Ballard can expect a large influx of new residents in the next two years, according to Barry Hawley of Hawley Realty. At the Ballard District Council meeting on Wednesday night, Hawley said a number of new apartment buildings are going to be built in the area.
A new sign hanging on the fence at 15th Ave NW and NW Market St.
The old Denny’s and Sunset Bowl sites are both slated for apartment buildings.
“Ballard is going to be a real mixed-use area. It makes you wonder where the commercial is going to go with this inundation of residential, and that will be interesting, in the coming years, to see what happens,” Hawley said.
“It’s been a tough recession,” he said. But, Hawley said that Amazon’s move to South Lake Union will bring residents to Ballard, and that’s why so many developers are building here.
According to Hawley, Ballard is “lucky” for a number of reasons. He said Swedish Hospital’s new addition makes it easier for residents to access daily treatments. “I think this is a tremendous thing for the community,” Hawley said. He also said the industrial fishing community brings jobs to the area.
“The Ballard community is attracting young people and young families, with the best high school in the Seattle public school system.”
Contributor Meghan Walker is an intern through the University of Washington School of Communications