Ballard School Flooded By Sewage

Saint Alphonsus - Ballard - October 13 2017

Preschool flooded with sewage

Friday, October 13, 2017 will not easily be forgotten by the parents, students, and teachers at Saint Alphonsus Parish School in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood. Families arrived to find that one of their classroom spaces had been flooded overnight with Seattle’s slop.

Sludge oozed from beneath the preschool classroom door. A bay of windows running along the east-side of the space was foggy with condensation. An odor greeted those who moved closer to the classroom, confirming suspicion that something was not right.

From the Principal, Matt Eisenhauer:

“Overnight, the room had been flooded with back-up from the sewer system, that covered the floor, wall to wall, in the closets, restrooms, electrical closet and all. We contacted the city of Seattle, and they have three large trucks out on 58th street clearing out the sewage lines that run under the road.”

The classroom will be out of commission until the affected area is cleaned, repaired, inspected and approved for use. When school opens on Monday, students will report to the auditorium.

For those who use the NW 58th Street Greenway, please be aware of the additional traffic, big trucks, and workers on the roadway.

Saint Alphonsus Church & School are located at 5816 NW 15th Street in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood.  Learn more: http://stalseattle.org/school/

Up Next: Books By Ballard Authors

BOOK and OWL 2017-10-04 09.38.57It’s autumn in beautiful Ballard. Zip up your fleece, grab a cup of tea, and snuggle up with the literary works of those who have been inspired by our special surroundings. Here are four amazing authors that live right here in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood.

 

DAVID NEIWERT

David Neiwert is a freelance journalist, blogger, author. He is a contributor to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project and the author of numerous books, including And Hell Followed With Her: Crossing the Dark Side of the American Border, winner of the 2014 International Latino Book Award for Nonfiction.

His newest work, Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump, discusses the growth of fascism and far-right terrorism.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Alt-America-Rise-Radical-Right-Trump/dp/1786634236/

More about the author: http://dneiwert.blogspot.com/

KIRA BRADY

Kira Brady’s debut Hearts of Darkness was named one of the Best Books of Summer 2012 by Publishers Weekly. She is the author of the Deadglass Trilogy, apocalyptic paranormal romance set in a grisly modern day Seattle from Kensington Publishing.

A native Seattleitte, Kira spent her childhood hiking the rainy forests of the Pacific Northwest. She fell in love with historic, haunted cities in graduate school, and writes about the twisted towns of her imagination, where wraiths and shape-shifters stalk the night and love redeems even the darkest heart.

Buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Kira-Brady/e/B0076TJKMW/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1507133306&sr=1-2-ent

More about the author: http://kirabrady.com/

MOLLY TORRES

Molly Torres, published a collaborative novel titled Ash Tuesday with her sister Peggy Nelson and niece Shawna Rengli.  The story is set in 2018, and the world is being ravaged by climate changes, natural disasters and an insidious and fast moving virus. To escape, a group of loosely connected, but like minded individuals, travel to a 20 acre off-the-grid compound in Montana, where they attempt to survive a bitter winter and avoid the ever present societal lunacy. The story ranges from Washington and Idaho to Montana, with some very familiar scenes here in Ballard.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Ash-Tuesday-Peggy-Nelson/dp/1534651187/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1472176209&sr=8-1&keywords=ash+tuesday

More about the authors: https://www.amazon.com/Peggy-Nelson/e/B01JVEXRPK/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_1

HEATHER NUHFER

Heather Nuhfer writes all-ages and children’s books and graphic novels. The first book in a new middle grade series,  My So-Called Superpowers, is a quirky and funny coming-of-age novel celebrating individuality.

Heather has penned numerous original stories for comic book titles including, Scooby Doo, Wonder Woman, Teen Titans GO!, Fraggle Rock, LisaSimpson, and Monster High. Her My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic graphic novels are international bestsellers, and if you like poems, WeirdEST is the one to read first.

Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/My-So-Called-Superpowers-Heather-Nuhfer/dp/1250138604

More about the author: http://www.heatherwritesthings.com/about.html

Nature Inspired Exhibition Opening At Ballard’s Blowing Sands Glass Studio

Ballard resident and artist Robert Sparrow Jones’ solo exhibition, The Uncertain Landscape, opens Sunday, October 1 at Blowing Sands Glass Studio.  Jones grew up in Pennsylvania, and his work reflects his relationship with nature, evoking a deep sense of place.

