Housing & Retail coming soon! Pedestrian friendly development proposed for el camion corner.

El Camion

You heard it here first!  Back in August, we told you that the property owner of 6416 15th Ave NW had applied for a zoning change, asking the city to allow up to a 65 foot building height on this parcel, which is an increase of 25 feet.  Current zoning allows a maximum height of 40 feet.

6416 15th Ave NW is located in the northwestern corner of West Woodland, Ballard, and is home to el camion‘s brick & mortar restaurant.  This Ballard favorite started as a single food truck and now you can find el camion in north Seattle, SODO, and near the new StudioWorks Ballard building at 15th Ave NW and Market Street (see map below).


“A” is the location of el camion’s restaurant and “B” is their West Woodland, Ballard food truck location.

The 6416 15th Ave NW rezone application doesn’t include much information, and today’s notice provided much needed detail regarding the future of this lot.  The owners are interested in building retail and housing on this parcel, which will go a long way to helping house Seattle’s ever growing population.  The full land use announcement is available here: Notice of Design Review Early Design Guidance Meeting – 6416 15TH AVE NW.

The proposal is to allow a 6-story building with 79 apartment units, up to 3 live-work units, 3,220 sq. ft. of commercial space and parking for 31-36 vehicles. Existing structure to be demolished. A contract rezone from NC3P-40′ to NC3P-65′ is proposed.

The “P” is for pedestrian, which is great for neighbors in this section of West Woodland, Ballard.  The parcel is right across the street from Ballard High School and with the new Gemenskap Park slated for construction, and the rezone of nearby  14th Ave NW to include the pedestrian zoning designation, this corner of the neighbor is turning into a pedestrian paradise.

To learn more about Pedestrian Zones please visit the following links:

Before any of this change happens, there will be a public meeting.  Full announcement is available HERE, with the “nuts & bolts” excerpt, including public comment date, posted below.


Date: Monday, September 19, 2016
Time: 6:30 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 prc@seattle.gov 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 guidancethrough September 19, 2016. 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 PRC@seattle.gov or City of Seattle – Seattle DCI – 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 Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (Seattle DCI). 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, Seattle DCI 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 Seattle DCI following notice of that review.


This proposal may be viewed at our Design Review Program website at www.seattle.gov/DPD/aboutus/news/events/DesignReview/SearchPastReviews/.  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.)


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