Apodments coming to Ballard?

According to this KIRO 7 report, a group of Ballard residents are attempting to stop a plan to build a 27-unit apartment complex on the 1400 block of NW 62nd St. These apodments are small apartments that are increasingly being built by developers in Seattle. In this case the 27- unit development would replace one single family residence. 

Among the greatest concerns by neighbors in the KIRO 7 report was the parking. They wonder how will they find a place to park when a single family home is being replaced by 27 units? Other concerns expressed in the report included what would be the impact on their property values with such a development constructed on their street? While the developer stated that the concerns by neighbors were being overblown, he did not provide details as to why that may be true.

What do you think about these apodment developments in Ballard?

 

Ballard Viking Day’s Starts Saturday!

It is once again time for the annual Viking Days at the Ballard Nordic Heritage Museum this Saturday & Sunday August 17-18. This annual event will feature authentic food, live music, and plenty of activities to keep the kids busy. Each day starting at 9:00 am there will be a Swedish pancake breakfast followed by a full day of activities lasting until 5:00 pm. 

Along with the various Nordic themed food items, they will also feature authentic music and dance from different local groups. For kids they will have low cost craft stations set up as well as the Nordic Spirit ship available to take pictures with.

For a complete schedule about this Ballard tradition, please visit their website here.

5 Guys Coming to Ballard

Thanks to this tip from MyBallard.com it looks like the popular and delicious 5 Guys Burger chain will be expanding into Ballard. While some details have yet to be released it appears that they will move into the retail space of one of the new apartment buildings being built at 15th Ave NW and Market St.

5 Guys offers a limited menu with few burger options but they offset that with what feels like unlimited toppings that you can add as well as large portions of hand cut fries. Ballard already has its fair share of burger restaurants most notably Red Mill, so we will have to watch how 5 Guys fits in. As you drive by the new construction on Market St. keep your eyes open for the grand opening!

 

Man Calls Police to Report Finding a Leg

This past Friday a Ballard man (according to this report on the Seattle Police Department Blotter) called 911 to report that he had found what he believed was a leg on top of a building on the 2600 Block of NW Market Street. The Ballard man told the Seattle Police that it did not appear to be a leg belonging to an animal, however it was unclear whether that is true or not. Police have sent this to the medical examiner for further information but no details have been released on this.

We will monitor the SPD Blotter for more information on this strange case and update the blog if we hear any more information.

Ballard Craft Beer Crawl

With the growing number of craft breweries that have opened up in Ballard recently, Thrillist has created a Ballard Craft Beer Crawl that you and your friends can follow. Where else in the Seattle are you able to try 8 different breweries all of which are within walking distance from each other?

Here is the order of breweries that Thrillist suggests you follow.

  1. Hale’s Ales
  2. Jolly Roger Tap Room
  3. Hilliard’s Beer
  4. Reuben’s Brews
  5. Urban Family Public House
  6. NW Peaks Brewery
  7. Populuxe Brewing
  8. Peddler Brewing Company

 

 

If you are looking to try out freshly made local beer, give the Ballard Craft Beer Crawl a try and let us know which place is your favorite. For more information about this as well as a short description of each brewery please visit the Thrillist website.

PhinneyWood Summer Streets Starts Friday

This Friday and Saturday August 9th & 10th come out to the PhinneyWood Summer Streets which is a huge family friendly party taking place on Greenwood Ave between N 67th and N 88th street. Greenwood Ave will be closed off to traffic during these two days to allow for the many events and games to take place. 

Here are just a few of the many events that will be taking place this weekend

  • Naked City Brewery Soccer Tournament 
  • Seattle Police Department Helmet Fittings
  • TASTY’s 4th Annual Art n Craft Fair
  • Phinney Center Gallery
  • 826 Seattle’s Portable Planetarium

For a complete list of events that will be taking place, please visit Seattle.gov. 

Make sure to Vote Today!

Make sure you fill out your ballot for today’s primary election! Ballots must be post marked by today in order to be considered or you can drop it off at any of the drop boxes around Seattle. If you’re in Ballard you can drop it off at the box outside the Ballard Library. You have until 8:00 pm to get your vote in!

This will be the first step in deciding who our Mayor will be for the next four years as only the top two vote getters will move on to the general election. For all your information on this election please visit the King County website.

Ballard’s Annual Viking Days is Back!

It is once again time for the annual Viking Days at the Ballard Nordic Heritage Museum on August 17-18. This annual event will feature authentic food, live music, and plenty of activities to keep the kids busy. Each day starting at 9:00 am there will be a Swedish pancake breakfast followed by a full day of activities lasting until 5:00 pm. 

Along with the various Nordic themed food items, they will also feature authentic music and dance from different local groups. For kids they will have low cost craft stations set up as well as the Nordic Spirit ship available to take pictures with.

For a complete schedule about this Ballard tradition, please visit their website here.

Ballard Robber Caught while taking an Ice Cream Break

Just before 8:00 PM last Saturday at the Safeway on 15th and Market St in Ballard,  the Seattle Police received a call from the security staff that they had just confronted a man suspected of shoplifting. According to the SPD Blotter, the suspect then pulled a knife on the security guard, dropped his basket of groceries, and took off running. Here’s where the story takes an unexpected turn. 

The police quickly found the suspect a few blocks away sitting next to a dumpster eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. While the suspect denied that he had stolen anything from the Safeway when questioned, the police conferred with the security staff who quickly confirmed that this was in fact the same man.  When the police asked the suspect a second time what had occurred he simply stated “all I did was not pay for items”.

He was then quickly arrested.