Robert Sparrow Jones Ballard Blowing Sands Glass Studio“What moves me to make these works is the trifecta of memory, love, and the passage of time. The pictures serve as a shifting cross-section—using color, tone, and an expressive languor in paint language, to create a local dialect that, although uneven, I think vividly captures the energy, the mutability, or perhaps the stubborn persistence of what it’s like to be affected by place,” Jones shared.

The exhibition, including Rosa acicularis, which is shown on the right, has a strong narrative quality. Jones shared that they are meant to act in the present but suggest a past, moving with the rhythm of everyday life that is rife with multiple time signatures.

“The figures are intended to add atmosphere to past peregrinations and dalliances and knit the uncertainties of our life’s complications into such a lovely, changeable shifting. The emotional landscape emerges when our attentiveness to the sensual world brings a certain mutable responsiveness from the imperatives of consciousness.”

Show Information:

The Uncertain Landscape is showing from October 1 through October 30, 2017 at Blowing Sands Glass Studios, located at 5805 14th Ave NW in Ballard’s West Woodland neighborhood.

About Robert Sparrow Jones:

Robert Sparrow Jones received his BFA from Kutztown University and MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art, studying with Abstract Expressionist, Grace Hartigan.

He was an Assistant Professor of Painting at Piedmont College and NOVA Southeastern University. His Artist in Residencies include, The Studios of Key West, the Vermont Studio Center, Museum of Glass, and the Frye Art Museum. He was awarded Deering Estate one year fellowship in Miami, a Can Serrat Artist Grant in Spain, and nominated for an Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in 2017.

Jones’s work has been reviewed in Oxford American Magazine, Athens Food and Culture, Seattle Magazine, Baltimore Magazine, and his paintings appear in New American Paintings.

His work has been exhibited from New York City to Hong Kong and he is a regular contributing writer for the Michigan Quarterly Review. He lives and works in Crown Hill, Seattle, and is Dale Chihuly’s painting assistant.

Learn more: http://robertsparrowjones.com/home.html

Trees For Neighborhoods Offering Free Trees

SDOT - Trees 03Trees for Neighborhoods is the City of Seattle’s residential tree planting project. Since 2009, Trees for Neighborhoods has helped Seattle residents plant over 6,300 trees in their yards and along the street. That’s 6,300 more trees working to clean our air and water, make our streets more walkable, and our neighborhoods healthier! Learn more about the benefits of neighborhood trees here.

Get a FREE tree of your own to help keep our city green!  Seattle’s Trees for Neighborhoods program is giving them away this October and November. To receive a FREE tree submit an application between July 18 and August 10, and you could win a FREE tree for your home or neighborhood.

Trees for Neighborhoods participants receive:

  • Free trees (up to 4 per household, lifetime max of 8).
  • A watering bag & mulch for each tree
  • Training on proper planting and care
  • Assistance applying for street tree planting permits
  • Ongoing care reminders and future pruning workshop opportunities

Check out some photos from past years to learn more about the process.

How to Apply:

  1. Take time to evaluate potential planting sites on your property. Read the planting considerations. Consider attending a Trees for Neighborhoods Tree & Site Selection Workshop in July to learn how to select the right tree for the right spot in your yard. Reserve your spot today!
  2. Review the 2016 tree list here. Pay attention to the mature size of the trees and their needs for sun. Select trees that will have room to grow to maturity. If you have the space, please consider planting a larger stature tree.
  3. Apply for trees starting Monday, July 18th through the online application, available HERE. This year’s application is a lottery; applications will be accepted between July 18th until August 10th. NOTE- there is no longer any benefit to submitting your application early. All applications will be processed once the first lottery round closes on August 10th. If trees are still available following this first lottery round, they’ll announce a second lottery round for remaining trees that will open in mid-August. Learn more about the new application process here.

If your application is approved, you will sign up to attend a planting and care workshop next fall to pick-up your trees.

Need assistance planting your new tree? Seattle ReLeaf will offer delivery and planting help to participants who need physical assistance or lack access to a vehicle. To inquire about this service, please call 206-684-3979 or email TreesforNeighborhoods@seattle.gov.

