Public meeting set for controversial project slated for Fremont Ave.

We’ve covered LOTS of new developments over the years, and a high-density apartment proposal (.pdf) along Fremont Ave. is one of the most controversial we’ve seen. The city has received enough petition signatures to schedule a public hearing for later this month — a rather rare occurrence.

We first reported on the 3-story, 32-unit apartment proposal for 3959 Fremont Ave. N — across from BF Day School — back in February. Neighbors deluged the city in letters and petition signatures, created a blog and landed a opinion piece in the Seattle Times.

Since then, the developer has made some revisions — such as keeping and improving the pedestrian stairway from Fremont Ave. — but neighbors say their primary concern has yet to be met. Since the property is elevated above Fremont Ave., the entrance is positioned in the residential alleyway behind the apartment. Neighbors are concerned about the increase in traffic in the alley, especially in such close proximity to the school.

Here’s a view of the alley from Google street view a few years ago:

The city has set a hearing for June 26th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Room 202.

“Let’s plan to converge on this meeting in force to give the city an earful,” explains the Friends of Upper Fremont blog. “Now the city is going to have to listen to what we have to say.”

2 new apartment buildings in early planning

The design review meeting scheduled for May 14th will be a double-header for two proposed apartment buildings in Central Ballard.

The largest development is a 6-story, 170-unit apartment building with street level retail at 2417 NW Market St (above). As we reported before, it’s a large lot that’s the current home of Twice Sold Tales and Ballard Transfer, about a block away from the new Nordic Museum. The existing building will be demolished. The plan is to provide parking for 170 vehicles.

The second project is 7-story apartment building at 5409 Leary Way NW — this is the parking lot right next to Cafe Fiore — with 40 small efficiency dwelling units and street level general retail sales and service. This project is relying on a proposed upzone from 65 feet to 75 feet in height.

No parking is proposed. Earlier this month, the Seattle City Council passed a bill to reduce parking requirements for new developments inside “Parking Flexibility Areas,” especially for smaller housing projects like the Leary Way building.

For both developments, this is an early guidance meeting, and neither has submitted their design proposals yet (they usually appear a few days before). The meeting is scheduled for May 14th at 6:30 p.m. (for Leary Way) and 8 p.m. (for Market St.) at the Ballard Community Center.

(Thanks Maxx for the heads-up on the meeting.)

Briefs: Thunder, mystery noise, Subway bike robbery, Captain America and more…

THUNDER: Did you hear all the thunder last night? A lightning strike was detected in Wallingford near the QFC, but no damage was reported. There were no strikes detected in the Ballard area.

MYSTERY NOISE: My Ballard reader Noreen sent us a note asking about all the noise near 65th and 24th in the morning hours. “It sounds like a leaf blower, only louder,” she says. Adds Gabrielle on Twitter, “(It) sounds *exactly* like the opening of Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song.” Any ideas?

SUBWAY BIKE ROBBERY: Police responded to the 4500 block of 9th Ave. NW on Tuesday night for a report of a robbery. According to the scanner, the Subway was robbed at gunpoint, and the suspect was seen escaping on… one of those green rental bikes. (Thanks Silver for the tip.)

CAPTAIN AMERICA: Speaking of bizarre crimes, a suspected package thief caught on camera in Phinney Ridge was carrying a Captain America shield. “Most superheroes you don’t think of stealing people’s mail,” the victim told KIRO TV.

MISSING LINK: There was a big turnout for last night’s Missing Link get-together at Peddler Brewery, featuring councilmember Mike O’Brien, the Cascade Bicycle Club and others supporting opening (closing?) the Missing Link in 2018. (Here’s our earlier story.)

PHINNEY APARTMENTS: The city has approved a rezone for the Phinney property at 7009 Greenwood Ave. N., boosting the high limit up to 65 feet. An apartment complex is planned.

FREMONT OFFICE: That prominent Fremont corner where Stone, 34th and Northlake come together — right next to the Burke Gilman trail — will become the site of a new office development. It will feature a pass-through for pedestrian and cyclists and a rooftop deck.

EL CAMION TRUCK: It took us awhile, but we noticed the El Camion burrito truck has moved across the street and down a bit, next to the drive-through Starbucks on 15th.

(Photo from the Seattle office of the National Weather Service).

Early glimpse at 2 upcoming developments

An initial design review meeting was held last night for a condo development in Ballard and an assisted living facility in Crown Hill. The design process is still early, but we have some art to share.

This is the proposal for 2432 NW 56th St. We initially reported it was an 8-story apartment building, but the Daily Journal of Commerce has learned it will be a 55-unit condo complex.

And this is the preferred design for an assisted living facility along Holman Road between 3rd and 4th Ave. in the space currently occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Wok and Childish Things. You can see the full proposal for this development project here (.pdf). (Link fixed)

New apartments, assisted living and retail center proposed

Browsing the list of upcoming design review board meetings, we discovered some new proposals in Ballard and Crown Hill:

8-story apartment building, 2432 NW 56th St

This is a proposal to build 55 units (with parking for 48 vehicles below) on 56th, behind the Mark 24 apartment complex in central Ballard. Looks like one or more houses would be torn down. The early design meeting is scheduled for Dec. 4th at 8 p.m. at the Ballard Community Center.

5-story and 6-story assisted living and retail center, 10002 Holman Rd. NW

This maps to the location currently occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Wok and Childish Things at Holman Rd. and 4th Ave. NW. The proposal is for two structures with 95 assisted living units and retail at ground level with underground parking for 51 vehicles. The existing structures would be demolished. The early design meeting is scheduled for Dec. 4th at 6:30 p.m. at the Ballard Community Center.

We reported on these next two proposals earlier this summer, but there are design review board meetings coming up:

4-story “congregate residences”, 8311 15th Ave. NW

The map takes us to the home of Restaurante Michoacan, and the proposal is for “five congregate residences with 80 sleeping rooms” and retail on the ground floor. The next meeting is Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. at the Ballard Community Center.

4-story apartment and retail space, 8541 15th Ave NW

This address leads us to 85th and 15th and a building occupied by the Wild Orchid Thai and Taki’s Mad Greek restaurants. This proposal is for “four small efficiency dwelling units and 36 apartments above retail space” with no parking planned. Existing structure will be demolished. The meeting is Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ballard Community Center.

Construction finished at ‘Leva on Market’

Construction at one of Ballard’s largest new developments, Leva on Market, located on Market St. between 15th and 17th Avenues, is now officially complete. Residents will be moving into the apartment complex this month. Trammell Crow Residential, which is managing the property, called it “Ballard’s first new apartment community in 20 years.”

Leva on Market features 22 studios, 162 one-bedroom homes, 67 two-bedroom homes and nine live-work lofts. Leasing rates start at $1,024. The Stranger reported last week that 95 percent of the units are still available. You can see more photos of Leva on Market right here.