Design Review Meeting this Monday for a 5-story office building at NW Market and 15th Ave NW

21 11 2014
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You may have recently read an article on MyBallard about a proposal for a new 5-story 204,000 sq. ft. office building at the NE corner of 15th Ave NW and NW Market St (That’s the Shell station property next to the Burger King). There is going to be a Design Review meeting open to the public this Monday 8pm at the Ballard Community Center that the EBCA encourages you to attend. This is an opportunity to provide direct input into the design of one of Ballard’s gateway corners.

Details below:

Area: North/Northwest Address: 1448 NW Market St
Notice Date: 11/06/2014

Contact: BRAD HINTHORNE – (206)381-6019
Planner: Beth Hartwick – (206) 684-0814


The proposal is for a 5-story, 204,000 sq. ft. office building. Parking for 210 vehicles to be provided below grade. Existing structures to be demolished.


Date: Monday, November 24, 2014

Time: 8:00 p.m.

Location: Ballard Community Center
6020 28th Ave NW
Sunset/Captain Ballard Room

All meeting facilities are ADA compliant. Translators or interpreters provided upon request. Please contact the Public Resource Center at or (206) 684-8467 at least five business days prior to the meeting to request this service.


The Director will accept written comments to assist in the preparation of the early design guidance through November 24, 2014. You are invited to offer comments regarding important site planning and design issues, which you believe, should be addressed in the design for this project.

Comments and requests to be made party of record should be submitted to or

City of Seattle – DPD – PRC
700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124-4019


An application for Design Review related to future development of this site has been submitted to the Department of Planning and Development (DPD). The first phase of Design Review includes the Early Design Guidance (EDG) meeting. At the Early Design Guidance meeting, the following occurs:

1.       The applicants will present information about the site and vicinity as well as early massing design concepts.

2.       The public may offer comments regarding the design of a development on the subject site.*

3.       The Design Review Board will provide guidance and identify those Design Guidelines of highest priority for the design as it moves forward towards Master Use Permit (MUP) application.

4.       Following the meeting, DPD will issue a written Early Design Guidance report summarizing the meeting. This report will be sent to those who signed in at the meeting or otherwise requested a copy.

*Please note that public comment at the EDG meeting is limited to design considerations. If environmental review is triggered, comments related to environmental impacts (such as traffic, parking, noise, etc.) may be sent to DPD following notice of that review.


This proposal may be viewed at our Design Review Program website at For more information regarding this application or the Design Review process, you may contact the Land Use Planner listed above, go to the Design Review Program website or visit our office at the address above. (We are open from 8 am to 4 pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 10:30 am to 4 pm Tuesday and Thursday.)


Find out what’s happening with Seattle Parks this Thursday

11 11 2014


The Central Ballard Residents Association  (CBRA) has invited Dan Johnson, Seattle Parks Division Director, and Patrick Merriam, acting North and Central West Parks Resource Manager, to speak at their monthly meeting this Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 7pm. The  meeting will be held in the Ballard Swedish Hospital cafeteria conference room. All are welcome, even those of us from the East side!

Another fabulously successful Adopt A Street Cleanup last Saturday

6 11 2014

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Thank-you neighbors for coming out last Saturday morning to clean up 14th Ave NW. We had a bunch of new neighbors come out plus our trusty regulars who are now pros at keeping our neighborhood clean. We had about 20 volunteers this time around, enough to cleanup 14th from NW 65th to Leary! Each time we do this event, it becomes a personal challenge for some to find the most unusual object. Chris and Emilie won that challenge this time around. We ended up giving whatever this was to David Smith at Blowing Sands Glass for a future art project. Very cool! Check out more pics from this event on our Flickr site.

What the heck is this thing?

What the heck is this thing?


Ballard Urban Design Framework Open House Nov 6

29 10 2014

Building Character, Streetscape and Open Space

November 6 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Ballard Library

The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is working with neighborhood groups and non-profits, organized as the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth, to develop an Urban Design Framework (UDF). The UDF will establish the desired design qualities for the central Ballard area, and examine how development regulations can better shape growth in ways that reflect those qualities.

At a public meeting this last May, the community expressed their views on the character of growth in the Ballard core. The community overwhelmingly loves that Ballard is a beautiful, walkable neighborhood where one can visit the great variety of shops, restaurants and parks.

