This is a big election year for Seattle, with 7 city council positions up for re-election. Ballard is in District 6 and we have a dozen candidates competing in the August primary.
Mark your calendar for our Ballard District Council candidates’ forum on Wednesday, June 12, and look for other opportunities to meet candidates in person prior to then. Many are actively doorbelling and hosting events so voters can ask questions and convey priorities and hopes for our neighborhood and city.
This week, Speak Out Seattle is holding a professionally moderated forum at Phinney Neighborhood Association, at 7pm on Tuesday, April 23. Arrive early for available seating. It will also be streamed online and archived on YouTube.
Also, for those in the Frelard / Fremont area, on Monday, April 22, Fremont Neighborhood Council is hosting a candidate meet-n-greet. It will include candidates from both District 6 and District 4 to the east, as Fremont bridges those two council districts.
Additional Election Information:
On or after April 15, 2019, a number of trees on the south side of Market Street, west of 24th, will be removed (and eventually replaced) as part of the Ballard Multimodal Project (aka Missing Link). The trees are marked with bright yellow notices taped to their trunks, between Market Arms pub and the Nordic Museum.
Below is a copy of the latest email update from Seattle Department of Transportation.
Ballard Multimodal Corridor
In our last alert on March 29, we shared that crews would be posting notices on trees along NW 54th St and NW Market St that are slated to be removed as a part of the Ballard Multimodal Corridor Project.
Some of the trees are in conflict with the new trail location, some are in conflict with the new roadway alignment, and other tree removals are related to utility repairs.
However, the Ballard Multimodal Project does include planting new trees. SDOT’s policy is to replant 2 trees for every 1 that is removed; we expect to exceed that goal on this project. The locations of the new trees were specifically designed to provide greater visibility for people walking, biking, and driving.
Tree removal will begin on NW Market St the week of April 21.
Utility verification is complete on NW Market St and NW 54th St
Underground utility verification work for new transit poles and signal improvements is complete. Thank you for your patience during this work!
What to expect during project construction
– General work hours from 7 AM to 7 PM, Monday through Friday
– Crews may work some nights and weekends to minimize impacts to traffic during weekday commute times
– On-street parking and lane restrictions near work locations
– Temporary sidewalk and crosswalk closures with signed detours
– Noise, dust, concrete odors, and vibration
– Access to businesses and residences will remain open
– Work is weather dependent, so timing of work may change if needed
– Contact us directly at BallardMultimodal@seattle.gov or call 206-519-8136
– Visit our project website to learn more about the project
Please forward this email to others you think may be interested.
Thanks for your patience and support while we complete this project. We’re working to minimize construction impacts as much as possible.
Thanks to all who attended the Ballard District Council meeting in March. We heard a robust update on the Crown Hill upzone, including impressive grass roots organizing around keeping neighbors informed and involved, as well as the joining together of business and residential groups in the area.
Here are links for more information from the three different groups who presented:
Join us for our March 13 meeting where we will focus on the immense urban growth and neighborhood changes taking place in the northern end of Ballard. Crown Hill Urban Village is one of the most rapidly and significantly expanding areas in the City. This meeting will focus on the very hot topic of MHA and how it is changing places like North Ballard/Crown Hill.
Please spread the word around the community. All are welcome.
Sunset Hill Community Club
Wednesday, March 13, 7-8:30pm
7-710p. Introductions and Community Information Sharing
710-725p. Karin LaBelle, Crown Hill Village
Karin is representing the re-energized Crown Hill Business Association, which is expanding to include storefront, home, small producer, and virtual businesses, as well as residents. She will talk about the new mission for the group.
725-750p. Ann Selznick, Committee for Smart Growth–Crown Hill Urban Village (CHUV)
Ann will be giving a history of the CHUV Committee for Smart Growth and how it has engaged community and provided resources for participating in the MHA legislation rezoning process. She’ll give context of what the most recent amended zoning maps include, and the goals of the neighborhood Committee in working with the City to mitigate the impacts of planned urban growth.
750-820p. Katy Haima, Seattle Office of Planning & Comm Dvpt–Crown Hill Community Plan
Katy will discuss the goals and process for the creation of a new community area plan underway in Crown Hill, with focus on the outcome of the first two of four planned workshops in Crown Hill with neighbors to gather input and set plan priorities.
820-830p Other business/Closing discussion
This Sunday, March 3, join the City of Seattle’s community planning workshop for the Crown Hill Urban Village. What do you love about Crown Hill and what do you want to improve? Help refine and prioritize ideas …
Crown Hill Center, 9250 14th Ave NW
The agenda is as follows:
12:30-1:00 p.m. Introduction & Background Materials
1:00-1:30 p.m. Work Session 1
1:30-2:00 p.m. Work Session 2
2:00-2:30 p.m. Work Session 3
2:30 p.m. Wrap-up
Crown Hill Urban Village design workshop coming up
Don’t miss out, this Thursday evening (Feb 28)
6 – 8:30pm, Ballard High School
Ballard/Interbay ST3 Link Extension Alternatives
The Ballard Link Extension project is in the formal public comment period called scoping. Your feedback will help identify a preferred alternative and other alternatives to study in an Environmental Impact Statement in May.
Join in this open house to learn more, ask questions, and share comments. It will include a brief presentation 30 minutes after the start.
Comments can be submitted at the open house or online (https://wsblink.participate.online/).
Be sure to submit your thoughts before the comment period closes on March 18.