‘Ballard West’ wins conditional design approval

The proposed six-story apartment building complex known as “Ballard West” won conditional approval by the Design Review Board last night. The development is slated for the Old Ballard Library site, along 24th Ave. at 57th.

While the board liked the proposal (.pdf) for three sides of the building, the board asked that architects make some changes to the east elevation — which features ground-level retail space facing 24th Ave. Those changes will be approved by DPD without returning to the Design Review Board.

Our earlier story explains many of the architectural features, including the facility’s “green roof” and environmental-friendly design.

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Squanto
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Squanto

Where are they supposed to park? I currently live on this block. There is NO parking. The city has had no foresight on parking in Ballard. We can’t all ride bikes like (clueless) McGinn.

eric
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eric

yep, that stretch of 24th really blows now as it is – its dangerous. the cars pulling out of sidestreets have no visablilty so they just lutch out into 24th, there are two crosswalks a block apart crossing 24th where people just wander into the road in their black cloths, ipod on, head down, deivery trucks of various sorts “parked” in the turn lane, etc etc .

my point? this structure won’t help one bit!

ballardparker
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ballardparker

AGREED!!! there is no parking as-is, and adding a 5 story apartment building will make our streets a nightmare. I hope they don’t get the funding to go through with this project….

Gastrocnemius
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Gastrocnemius

The parking issue is going to be a nightmare. Even with underground parking, there is NO safe place for drivers to safely exit or enter. Fortunately, I can avoid 24th most of the time, so I’ll just have to step up my efforts.

Joseph Barket
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Joseph Barket

At some point us residents of Ballard need to take to the streets in revolt. Enough is enough!

great idea
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great idea

parking wouldn’t be an issue if many of the people I see in ballard (certainly all my neighbors) have 2 or 3 cars.

many of my neighbors have 4 cars for 2 people.

I could care less if this building doesn’t offer enough parking, because there’s never enough for most of you.

Asdf
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Asdf

The Rape Of Ballard continues.

BOHICA.

Asdf
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Asdf

Add parking? Hah, that’s laughable.

Look, you are not paying attention. Put down the bong and open your eyes.

The mayor’s goal is to make life as miserable as possible for anyone who dares to own a car. This is just part of the plan: shove in as much density as possible everywhere, remove parking at every opportunity, and reduce street capacity whenever possible.

You WILL get around by bus or bicycle, whether you want to or not. Those are your only options. Get used to it.

Why is anyone surprised? The mayor and his pals don’t hide the agenda.

CptMorgan
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CptMorgan

I think they are supposed to park in the 88 underground parking stalls.

Hapster
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Hapster

Boy am I glad I got my 3 bed, 2 bath house with garden in Ballard with garage and parking…enjoy your rabbit hutches.

Hapster
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Hapster

Yeah, that’s ‘old Ballard’ for you. One truck for every redneck in the house!

Dorothyscloset
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Dorothyscloset

Oh good, another vacant lot for the next 5 years. How bout building that monstrosity where Sunset Bowl used to be? I can’t believe Ballard is selling out to all these developers.

Scott
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Scott

Does somebody know something we all don’t? Who’s going to live in these, with many of the others still well below full occupancy already? As people shack-up or stay single longer I guess there’s a need? Is it any wonder property rights are not what they used to be, what with people owning a box inside a building, what do they care about property rights when after all, they’ve got their place and no worries at all.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

It’s quite simple…

If you institute minimum-parking requirements, you end up building Los Angeles.

If you institute maximum-parking requirements, you get long-term results closer to San Francisco, Vancouver, or Boston.

Which do you want, punks?

Wheelchair Crosswalk Target
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Wheelchair Crosswalk Target

Crap. I’m in a power wheelchair and it’s dangerous enough trying to cross the road on 24th even WITH the lights…let’s add another 88 cars to the area!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

88 stalls for parking underground.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

88 stalls for parking.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

88 stalls of underground parking.

I could re register with a bunch of different names to make it look like there’s a swelling mass of people opposed to this, but meh…

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Revolt against what? Revolt that your ” Ye Olde Ballarde” neighbors sold out once the property values went up? Revolt that there’s too many options for food and entertainment? Revolt that there’s too many stores now? Revolt that your clock only goes in one direction?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I know!!! It’s like anyone who doesn’t own real property can vote now! Women too! Those were the good old days I tells ya! When a property owner could do as he pleased and damn what any of those little people said.
I’m going to tear down my house and build a ten story tall pig farm and slaughter house, but noooooo the damn guvmint says I can’t do that. No respect for my property rights.

Sunset9
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Sunset9

I would be really suprised if they were able to get financing for this given current vacancy rates in the ‘hood

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Parking does suck in Boston and SF, but I get the point. A livable walkable city thrives more on density than it does on parking. The only catch is that Seattle’s transit isn’t quite up to the challenge yet.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

But will the 88 stalls of underground parking hurt?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

But it’s got 88 stalls of underground parking!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

88 times. One for each of the 88 underground parking stalls.

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