Six-story building proposed to replace Ballard landmark The Viking

Correction, update: We received information from property owner Bill Park’s office that the rebuilding of the Viking in the new development has not been agreed upon. There will be an informal meeting on Wednesday July 18 at the Ballard Library community room, where the public is invited to listen to the plans and get involved in the discussion. More information to come on the meeting time.

Original post: Developers are looking to construct a six-story residential structure on the same block that has been home to Ballard’s historic The Viking (6404 24th Ave NW) since 1950. There will be an early design guidance meeting on Monday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ballard High School where the developers will present information about the plans to the public. The Design Review Board will also be present to offer comments and identify city guidelines in developing the site.

The proposal is for a 6-story structure with 60 residential units above 5,000 sq. ft. of ground level retail and below-grade parking for 60 vehicles, according to the Land Use Information Bulletin.

After a call to the bar, we learned that the owners plan to stay in the same location as long as possible. If the development goes forward, the bar will reopen in the ground level retail space available, and will recreate as much of the original bar as possible. We’ll update with any new developments.

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