Development

The Low Income Housing Institute's proposed Ballard development would include housing for families and individuals making less than 60 percent of the median King County Income as well as space for homeless families. It would also include an Urban Rest Stop.

The Low Income Housing Institute, more commonly known as LIHI, offered new details about the project at 2014 N.W. 57th St., currently a vacant lot, during the Oct. 13 Ballard District Council meeting.

The proposed development includes 40 to 60 units, including studios, one-bedroom units and two-bedroom units, for families and individuals with incomes less than $51,360 for a four-person household and $41,100 for a two-person household.

LIHI is proposing setting aside approximately 20 percent of the units for homeless families.

LIHI would also be locating an Urban Rest Stop on the first floor of the building. The Urban Rest Stop would provide free showers and laundry, as well as bathrooms, nurses, barbers, attorneys and more, for homeless individuals and families.

10/14/2010
LIHI proposes Ballard low-income, homeless housing, Urban Rest Stop
Photo credit: 
Michael Harthorne

The Low Income Housing Institute is proposing 40 to 60 units for low-income and homeless individuals and families, as well as an Urban Rest Stop, for this vacant lot across from Wiggin & Sons Funeral Home on Northwest 57th Street.

The Low Income Housing Institute, or LIHI, is proposing a family housing development in downtown Ballard.

LIHI offers housing for low-income, homeless and formerly homeless people and administers supportive service programs. The organization currently operates 32 sites in and around Seattle.

The Ballard development is proposed for the vacant lot at 2014 N.W. 57th St. across from Wiggen & Sons Funeral Home and down the street from the Ballard Library. It is also located within two blocks of Compass Housing Alliance's forthcoming Urness House for formerly homeless individuals.

Though LIHI has not responded with specifics for the Ballard development, it operates three sites nearby in Greenwood. Those locations house individuals earning 30 percent to 50 percent of the area median income with some space dedicated for housing homeless women.

10/11/2010
Low Income Housing Institute proposing Ballard development
Photo credit: 
Courtesy of LIHI

The Low Income Housing Institute's most recent development, for buyers earning less than 80 percent of the area median income in south Seattle. LIHI is proposing a new Ballard development.

On Oct. 4, the city gave approval to the Compass Housing Alliance to move forward on Ballard's Urness House, with conditions, in terms of the design and environmental impacts of the housing development for formerly homeless men and women.

The project, located at 1753 N.W. 56th St., is a seven-story building containing 80 low-income housing units above first and second-floor office and medical space. The project includes 13 parking spaces within the building.

10/05/2010
City approves Urness House design, environmental impact
Photo credit: 
Courtesy of Weinstein A|U

The city decided in favor of the design and the environmental impact of Compass Housing Alliance's Urness House, clearing the way for its construction.

With a dedication ceremony Sept. 25, Crown Hill officially got its new Fire Station 35, replacing the outdated 80-year-old former station.

Fire stations, which must serve as places where firefighters both live and work, are challenging to build, and the opening of Fire Station 35, located at 8720 15th Ave. N.W., is the culmination of two years of work, said Fred Podesta, Seattle's Finance and Administrative Services director.

The old station had sloping floors, was not up to seismic codes and lacked room to properly decontaminate equipment.

The new $7.2 million Fire Station 35 features added space, including room for decontamination, gear storage and another firefighting vehicle, and has been seismically upgraded.

Seattle Fire Chief Gregory Dean thanked Seattle voters for passing the $167 million Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy in 2003 to allow the rebuilding or upgrading of 32 neighborhood fire stations.

Podesta singled out Crown Hill residents to thank in particular.

09/25/2010
Dedication of new Crown Hill fire station
Photo credit: 
Michael Harthorne

Seattle Fire Chief Gregory Dean welcomes attendees during the dedication ceremony for Crown Hill's new Fire Station 35. CLICK IMAGE FOR A TOUR OF THE STATION.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, which owns and operates the Ballard's Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, is seeking public comments regarding a draft report on an evaluation and management proposal for the Corps’ property on the south side of the Locks near the fish ladder.

The draft South Entry Landscape Report is available online for review under the announcement section here or can be downloaded with the link at the beginning of this article. The Army Corps of Engineers is accepting comments on the document through Oct. 15.

The Army Corps of Engineers initiated the study in response to the need for an evaluation and management proposal for the south entry landscape, according to an Army Corps of Engineers press release. The report provides a historic context for the property and will help guide decisions for managing the landscape features, according to the press release.

09/16/2010
Locks 2 A.jpg
Photo credit: 
Courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in the process of updating the south entry landscape at the Ballard Locks for the first time since 1976 (seen here). CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS.

After news was leaked to the media in August that Fred Meyer was scrapping its decade-long plan for a sunken, mixed-use Fred Meyer, store officials met with the Greenwood Phinney Chamber of Commerce Sept. 10 to further explain that decision and expand on the new remodel plan.

