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Nearby News: Greenwood Ave N repaving set for this week

August 16th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

SDOT is advising drivers that Greenwood Ave N between N 125th and N 136th streets will be repaved on Thursday and Friday evening, August 18 and 19.

The repaving is part of a project that began this past week, which will repave Greenwood Ave N between N 112th and N 136th streets.

Greenwood Ave N between N 112th and N 125th is scheduled for repaving in September. Motorists are advised to be aware of the rough road surface in the area and to travel safely.

What to expect:

  • Paving work hours for Thursday and Friday will be 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning.
  • One travel lane in each direction will be maintained on this section of Greenwood Ave N throughout the paving process.
  • Thursday night, August 18, the southbound lanes between N 125th and N 136th streets will be paved.
  • Friday night, August 19, the northbound lanes between N 125th and N 136th streets will be paved.
  • On-street parking adjacent to the paving will be prohibited until the repaved lanes are reopened.
  • Motorists will NOT be able enter or exit driveways for several hours, until the newly laid asphalt has had time to cool. For motorists who are impacted, please consider parking on side streets if you need to come and go during the affected time period.
  • On Thursday night, it is estimated that southbound driveways between N 130th and N 136th streets will be closed from 7 p.m. and midnight, while southbound driveways between N 125th and N 130th streets will be closed between 10 p.m. Thursday night and 6 a.m. Friday morning. These hours are estimates that could change depending on how the paving progresses.
  • On Friday night, it is estimated that northbound driveways between N 130th and N 136th streets will be closed from 7 p.m. until midnight, while northbound driveways between N 125th and N 130th streets will be closed between 10 p.m. Friday night and 6 a.m. Saturday morning. These hours are estimates that could change depending on how the paving process progresses.
  • Emergency vehicles will have access.

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City announces cooling shelter locations ahead of heat wave

August 16th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Seattle and surrounding areas from Thursday afternoon through late Saturday night.

The City of Seattle is providing information and public spaces that may be used by residents to stay cool in the high temperatures.

Stay hydrated

  • Drink plenty of water. Have a beverage with you at all times, and sip or drink frequently. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and large amounts of sugar because they can actually de-hydrate your body.

Protect your pets 

Pets are especially vulnerable in high heat and the Seattle Animal Shelter recommends the following:

  • Never leave your animal unattended in direct sunlight. Provide a shady area for retreat, such as a dog house, porch or shady tree, and always provide cool water.
  • If you leave animals indoors, open screened windows, keep a fan running, provide plenty of water, and, if possible, leave them in a cool location.
  • Never leave animals unattended in a vehicle. Animals do not perspire like humans; they cool themselves by panting. Seats in vehicles get hot under animals’ feet and prevent them from perspiring through their paws. Temperatures rise quickly leaving them trapped and unable to escape the heat.
  • If you must travel with your pet, carry water. If a trip requires you to leave your pet in the car at any point, think about saving that for another day. It’s not worth the risk.
  • Avoid overexerting your animal in hot weather. Exercise is fine when taken in moderation, but extreme heat conditions, obesity, old age, breed and underlying disease can predispose an animal to the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • For birds, take caution and place the bird’s cage away from direct sunlight during the intense heat of the afternoon. Provide water and fruits and vegetables with high moisture content. 

Library

Ballard Library (5614 22nd Ave NW) is equipped with air conditioning, and will serve as a cooling center when the area experiences extreme heat. Hours are Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Senior Center
Ballard NW Senior Center (5429 32nd Ave NW) has air conditioning and is open to the public. Call (206) 297-0403 to find out more details.

Pools and Water Areas

Green Lake Wading Pool (N 73rd and E Green Lake Dr N) is open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. everyday.

Ballard Commons Spray Park (5701 22nd Ave NW) is open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. everyday.

West Green Lake (7312 W Green Lake Dr) and East Green Lake (7201 E Green Lake Dr N) Lifeguarded Beaches are open from noon – 7 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Man arrested for threatening families at Ballard Commons Park

August 16th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

A 37-year-old man was arrested on Monday evening are reports that he was threatening and harassing families at Ballard Commons Park.

Read the full story from the SPD Blotter below:

On Monday, August 15, SPD officers learned of an incident that had occurred earlier in the day at Ballard Commons Park.

The officers spoke with a victim who stated that the suspect had threatened to kill families inside the park. The victim said that he felt threatened and he took his young daughter and left the area. He reported the incident later to 911.

While officers spoke with the victim, he stated that the suspect had returned to the park. Officers contacted the 37-year-old man inside the park and took him into custody without incident after the victim positively identified him. Officers booked the suspect into King County Jail for harassment.

