Early Design Guidance meeting for Ballard’s largest proposed development

A six-story building with 300 residential units, 453 parking spaces underground and more than 15,000 square feet of retail and seven live/work units is proposed for Market Street. If built, this will be Ballard’s largest development to date.

The project site is orange, the arrows represent the primary views from the site.

The site takes up the majority of the 2400 block of Market and five buildings will be torn down including the old Jacobsen’s Marine building (now Maritime’s) and the former Archie McPhee building.

Of the three concepts to be presented, this is the preferred concept.

On Monday evening at 6:30 in the Ballard High School library, the Design Review Board will meet with planners and present information about the site. The meeting is open to the public and the public will have the opportunity to offer comments. So far developers have not applied for any permits for this project.

You can see the entire presentation here (.pdf).

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

This area of Ballard needs another gargantuan condo building about as much as it needs another HIPSTER bar. (See what I did there, Gurple?)

The Zen Parrot
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 Isn’t that the truth! Right now the condo vacancy rate for Ballard is 30 to 70 percent! When is this insanity going to stop?

Barney Stinson
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Barney Stinson

 The only thing I don’t like about the way the city has gone about density in Ballard is the lack of human scale involved in the buildings.

Kim Il-sung
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Kim Il-sung

When the economy turns around.

Kim Il-sung
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Kim Il-sung

 Looks like another Old Ballard family, the Jacobsens, is selling out. THanks!

Barney Stinson
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Barney Stinson

Um don’t you mean it will start up again when the economy turns around? 

Sunset Hill David
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Sunset Hill David

 This has been coming and is the reason Archie McPhee’s lost its lease. The old man died and the rest of the family is cashing in.  I agree, it is much too big. Why are these developers so interested in ruining Ballard anyway?

Uncle Snuffy
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Uncle Snuffy

Will there be a bowling alley in the new development?   

calliope
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calliope

so, did the spirit gas station owner refuse to sell or what?  it looks like they’re going to build around his place.  must be a story there…another edith macefield?

kim
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kim

 +1

you beat me to the punch!

Grubby Ballard
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Grubby Ballard

 “I agree, it is much too big. ”

No doubt, any building higher than a craftsman gives this old Ballard hand a nose bleed.

Snoopy
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Snoopy

all of you criticizing the owner for selling are full of bs.  you would sell in a second if you owned that strip of land.  go back to eating your mcdonalds.
 

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I liked this comment, because I like McDonalds.

Gurple
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 How do you define a “HIPSTER” bar, Buddy?  Just who are these mythical “HIPSTERS”, anyway?  What defines a “HIPSTER” to you, and how do they differ from their lowercase cousins?

Gurple
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You hipster.

Punkateer
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Punkateer

It doesn’t even have design elements yet and it still looks better than the buildings up 15th. Those who think the new stuff sucks should take a gander at the pristine 70’s and 80’s architecture aging horrendously throughout the area. People will complain it looks like all the other buildings or it doesn’t fit in with the neighborhood…completely unaware of the contradiction. But at least they get to hear themselves talk!

Punkateer
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Punkateer

It doesn’t even have design elements yet and it still looks better than the buildings up 15th. Those who think the new stuff sucks should take a gander at the pristine 70’s and 80’s architecture aging horrendously throughout the area. People will complain it looks like all the other buildings or it doesn’t fit in with the neighborhood…completely unaware of the contradiction. But at least they get to hear themselves talk!

Gurple
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Looks like the new owners aren’t content to just buy the Jacobsen property — they have to rub salt in the wound by including a “Jacobsen Legacy Element” shaped like a Vonnegut-style cat’s a**hole.

In all seriousness, I wonder what that proposed ‘element’ is… I don’t see any details in the pdf.

Gurple
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Looks like the new owners aren’t content to just buy the Jacobsen property — they have to rub salt in the wound by including a “Jacobsen Legacy Element” shaped like a Vonnegut-style cat’s a**hole.

In all seriousness, I wonder what that proposed ‘element’ is… I don’t see any details in the pdf.

Gurple
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Hey, wait a minute — the .pdf also has a very tall “Future Development” ghosted in one block north of this, on 24th. Does anybody know anything about that?  That’s where BikeSport is, currently.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Bikesport is really the only thing that structure has going for it.   I could see the developer/owner offering an enticing lease to Bikesport to get them to move into the ground floor of their new building.  Then they could buyout and demolish the single-story business just south of Aster.

Kevin Albeck
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Kevin Albeck

Once a gas station, always a gas station due to land contamination… :(

Saharanext
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Saharanext

They are making a big deal out of the proposed development in hopes of selling the land.  If they were really going to build the permits would have been pulled already.  There’s a lot of this going on around Seattle right now. 

Kevin Albeck
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Kevin Albeck

I think every time I see this aweful monstrocity I’m going to have to go to the Sloop and drink until I can’t feel feelings…..

Guest
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Guest

I asked him and he said they tried to buy but he is not interested! He is someone who has not been sucked into this money greed! You should support this gas station! And I ride a bike!