Next Monday, the Design Review Board will hear more about the proposed six-story apartment building called “Ballard West” that may replace the old library at 5711 24TH Ave NW.
According to the design proposal (.pdf) the apartment building will have 107 total residential units on six floors as well as nearly 11,000 square feet of retail space at ground level. The design calls for two floors of parking below grade with a total of 88 parking spots for vehicles. As a requirement, they will also provide 31 bicycle parking spaces. Plans also call for a “green roof” with a 1,300 square foot deck. The proposal states that the sustainability goals of the project are: LEED Platinum for Homes, Built Green and Energy Star.
The front of the building, along 24th Ave NW, will be terraced to meet the 4-percent slope in the road. From the proposal: “The proposed design establishes a strong commercial edge along 24th Avenue NW by maximizing transparency at the retail areas and incorporating a variety of building setbacks providing for recessed building entries, widened sidewalks and a plaza. The streetscape is animated by sidewalk benches, bike racks, and opportunities for tenants to expand café tables, planters or other uses to the sidewalk realm.”
The design team will be presenting this proposal to the Design Review Board on Monday, November 22nd at 6:30 p.m. at the Ballard High School library (1418 NW 65th St.) The public will be able to comment on the design and the review board will offer their recommendation to the director of the DPD.