Upcoming open house to learn more about Interbay Armory site redevelopment

The second open house to discuss options for the redevelopment of the large National Guard Armory site in Interbay is coming up in May.

The state-owned site, located just behind the Whole Foods on 15th Ave W in Interbay, is being considered for redevelopment as it’s no longer an ideal location for the National Guard. The open house will be held by the Washington Department of Commerce Interbay Public Development Advisory Committee on Wednesday, May 15 at the Ballard VFW Hall (2812 NW Market St).

The advisory committee is tasked with studying possible reuses for the National Guard Interbay site, assuming the Guard will be able to relocate to a new site. The Interbay site was built in 1974, and the facility has been deemed insufficient. According to the Department of Commerce, it doesn’t meet current National Guard Readiness Center requirements for mission support. Over 600 personnel are based at the site, which they say isn’t ideal for commuting or deployment of large military equipment in and out of the city.

For more info or the meeting agenda, click here. You can also submit formal public comments in-person to the committee at their next meeting on May 8. To reserve a place for the presentations and to submit a three-minute comment, email the committee at interbay@commerce.wa.gov.


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broham
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broham

A company could build a huge campus here, a lot of potential for growth.

elenchos2
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elenchos2

We already have enough companies, this should be public housing.

Paintking
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Paintking

Why is it you always want to double down on stupid? Why not have profitable businesses there? You know, the folks footing the bill. Something sustainable.

Matt
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Matt

Because businesses put more cars on the road and more pressure on the housing market. That leads to forcing lower income people to live further and further from their jobs, increasing sprawl, and putting more pollution in the air when they have to drive an hour or more to get tot heir jobs. That’s why.

SurlyAF
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SurlyAF

Great spot for a Rollerskating Rink and a Bowling Alley.

Freja
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Freja

Ya know, I bet there is a building there right now that could house Rat City Roller Derby and save the league!

Amphidextrous
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Amphidextrous

Housing in an Industrial zone, next to a freight rail yard? How many zoning and environmental laws would that violate?

VeganBiker
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VeganBiker

Uh? Probably none! there are already homes in that neighborhood, check it out on Google maps or better still visit that area. Check out 20th Ave W and Slate Apartments and Lofts, The Flats at Interbay Apartments !

VeganBiker
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VeganBiker

What a great space for some creative ideas.

VeganBiker
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VeganBiker

I sure wish someone would create an indoor shooting range in this location along with a park and affordable housing.

Paintking
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Paintking

OK, I will play along with you: how’s about an extravagant indoor heroin shooting gallery, complete with art, lot’s of free stuff and no guilt whatsoever, all paid for by those evil business folks

Matt
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Matt

This is a no-brainer….a service/rehab center for homeless people. It already has room for 600 and is surrounded by a fence.

Paintking
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Paintking

“And is surrounded by a fence”. OMG, we can NOT have any fences. Did you NOT get the memo? “Compassion”. Spending others hard earned money. “No brainer”; perfect! You get the prize for being the most conditioned person in Ballard.

umairaslam
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umairaslam

The armory in Interbay could find itself revamped from a military installation to a new urban district. In 2018, the Washington State Legislature tasked the Washington State Department of Commerce (Commerce) to commission an advisory committee to chart the course on future of redevelopment. To make this work, the Washington Army National Guard would move to a new location near North Bend, vacating the Interbay site, which would be redeveloped and potentially fully fund the move.