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  • in reply to: Police Chief taking Questions #83580

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    Chief O’Toole will also be talking *in person* tonight at the Central Ballard Residents’ Association meeting, 7PM in Conference Room A (first floor) at Swedish Hospital Ballard:

    The folks from the Central Ballard Residents Association wanted to remind locals that this month’s meeting is Wednesday, February 17, at 7 p.m. in Conference Room A on the first floor of Ballard Swedish Hospital (5330 Tallman Ave).

    The meeting has been rescheduled from the usual time due to the availability of Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole.

    “Next week’s meeting is a special opportunity to meet the Chief, learn about issues concerning the Ballard area and ask questions,” says CBRA Membership Coordinator Rebecca Todd.

    All are welcome, and no registration is required for the event.

    in reply to: cannabis in historic districts? #83324

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    Thanks for the heads-up!

    in reply to: Zayda Buddy's closing on Sunday #83104

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    As are Bauhaus & Twice Sold Tales (see Seattle Times). Perhaps rent increases, or just a convenient time of year to reconsider one’s commitment to a business?

    in reply to: Whack-a-mole Seattle style #82795

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    If instead of the area-focused initiatives, the City just enforced the law City-wide like a normal city would do with a normal number of police officers (roughly double what we have now), we wouldn’t have to worry about the whack-a-mole problem.

    in reply to: 17th Ave NW and NW Dock Pl Greenway changes #82603

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    Catherine, you said “Please submit comments/go participate in feedback.” Is there a feedback page for the project, or did you just mean the BallardGreenway@seattle.gov email address?

    in reply to: 17th Ave NW and NW Dock Pl Greenway changes #82602

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    I talked with a rep for the Greenway project today — she said that the project has no control over where the mailbox goes, since that’s Postal Service property. IIRC, she said the Postal Service may even move it to NW 57th St !?!

    SB – thanks for clarifying! Yes, that’s the current plan — bikes head-on with cars.

    in reply to: 17th Ave NW and NW Dock Pl Greenway changes #82576

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    I’m not quite sure what you mean by “crossing the greenway” in this case, since cars and bikes are sharing the (narrow) road. Since most mail dropoffs are from the driver’s side, southbound cars would pull over to the curb mailbox on the east side, then pull over to the right(west) to continue south and exit the block. I suggested that they just make that block one-way southward for cars; maybe that would be too confusing.

    Now that I think about it, maybe they’re planning on moving the mailbox onto the island — that would fix the issues above. I’ll try to find out. I hope you’re right about a new stop light on Leary — I assumed it would just be one of those super-flashing crosswalks.

    in reply to: 17th Ave NW and NW Dock Pl Greenway changes #82570

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    I’m also becoming concerned about safety at the crossing of Leary Way. Currently, it’s planned to be at Dock Place & Leary, just west of the curve in the read (at 17th). I’m worried that with the curve there as well as the north roadside between 17th and Dock Pl often full of parked cars, cars heading west on Leary will have difficulty spotting road-crossers in time to stop for them. Perhaps making the crossing at 17th would have better sightlines for traffic going either way on Leary?

    in reply to: 17th Ave NW and NW Dock Pl Greenway changes #82569

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    Re: 57th by the Post Office
    Looking at the paint outline and talking with them, the idea seems to be to install a small island blocking cars from heading north on 17th Ave, with a gap allowing bikes to head north between the island and sidewalk. This is supposed to be similar to the small island on NW58th St on the east side of its intersection with 15th Ave.
    (see photo at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/ballardgreenway.htm )

    in reply to: Need advice for Furnace & Heat Pump or AC….. #82488

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    I’m not fully up on the latest heating and cooling technology, but wouldn’t the heat pump *replace* your furnace completely? Check out the new water heaters with heat pumps built in as well — they can really cut your water heating bill. I think of Trane as a quality brand, but as I mentioned, I’m no expert.

    in reply to: Thurs, Sept 24 – Seattle Displacement Coalition #82465

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    Thanks for the notice, nwc!
    KS – there may already be a mechanism in place that requires a “pause” in the rampant construction in areas like Ballard. I heard recently that the state Growth Management Act requires “concurrency” of infrastructure — specifically, that transportation be upgraded *at the same time* as increased development density, otherwise new development would not be allowed. IIRC, the issue was that transportation adequacy was measured by a certain type of traffic survey, and Seattle SDOT was just not conducting any such surveys. Thus, the City avoided collecting official data and was able to avoid following the state GMA law.

