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Ballard Development Update: four subdivision approvals

August 20th, 2015 by Meghan Walker

Four subdivision approvals make 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.

2413 NW 64TH ST

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units has been approved under Project #6440263. 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 9/3/2015.

MapForNotice190476320 17TH AVE NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units has been approved under Project #6437763. 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 9/3/2015.

MapForNotice201611316 NW 41ST ST

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 2,320 sq. ft. and B) 2,481 sq. ft. Existing structures to be demolished.

Appeals of this decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 9/3/2015.

MapForNotice200252245 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 #6448853. 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 9/3/2015.

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Seattle’s Play Streets are popping up all over Ballard

August 20th, 2015 by Meghan Walker

Kid-themed block parties are catching on quickly in Ballard, with half a dozen regular meet-ups each week in our ‘hood. It’s called the Play Streets Program, and involves closing off a neighborhood street so kids (and adults) can have more space for play and physical activity, according to the City of Seattle.

The Play Streets Program is a pilot with the Seattle Department of Transportation, allowing anyone with a permit to temporarily close their street for special activities. Play streets have been hosted by schools, community groups, and neighbors. What happens on a play street? “Think of a play street as an extension of all the front yards on your block,” SDOT writes. “You can play hopscotch or 4-square, have a dance party, do yoga, have 3-legged races, bounce a ball, skate, scoot, walk, roll, bike, and run. The options are limitless.”

There are currently around 70 play streets in the city, and several are in Ballard. Check out the map for ongoing play street locations around the neighborhood – blue tags are upcoming or recurring play streets, and red tags are previous play streets.

According to the city’s website about the program, almost any non-arterial street can be a play street. They say a play street cannot be longer than one block and cannot include an intersection. If you want to apply to make your street a play street, click here.



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Maritime Pacific to celebrate 25 years with a block party

August 20th, 2015 by Meghan Walker

maritimeBallard’s behemoth brewery scene will pay homage to its roots this weekend, as Maritime Pacific Brewery celebrates 25 years in the neighborhood. All of Ballard’s breweries and beer fanatics will join Maritime for a massive block party on Saturday, August 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. They’ll be blocking off NW Ballard Way between 11th Ave and 14th Ave NW  11:30 p.m. on Friday through 11:30 p.m. on Saturday for the festivities.

Tickets for the event cost $25, which gets you five beer vouchers and food voucher. All the local Ballard breweries will be there: Bad Jimmy’s, Hale’s, Hilliard’s, Lucky Envelope, Northwest Peaks, Peddler, Populuxe, Reuben’s, and Stoup will all have beer on tap. Food options will include slow-roasted BBQ pork and beef, corn on the cob, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, clams and mussels, hot dogs, and more. Drink and food proceeds will benefit the Ballard Food Bank.

The block party is family-friendly and will have activities for kids all day. Maritime says there will be large inflatable toys, a rock climbing wall, a mechanical bull and other fun street features. Vouchers for activities will be sold onsite; the price ranges from $2 to $4 per ride, or an unlimited voucher for $35

Live music will also be on tap all day, starting at 11 a.m. with the Christian Smith Trio. Town Hall Brawl plays at 12:30, Wet City Rockers at 2 p.m., POPdeFECT at 4 p.m., and McTuff will take the stage at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the event are available through Brown Paper Tickets. (Kids and designated driver tickets are also available at $10 and $12.) All tickets will be available for pickup (with ID) at the Information Kiosk at the event. 

More info about the event can be found on Maritime’s Facebook page.


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Daytime burglaries in Ballard worry residents

August 19th, 2015 by Meghan Walker

We’ve been hearing of several daytime burglaries lately on the My Ballard Forum, with bold thieves entering homes and offices in our neighborhood. Paul Forgey told us about a burglary a few days ago at his home, saying he was burglarized when he stepped out for a few hours in the afternoon to run some errands. He said he has an alarm system, which he believes spooked the robber, but his laptop was taken in the invasion.

Forgey, who lives on NW 80th St just west of Larson’s, said the police officer told him the burglar likely knocked on all the doors before popping a screen and entering through a secluded unlocked window. “Be careful!” he writes. “I’ve been reading of other daytime burglaries around this neighborhood with some concern before today.”

My Ballard Forum participant Catherine chimed in to thank Forgey for his post, adding that her home was burglarized two nights in a row this time of year, another reminder to check windows and doors before leaving the house.

Another reader, PlantLover, wrote that their office was burgled last week. “They got away with my computer and some personal things that I will miss, but I did not have an emotional reaction except annoyance.”

If you have concerns about suspicious characters near your home, call the Seattle Police Department’s non-emergency line at 206-625-5011.


