NO SEPTEMBER BDC MEETING
OCTOBER MEETING PLAN
COVID YEAR CATCH UP
MORE TO COME
Please stay in touch. Stay well!
Brent Lackey, President, BDC
Please stay in touch. Stay well!
Brent Lackey, President, BDC
We had an information-rich set of presentations at our meeting on Wednesday 8/12/20 from Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle City Light, including remarks from two local artists about permanent art installations coming to Ballard. Big changes are underway on the waterfront at the base of 24th Ave NW.
We hope more community members will have opportunity to scan the content. Here are links to specific portions to ease your way. Please help share with other Ballardites.
Typically, Ballard District Council is on hiatus during August, but given all the Covid-19 cancellations last spring, we are making up for lost time on the 2nd Wednesday evening of August.
Join us for presentations on two large-scale city utility projects:
Community Q&A — please send us questions prior to and during the meeting, and encourage other community members to engage, as well.
The vice president of Ballard District Council, Angie Gerrald, participated in Councilmember Dan Strauss’s 7/21/20 Online Town Hall, providing a brief recap of the district council’s scope and history, as well as posing two Public Safety questions on behalf of the community. Click the links below to view archived video:
12:26 — Question 1: City council has strongly conveyed that you will be significantly and immediately making changes to the Seattle Police budget. What does this mean in practicality for the City in general and for Ballard in particular in the next 6-12 months and 2-3 years? By what parameters are you gauging your accountability for public safety outcomes in the near term, given the unprecedented period of change?
14:59 — Question 2: Many police budget demands being presented to city council are centered around the concept of “community based organizations.” What does this tangibly mean, in the near term, for Ballard and other North Precinct neighborhoods, as funding is moved from the Seattle Police budget? How can the Ballard community engage in public safety reform at the local level?
The first half of the Town Hall also contains updates and questions from the Green Lake, Fremont, Wallingford and Phinney community councils.
The second half of the Town Hall featured a panel of Ballard residents having a community conversation about race, moderated by Dmarkis Wigfall, organizer for Justice for Black Lives.
For our July meeting, we hosted a one-hour online panel with presentations on two big new Market Street building developments (Ballard Aegis at 949 NW Market Street and Ballard Yards at 2417 NW Market Street) as well as an update from District 6 Councilmember Dan Strauss, chair of city council’s Land Use & Neighborhoods Committee.
The full video is available online, including community Q&A. See below for minute marks that allow you to jump to specific portions of interest.
5:00 Ballard Aegis presentation by Bryan Ziegler
— 949 NW Market St
— 5-story building, 68 assisted living apartments for seniors and 24 memory care apartments
17:12 Ballard Yards presentation by Frank Stiegl
— 2417 NW Market St
— 7-story, 171-unit apartment building with restaurant/retail space
48:56 Q&A with Aegis (including additional Aegis project at Holman Road & Third Ave NW; delays due to pandemic; project updates and web site)
51:30 Q&A with Ballard Yards (including neighbor questions re: noise/dust mitigation and environmental impacts; why not more 2-bedroom units?; industrial noise mitigation for residents)
58:18 Q&A with Dan Strauss (including pandemic changes to design/admin reviews and public input, e.g., hotel planned for former Ballard Blossom site; rethinking density given new realities of social distancing?; Ballard Locks pedestrian access; Burlington Northern train bridge replacement)
Join us online for the July 2020 BDC meeting for an update on Market Street building developments!
For our July meeting, we’ll broadcast a one-hour panel with two development presentations and an update from District 6 Councilmember Dan Strauss, chair of city council’s Planning and Land Use Committee.
The event will be broadcast on the Ballard District Council YouTube channel at 7pm on Wednesday, July 8.
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Did you miss watching our first-ever online meeting, on Wednesday, May 13, or would you like to share with other community members? Here is a video link to the full presentation, with a focus on Covid-19 community and local government updates.
See notes below for specific time marks so you can fast forward to the portions of most interest to you.
4:46 — Jody Grage, Ballard Community Taskforce for Homelessness & Hunger
10:37 — Mike Stewart, Executive Director, Ballard Alliance
18:14 — Rosemary Byrne, King County Health update on Ballard Farmers Market
22:25 — District 6 Councilmember Dan Strauss
34:45 King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles
47:27 Community Q&A
A Covid-19 local panel with CM Kohl-Welles, CM Strauss and more
Join us on Wednesday, May 13, at 7pm for the first-ever online Ballard District Council meeting. Go to the BDC YouTube Channel to tune into the live stream from 7-8pm (followed by an 8-9pm open mic night hosted by Grumpy D’s coffeehouse).
We will feature speakers from King County Council, Seattle City Council, the Ballard Alliance, and more. See the event link for a detailed agenda.
Send Us Your Questions! Contact us in advance, so we can compile a great list of neighborhood questions and concerns for the panel to address during Q&A, from public safety and health challenges to transportation impacts, food access, small business support and more. Send them via email (email@example.com) or Facebook messenger by Tuesday, May 12.
Help us share the event link with other Ballard area groups and community members, so we can welcome a wide assortment of people and build connections in the neighborhood.
Hope you’ll join us on May 13!
Event video will be archived online for future viewing, as well.
Note that the meeting will be followed by an open mic night hosted by Grumpy D’s, so stick around after for some neighborhood entertainment from 8-9pm.
April 2020 update from the BDC board
For more than 30 years, Ballard District Council has held monthly meetings on a wide range of civic topics, with the mission of bringing together neighborhood organizations and individuals across the greater Ballard area — Central Ballard, Crown Hill, Sunset Hill, Loyal Heights, Whittier Heights, Olympic Manor, North Beach, Blue Ridge, Salmon Bay, Shilshole, East Ballard and West Woodland. A city-wide network of councils originally came about in the late 1980s via the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, which changed course in 2015; but as Ballardites, we continue our commitment to neighborhood civics, with hopes of nurturing and evolving the concept, in service to our community.
During this uniquely challenging 2020 pandemic — a time when community meetings (the core of our mission) are not allowed — we had to cancel our March and April agendas and we really missed you! We are now actively scoping a potential May “webinar” format for our next meeting(s) until we are once again able to meet in person.
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– Let people know about our web site, where we’re working to grow an archive of meeting recaps and videos
Are you a member of a group who has participated in the past? Are you new to the neighborhood and wondering about all the growth and complexities unfolding in front of our eyes? Do you have specific civic passions, or broad curiosity? In this time of “social distancing,” please sync up with BDC online and help other community members find us, as well.
Please share with community members who might be interested in engaging or re-engaging with a group whose mission is to build connections and share information — a healthy antidote to the trends of polarized politics and sparse neighborhood media coverage.
We look forward to rebooting BDC meetings online and then in person as soon as feasible, on the 2nd Wednesday evening of each month (either at Sunset Hill Community Club or the Ballard Library – stay tuned).
Please stay home, stay healthy, and look for ways to support one another. Hope to see you before too long.
Best wishes to all,
Ballard District Council Board of Directors
Brent Lackey, President (email@example.com)
Angie Gerrald, Vice President (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recent BDC meetings and events have encompassed:
– Panel presentation on the re-opening of Webster School as a Seattle Public School K-8 program
– The first-in-the-city public presentation by the newly re-launching Seattle Police Community Service Officer program
– A detailed overview of the Interbay Armory project, by Rep. Gael Tarleton
– Panel presentation on the Crown Hill Urban Village upzone
– BNSF slide show re: the replacement of the Salmon Bay train bridge
– Visits from local elected leaders, including Senator Reuven Carlyle, King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, and City Councilmember Dan Strauss
– City and County Council candidate forums
– And much more!