Mars Hill sells Flagship Location in Ballard for $9 Million

If you live in Ballard, you’ve likely seen the Mars Hill mega church that sits directly across from the Trader Joe’s store. Reported in the Puget Sound Business Journal today, the church bought the property for $4.8 million in 2003, and keeping it within faith-devoted family, just sold it to local church Quest for $9 million. The Ballard location was the most valuable of 15 the locations the church owned across 5 states.  Ballard-Map

Additionally Mars Hill is selling their 40,000-sf corporate facility at 1411 N.W. 50th Street, as well as their Sammamish building which offers 30,000-sf and around two-acres of land. Both properties asking price is $6.9 million and with Seattle’s real estate industry booming, these properties are catching the interest of retail and office developers.

Ballard’s Copper Gate Bar is Closing

This week is your last chance to grab a beer at the Copper Gate Bar in Ballard as they are set to close their doors at the end of this month for the final time. The Copper Gate is known for their classic Viking ship bar top, quality food, and live music performances.

A brief message can be found on the Copper Gate Facebook page that reads, “We enjoyed serving people for seven years. It’s been a good run,” says the owners of Copper Gate. “We would like to thank our loyal customers, our staff, the musicians who performed at our space, and Ballard for having us. We had a great time having the place and we wish the new owners the best.”

Also on their Facebook page they state that a celebration of the Copper Gate will be held on Sunday June 30th starting at 5pm. So head on down for one final drink and celebrate the many years of tradition that the Copper Gate has provided Ballard.

Ballardite Knighted!

This week, a local Norwegian leader in the neighborhood Kim Nesselquist was appointed to Knight, First Class to the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, a great honor and award that recognizes only the best foreign nationals living abroad for their leadership in promoting the Norwegian-American culture. Nesselquist grew up in Norway, but has spent the last 20 years in America and currently is the Director of Development at Pacific Lutheran University. He has also helped negotiate a variety of deals from contracts with Boeing and Norwegian Airlines to working with the fishing industries and markets in the U.S. and Norway. Nesselquist was honored on Norwegian Constitution Day in Ballard and will continue to be a strong Norwegian American figure in the community.