City gives Avalon Ballard official approval

Avalon Ballard, the 233-unit apartment complex replacing Sunset Bowl, received its final clearance today from the City of Seattle.

Avalon Ballard at Market St. and 14th Ave. won design approval in April. Today, the city officially signed off on the design and concluded the project will not have any negative environmental impact (see .pdf document).

We noticed one small change from the previous design documents: the pattern on the west wall looks like this, instead of the previously-submitted checkerboard design. No word on when the Sunset will be demolished.

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johnnybravo
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johnnybravo

i genuinely can't decide whether i prefer an abandoned bowling alley on that site or another infernal condo.

Claude
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Claude

Build it, the damage has already been done. Create jobs and bring more people with money to spend locally…

zack
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zack

Yikes. Don't see that pattern being fashionable in 10 years…

Name
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Name

I was sad to see it go, but now that Sunset Bowl is gone, the building needs to be gone ASAP. Currently it's become infested with bums and car campers … anything is better than that.

Teddie
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Teddie

They always leave the vagrants out of these drawings….

Claude
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Claude

Apartments…I'm just saying.

Why would anyone want to stop progress? Don't you like Ballard? Or Seattle?

NoraBell
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NoraBell

They're going to be apartments and 'retail.' The way things are (and going to be for a long time yet) I don't see them being filled very quickly, either the apartments or the retail.
Much as I'd like to see something replacing the rotting corpse of Sunset Bowl I foresee replacing one empty building with another (albeit shinier) empty building.
I wish them luck.

Meghan O'Connor
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What I find humorous is how they portray people so casually crossing the street, as if it's not a terrible intersection for pedestrians to start with. And does that drawing mean they're taking out the streetlight?

racerj67
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racerj67

OK. Why are Condo's or apartments “infernal”? Does anyone bother to check out … how much more green condos and apartments are when compared to single family dwellings? We love green except when it means giant buildings and when its in my back yard. nice.

great idea
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great idea

I'm not sure it's much an improvement from the checkerboard design.

at least with the old idea, my parkour friends and I could've engaged in some chess matches every now and again.

Ballardcrab
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Ballardcrab

So, all the people that 'love' the new building – are you planning on moving in?

NEIGHB0R
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NEIGHB0R

Yes, I'm going to move in as many times as I can.

BarneyRubble
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BarneyRubble

I see this putting downward pressure on rent prices in Ballard. Not sure what the occupancy of Leva is and with 300 more units above QFC on 24th…

NoraBell
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NoraBell

That's a so far unproven theory. Unfortunately.

Punkateer
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Punkateer

I genuinely believe you (and many others) move about Ballard completely oblivious to the hideous 60's 70's 80's structures with parking at grade and stucco siding (with water damage) which make up majority of Ballards dense sites.

Durr Durr, New project. Must insult. Density Good. Urban Sprawl Bad. Not in Ballard though.

Punkateer
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Punkateer

This makes sense. I love the opera house in Paris..so I guess I have to move in to prove it. Brilliant idea. The Airport in Copenhagen is sweet too. Which one should I move into!? ugh your flawless logic has me in a tizzy!

phinneynotballard
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phinneynotballard

yes, they are also taking out the traffic signals and by the looks of it, the Burger King .

JM98107
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JM98107

How many spaces are they allowing for abandoned vans and trucks?

LBB
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LBB

I don't see it being fashionable now! Yipes

myballardreader
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myballardreader

Woohoo more empty units in ballard……

ballardMike
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ballardMike

well – maybe this will help keep it affordable for more of our kids to stay in Ballard…

SwedishG
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SwedishG

The designs seem to be getting a little better. In my opinion, this trumps the Denny's debacle. I also like the new condo building across from the QFC on 24th. And even the QFC building is getting some nice touches.

Here's to a little positivity on a dark monday afternoon.

Barney Stinson
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Barney Stinson

Based on what Nora?

The rent on my current apt prior to me moving in was almost identical to Leva, but now is much less.

I have seen nothing but rents dropping since the housing market collapsed. Over supply because of places like Leva helps too.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Well, my own. My rent has held steady recently, but a year ago it went up for the second time since I'd been here. My rent has not dropped. I don't know anyone who's rent has dropped.

SPG
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SPG

I'll take the shiny one without the bums please.

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