For additional information, please visit:  http://www.seattle.gov/trees/

Meet State Rep. Brady Walkinshaw This Sunday At Stock

Join State Representative Brady Walkinshaw for a meet and greet at Stock, 500 NW 65th Street, on Sunday, July 10, 2016.  You’ll get a chance to talk about the issues that you care about most, and learn more about his campaign for Congress.  Great opportunity to meet Brady Walkinshaw and enjoy fabulous food prepared by local Chef Chris Blanco.

Date:  Sunday, July 10
Time:  5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location:  Stock, 500 NW 65th Street
Event Info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1583414725284398/

About State Representative Brady Walkinshaw:

Brady Walkinshaw

Brady Walkinshaw

In 2013, Walkinshaw was appointed to represent the 43rd district in the Washington State House. The 43rd district covers several neighborhoods, including Fremont, Phinney Ridge, and the east-side of West Woodland, Ballard.

Walkinshaw is running for the 7th Congressional seat vacated by 14-term Congressman Jim McDermott.  The 7th Congressional District covers Lynnwood to the north, Vashon Island to the south, and includes most of the City of Seattle.

Learn more about State Representative Brady Walkinshaw online:

Web:  http://bradywalkinshaw.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/brady.p.walkinshaw/
Twitter:  @BradyWalkinshaw



Find your representatives online!

Not sure which legislative district your belong to?  We understand!  The West Woodland Neighborhood in Ballard is split between TWO districts.  To find which district you belong in visit, Washington State District Finder.  You may also find your congressional district here:   https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/WA

District 36 and 43 - NEW - 07 05 2016

 

Intensive Litter Clean-Up Coming To Ballard

Ballard Trash 02

On Friday, July 1st Mayor Ed Murray announced an action plan to help make Seattle’s Chinatown-International District safer.  Included in this blog post, about four paragraphs down, Mayor Murray also writes:

“In recognition of the significant impacts of heavy litter on quality of life in the neighborhood and the strong correlation between heavy litter and public safety concerns, Murray announced that the City will launch a new intensive litter clean-up program. The program will be piloted in two neighborhoods, the Chinatown-International District and Ballard. Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will increase litter pick-up with bi-weekly clean-up crews, install more trash bins on the street and increase community engagement to speed response to illegal dumping.”

For neighbors who have experience trash dumping outside their homes, looks like help is on the way!  Seattle Public Utilities will increase pick-up with crews on the streets bi-weekly. The utility will quickly respond to illegal dumping and install more garbage cans.

No start date was included in the Mayor’s announcement.  Until then, please continue to report issues of illegal dumping to Seattle Public Utilities.  Fill out and submit the Illegal Dumping Report Form or call (206) 684-7587 to report problems on public property.

 

 

Proposed Urban Hub Zoning Changes Include Areas In West Woodland, Ballard

The Seattle City Council is considering proposed legislation to Seattle’s land use and zoning that would affect property in the Ballard Hub Urban Village

  • Amending the Official Land Use Map at pages 53, 54 and 55 to rezone land in the Ballard Hub Urban Village; and
  • Amending Sections 23.47A.005 and 23.47A.009 of the Seattle Municipal Code to designate 17th Avenue NW, 20th Avenue NW, Ballard Avenue NW and Leary Avenue NW as a principal pedestrian street, and adopt development standards for certain properties in the Ballard Hub Urban Village. 

Ballard Urban Hub Rezone Map 2016
Ballard Hub Urban Village Proposed Rezone map, courtesy Seattle Office of Planning & Community Development.  Click to enlarge.

CURRENT & PROPOSED ZONING:

Sections A, B, L, M, N, and O shown in the map above are all located in the West Woodland neighborhood.  Here’s a break down of current zoning and what the proposed future zoning would be for each of the areas identified.  Please note, these are just summaries. For current full descriptions and zoning definitions visit: http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/codesrules/codes/zoning/  

Additional information available in the Ballard Rezone and Development Standards – Director’s Report.

Area A:

Proposed zoning would change this area from Commercial 1 – 65 feet height limit (C1-65) to the more pedestrian friendly Neighborhood Commercial 3, Pedestrian – 65 feet height limit (NC3P-65). The P designation encourages an intensely pedestrian-oriented, retail shopping district where non-auto modes of transportation are strongly favored. Click graphic below to enlarge.

