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Naked cyclists to take a spin through Ballard

June 16th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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This Saturday, June 18, marks another year for the famous Summer Solstice Parade and bike ride in Seattle.

At approximately 2 p.m. around 1500 naked painted cyclists will ride up Ballard Ave to Market St and then progress down 15th riding towards Leary and into Fremont for the Summer Solstice parade.

“People who love this kind of thing typically fight the crowds in Fremont. Now they don’t have to and can have a front row seat in Ballard from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.,” say the organizers.

Email through photos of the event to tips@myballard.com.

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Ownership of Honoré Artisan Bakery to change hands

June 16th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

According to Seattle Eater, the ownership of Ballard favorite Honoré Artisan Bakery (1413 NW 70th Street) is set to change hands this month.

New owner, Suzanne Rosellini, has confirmed that the purchase is likely to go through tomorrow, June 17, after which she plans to close for a week and reopen on June 25.

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Seattle Eater reports that originally, Rosellini planned to open an establishment focused soley on her specialty cakes that she currently makes in her business, Rosellini Sweets.

However, once the opportunity came to purchase Honoré, Rosselini tells Seattle Eater, she shifted her focus. Rossellini is now training with current Honoré owner Franz Gilbertson and plans to retain his staff.

In addition to the regular Honoré favorites, locals should expect the addition of Rosselini’s cakes and possibly other pastries when the establishment reopens under the new ownership. According to Seattle Eater, the goal is for the new items to “coexist harmoniously” with the croissants, quiches, kouign amanns, breads, and other delicacies that bring the crowds to Honoré.

“I like how Franz runs his bakery, I like his baked goods,” Rosellini told Seattle Eater. “I think it’ll be a smooth transition. Hopefully it won’t be too traumatizing for anyone.”

Rosellini is in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to raise $25,000, which will go towards the essentials of running the bakery for the first few months including funds for rent, payroll, inventory, and more.

“This happened quite a bit faster than I thought it would, which is why I’m behind on everything,” Rosellini told Seattle Eater.

The Kickstarter campaign has various rewards for contributions including cookies, parties and tours of the facility. As of today, Rosellini has raised $15,480 with 11 days remaining on the campaign.

“I know there’s a lot of talk, regulars are scared about what’s going to happen, but I think it’s going to be a nice transition and they’re going to be happy it’s staying in the hands of a neighbor,” Rossellini, a Ballard resident, told Seattle Eater. “It’ll be Honoré and then some.”

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Development Update June 16: Apartment buildings and subdivisions

June 16th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

One application and plenty of 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.

Application:

8509 14th Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to allow two, 4-story apartment buildings with a total of 24 units; 18 small efficiency dwelling units and 6 apartment units. Existing residential structure to be demolished.

Decisions:

1520 NW 87th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into five parcels of land. Project also includes unit lot subdivision of Parcel A into two unit lots. The construction of live/work units and residential dwelling units has been approved under Project #6395342. This subdivision is for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the individual live/work units and residential dwellings units. Development standards will be applied to the development site as a whole and not to each of the new lots and unit lots.

1737 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 #6466981. 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.

1427 NW 65th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to allow a 4-story apartment building containing 22 units. No parking proposed. Existing structure to be demolished.

6735 Alonzo Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6482213. 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 the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 6/30/2016.

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SPD officers catch car thief asleep at wheel

June 15th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SPD officers found a car thief asleep at the wheel Monday night after tracking a stolen Honda from Queen Anne to the West Woodland neighborhood.

Check out the full report from the SPD Blotter below:

A Queen Anne resident called SPD around 9 p.m. Monday from the 3200 block of Conkling Place W and reported someone had stolen his Honda Prelude in the last 24 hours. Fortunately, his car was equipped with a GPS system, which showed the vehicle was parked in the 6500 block of 5th Avenue Northwest.

Officers quickly found the car and discovered there was a 21-year-old man asleep in the driver’s seat.  After arresting the man, police found he was carrying a collection of filed-down keys—a tool commonly used by prolific car thieves—along with a tool for breaking windows, a can of lubricant spray, and two passports belonging to other people.
Police also recovered a backpack, a briefcase, a box of wrenches, car and stereo parts from the car, none of which belonged the the car’s owner.

Officers booked the 21-year-old–who has previous convictions for auto theft property crimes—into the King County Jail for investigation of auto theft and returned the car to its owner.

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Populuxe to raise funds for Pulse shooting victims

June 14th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The folks at Populuxe Brewing (826B NW 49th St) are hosting an event to support the victims of the terrible Pulse Night Club shootings in Orlando.

$1 from every pint sold on Thursday, June 16, from 4:30 p.m. – close will go towards supporting the victims and their families.

The funds will be donated to the Equality Florida’s Pulse Victim Go Fund Me campaign that has already raised 2.8 million for those affected by this terrible tragedy.

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Ballard History Walks kick off for the Summer

June 14th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Ballard History Walks are on again this summer and the next one is set for this Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

This week’s walk is titled “Banks, boarding houses and brothels on Ballard Avenue (pictured below in 1900)???” and will start at Bergen Place Park (5429 22nd Ave NW).

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The tours are hosted by local group Ballard History Review and partial proceeds benefit Ballard Historical Society.

Tour tickets cost $15 per person and reservations can  be made via call or text to (206) 504-0916 (limited to 15 people).

Photo courtesy of Ballard Historical Society. 

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Ballard Natural Drainage Systems crews begin excavation work

June 14th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Ballard Natural Drainage Systems crew started excavating for weirs in the bioretention cells (rain gardens) last week.

The weirs act like small dams across the cell and help control stormwater flow and reduce erosion.

For the next few weeks, crews will continue working in the rain garden locations along NW 75th St, 19th Ave NW, 17th Ave NW and near the intersection of NW 77th St and 18th Ave NW.