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Seattle Parks seeks proposals for long-term food vendor at Golden Gardens

August 15th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Seattle Parks and Recreation is looking for proposals from qualified operators to manage and operate the Golden Gardens Park Food Concessions under a long-term agreement.

Seattle Parks is seeking and will select the concessionaire who best demonstrates the ability to provide innovative, affordable, healthy, safe and reliable food service to park patrons while paying reasonable concession fees to SPR.

Request for Proposal packets can be downloaded online, picked up in person at the address below, or mailed to you.

Theresa “Terri” Burns, Parks Concessions Coordinator
Seattle Parks and Recreation
Contracts Administration and Support Office
800 Maynard Ave. S, 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98134

All proposals are due Friday, October 14, at 2 p.m.

Email Terri to find out more information at terri.burns@Seattle.gov.

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Development Update August 15: Subdivision Decisions

August 15th, 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.

Decisions:

2426 NW 62nd St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 3,398 sq. ft. and B) 1,600 sq. ft. Existing structure to be demolished.

2232 NW 62nd 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 #6503006. 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 decisions must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 8/29/2016.

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What’s on this weekend

August 12th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Enjoy the weekend in Ballard at these fantastic events!

FRIDAY, August 12

SATURDAY, August 13

    • Horseless Carriage Car Show at Ballard Locks from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event also features pre-1950’s automobiles.
    • Reggie Miles and Friends Music Jam and Sing Along Arts in the Park event at Ballard Commons (5701 22nd Ave NW) from noon – 2 p.m. Bring your voice, talent and instruments. Free event. All skill levels and all are welcome.
    • Free Summer Concerts at Ballard Locks at 2 p.m. featuring Pacific Cascade Big Band.
    • Live Music
      • Nite Wave Performs Duran Duran’s “Rio” with DJ Baby Van Beezly at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 9 p.m. Tickets $15.
      • Adia Victoria, Sam Russell & the Harborrats and Abraham at Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) 9 p.m. Tickets $12.

SUNDAY, August 14

    • Ballard Farmer’s Market along Ballard Ave from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
    • Zumba Class at Ballard Elks (6411 Seaview Ave NW) from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. $5 suggested donation, all funds raised go to Ballard Elks charities. Classes are held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays each month.
    • Free Summer Concerts at Ballard Locks at 2 p.m. featuring MachOne Jazz Orchestra.
    • Live Music
      • Open mic at Conor Byrne Pub (5140 Ballard Ave NW) sign-up at 7:30 p.m.
      • Stella Crest, Heavy Petting and Perfect Families at the Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Tickets $8.
      • Jeremy Pinnell & The 55’s with Ole Tinder and AP Dugas at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave NW) at 8 p.m. Tickets $8.

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Ballardites to battle over Elvis title

August 12th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

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Two Ballard locals will be battling it out for Seattle’s Best Elvis title at 8 p.m. this Saturday, August 13, at The Crocodile downtown (2200 2nd Ave).

Past winner, Ballard resident Rob Schwertley (pictured) and 2nd runner-up Ballardite Jimmy Peschel will compete this Saturday’s  Seattle “Elvis Invitationals” to decide who is Seattle’s best Amateur ETA (Elvis Tribute Artist).

When not impersonating Elvis, Schwertley works in sales at the Seattle Times and Peschel is a ship captain and currently works at Foss.

“There is only one place in Seattle each year where you can see twenty different impersonators in full hip-gyrating, fried Chicken-eating and swooning action,” say the event organizers.

Tickets cost $17 and can be purchased online.

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Seattle Council Committee approves housing affordability program

August 12th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The Seattle City Council’s Planning, Land Use & Zoning committee unanimously (5-0) approved framework legislation last week that would require that residential developers provide for affordable housing by either including it in their development or paying into a fund used to support the development of affordable housing in Seattle.

The requirement will apply after Council adopts future zoning changes, scheduled for Council consideration at the end of 2016/early 2017.

“This program is one of the most ambitious efforts Seattle has ever undertaken to address our growing need for affordable housing in our city,” says Councilmember Rob Johnson.

Under the program, if residential developers create rental housing, a select number of units must be made affordable to households earning up to 60% of Area Median Income (AMI), or $43,380 annually for a 2-person household.

If developers to create housing for homeownership, a select number of units must be made affordable to households earning up to 80% of AMI, or $55,450 annually for a 2-person household.

The number of required affordable units would be established by future legislation, as would the required amount of funds to be alternatively paid into an affordable housing development fund.

