Rob Mattson — mentor, coach, advisor, friend, champion. Whether you were part of a group, a member of an organization that was part of the District Council system, or a community member with an idea or issue or puzzle, Rob was there to help. He helped you, and in return, he asked that you mentor others in navigating city hall, the city departments, and building community support for projects.
Anyone attending a Ballard District Council meeting during his long career, had regular access to his mentoring — both directly and indirectly. An issue would be raised, and Rob would on the spot talk about how and who to approach. The number of times that his advice to a group in one context, applied directly to another project, was notable. Remember the first round of Ballard Rain Garden ponds that failed to drain? Rob was instrumental in getting SPU to the table with the affected community and not only helped the next round of rain gardens be successful, but SPU and King County’s approach to the Ballard CSOs and what will eventually be a much improved south end of 24th Ave NW, can find its genesis in projects Rob helped nearly two decades ago.
Search for Rob Mattson Ballard — and you start to get a list of all the projects and programs in which he had some part, and you begin to see that his reach went beyond Ballard. He was a tireless worker and happily shared his enormous repository of knowledge. He will be missed by many people.
Below is a summary of what happened at both our June and July Ballard District Council meetings. And if you missed the July meeting, you missed out on the ice cream social!
*Note that BDC does not hold a meeting in August. Please join us again on Wednesday, September 12. The meeting agenda will include a presentation on LEAD (law enforcement assisted diversion program).*
At our June and July monthly meetings, BDC attendees heard presentations on three major new developments in Ballard, as well as overviews of programs and activities at Seattle Maritime Academy and Port of Seattle properties in the Ballard area (Shilshole Marina and Fishermen’s Terminal).
Here are some of the updates we heard about three of the larger building developments currently underway in Ballard:
Ballard Blocks 2
Located just south of Ballard Blocks 1 on NW 46th Street, on east side of Ballard Bridge
Activity began in 2015, with a 2-year process with Dept of Ecology (very contaminated site; being remediated carefully)
Regency Centers bought Ballard Blocks 1 in January 2018 and owns both sites now
Ballard Blocks 2 will have 4 buildings
PCC grocery store will be on west side of lot (next to bridge)
5-story mixed use will be on NE corner (Bright Horizons daycare + some mix of office space plus possible fitness/restaurants/salon/medical/dental
West Marine building will be on SE side (will have outdoor play area on roof, connected by skybridge to daycare in adjacent building)
1000-sq foot “jewel box” building will be on SE corner – looking for unique small tenant to appeal to Burke Gilman Trail users
Broke ground in Q1 of 2018. Will complete in 2019.
On the Ballard Blocks 1 site, the Edith Macefield (“Up” house) site will also be rejuvenated. Looking for unique local tenant with appealing neighborhood character (coffee house?)
Ballard Blocks 2 will have 250 stalls of parking underneath + 60 surface level
Ballard Blocks 1 already has 560 stalls of parking
Need some new tricks up your sleeve to find parking (for cars or bikes) in downtown Ballard? The Ballard Alliance has a handy map: http://www.visitballard.com/gethere/ . They’ve also worked with Dept of Neighborhoods and SDOT to improve wayfinding parking signage in the core business areas.
On Saturday, March 31st, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan came to the Ballard Community Center to discuss on how we can work together to create a more affordable, inclusive, and vibrant Seattle. Before the community discussion, they also held a resource fair, so residents can work directly with our City departments on essential services and solutions