U.S. Coast Guard puts a fork in Ballard light rail plans

Sound Transit’s plans for the future Ballard light rail will need reconsideration in light of the U.S. Coast Guard’s height determination for bridges along the Lake Washington Ship Canal.  This determination would require fixed bridges along the Ship Canal to have a vertical height clearance of at least 205 feet; bridges like the one that […]

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The Sloop Tavern to stay put despite new property ownership

The new owners of The Sloop Tavern property and neighboring vacant building plan to preserve the two buildings for the foreseeable future. The two buildings, located at 2830-2834 NW Market St, sold in April for $2.5 million. The buyer was 28 Market LLC. Colleen Horn, manager of 28 Market LLC, tells My Ballard that they […]

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First-ever Sabor Fest celebrates Cinco de Mayo in Ballard and Belltown

Today is Cinco de Mayo, and to celebrate, a group of local restaurants and bars are participating in Sabor Fest. Sabor Fest is “centered around art to celebrate the Latin American culture in the PNW diaspora,” the event info reads. “The aim is to rethink ‘Cinco de Mayo’ from a local perspective, outside of stereotypes, […]

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BHS marching band to rehearse for Syttende Mai through the neighborhood today

If you’re lucky, you may get a glimpse of the BHS marching band this afternoon as they rehearse for the Syttende Mai parade. Ballard Performing Arts says the band will be rehearsing twice: The first rehearsal is today after school between 2:20 p.m. and 4 p.m. The second rehearsal will be Monday, May 16 during […]

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Biscuit & Bean to close Ballard location May 9

One of Ballard’s most beloved brunch spots has just announced they’re closing up shop. Biscuit & Bean, located at 5905 15th Ave NW, will close its doors for good on May 9 after eight years in Ballard. The owners announced their closure on Instagram, saying it’s not the end of their Ballard presence. View this […]

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80-foot-tall illuminated tower planned for Ballard Pump Station along the Ship Canal

An 80-foot-tall, LED-lit pump station is coming to downtown Ballard. Seattle Public Utilities has finalized design plans for the Ballard Pump Station at 24th Ave NW and Shilshole, which will pump sewage from the new wastewater storage tunnel to West Point Treatment Plant. The whole project is known as the Ship Canal Water Quality Project, […]

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Updated plans for 5-story apartment building set to replace KFC

The plan to tear down and replace the KFC at 1140 NW Market St. with a 5-story building is rolling ahead with new design plans. The plans were initially filed in August 2020 and the basics haven’t changed: The apartment will have 86 small efficiency dwelling units with no parking. Blueprint Capital is designing it; […]

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Two injured after Wednesday night Ballard shelter shooting

Seattle Police have arrested the suspect in a shooting that injured two late Wednesday night. Police responded to calls of a physical fight in progress and reports of a shooting just after 11 p.m. Wednesday night inside a shelter at St. Paul’s Church at 6512 12th Ave NW. When officers arrived, they located two victims […]

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Former Ballard High student honored with a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Actress and Ballard High alum Jean Smart has earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Smart, also a UW alum, has been acting for six decades. She’s best known for her roles in Frasier, The Brady Bunch Movie, Watchmen, and Fargo. Smart, 70, has won four Emmy Awards, including an award for outstanding […]

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The Cycle Sanctuary opens on Market St.

A new indoor cycling studio has opened in downtown Ballard. Founder Stacy Vinge opened The Cycle Sanctuary alongside her husband Jon earlier this month at 2420 NW Market St. in the former Burn Cycle Studio. Vinge, who used to work as a teacher and staff developer, is now a cycle instructor, nutrition coach, pilates instructor, […]

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Police arrest drunk driver following fatal collision on Saturday night

A drunk driver struck and killed a pedestrian late Saturday night in Interbay. Seattle Police say the 33-year-old driver was driving northbound on 15th Ave W just before 11 p.m. when he passed another vehicle just south of Gilman Drive W, lost control of his car, and drove onto the sidewalk where he struck the […]

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SDOT pushes forward Burke-Gilman Missing Link plans with Shilshole safety improvements

The never-ending project to connect the Burke-Gilman Trail in Ballard is inching forward, as SDOT formalizes plans for safety upgrades along Shilshole Ave NW. The project to connect the 1.5-mile section of the Burke-Gilman has been in discussion since the 90s, stalled due to the decades-long tug-of-war between SDOT and a group of local businesses […]

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