However, the community is also concerned that a number of recent high-density projects being built in the area do not contribute Ballard’s character. DPD and the Ballard Partnership’s Urban Design and Transportation Committee have worked since May, to define responses to this central issue.

On Thursday, November 6, from 5:30 – 7:30, at the Ballard Library, DPD will present the initial strategies to better guide development in the Ballard core. Our strategies address the bulk and character of development, streetscape design, and public/private open space within the areas shown in orange below.

Focus Area Map

Visit DPD’s website to get information about this upcoming meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can also sign up to receive updates and an invitation to participate in a questionnaire about our proposals.

You can also contact David W. Goldberg at 206.615.1447, or

Mark your calendar for Adopt A Street Cleanup on Sat Nov 1

26 10 2014

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Join your neighbors on Saturday Nov 1 for EBCA’s biannual Adopt A Street Cleanup. We’ve been cleaning up 14th Ave NW since the Fall of 2005 thanks to your help and our incredible volunteers who organize this event. Picking up trash is a lot more fun than it sounds and is something the whole family can do together. This is a great opportunity to make our neighborhood a nicer place to live. Plus you get to wear a bright colored vest!

Adopt A Street Cleanup along 14th Ave NW
Sat November 1,  10am-1pm
Meet over coffee & breakfast snack at Blowing Sands Glass
5805 14th Ave NW

Tidy up 14th Ave NW & care for the planters.
Come dressed for the weather.

Stay and have lunch donated by Ballard Market
contact for more information

Get some good lookin’ pumpkins in East Ballard today from 11-4pm

12 10 2014

Saltbox Designs just shared this with us on our Facebook page. Those pumpkins are gonna make great jack o’lanterns in our neighborhood!

“We just returned from Edison, WA with 1,400 lbs of pumpkins and will be SELLING THEM on

Sunday from 11-4
on the corner of 3rd Ave NW and 65th (6526 3rd Ave NW)
$4 each or 3 for $10 (wow thats cheap!)

We also now carry chicken feed from Portage Bay Grange. Open every Sunday 11-4 — at Saltbox Designs.”

Council and Mayor Seek Candidates for Seattle Park District Community Oversight Committee

28 09 2014

View from Kerry Park – courtesy City Seattle Council Connections site

Council and Mayor Seek Candidates for Seattle Park District Community Oversight Committee

SEATTLEThe City Council and Mayor Ed Murray are seeking candidates to fill seven positions on the Seattle Park District’s newly created Community Oversight Committee. The Seattle Park District was approved by Seattle voters in August 2014, creating a sustainable and long-term source of funding for the Seattle parks system.

The Community Oversight Committee will provide advice to the Mayor, City Council and the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, as well as provide oversight of projects, programs and services undertaken by the City and the Seattle Park District. The committee will meet quarterly to:

  • Make recommendations on the allocation of the Major Projects Challenge Fund;
  • Hold public meetings and make recommendations to update the next spending plan;
  • Review the Department of Parks and Recreation Annual Report; and
  • Provide the Mayor, City Council and Superintendent of Parks and Recreation with annual reports on the progress of expenditures and projects.

The Committee will be composed of 15 members, seven members of the public (one from each Seattle district), four Board or Commission members to be recommended by Seattle City Boards & Commissions and four members from the Seattle Board of Park Commissioners.  Each will serve either a one, two or three year term, to be determined during the selection process. The City seeks to appoint Community Oversight Committee members with a diversity of expertise and perspectives including, but not limited to parks management, public financing, urban horticulture, landscape architecture, contract management and the interests of low-income and communities of color. The Committee’s first official meeting will be held in April 2015, but members should be available to meet before this date, in early 2015.

The Council and the Mayor are committed to promoting diversity in the city’s Committees. Women, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community and persons of color are highly encouraged to apply.

To be considered, please send a letter of interest indicating which district you represent and resume by October 20, 2014 to Councilmember Jean Godden, Please title subject line: Oversight Committee Application. Electronic submissions are preferred.

To send a paper submittal, please address to:

Councilmember Jean Godden

PO Box 34025

Seattle, WA 98124


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