The Committee also adopted a series of amendments, including prioritizing that projects using the affordable housing development fund are developed near the projects that paid into the fund; that housing units be kept affordable for a term of 75 years; that when an affordable rental unit is converted to an ownership unit, the existing tenant has a right of first offer; and that accountability requirements be imposed to ensure that projects remain affordable.

“Our amendment creates consistency between our anti-displacement efforts and commits to exploring how we can use the Mandatory Affordable Housing framework to help ensure that the communities in our city most threatened by displacement can stay and thrive in place,” says Councilmember Mike O’Brien.

The Mandatory Affordable Housing – Residential (MHA-R) legislation is a key component of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA), which is a multi-faceted policy agenda intended to create 20,000 affordable units over the next 10 years.

The Full Council is scheduled to consider the Mandatory Housing Affordability legislation at its 2 p.m. meeting on Monday,  August 15.

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Enjoy live tunes at Ballard Midday Music Series

August 12th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Locals can enjoy some fantastic live music this summer every Friday from noon – 1:30 p.m. at Bergen Place Park (5420 22nd Ave NW).

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This Friday’s concert will feature the Smilin’ Scandinavians who bring together lively polkas, traditional Scandinavian, old-time country and big band swing with folksy humor and superb, lutefisk fueled chops.

Click here to learn more and see the full schedule.

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Community rallies to keep Joel Romeo in Ballard home

August 11th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

Many readers have emailed in to report that the community is rallying behind well known Ballardite Joel Romeo to keep him from being evicted from his home.

Community members have created a Go Fund Me account to raise funds necessary to keep Joel in Ballard. Read the post from the Go Fund Me page below:

As you may have heard, Joel is being kicked out of his house for being a “hoarder.” We cleaned up his house, and his land lord is still kicking him out. Unfortunatley the solution isn’t as simple/ magical as “Oh, I’m sure the state will pay for that and quickly find him a new place.” The $ you give will go to moving costs and to fight for Joel’s space.

Ballard is now prime real estate and the landlord could obviously get a lot more for that spot. He wants him out at the end of this month. Joel’s been in this spot for about 20 years.

Joel’s house is perfect for him and connects him to his community, music stores, music venues, & friends. It is where he makes his art. He is a beloved fixture in Ballard, and he daily makes the rounds in his neighborhood.

His light shines bigger than he is,  bonding with many people in Ballard who view him as family, and who he sees as family. Ideally we’d like him to stay in Ballard, and ideally, his house. To up root him from his home will seriously derail him.

Joel’s story has been a success story, he’s been able to live autonomously and independent. But it is the culmination of many people along the way advocating for him. And this hasn’t always been the case for him.

Joel is autistic and mute, he could use our voice to stand up for him.  Any help you do will be greatly appreciated.

A documentary was made about Joel for the 2014 Doc Challenge. Check it out below:

Click here to check out the Facebook page dedicated to supporting Joel.

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Seattle City Council shifts outreach approach

August 11th, 2016 by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin

The City of Seattle is changing their approach to outreach and engagement to allow more residents to give feedback on local issues.

“We need your ideas on how the City can keep you better informed about City projects, events, opportunities, and issues. Tell us how you want to participate, and what we can do to make it easier,” says representatives from the Seattle City Council.

Check out the following ways to get engaged and have your say:

  • Use the Seattle City Council online conversation tool where you can weigh in alongside your neighbors and share ideas.
    • Click on this website.
    • Go to Log In (upper right-hand corner) where you’ll be asked to create a simple account.
    • View each question, click on a statement, and drag the slider to show your opinion and add a comment.
  • Take the two-minute survey. It’s fast and easy.
  • Provide feedback via social media using #engageseattle or find us on Twitter (@SeaNeighborhood) or Facebook (SeattleNeighborhoods).
  • Email us at NewDON@seattle.gov.
  • Find us at community events and festivals in August and September to talk with us in-person. A list of some of the events is on our website.

“Help us bring more voices to the table and make our outreach and engagement work for everyone,” says representatives from the Seattle City Council.

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Development Update August 11: Plenty of subdivisions

August 11th, 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.

Applications:

6733 Alonzo Ave NW

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6480863. 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.

1546 NW 62nd St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6483373. 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.

1548 NW 62nd St

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A Land Use Application has been submitted to subdivide one development site into two unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6483374. 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.

2201 NW 61st St

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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 #6489410. 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:

3029 NW 56th St

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6502867. 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. Environmental review was conducted under Project #3023221.

2351 NW 65th 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 #6478244. 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.

6105 22nd Ave NW

A Land Use Application has been approved to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 1,697 sq. ft. and B) 3,295 sq. ft. Existing structures to be demolished.

Appeals of the above decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner no later than 8/25/2016.

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