Share and trade your kids’ toys and gear on Saturday

August 19th, 2015 by Meghan Walker

share-and-play-poster-grand-openingThis Saturday is the first Ballard Share and Play, an opportunity for families to give or take gently used (or unused) toys, clothing, books and baby/kid gear with community members. Ballard’s Toast (5615  24th Ave NW) is hosting the event on Saturday, August 22 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

 Ballard Share and Play is organized by Sustainable Ballard, and it “promotes reuse, recycling and recreating while strengthening our community through sharing,” according to their website about the event. They will be setting up donation bins around the neighborhood at the following locations: Ballard Community Center, Ballard Health Club, Ballard Natural Medicine, Ballard Playspace & Toast.

Sustainable Ballard says they need volunteers to steward the donation boxes in these locations including maintenance, straightening and clean-up; contact Barrie if you are interested in being a bin steward, they say.

Share and Play is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.


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EETBAR to host Seattle Animal Shelter fundraiser on Thursday

August 19th, 2015 by Meghan Walker

FuzzyFoursFundraiser2015_EETBAROn Thursday, August 20, Ballard’s EETBAR (1556 NW 56th) will host their annual Fuzzy Fours Fundraiser for the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation (SASF). From 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow, they’ll be donating all proceeds from their $8 Filipino sampler platter, their drink special and raffle ticket sales to the organization.

“Stop by, grab a drink and a bite, meet the SASF team, sign up to volunteer and find out about the annual SASF auction!” EETBAR tells us. Raffle prizes will include goodies from All the Best Petcare and EETBAR offers.

To learn more, click here for their Facebook page about the event.



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Calling all history buffs: Ballard History Walk is on Saturday

August 19th, 2015 by Meghan Walker

This Saturday, August 22 is another Ballard History Walk, hosted by local group Ballard History Review. This week’s walk is titled “Lutefisk, Libraries & Lumber – oh my!” and will start at Bergen Place Park.


Unknown lumber mill in Ballard, 1900. Photo courtesy the Ballard Historical Society

The tour is from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., costs $15, and is limited to 15 people. Call or text 206-504-0916 to reserve a spot.

Ballard History Review is a small organization that hosts walking tours and gives presentations about Ballard Avenue and the Ballard Historic District. Learn more on their website.

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A look at the new Mighty-O Donuts in Ballard

August 18th, 2015 by Meghan Walker

Mighty-O Donuts hosted its grand opening over the weekend at their new Ballard location on the corner of 17th and NW Market St. The donut shop had its soft opening earlier in the month, but they’re now fully operational with their complete range of donut options and coffee.


The space is open and airy and very kid-friendly, with a large indoor seating area and a bar top that opens to the corner of 17th and NW Market St.


As we reported last month, Mighty-O chose a maritime and industrial aesthetic to pair with the space-inspired design. The shop also features a large exhibition bakery so onlookers can watch the donuts being made or take a behind-the-scenes tour.

Their opening hours are 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends.



Ballard group starts petition in support of Market St. homeless encampment

August 18th, 2015 by Meghan Walker

Update: Click here to view the petition, as the original post was regrettably missing the link.

Original: A group of Ballardites have signed a petition in support of the city’s proposal to develop a homeless encampment on NW Market St. In the first 36 hours, the petition was signed by about 400 people who say they stand behind the city’s highly contested efforts to bring a tent city to Ballard’s front door. The petition in support of the encampment comes after a tense meeting at the Leif Erikson Lodge last week, in which several hundred people gathered to challenge the city and voice concerns over the proposal.

The petition, featuring the slogan “Love your neighbor as yourself,” is in response to a large backlash from Ballard business owners and residents who argue that the proposed encampment location will be a detriment to the vibrancy and safety of the area. The “Don’t Tell Ballard to Shut Up” petition to urge the city to reconsider the tent city site was created early last month, and now has about 1,500 signatures. Opponents of the plan say the location isn’t ideal because it’s next door to two bars and a liquor store.

The petition in support of the encampment argues that homelessness will continue to be a problem and applauds the mayor and city council for their efforts to develop safe places for those unable to find housing.

From the petition:

“Tent Cities are not the solution to permanently end homelessness. They do however provide a safe community for people to live in while they work on finding permanent housing. The streets are a dangerous place and Tent Cities provide a warm place to sleep and a place to store your belongings during the day without fear of theft. The new Tent Cities will be run like the current sanctioned encampments, Tent City 3 and Nickelsville, with a strict code of conduct and sobriety.”

The city has expressed that there are other potential sites, but there’s no hard timeline for a decision on a Ballard encampment location, Department of Planning and Development Director Diane Sugimura told the Seattle Times. But, she told the Times that officials want to open a tent city in Ballard this year.