Construction will commence next month in the area nearby Loyal Heights Elementary School along 26th Avenue Northwest and NW 77th St.

Anticipated impacts for residents include:

  • Increased construction traffic and noise
  • Parking restrictions during work hours
  • Temporary traffic lane closures
  • Temporary sidewalk closures

Click here to check out more information about the Ballard Natural Drainage Systems Project.

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Swedish opens 22-bed behavioral unit in Ballard

June 14th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

At the end of May, Swedish Medical Center in Ballard opened a new 22-bed behavioral health unit.

The cost of the new unit was just under $12 million and stemmed from a conversation about improving psychiatric care between Swedish, the Washington State Hospital Association and other member hospitals back in 2013.

“It quickly became evident there was a critical shortage of regional acute care beds to serve patients with both psychiatric and medical needs in a community hospital setting,” says Dr. Arpan Waghray, system medical director for behavioral health at Swedish.

According to Swedish, Washington state ranks near the lowest in the nation in terms of inpatient psychiatric capacity, which has left the state struggling to find enough beds for psychiatric patients.

Since psychiatric boarding – which is the practice of detaining patients with mental health problems without treatment because of limited psychiatric beds – was deemed against the law by Washington state Supreme Court, health systems have been starting to open new facilities and units around the state at a faster pace.

The new unit in our neighborhood will accept both voluntary and involuntary patients ages 18 and older and is located on the third and fourth floor of the Central Tower .

According to the Swedish team, the space was designed to better coordinate care for patients with two chronic illnesses simultaneously, “which will not only improve both medical and behavioral health outcomes, it will reduce the cost of care by decreasing repeat visits to the hospital,” according to their press release.

Swedish has also partnered with Sound Mental Health to ensure seamless care during an inpatient stay and community based stabilization period after discharge.

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Mayor Murray proposes plan for more police officers

June 13th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Last week, Mayor Ed Murray sent the Seattle City Council a proposed funding plan to finance the hiring of 200 new police officers and investments in the City’s 911 call center.

“Residents, businesses, and experts agree that we must increase investments in our police department, hire additional officers, and enhance community engagement,” says Mayor Murray.

Mayor Murray’s proposal calls for an addition of 200 officers by the end of 2019, expanding the Seattle Police Department to the highest staff level in the history of the department.

According to the Office of the Mayor, this level of expansion is in line with the police staffing study conducted by Berkshire Advisors.

“This proposal is the best mechanism remaining to fund urgently needed expansion of the police force to match Seattle’s vigorous population growth and to bring our staffing levels closer to the norms of big cities in the U.S.,” says Cindy Pierce, President of the Neighborhood Safety Alliance.

Mayor Murray plans to expand the SPD with funds financed through reprioritizing existing resources, identifying efficiencies and by increasing selected fees and taxes on Seattle businesses.

Mike Stewart, Executive Director of the Ballard Chamber of Commerce, agrees with the Mayor’s plans. “We look forward to engaging with the Seattle City Council on this important step forward,” says Stewart.

Mayor Murray has estimated that the cost of the 200 additional officers, improving the 911 call center and other information technology investments will cost $37 million per year.

The Mayor is proposing to raise $14 million in new revenues and fund the remaining $23 million from existing resources. Roughly half of the General Fund resources has already been approved by Council for hiring additional police officers.

The proposed increases in taxes and fees on Seattle businesses include:

  • 3.2 percent increase over two years in the existing Business and Occupation (B&O) tax rates, which have not risen since 1991, generating $8.4 million per year. A retail business with $1 million in revenues would pay an additional $70 a year.
  • Restructuring and increasing the City’s Business License fee, with fees increasing in five steps depending on the size of the business, generating $5.8 million per year. The smallest businesses would see a license fee increase of $25 a year.

According to the Mayor’s Office, incoming calls to SPD’s 911 call center call have placed a growing strain on the current system. Call center volumes have increased by 13 percent since 2010.

The call center will be adding staff and making technology investments to handle the growing number of calls for service. Other technology investments at the department include technology infrastructure to support body worn cameras for officers and a new time tracking tool to help manage officer overtime.

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Ballard Venturing Crew to host Open House

June 13th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Ballard Venturing Crew 100, the local co-ed Scouting program, is hosting an Open House recruiting event this Thursday, June 16, at 7 p.m.

The Crew is recruiting young men and women ages 14 – 20 for fun and adventures in the great Northwest.

Through their involvement in the group, local youth have the opportunity to learn important technical and leadership skills, make new, life-long friendships, and develop a healthy appreciation for their community.

Attendees will have the chance to check out the upcoming adventures including a Mt Adams climb, overnight at Pilchuck Lookout, and a hike to Camp Muir.

No previous scouting experience is necessary to join the Crew.

The event will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church (6512 23rd Ave NW).

RSVPs are requested online or via email to ballardcrew100@gmail.com.

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Locals attacked by crows on Market St

June 13th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

My Ballard reader Ed emailed in to warn locals about some aggressive crows who attacked people on Market St.

On Sunday morning at about 10:15 a.m., Ed and his fiancé were attacked by a murder of, what Ed describes as, “super aggressive crows.”

The incident happened in front of the Fire Station on Market St and the intersection of Market and 17th Ave NW.

“People were running up and down the street to avoid and escape,” writes Ed.

Be mindful out there and email us at tips@myballard.com with any reports.

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Magnolia Library to host Business Resource Open House

June 13th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Magnolia Library (2801 34th Ave W) is hosting a drop-in Business Resource Open House this Thursday, June 16, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The open house is for all locals with small businesses, who are both just starting or are well under way. A variety of local organizations will be at the event including SCORE.

The event is free and open to everyone. Snacks will be provided.

Click here to find out more.

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