Seatte Public Utilities is moving forward with a plan to store large amounts of stormwater and raw sewage along the ship canal during rainstorms to prevent raw sewage from entering the waterway (Combined Sewage Overflow) in violation of the Clean Water Act.
On 17 Feb 15, Seattle City Council voted (CB 118307 and CB 118308) to give authority to acquire property on the east side of the foot of 24th Ave NW by negotiation or condemnation. This includes the property that contains the now defunct Yankee Diner.
We think this could be a fabulous open space opportunity. If SPU builds a storage facility in this location, it could be underground, allowing the surface to become open space that helps to reconnect Ballard to its waterfront. Imagine being able to stroll to the waterfront and relax in a new park overlooking Salmon Bay.