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January Q&A with District 6 Councilmember Dan Strauss

In our January Q&A with District 6 Councilmember Dan Strauss, we sourced reader questions from the My Ballard Group, many of which centered around the homelessness crisis. If you want to submit questions for future Q&As, email us at tips@myballard.com. When will your homelessness plan be implemented? “This is the sixth year of a civil […]

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New development plans in the works for Grumpy D’s location

The apartment plans for the Grumpy D’s corner have changed, with a taller yet smaller development now in the works. A few years ago, Grumpy D’s Coffee House and several other businesses were told to prepare to make way for a new 168-unit, 5-story apartment building. But in 2020, Grumpy D’s and others were given […]

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A look at the renovated Ballard Pool

While it’s not open quite yet, the Ballard Pool has undergone an impressive transformation over the past year. The pool closed in December 2019 for a major renovation project including replacing the concrete pool deck, drains, pool and spa plaster liners, and filtration system. It was due to open last year, but some delays in […]

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Ballard High School’s music program presents a “Little Bit of Everything” concert

The Ballard High school music program has gone virtual this year. Students have been recording mixing a virtual concert that hits on a variety of styles and presents over a dozen ensembles. The concert goes online on Friday, January 22nd at 7 pm and is free for all to enjoy. The performance will be a […]

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City asks for public input on Salmon Bay Park playground design

Salmon Bay Park’s play area is almost ready for construction but needs input from the community to finalize design plans. Previously, Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) took 350 responses from the community about play area wants and needs and turned them into three concept designs. SPR is encouraging this kind of participation and input again […]

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Beaches reopen following last week’s wastewater overflow

Local beaches have reopened after closing for several days for water quality concerns. Golden Gardens, Carkeek, Medina, and Richmond Beach closed last Wednesday due to wastewater overflows from West Point Treatment Plant and Richmond Beach pump station. Over 11 million gallons of sewage and stormwater poured into Puget Sound when both stations lost power from […]

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Ballard District Council discusses Market Street developments in January meeting

The Ballard District Council met Wednesday, January 13th, 2021, to discuss two major building developments happening on Market Street in Ballard. The council was joined by Johan Strand from JSRE real estate development company and both Bill LaPatra and Martha Cox from Mithun architecture company. Both sites on Market Street are within the “Ballard Urban […]

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Local beaches close after 11 million gallons of stormwater and sewage overflowed into Puget Sound

The widespread power outages caused by Tuesday night’s storms resulted in massive sewage overflows at three different water treatment plants in Seattle. King County reports stormwater and sewer overflows into Puget Sound from West Point Treatment Plant and Richmond Beach pump station. Lake Washington was also affected when the Medina pump station lost power. Between […]

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New cost estimates for Ballard, West Seattle light rail jump by $4 billion

The cost of Sound Transit’s new light rail addition to Ballard and West Seattle has increased by about $4 billion. While originally estimated at $7.1 billion, the project costs are now expected to be in the $12 billion range, depending on station locations and alignment. Sound Transit’s CEO, Peter Rogoff assures board members and the […]

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