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June 12 Candidate Forum — In the Great Hall at the Nordic Museum

We are pleased to announce that our Wednesday, June 12, City Council Candidate Forum will be held in a larger venue than originally announced. Please note the change of location from Sunset Hill Community Club to the Nordic Museum (2655 NW Market Street).

We are also excited to announce that our event moderator is civic icon Jean Godden (former Seattle City Councilmember and longtime journalist).

We welcome District 6 voters to join us and make the most of this civic opportunity.

Doors will open at 6:30pm. Forum starts at 7pm.

We will have 7 candidates participating in this forum:

We are grateful for support received from Rotary Club of BallardNordic Museum, Whittier Heights Community Council, and a private Ballard donor.

More information is available on the event page.

Help spread the word to other community members and join us on June 12!

Watch Video of May 2019 Meeting with Seattle Community Police Commission

BDC hosted the Seattle Community Police Commission (CPC) at our May 2019 meeting. CPC provides community-based oversight of Seattle Police Department and the police accountability system, originally established under the 2013 federal consent decree and made permanent under 2017 city legislation.

Nick Christian, Community Engagement Specialist, and Jesse Franz, CPC Communication Advisor,  presented a “CPC 101” overview, describing the history of the organization and its newly expanded scope, followed by a community Q&A.

A full video is available, thanks to a community volunteer! Attendees asked questions on topics ranging from patterns of systematic non-enforcement, to biased policing practices, fear of crime versus reasonable statistics, understaffing and slow response times, community service officers, and support for local recruitment and true “community policing.”

Video Guide
  • 0:00  — Community Introductions & Announcements
  • 12:33  — Welcome to CPC
  • 15:30 — CPC 101 Presentation
  • 41:38 — CPC Q&A

The video was also featured on the CPC web site .

If you have additional questions for CPC, please forward them our way ( or contact the CPC directly (

Additional CPC Background

  • Their Mission: “CPC listens to, amplifies, and builds common ground among communities affected by policing in Seattle. We champion policing practices centered in justice and equity.”
  • CPC appoints its own executive director, not the mayor. The mayor used to appoint all the commissioners. Now there are 15-21 commissioners: up to 7 appointed by CPC, 7 appointed by mayor, 7 appointed by city council.
  • CPC staff is expanding from 4 to 9 (including exec administration, policy analysts, communications/outreach, etc.).
  • Before, the work was very policy heavy (focused on consent decree). Now, they are creating their own work plan with a stronger focus on community engagement.
  • CPC is one of four “legs” of Seattle’s new police accountability model:
    Office of Police Accountability (OPA): includes civilian and sworn personnel; 3 “complaint navigators”
    Office of Inspector General (OIG): responsible for auditing and accountability
    Seattle Police Department (SPD)
    Community Police Commission (CPC)
  • The biggest issue they hear citywide (and especially north precinct) is “response times” (police capacity)
  • It is important for communities to understand the difference between “law enforcement” and “public safety” (not all public safety issues are policing issues)

More info about CPC is available on their web site, where you can sign up to receive their newsletter.

Public Open Houses for Interbay Armory Site Redevelopment

Tonight, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, there is a public open house regarding the Interbay Armory site redevelopment. This is a historically significant opportunity for potentially adding significant affordable housing and community amenities, adjacent to light rail, with proximity to downtown, Queen Anne, Magnolia, and Ballard.

According to My Ballard, this second open house is “to discuss options for the redevelopment of the large National Guard Armory site in Interbay is coming up in May. The state-owned site, located just behind the Whole Foods on 15th Ave W in Interbay, is being considered for redevelopment as it’s no longer an ideal location for the National Guard.”

Note that there will be additional open houses on July 30 and October 1.

Visit the Interbay Public Development Advisory Committee web site for more information. You can sign up for email alerts with updates on project development.

Who serves on the Interbay Public Development Advisory Committee?

