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Edith Macefield’s house seen last August before it sold to PEFB at 46 LLC Ballard for $450,000.

'Up' house owners still planning fate of property as Macefield Music Festival celebrates fourth year

The Macefield Music Festival is in its fourth year in Ballard and recently announced its line-up. Meanwhile, the reason for the festivities, a tribute to Edith Macefield holding out on selling her home in the face of gentrification and development, remains in question: Edith’s house.

The structure that used to be Edith’s house at 1438 N.W. 46th Street has become a bit of an eye sore: the windows are boarded up; the grass is either overgrown or not there at all; strings tied to balloons long blown out and other remnants sag from the fence around the property.

John Speirs with KG Investments manages the property for PEFB at 46 LLC Ballard, an investment group and affiliate for Ballard Locks.

Speirs said he and his employers are working with architects to determine the best use for the space.

“We are working with architects to see what would be a good fit. There are lots of ideas, so we are kind of working through all the them to see what’s most feasible and makes the most sense,” said Speirs.

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