    SB – I had thought that such “unused garage spaces” were an urban myth. Have you any examples in the central Ballard area? I know my building has one space per apartment and they’re always full. In any case, I think we could both agree on a strategy of un-bundling the parking space from the apartment, so that each could be rented out separately. That’s what Wharfside does (it’s the big complex on the east side of 15th Ave W / W Nickerson St).

    in reply to: LIHI Plans Tiny Houses for Homeless on Market St. #82320

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    I thought my reference to 7-Eleven being nearby would be enough to show that my post was meant to be sarcasm; I’ll put in tags next time :)

    in reply to: LIHI Plans Tiny Houses for Homeless on Market St. #82317

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    There’s a new “congregate residence” of “74 sleeping rooms” in 6 stories planned to replace the two tiny houses at 5611 17th Ave NW. Maybe the city could just rent that for the homeless — no parking is planned, and it’ll be only a block away from the 7-Eleven, Rapidride, and 44 bus lines.

    in reply to: Old Sidewalk Street Signs #81994

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    Yes, a number of the old (1970s-era?) tile historical street names set in the sidewalk remain along 20th Ave NW north of Market St (as well as other places). I believe a number were restored in the 2000s.

    in reply to: Sounds Like A Shooting #81970

    Mondoman
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    Looks like it was a street robbery-gone-bad outside Balmar, not a drive-by.

    in reply to: Building Ballard Pics #81967

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    Fun photos. I liked seeing the teardown phase of the rebuild of the Ballard Bridge’s approaches around 1940.

    in reply to: Sounds Like A Shooting #81966

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    Wow! A drive-by in the middle of downtown Ballard! Never thought I’d see the day.

    Sadly, sounds like firing a weapon is the only way to get police to Ballard these days, since 911 doesn’t work.


    Mondoman
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    To clarify Kate’s post, just as building 2 bedrooms in some apartments in a project doesn’t make the 1-bedroom apartments there any more expensive, building parking doesn’t make the apartments any more expensive, because they’re all rented out separately. “Free” on-site parking, on the other hand, would raise rents for those units that included it, but that sort of “bundling” doesn’t seem to be happening anymore.
    Those developers not providing any off-street parking are essentially just bundling the public on-street parking into their units, raising costs for all the neighbors. If there were some mechanism that prevented residents of these new no-parking buildings from overnight parking on the street (perhaps a parking permit system with only 1 or 2 permits allocated per address, no matter the number of units?), that might go a long way to deal with the problem.

    in reply to: Interactive Construction Map #81869

    Mondoman
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    huh? “this very course of action”?

    PS – yes, that’s the map I was referring to. You can click an icon for a summary, and for the full details, scroll down to the bottom of the little text box and click on one of the “see details about…” choices.


    Mondoman
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    As is often the case, the Stranger is totally wrong on this, since parking spaces can be and are rented separately from the apartments. Thus, the cost of the parking space has no bearing on the rental rate of the apartment.

    In any multi-unit building of note, the off-street parking is all underground, so it doesn’t take up “precious space where more housing units could be built” (unless you’re a survivalist wanting to live in an underground bunker).

    Developers build parking when they can’t get away with taking it for free from the city’s supply of on-stret parking, because most of their renters don’t want to live without a car.

    in reply to: Interactive Construction Map #81845

    Mondoman
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    GI – the previous/”normal” permit/complaint search map does show all the permits/applications/complaints, so you can find your new house or remodel there.


    Mondoman
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    Too bad this meeting is scheduled for exactly the same time and date as the design review public meeting for 1718 NW 56th St (http://web6.seattle.gov/DPD/LUIB/Notice.aspx?BID=1050&NID=20096).

    I’ll be going to this speak up meeting.

    in reply to: $1,000 for 190 sq ft Micro Apartment in Ballard #81778

    Mondoman
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    I notice that the listing says that the micro apartment is both in Ballard and on Capitol Hill. Guess they don’t pay much for their office staff.

    in reply to: City of Seattle District No. 6 candidates. #81708

    Mondoman
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    Fine, upstanding troll for City Council? :)
    That’s how many get started!

    in reply to: PETITION: Don't Tell Ballard to Shut Up! #81707

    Mondoman
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    GI – I think you misunderstood about the sewer issue. Brightwater was built to handle big King County growth that hasn’t yet quite materialized, so no worries on total capacity. The issue is whether the 100-year-old small pipes running under the streets of Ballard can handle the increased effluent flow when a block of single-family houses is converted to a block of row houses, apodments, or whatever.

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