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

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Intensive Litter Clean-Up Coming To Ballard

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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. 

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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.

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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.

 

Happening NOW Through July 8, 2016

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Events & Response Dates Happening Now Through July 8th

1. Today (July 1, 2016) is the last day to apply for Small Sparks Fund: FREE money to pay for your Summer Block Party! More Info:http://wp.me/p5JLfD-1rE

2. North Precinct Advisory Council meeting happening Wednesday, July 6, 2016 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at North Seattle College. More Info:http://wp.me/p5JLfD-1Ko

3. The BEST of West Woodland – Neighbor’s Choice Award poll closes on July 7, 2016. Nominate your favorite business today: http://wp.me/p5JLfD-1zz

4. Meet Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien. July 7, 2016, 4-7 p.m. at Greenwood Library. More Info: http://wp.me/p5JLfD-1q5

5. Freight Master Plan (SDOT): Public comment period closes July 8, 2016. More Info: http://wp.me/p5JLfD-1BH

EVENTS:

1. Lucky Envelope Brewing is releasing their Second Sour on Saturday, July 2, 2016. Tasting room will be open from Noon-10pm. More Info:https://goo.gl/T8b4jM

2. The Pedaler’s Fair Free Bike Party: A day of bike-loving summer fun happening July 3rd. More Info: https://goo.gl/cwxaPF

3. Seafair Summer Fourth 2016 at Lake Union happening July 4, 2016. More Info: https://goo.gl/dkWJVq

4. 1st Karaoke Night At The Ballard Mandarin! happening July 6, 2016. More Info: https://goo.gl/NyJxL7

5. Opening Reception: Prints, Paintings & Sculpture by Jon Taylor atCaptain’s Nautical Supplies happening July 6, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. More Info:https://goo.gl/k95406

6. Growing Ballard – All Things Garden happening July 8, 2016 from 6:30 – 9 p.m. More Info: https://goo.gl/WNT2bo

Did we miss an event? Let us know below, or email westwoodlandneighbors@gmail.com.

North Precinct Advisory Council Meeting: July 6

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You are invited to the North Precinct Advisory Council meeting happening Wednesday, July 6 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at North Seattle College.

The North Precinct Advisory Council is a community organization devoted to promoting partnership between residents, schools, businesses, and the Seattle Police Department to effectively address public safety issues.

From the North Precinct Advisory Council:

“Our purpose is to establish a mechanism by which the community may
communicate its concerns to the Police Department and City Government, and
may do its part in dealing with those concerns, and enhancing public safety in the
North Seattle Precinct. Council members will have the opportunity to express
their views and offer suggestions on how the Precinct and the community can
improve the delivery of police service in the community. The Council may
engage in advocacy regarding public safety. The Council also serves as a channel
to disseminate information from the North Precinct staff to Council members and
their organizations.”

Learn more at http://seattlenpac.blogspot.com/

SPD - July agenda

SOLD! 418 NW 65th Street

There are more changes coming to NW 65th Street! Back in January, we told you about the pending sale of 418 NW 65th Street, a parcel which includes 412-418 NW 65th Street. This corner, which is currently home to the 418 Public House, had been on the market since Summer 2014.

The property was sold in April 2016 for $1,150,000 to “412 NW 65th L.L.C.”.  A site plan filed with the city shows five live/ work units & five townhomes are in the works. A total of 10 news residences in the neighborhood, five with businesses on the ground floor facing NW 65th Street.

The proposed new storefronts create an exciting opportunity for five small business owners to open up shop in a prime location on NW 65th Street, the West Woodland Neighborhood’s Historic Business District.

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Site Plan – Click to enlarge.

About the Architect:

S+H Works L.L.C., the architectural firm on this project, takes a minimalist modern approach to design.  From the AIA website, “Based in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, a majority of their work is infill within the Seattle metro area, reflecting a commitment to the urban environment as a sustainable place to live and work.”  Check out some of their work here.

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NW 65th Street Pedestrian Zone:

NW 65th Street, west of 4th Ave NW, has been designated a pedestrian retail area (pedestrian zones).  The pedestrian zone (P Zone) designation, is intended to “preserve or encourage intensely retail and pedestrian-oriented shopping districts where non-auto modes of transportation to and within the district are strongly favored.”

Pedestrian zones are typically designated in areas already zoned Neighborhood Commercial (NC). The designation does not impact the development capacity of the area, meaning it does not increase or decrease the permitted height or density for new development.

To learn more about Pedestrian Zones visit the following links:

History of this corner:

Constructed in 1925, this building’s first tenants included the Minni Belle Fountain Lunch restaurant at 418 NW 65th Street and West Woodland Hardware at 416 NW 65th Street. Just east of the building, at 412 NW 65th Street, White Rock Service Station was providing automobile services for vehicles in the neighborhood.

The building has changed hands many times since 1925 and hosted a variety of businesses. There have been few adjustments made to the exterior facade of this building and it looks remarkably like it did when first built.

The full story of this corner, courtesy Vintage West Woodland, is available at: https://goo.gl/6IOhVb

Then & Now - 418 NW 65th St - SW - II
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Proposed crossing to connect Ballard neighborhoods

SDOT is considering the installation of a new pedestrian signal at 15th Ave NW and NW 53rd Street as part of an effort to connect Ballard’s new 17th Ave NW Greenway and the Burke-Gilman Trail.  This new signal would create a dignified way for residents to access bus stops, parks, and medical care without needing to travel up to a 1/2 a mile out of their way to find a safe crossing.

The West Woodland Neighborhood Association supports the addition of a pedestrian signal at NW 53rd Street and 15th Ave NW.  The new crossing would provide our neighborhood with many benefits, including:

  1. Ease of access to amenities in the core of Ballard such as, medical care, community and cultural events, parks, and commercial interests.
  2. Provide a safe connection for pedestrians and cyclists to travel from the Burke-Gilman Trail to the 17th Ave NW Greenway.
  3. Create an opportunity for small business owners in Ballard’s Brewery District to participate in events such as Ballard Art Walk, Ballard Jazz Festival, and more.

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Example of what the crossing would look like at NW 53rd & 15th Ave NW. Click to enlarge

Support the NW 53rd Street Crosswalk:

It’s easy to let SDOT know you support the proposed crossing at NW 53rd Street and 15th Ave NW.  We have created a letter for you, just fill-in a couple items and email to one of the addresses below.

Letters of support should be emailed to West Woodland Neighborhood Association at: westwoodlandneighbors@gmail.com or SDOT at:  Summer.Jawson@Seattle.gov

Learn More:

Learn more about this project, which is funded by the Levy to Move Seattle here: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/ballardgreenway.htm

Hey SDOT… Make 6th Ave NW a Safe Routes to School

Another weekend, another car crash on NW Market Street. For those who live near the east end of Market, between 4th Ave NW & 6th Ave NW, you know how dangerous these intersections can be for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. Cars fail to stop at the crosswalk used daily by West Woodland Elementary students, blowing right through the red light even with a crossing guard present.

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Car crash near 6th Ave NW & NW Market Street on Saturday, June 11, 2016

What is the problem?

6th Ave NW could be a well loved street for families to walk and bike to school and to the Burke Gilman Trail, but it has dangerous intersections to cross – like NW Market Street – that needs to be fixed.

Who is involved?

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is working to empower Ballard Greenways, Greenwood-Phinney Greenways, Fremont Greenways, and residents of the West Woodland Neighborhood in Ballard.

Get Involved!

February 2016 Ballard District Council approved Neighborhood Park & Street Fund money for intersection safety improvements at 6th NW and NW 65th. We need your support to make changes at 6th Ave NW & NW Market Street. Tell Seattle Department of Transportation to make 6th Ave NW a Safe Routes to School.

Add Your Name Here: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/ce1jATrg0w3AjZL1y6sq2Q

Push to connect Ballard Greenway & Burke-Gilman

SDOT is considering the installation of a new pedestrian signal at 15th Ave NW and NW 53rd Street as part of an effort to connect Ballard’s new 17th Ave NW Greenway and the Burke-Gilman Trail.  This new signal would create a dignified way for residents to access bus stops, parks, and medical care without needing to travel up to a 1/2 a mile out of their way to find a safe crossing.

The West Woodland Neighborhood Association supports the addition of a pedestrian signal at NW 53rd Street and 15th Ave NW.  The new crossing would provide our neighborhood with many benefits, including:

  1. Ease of access to amenities in the core of Ballard such as, medical care, community and cultural events, parks, and commercial interests.
  2. Provide a safe connection for pedestrians and cyclists to travel from the Burke-Gilman Trail to the 17th Ave NW Greenway.
  3. Create an opportunity for small business owners in Ballard’s Brewery District to participate in events such as Ballard Art Walk, Ballard Jazz Festival, and more.
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NW 53rd Street Pedestrian Crossing supports safe transit for pedestrians traveling between Ballard’s core and Gilman Park.

As our community members age, the creation of safe crossings will become more critical. We can not expect older adults, persons with disabilities, or caregivers with children in tow to walk the same distance as an able-bodied person.  While it may be easy for you to get around today, we’re all growing older and need to be thinking about how we will navigate the neighborhood in our golden years.

There is also the added advantage of connecting a divided Ballard.  15th Ave NW is a divide, separating Ballard into east/ west corridors.  One consequence of this division is that events such as the Ballard Art Walk and Ballard Jazz Festival tend to stay on one side of town.  Rarely do Ballard area community events cross over into the West Woodland Neighborhood.  Adding a safe crossing at NW 53rd Street will create better pedestrian access and encourage more business participation.

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The proposed Pedestrian Crossing at NW 53rd Street would be similar to the one currently in use at NW 58th Street and 15th Ave NW.

Support the NW 53rd Street Crosswalk:

If you are a business owner or resident, you can write SDOT and let them know you support the proposed crossing at NW 53rd Street and 15th Ave NW.  We have created a letter for you too, just fill-in a couple items and email to one of the addresses below.

Letters of support should be emailed to West Woodland Neighborhood Association at: westwoodlandneighbors@gmail.com or SDOT at:  Summer.Jawson@Seattle.gov

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Fatality following crash on NW Market Street

UPDATE 05/31/2016:  From the Seattle Police Department Blotter

Driver arrested for vehicular homicide after passenger killed in crash near 55th & Market this weekend in West Woodland, Ballard.  Police evaluated the 22-year-old male driver of the first vehicle, and found signs of impairment. He was arrested and taken to Harborview for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. He will booked into the King County Jail for investigation of vehicular homicide upon his release from the hospital.

You can read the full release here:  http://spdblotter.seattle.gov/2016/05/31/driver-arrested-after-fatal-ballard-collision/


Original Post 05/29/2016:

For those who live near the east end of NW Market Street, between 4th Ave NW & 6th Ave NW, you know how dangerous these intersections can be for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers. Cars fail to stop at the crosswalk used daily by West Woodland Elementary students, blowing right through the red light even with a crossing guard present.

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Location of today’s early morning car crash was near NW Market Street & NW 55th Street.

Neighbors have contacted SDOT asking for help, but the response has been limited. Today we are saddened to find out that an early morning crash has lead to the death of one person.

This stretch of roadway is a documented safety concern in our neighborhood. How many more crashes or injuries or deaths will it take until corrections are made?

Story Here:  http://komonews.com/news/local/1-dies-following-head-on-crash-in-seattle

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