstances leading up to the two-car collision that occurred Monday evening on Holman Road NW.

Read more details from the SPD Blotter Post below:

At about 7:50 p.m., a 2007 Nissan X-Terra, driven by a 60-year-old male ride-share employee and his 40-year-old female passenger were travelling northbound on Holman Road NW when the Nissan struck a 1997 Honda Accord, also travelling northbound on Holman.

The impact caused the Honda to slide sideways into a tree on a planting strip with enough force to cut the Honda in half, trapping the 35-year-old male driver (and only occupant) inside the car.  The Nissan continued northbound for approximately another two blocks on Holman before it crashed into a gas station pump at 4th Avenue NW, shearing it off and resulting in a small explosion and fire.

Seattle Fire responded and extinguished the fire very quickly.  Firefighters got the Honda driver out of his car and medics transported him to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries.  The female passenger in the Nissan was transported to the hospital with possible minor injuries, and the Nissan driver was not injured.

TCIS detectives responded to the scene to begin their investigation.  As is routine, the Nissan driver was evaluated at the scene by officers for any sign of impairment.  The driver was taken to a hospital where a sample of his blood was taken after a warrant was obtained.  The driver was interviewed and released from the scene pending the results of the blood lab results.

The collision left one man with serious injuries and a small explosion and fire when one of the vehicles struck a gas station gas pump.

This remains an active and on-going collision investigation.

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PNPC kids clothing and gear sale on this Saturday

March 14th, 2017 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op (PNPC)’s bi-annual kids’ clothing and gear sale is set for this Saturday, March 18, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association (6532 Phinney Ave N) from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Locals will find amazing deals on gently-used clothing, shoes, toys, books, strollers, bedding, furniture, safety equipment, outdoor gear, car seats, costumes, maternity wear and more! This is THE sale for families on a budget!

Locals can line up early for the very best selection, OR, enjoy 50% discounts on many items starting at 12:00 pm!

Free parking and admission. All proceeds benefit the preschool directly.

Click here to find out more.

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Natural gas leak shuts down Leary

March 14th, 2017 by Geeky Swedes

Update: The firefighters have cleared the scene, and the road has reopened.

Earlier: Firefighters have responded to 5433 Leary Ave. (which is the address of the Ballard Landmark) for a natural gas leak in the area. As of 8:45 a.m., Leary is closed in both directions from Market to Vernon.


Seattle Fire says the situation is stable, and PSE is on scene. Residents were evacuated to a Metro bus. No estimate of when the road will reopen.

(Photo by Tom Brew)

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