The greenest home in the city just sold in Ballard

August 18th, 2015 by Meghan Walker

Ballard just got a little more eco-friendly: the first Built Green Emerald Star home in the city is in our ‘hood at 1749 NW 61st St. It sold last week for $850,000.


Photo by Tucker English, courtesy Dwell Development

The home, built by Dwell Development, is the first in Seattle to have the Built Green Emerald Star rating.  Built Green is a regional residential building program that aims to develop environmentally-friendly homes, and range from 3-5 star ratings, with Emerald Star being the greenest rating possible.

The Emerald Star rating requires zero energy usage, achieved by building with mostly reclaimed or repurposed wood, using renewable energy such as solar or wind, and consuming 70 percent less water than a typical home. There’s a checklist Emerald Star-rating homes must follow, which even includes a general requirement that the homes must be located within half a mile of at least five essential services. (Click here for a video tour of the house)

The 4-bedroom home is 2,218 sq. feet, and its exterior features reclaimed barn wood from the Northwest and naturally-rusted barn metal roofing. The old materials are the “rain screen siding system” over a weather-proof liquid barrier underneath, according to Dwell. The home is landscaped with native plants, rainwater catchment cisterns, and bio-planters.

The house is 100% electric; solar panels line the roof, which supports the net-zero energy use. It was built using Passive House technology; high-tech framing, triple-glazed European windows and heat recovery ventilation all add up to give the home its uber-green rating.

Dwell’s Anthony Maschmedt tells us the firm is also finishing 5-Star Built Green townhomes just down the street from the Emerald Star home. According to Curbed, the home was purchased by a couple moving to Seattle to work for Amazon.



Unattended candle causes house fire

August 18th, 2015 by Meghan Walker

An unattended candle caused a small fire inside a home on the 8300 block of 28th Ave NW late Sunday night. The family evacuated their home quickly and no one was injured.


Photo courtesy My Ballard reader Alan Winston

The fire started when the candle lit a desk full of papers and books on fire; the flames then burned a window casing above the desk and caught the window blinds on fire. When Seattle Firefighters arrived, a neighbor had already used a dry chemical on the fire to knock it down, according to SFD’s Kyle Moore.

The family was allowed to re-occupy the home after firefighters cleared the smoke. According to the SFD, the damage estimate is $3,500.

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Get ready for a Viking takeover this weekend

August 17th, 2015 by Meghan Walker

vikingsThe time has come for Ballard’s annual Viking Days, happening this weekend, August 22-23. The festivities will kick off with the 2nd annual Run-Like-a-Viking 5k on Saturday, August 22, starting at 8 a.m. at Golden Gardens. The family-friendly fun will continue all weekend at the Nordic Heritage Museum (3014 NW 67th St) with Nordic food, crafts, and music.

mapvikingThe 5k will be along Ballard’s waterfront, starting and ending at Golden Gardens. Viking-inspired costumes are encouraged for runners, and on-leash (and hopefully costumed) dogs are welcome to run with their owners. The organizers tell us the run will be chip-timed, and the field is limited to 500 participants. Participants are welcome to walk instead of run, and participants may push strollers, they say. Packet pickup is Friday, August 21, from 3 p.m. to 7  p.m. at the Nordic Heritage Museum, and the morning of the race starting at 7 a.m. Registration costs $40 and can be done online.

Viking Days at the museum will commence after the run, with Nordic entertainment, food, activities, and plenty of Vikings. Entrance to both the museum and the festival is free all weekend.

There will be a Swedish pancake breakfast each morning at 9 a.m., and the rest of the festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. On Saturday there will be a salmon barbecue from 4:30 to 7 p.m., accompanied by live music.

Vikings will be running rampant throughout the festival; all day and into the evening there will be demonstrations in, “everything from cooking, weaving and woodcarving to weapon forging and a battle re-enactment, in which visitors are invited to participate,” the organizers tell us.

There will be traditional food from each of the five Nordic countries available for purchase at the festival, including “Swedish meatballs, Norwegian lefse, Danish aebleskiver, Finnish voileipä (open-faced sandwiches), and Icelandic sweets like vinarterta, a delicious layer cake.” Also on hand will be beer from Carlsberg and Odin Brewing Company, plenty of live music ranging from traditional folk to rock, and Nordic crafts for sale. There will be family-friendly activities all weekend as well, including “low-cost craft projects for kids.” The “Nordic Spirit ship” will also be set up for photos and viewing.

For more info about the Viking Days or the 5k run, click here.

Fighting Viking photo courtesy the Nordic Heritage Museum


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