Over 10,000 homes lost power last night when a power pole broke in Interbay.
The top of a power pole on the 1400 block of Nickerson broke off at about 1am this morning, cutting power to 10,207 Seattle City Light customers in parts of Ballard, Interbay, Magnolia, Wallingford, Fremont, and Queen Anne.
Julie Moore from Seattle City Light says the top tier of wires of a double-gang pole fell into the bottom tier of wires, which caused a small fire.
The fire was extinguished without issue by Seattle Fire, and City Light began restoring service to customers by 2:40am.
A section of the Burke-Gilman Trail west of the Ballard Locks will be detoured for three months while crews work to replace the sewer line that passes underneath Shilshole Bay.
The detour will be near 5500 Seaview Ave NW, starting as early as next week. Seattle Public Utilities says the trail will be diverted for about 100-150 feet; two-way vehicle traffic will be maintained, but lanes will be narrowed to accommodate the trail detour.
The sewer line construction is part of SPU’s Pump Station 43 Emergency Force Main Replacement project to replace a damaged pipeline under Shilshole Bay. When they discovered the damaged line in 2017, SPU bypassed the pipe, which was significantly cracked and corroded. Rather than patch up the holes, a full replacement was necessary.
The trail detour is expected to start on Monday, July 22nd.
Two separate 8-story apartment buildings are in the works for the Fed-Ex building on Market St and a small lot on NW 56th St.
The property at 1740 NW Market St (.pdf) was bought by California company Wang Brothers Investments in 2018. Now, plans are in the works to turn it into a 76-unit apartment building with retail and office space on the ground floor. Parking is in the plans, but only for two vehicles.
The other 8-story apartment building would be built at 1741 NW 56th St (.pdf), and is set to have 84 units with retail and office space on the ground floor, and parking for 33 vehicles.
One of Ballard’s most Scandinavian events is happening soon: Norwegian folk dancing and wild salmon dinner are coming to the Leif Erikson Lodge in August.
The highlight of the evening will be a music and dance performance by Folkedanslaget BUL Tromsøand Bodø Folkedanslaget from northern Norway. After they perform, there will be a public dance with instruction and local Norwegian musicians.
The dinner will be on Wednesday, August 14 — the dinner starts at 6pm and performances begin at 7:30pm.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for children ages 6-12. Proceeds benefit the educational programs of Norsk Folkedans Stemne, a nonprofit dedicated to Norwegian music and dance.
It’s the final round for this year’s Neighborhood Matching Fund program — the City will be accepting applications for community projects until September 9th.
The NMF was created in 1988 to provide matching dollars for neighborhood improvement projects, which can span from festivals to playground upgrades and even Night Out block parties.
There are some guidelines: to be eligible, projects must involve the community, be free and open to the public, be feasible and ready to begin within 1-2 months of the award date, demonstrate community’s ability to match funds, and occur within Seattle city limits.
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There are a few Saturday workshops coming up to help with applications, held from 10am to 11:30am at the following locations:
July 27, Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave E
August 3, University Heights Center, 5031 University Way
August 17, South Park Community Center, 8319 8th Ave S
There are two funds you can apply for: the Community Partnership Fund, which provides up to $25,000 with three opportunities to apply each year — the deadline for this fund is Monday, September 9th. The other is the Small Sparks Fund, which provide up to $5,000 per project, with applications accepted on a rolling basis through October 31st.
To attend one of the free workshops, RSVP here or contact the Seattle Neighborhoods Department at 206-733-9916 or NMFund@seattle.gov.
The headache that is the west end of Market St has been impacting far more than just traffic in Ballard — businesses west of 24th have been hit hard by the construction, with blocked driveways, non-existent parking options, and the constant drone of jackhammers.
Construction on the Ballard Multimodal Corridor has been ongoing since the start of the summer, and has reduced traffic to one way in both directions. There’s no parking along the stretch between 24th Ave NW and 30th, and detours are in place in some areas.
Hannah, whose mother owns Firehouse Coffee at 2622 NW Market St., says that summer is usually their busiest time — but not this summer.
“Summer is the most crucial time in making income and investing for the later seasons, however, it’s been stressful even making profit these days,” Hannah tells My Ballard.
She says that weekend construction has been especially devastating.
“The city gave us only a two-day notice that we had to close during one whole weekend because of the construction in front of our driveways, even though we told them that the weekends are the most crucial times for our business,” she says.
And then there’s the jackhammers.
“Many times there have been jackhammers right in front of our shop making brutally loud noises and, literally, shaking our building throughout the whole day.”
Hannah recognized that they’re lucky to have a parking lot — many businesses along the stretch rely on street parking for customers.
The Sloop Tavern is one such business — they say they’ve seen a downturn in their lunch business.
“This is gonna be going all summer and the city isn’t providing any economic assistance after taking all the parking and shutting driveways,” The Sloop writes on Facebook.
Brenda Reed, owner of Kiss Cafe, says they too have seen a smaller lunch crowd.
“Day time is less busy due to the confusion and chaos due to the construction,” Reed says. “It’s a huge mess.”
In an effort to encourage people to visit some of the struggling businesses, Windermere Real Estate in Ballard made the above map of cafes, shops, bars, and other business along that stretch.
The construction along Market St is expected to continue through the end of the summer. The Missing Link trail construction is on hold, however, due to the recent court ruling to halt work.