Nickelsville is moving out of Ballard on Tuesday

Volunteers are hard at work at the new Nickelsville site in Northlake today, painting the tiny houses and preparing the grounds for Ballard Nickelsville residents to move in on Tuesday.

The new site on 4th Ave. NE is now home to this 14-foot dome, which may be used as a computer lab or community space, organizers say.

“It may look like a Hobbit house but is quite spacious inside,” said Sharon Lee, executive director of the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI). “We thank Rebecca and Eli Almo for donating the dome and many other tiny houses. They have contributed $350,000 to LIHI to help build tiny houses villages.”

The Ballard Nickelsville camp will move on Tuesday, and volunteers will return to the Market St. lot to clean up on Wednesday. The city said the plan is to return the site to Seattle City Light, which owns the property.

The Nickelsville move was originally planned for November but was delayed because the Northlake site was not ready. The new camp is a bit larger and has electricity, water and sewer.

Nickelsville homeless camp to start moving out of Ballard this weekend

The city of Seattle announced this afternoon that Nickelsville’s move to the Northlake location will start getting underway this weekend.

As we’ve been reporting, Low Income Housing Institute volunteers have been hard at work installing 22 tiny houses at 3814 Fourth Ave. NE in the Northlake neighborhood.

The new location (below) is 20 percent larger than the Ballard location on Market St., and it will also have electricity, sewer services and running water.

The city said the Market St. site will be phased out and de-camped during the month of March, before being handed back over to Seattle City Light, which owns the property.

Residents in the Ballard camp were slated to move at the end of their two-year lease in November, but the Northlake site — also a City Light property — was not ready.

New Nickelsville camp coming together quickly

After a slow start, the future home of the Ballard Nickelsville camp in the Northlake neighborhood is taking shape.

A few dozen volunteers organized by the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) pitched in today, helping put the first tiny houses into position and providing finishing work. The houses are assembled off-site — in volunteers’ driveways, churches and a college campus — and shipped to the site at 3814 4th Ave. NE.

Brad Gerber from LIHI told My Ballard that the site should be ready by mid-March for the Ballard Nicklesville camp to move. The camp was planning to move in November, but the land — which is owned by the city — was not ready. Since then a house was demolished, and workers filled and leveled the site with rock and gravel.

Organizers expect to have 20 tiny houses on the site along with electricity and running water (which the Ballard location does not offer), including toilets and showers. The homes will be decorated with welcome signs inside.

About 25 people will move over from Ballard, and another 5 will join them for a total of 30 residents, Gerber said.

LIHI is holding another work party at the Northlake site next Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you’re interested in helping, please RSVP first on the LIHI website.

After calling for volunteers to help move, Nickelsville decides to stay for now

Update: The Seattle Times followed up with a story today, calling Nickelsville’s short-lived attempt to move “rocky political theater.”

Earlier: Nickelsville’s two-year stay in Ballard is officially up on Saturday, and the city has told organizers that residents can stay in the camp until the new site in Northlake is ready next month.

But despite this assurance, Nickelsville was calling for volunteers to help them pack up and move today. Last night, they called off the move after an “emergency meeting.” Writes Nickelsville’s Scott Morrow on Facebook:

This evening, shortly after receipt of a letter from Councilpersons O’Brien, Juarez, Sawant, Harris-Talley and Johnson, the Ballard Nickelodeons held an emergency meeting. They considered this letter, the vote Wednesday of the City Council Budget Committee to fund two additional sanctioned encampments, and the urging Monday of the Ballard Alliance (formerly the Ballard Chamber of Commerce) to stay on Market Street.

With the expectation that Seattle Human Services Department leadership will respect the wisdom of the Majority of the Seattle City Council, Ballard Nickelodeons unanimously voted to suspend their move and remain at their present location.

In many ways this is a terrific resolution to a difficult challenge. We are in awe of the love and solidarity from so many that made this step possible.

George Scarola, Seattle’s Director of Homelessness, said Nickelsville has been granted an extended stay in Ballard until the Northlake site is ready in mid-December. In an earlier community meeting, camp residents were concerned that staying would break their promise with the neighborhood.

Meanwhile, the city is preparing the new site at 3814 Fourth Ave. NE, and a community meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 28th at 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the UW Fisheries building (1122 NE Boat Street) in Auditorium 102.

As deadline nears for Ballard Nickelsville to move, new location is not ready

The Ballard Nickelsville camp on Market St. will officially reach the end of its two-year stay on November 18th. But in a meeting with neighbors and the camp’s residents last night, the City of Seattle said the new location — at 3814 4th Ave. NE in the Northlake neighborhood — will not be ready until mid-December.

With winter approaching, the city says Nickelsville is welcome to stay in Ballard until then. But camp residents say they’re concerned that they’d be breaking their promise with the community if they don’t move on the 18th, according to KOMO TV. Neighbors at the meeting said they didn’t mind if campers stayed a little longer.

Another issue is the size of the new location — a plot of land owned by City Light. While 20% larger, campers worry it may yield less usable space than Nickelsville’s current location in Ballard.

Earlier this summer, a city report found that the Nickesville encampments around Seattle have met or exceeded performance expectations. The Ballard location was the first city-permitted encampment, and it serves up to 25 residents at a time.

The city says it’s planning two community meetings on Nov. 16th and 20th to discuss the Northlake site. There’s an existing meeting already planned for Nov. 28 to discuss the Northlake site at 6:30 p.m., UW Fisheries Building — Auditorium 102, 1122 NE Boat Street (flyer here).

We’ll keep you updated.

Nickelsville on the move again

Last year Interbay was on the short list to become a semi-permanent home for Nickelsville, Seattle’s roaming tent city, but Mayor McGinn would like to see the residents move to SODO. That may not happen and according to Publicola, Interbay may be back on the list. The nearly 100 people must move on May 15th from their current home in Lake City. The group spent several months in Magnolia before moving along to the University District.

MyBallard has partnered with the Common Language Project and the Entrepreneurial Journalism class at the University of Washington. In this multi-media presentation, Katie Melton, Ann Trigg and Allison Barrett go inside Nickelsville to learn more about the group.

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