Ballard - zoning change - area A

Areas B & M:

Proposed zoning would change this area from Commercial 1 – 65 feet height limit (C1-65) to the more pedestrian friendly Neighborhood Commercial 3 – 65 feet height limit (NC3-65). Click graphic below to enlarge.

Ballard - Zoning B and M

Area L:

Proposed zoning would change this area from Neighborhood Commercial 3 – 40 feet height limit (NC3-40) to the more pedestrian friendly Neighborhood Commercial 3, Pedestrian – 40 feet height limit (NC3P-40). The P designation encourages an intensely pedestrian-oriented, retail shopping district where non-auto modes of transportation are strongly favored.  Click graphic below to enlarge.

Ballard - Zoning L

Area N:

Proposed zoning would change this area from Lowrise 3 (LR3) to Lowrise 3 – Residential Commercial (LR3-RC). The Residential Commercial suffix zone (RC) allows small-medium sized commercial uses at the street level in multifamily neighborhoods, where small commercial uses can fit into buildings that resemble the neighboring low/medium density residential areas.

In areas with a RC suffix zone and an underlying Lowrise zone (LR), the maximum size limit for individual business establishments is limited to 4,000 square feet. Commercial uses are allowed only in structures containing at least one dwelling unit or live-work unit. Drive-through businesses are prohibited.  Click graphic below to enlarge.

Ballard - Low Rise current zoning

Ballard - Low Rise proposed zoning

Area O:

Proposed zoning would change this area from Lowrise 2 (LR2) to Lowrise 2 – Residential Commercial (LR2-RC). The Residential Commercial suffix zone (RC) allows small-medium sized commercial uses at the street level in multifamily neighborhoods, where small commercial uses can fit into buildings that resemble the neighboring low/medium density residential areas.

In areas with a RC suffix zone and an underlying Lowrise zone (LR), the maximum size limit for individual business establishments is limited to 4,000 square feet. Commercial uses are allowed only in structures containing at least one dwelling unit or live-work unit. Drive-through businesses are prohibited.  Click graphic below to enlarge.

Ballard - Lowrise 2 current zoning

Ballard - Lowrise 2 proposed zoning

PUBLIC HEARING:

The City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee will hold a public hearing to take comments on the proposed changes to land use and zoning regulations affecting property in the Ballard Hub Urban Village on August 3, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. The hearing will be held in the meeting room at The Ballard Public Library, 5614 22nd Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107. For those who wish to testify, sign-up sheets will be available starting at 5:30 p.m. 

Date:  August 3, 2016
Time:  Sign up sheet for those wishing to speak will be available at 5:30 pm and Community meeting will start at 6:00 pm.
Location:  Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave NW

Can’t make the meeting?

Written comments on the proposal will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on August 3. Please send comments to Amy Gore in Councilmember Rob Johnson’s office via e-mail at: amy.gore@seattle.gov, or by mail to:

Councilmember Rob Johnson

Seattle City Council

600 4th Avenue, 2nd Floor

PO Box 34025

Seattle, WA  98124-4025

Preview Meeting Documents in Advance:

Print and communications access is provided on prior request. Please contact Amy Gore at 684-8808 or via e-mail at: amy.gore@seattle.gov as soon as possible to request accommodations for a disability.

Want to attend, but need childcare?

Childcare will be provided if requested by July 27, 2016. To request childcare during the public hearing, contact Amy Gore 684-8808 or via e-mail at: amy.gore@seattle.gov .

Questions about the meeting?

Questions concerning the public hearing may be directed to Amy Gore in Councilmember Rob Johnson’s office, by calling (206) 684-8808 or via e-mail at: amy.gore@seattle.gov.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Information regarding the proposed amendments regarding land use and zoning in the Ballard Hub Urban Village are available at http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/cityplanning/completeprojectslist/ballard/whatwhy/default.htmor http://seattle.legistar.com/ (search for Council Bill 118693).

Copies of the proposals may be obtained at the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections Public Resource Center, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000 in the Seattle Municipal Tower. The Public Resource Center is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

Questions regarding the proposal may be directed to David Goldberg of the Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) at (206) 615-1447 or via email at davidw.goldberg@seattle.gov or to Aly Pennucci of the City Council Central Staff at (206) 684-8148 or via email at aly.pennucci@seattle.gov.