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Former “Mayor of Ballard” Rob Mattson has passed away

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.

Photo courtesy of the Ballard News-Tribune, Westside Seattle. Photo by Pulitzer Prize winner Jerry Gay)

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.

Read the tribute by My Ballard here

June and July BDC notes

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
  • More info at https://www.regencycenters.com/property/detail/60849/Ballard-Blocks

Stimson Bay Office Campus

  • On Salmon Bay waterfront, just below Shilshole Ave NW (on east side of old Yankee Diner site)
  • Brief history: lumber mill in 1880s, warehouse and manufacturing space in 1950s
  • Planning for fall 2018 permit, spring 2019 construction
  • Architect is Mithun (who also designed Nordic Heritage Museum)
  • Campus will include 5 buildings, with approx. 500,000 sq ft – a major addition of office space to Ballard
  • Will include some surface parking and a parking structure
  • No tenants announced yet
  • Traffic access to/from Shilshole Ave is being carefully coordinated with SDOT (and the TBD plans for the Missing Link)
  • Link to flyer with conceptual drawings and site plan is here: Stimson Bay

15th & Market Building

  • On NE corner of 15th/Market Street intersection
  • Under development by Martin Selig Real Estate; David Selig (new resident of Ballard) presented info
  • As of mid June, it was 80% leased (retail and office)
  • The 4th and 5th floors will be occupied by WeWork (co-working space)
  • The 3rd floor is currently open
  • 2nd floor tenants include PolyClinic, a barber, and a kinetic sports lab
  • The ground floor will be a “signature version” Target, with products specifically chosen to suit residents of the neighborhood (signage will be of reduced scale, respectful of building architecture)
  • The 5-story building will have 67 parking spaces underground, with some reserved for Target customers
  • LEED silver certification
  • Construction began February 2018 and should be complete by end of year (“no hiccups” so far)
  • More info at https://martinselig.com/property/15th-and-market/

Mayor Durkan visits Ballard

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

March is a busy month for concerned local residents to get involved!

March is a BUSY month for local input on civic topics. Spread the word and encourage Ballardites to participate:

Wed, March 14 – BDC Monthly Meeting — Topic: Sound Transit and King Co. Metro
(7pm, https://www.facebook.com/events/1908237285915714/ )

Mon, March 19 – Webster School Redevelopment & Neighborhood Impacts
(6pm, Ballard High, http://www.myballard.com/…/city-moving-ahead-with-plans-to…/)

Thurs, March 22 – Whittier Heights Tiny House Village Community Meeting
(6:30pm, https://www.facebook.com/events/341843499644443/ )

Fri, March 23 – SPD Police Chief Community Input
(5:30-7:30pm, http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/newsroom/police-chief-search )