  • Representative Gael Tarleton, Washington State House of Representatives
  • Senator David Frockt, Washington State Senate
  • The Honorable Gary Locke, former Washington State Governor, former US Secretary of Commerce, former US Ambassador to China
  • Brian Lloyd, Vice President, Beacon Development
  • Doris Koo, Community Development and Affordable Housing Expert
  • Colonel Adam Iwaszuk, Construction Facilities Management Officer, Washington Army National Guard
  • Commissioner Courtney Gregoire, Port of Seattle Commission

Seattle Community Police Commission at Our May 8 Meeting

Whether you’re concerned about regional and national policing issues (e.g., biased policing, use of force) or public safety in your corner of the neighborhood, please join us for a presentation and Q&A with the Community Police Commission (CPC). Seattle’s Police Department has undergone major reforms in recent years. CPC provides ongoing, community-based oversight of SPD and the police accountability system. Spread the word and encourage a great community turn-out for CPC’s first visit to Ballard.

Join us at 7pm on Wednesday, May 8, at Sunset Hill Community Club (3003 NW 66th St). See the Event page for more info.

Two City Neighborhood-Oriented Events – Saturday, April 27

On Saturday, April 27, the City of Seattle is hosting two different neighborhood-oriented events:


  1. The Seattle Planning Commission, a volunteer body of Seattle residents, is hosting a conversation with renters and home owners about the housing challenges and opportunities in single-family areas. Learn about the history of residential neighborhoods in Seattle, and discuss your ideas for growing equitable neighborhoods. RSVP here.

    Saturday, April 27th, 2019
    North Seattle College
    Room: CC1161 9600 College Way N.

    10:00AM Sign in, join a small group
    10:30AM Neighborhoods past & present
    11:30AM Group discussions
    12:00PM Closing comments

    Remember to do your homework. Here’s a link to the 50-page report: “NEIGHBORHOODS FOR ALL: Expanding Housing Opportunity in Seattle’s Single-Family Zones

  2. That same day, Seattle Dept of Neighborhoods is hosting a Neighborhood Matching Fund event. Find out how to get funding for your community project. Learn what makes a competitive application.

    Saturday, April 27, 10-11:30 am
    Loyal Heights Community Center
    2101 NW 77th St


City Council Election Season is Heating Up

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:

Market Street Tree Removal for Ballard Multimodal (Missing Link) Project

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

Stay connected

– Contact us directly at 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.


Catching Up with Dept of Neighborhoods

Join us on Wednesday evening, April 10, for a discussion with Andres Mantilla, Director of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods.

Several years ago then Mayor Murray significantly changed the way the City engages with neighborhoods in terms of both information sharing and soliciting feedback on projects and programs the City was already undertaking or considering. Under current Mayor Durkan, this trend has continued. Mantilla, appointed by Durkan, will tell us about this new approach, how well it has been working, as well as address your questions and concerns about neighborhood involvement.

We’ll also hear updates from a couple Ballard District Council member organizations and if time permits we’ll have opportunity for attendees to briefly talk about specific neighborhood concerns or ideas they have, to help inform our agenda for the latter half of 2019.

Please join us at the April BDC meeting. All are welcome!

7-8:30pm at Sunset Hill Community Club
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
3003 NW 66th St

Springtime Design Review Meetings with SDCI

Would you like to follow along or weigh in on new building developments in Ballard?
Mark your calendar for these upcoming Design Review Meetings with SDCI (Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections)
1740 NW Market St
3032775 – Design Review Early Design Guidance for a 8-story, 90-unit apartment building retail. Parking for 6 vehicles proposed. Existing building to be demolished. 3032843 – Design Review Early Design Guidance for a 9-story, 90-unit apartment building with 3-live/work units and retail. Parking for 60 vehicles proposed.
May 20, 2019 6:30 PM
Ballard Community Center
6020 28th Ave NW
Sunset/Captain Ballard Room
1431 NW 65th St
Land Use application to allow a 4-story, 22-unit apartment building. Existing building to be demolished. No parking proposed.
June 3, 2019 6:30 pm
Ballard Community Center
6020 28th Ave NW
Sunset/Captain Ballard Room

Crown Hill Links

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: