What a difference a year makes.

About one year ago, I saw a yellow notice posted at 802 NW 57th Street, alerting neighbors that change was coming.  Built in 1941, this home was erected during Seattle’s war years; when production line work at employers like Boeing shifted into high gear. Just like the widgets rolling off the factory floor, the home at this address was far from unique. In Ballard there are quite possibly hundreds of these little bricks in the neighborhood, but it looks similar to my home so I took note.

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802 NW 57th Street, January 2015

The 1,320 square foot home, with two bedrooms and one bathroom, sat on a typical single-family lot, and sold to PNW Homes L.L.C. for $580,000 in January 2015 according to King County records.

The developer, Blueprint Capital which is based in West Seattle, provided conceptual drawings online for the public to view.  The old house would come down, and at first it looked like one new home would be built, but after reviewing permits filed with the City of Seattle, I found that two homes were planned.

The new homes would each be 2,941 square feet, and include their own garage.  The available drawings showed a home design that looked very traditional – with an angled roof line and shingle siding.

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802 NW 57th Street, middle photo from May 2015

Fast forward to January 2016, and here’s what the corner looks like today.  Surprising that you can fit that much home onto one lot!  The builder was able to construct two homes with exteriors in visual agreement with the neighborhood.  While there are a whole host of items neighbors might be concerned about, including reduction of sunlight due to the new homes height, I would consider appearance a win for the neighborhood.

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800 & 802 NW 57th Street, January 2016

SOLD: 907 NW Ballard Way

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Photo courtesy King County Department of Assessments

On Monday, December 21, the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce (DJC) reported the sale of the Selig Building, located at 907 NW Ballard Way, for $17 Million to CenterCal Properties.

Selig Real Estate Holdings purchased the building in 2012 from the City of Seattle Housing Authority for just under $5.8 Million.  The building was constructed in 1979 and has been in use as professional office space since that time. More information on this parcel can be found on the King County Department of Assessments website.

About CenterCal Properties

Based in El Segundo, CA, CenterCal Properties is a retail development company and a joint venture with the California State Teachers Retirement System (CALSTRS).  From their website, “Our company’s mission is to find opportunities that will provide a secure return to its investors by creating solid and sustainable cash flow growth.”

One of their upcoming projects includes the redevelopment of Totem Lake Shopping Center in Kirkland.   The plan consists of creating a shopping center with a village feel, mixed-use, including entertainment, and a grocery store. More information on this redevelopment can be found HERE.

Plans For Ballard

CenterCal Properties is considering replacing the two-story office building with a 75,000-square-foot building. Just like Totem Lake, there are plans for a grocery store, professional office space, and restaurant, medical or entertainment space.  Imagine the West Woodland Neighborhood having a movie theater again!

The grocery store listed in the DJC article is New Seasons Market based out of Portland, OR.  New Seasons Market is an independent, neighborhood grocer and the world’s first certified B Corp grocery store.  B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

Current Tenants

The primary tenant at 907 NW Ballard Way is Trupanion, a pet insurance company.  In August 2015, Trupanion announced plans to close their Ballard locations and move to 6100 Fourth Ave South, in the Georgetown Neighborhood. Trupanion also occupies space at 5245 Shilshole Ave NW.

Other recent tenants have included city and state government agencies, such as the Seattle Housing Authority, and Department of Social and Health Services.