There are several vacant plots of land scattered around Crown Hill/Ballard and across Seattle that are former Seattle City Light substations still owned by the City and could be up on the auction block to private developers in the near future. You are invited to join Seattle Green Spaces Coalition on March 22 at the Sunset Hill Community Club from 5-7PM to show your support to "keep these public lands in public hands" and share your ideas on how these spaces can used in your community.
After a successful year-and-a-half long pilot, the Parklet Program is now a permanent program! This means that Seattle businesses and community groups have even more opportunities to enhance our streets with public spaces.
As part of this launch, Seattle is also rolling out a brand-new approach to activating our streets: the Streateries Pilot Program. What’s a “streatery” you ask? Streateries combine the best features of a parklet and a sidewalk café by allowing a restaurant, café, or bar to use a parking space to create outdoor seating for their customers during business hours (like a café) and for the public during non-business hours (like a parklet).
Application packages for parklets and streateries are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 20. See Seattle.gov for more information.
Our consultant Site Story has finished our final report and it is now available to the public and all interested parties. We have evaluated the neighborhood's needs and inventoried available spaces. It's all available here:
For those of you who want to pour through the individual data points, there is a large Excel spreadsheet here:
We hope to have GIS data online soon and are working on it. Look for it shortly.
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.
A group of Loyal Heights Elementary parents is working to save more open playspace as the school is remodeled and expanded. They have a webpage here, and are circulating an online petition here. They encourage all from the neighborhood who care about preserving open space to attend a public meeting at the school 6:30-8pm on March 12.
Seattle proponents of solar energy have snapped up all 2,671 units of community solar in the Phinney Ridge project, and helped put solar energy on the roof at the Phinney Neighborhood Association and at the Woodland Park Zoo. At nearly 75 kilowatts, the project is the largest community solar installation in the state of Washington.
Community solar is a way for individuals to invest in solar energy without putting it on their home. City Light customers can buy units, and once the system is running, will get payments each year until 2020 for their portion of the power produced by the system.
The Central Ballard Residents Association (CBRA) has invited Dan Johnson, Seattle Parks Division Director, and Patrick Merriam, acting North and Central West Parks Resource Manager, to speak at their monthly meeting this Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 7pm. The meeting will be held in the Ballard Swedish Hospital cafeteria conference room. All are welcome.
Building Character, Streetscape and Open Space
November 6 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Ballard Library
The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is working with neighborhood groups and non-profits, organized as the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth, to develop an Urban Design Framework (UDF). The UDF will establish the desired design qualities for the central Ballard area, and examine how development regulations can better shape growth in ways that reflect those qualities.
At a public meeting this last May, the community expressed their views on the character of growth in the Ballard core. The community overwhelmingly loves that Ballard is a beautiful, walkable neighborhood where one can visit the great variety of shops, restaurants and parks.
However, the community is also concerned that a number of recent high-density projects being built in the area do not contribute Ballard's character. DPD and the Ballard Partnership's Urban Design and Transportation Committee have worked since May, to define responses to this central issue.
On Thursday, November 6, from 5:30 – 7:30, at the Ballard Library, DPD will present the initial strategies to better guide development in the Ballard core. Our strategies address the bulk and character of development, streetscape design, and public/private open space within the areas shown in orange below.
Visit DPD's website to get information about this upcoming meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can also sign up to receive updates and an invitation to participate in a questionnaire about our proposals.
You can also contact David W. Goldberg at 206.615.1447, or firstname.lastname@example.org
There are two upcoming forums for discussing the large number of ballot measures on this year's ballot.
At the Sunset Hill Community Association, there will be a forum on 22 Oct 14 at 7 PM.
Northwest Seattle Neighborhoods will hold their forum the night before on 21 Oct 14 at 7 PM at the Taproot Theatre. The 36th District candidates have also been invited.