Tom Gibbons, Fred Meyer director of real estate, reiterated that Fred Meyer moving away from the planned redevelopment is strictly an economic decision. The economy is in bad shape, and the development would have cost as much as two standard Fred Meyer stores, he said.

The scrapped plan was for a $91 million multi-use development, including a 170,000-square-foot, underground Fred Meyer topped with additional retail and residential space, as well as a three-story parking garage.

In addition to the high cost, the project was over budget by as much as half the cost of a new Fred Meyer, said Melinda Merrill, director of public affairs for Fred Meyer.

09/10/2010
DSC_0870.JPG
Photo credit: 
Michael Harthorne

After scrapping a new, mixed-use Greenwood Fred Meyer development, the company has decided to remodel the current store and expand into the Greenwood Market building.

The early designs presented Aug. 23 for a four-story residential development on 15th Avenue Northwest across from Ballard High School drew some concern from the Northwest Design Review Board on parking, building size and proximity to neighboring single-family residential homes.

Plans presented by Clark Design Group at the Early Design Guidance Meeting show an 82,000-square-foot development with 101 residential units, five live-work units and parking for 68 in a ground-level garage on the vacant lot located at 6559 15th Ave. N.W.

The two vacant houses on the site will be demolished, and the site will be leveled to match the sidewalk along 15th Avenue. entry for the parking garage will be off Northwest 67th Street.

Clark Design Group presented three potential designs for the project. The preferred design, Alternative C, features an articulated facade on both the 15th Avenue and the residential sides of the building to reduce the bulk of the building and add visual interest.

08/24/2010
15th Vacant Lot.JPG
Photo credit: 
Courtesy of Clark Design Group

An early design for a four-story residential development on 15th Avenue Northwest across from Ballard High School. For more images, view the presentation linked at the beginning of the article.

After more than 10 years of working with the city and the neighborhood to develop a satisfactory replacement for the 30-year-old Greenwood store, Fred Meyer has announced it is scrapping plans for a new $91 million, mixed-use development in favor of a much cheaper remodel of the existing store.

The most recent design for the new Greenwood Fred Meyer development, which was approved by the Northwest Design Review Board in September 2009, included a mostly below-ground, 170,000-square-foot Fred Meyer with a three-story parking garage, additional retail space along Northwest 85th Street and 250 apartment units.

The project was $13 million over budget. Melinda Merrill, public affairs director for Fred Meyer, said they knew the project – the most expensive Fred Meyer development ever – would be over budget going in, but $13 million is too much to cover.

The remodeled Fred Meyer, located at 100 N.W. 85th St., will include groceries and apparel and be more high-end than a typical Fred Meyer, Merrill said. When the neighboring Greenwood Market's lease is up, it will be converted into Fred Meyer's garden center and home department, she said.

08/20/2010
Fred Meyer.JPG
Photo credit: 
Courtesy of GGLO

Plans for a new underground Greenwood Fred Meyer topped by residential units and additional retail have been dropped in favor of a simpler remodel.

The freshly occupied and rehabilitated Kolstrand Building represents the newest outpost of the Ballard Avenue commercial district. Situated at that street's southern end among a handful of industrial businesses, the building and its tenants are standing at the retail core's final frontier.

The Kolstrand Building, originally built in the early 1900s and occupied by the Kolstrand Marine Supply Company for 80 years, was restored by evo Properties in the past year. In late July and early August, its first commercial tenants – Staple & Fancy Mercantile, Dutch Bike Co. and The Walrus and the Carpenter – moved in.

08/19/2010
DSC_0788.JPG
Photo credit: 
Michael Harthorne

The Kolstrand Building, at the southernmost end of Ballard Avenue, is the newest outpost of the neighborhood's retail district

Ballardites got their first look at the six-story, 107-unit apartment building planned to replace the former Ballard Library on 24th Avenue Northwest during an Aug. 9 early design guidance meeting.

Architectural firm Weber Thompson presented three schemes for the development, which will include apartments, commercial space, live/work space and underground parking.

All three schemes split the 200-foot-long building, located between Northwest 57th Street and Northwest 58th Street, into three distinct segments in order to avoid a monolithic presence along the street. They also focus the mass of the building onto 24th Avenue and away from the low-rise residential neighborhood to the west.

Weber Thompson's preferred scheme has commercial space along 24th Avenue with an eight-foot setback from the sidewalk in the middle to create more pedestrian space and allow for spill-out from future commercial tenants.

Live/work apartments would be on the ground level along 58th Street.

08/10/2010
Old Library.jpg
Photo credit: 
Courtesy of Weber Thompson

An early sketch of the mixed-used building planned for the former Ballard Library site on 24th Avenue Northwest.