Help Shape Growth in Ballard

Public meeting to take feedback on initial strategies

In response to ongoing development, the community’s desire to retain Ballard’s character, and Sound Transit’s planning for light rail to Ballard, Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD), Department of Transportation (SDOT), and neighborhood groups and non-profits, organized as the Ballard Partnership for Smart Growth, have been working to develop an Urban Design Framework (UDF). The UDF is a collaborative vision of urban design, land use, transportation and other strategies that will guide future development while ensuring Ballard’s people and places thrive.

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Art and science meet in the Boondoggler’s ‘Whack-job’

Seattle performance group, The Boondogglers, are back from the 90’s and have a production coming up that may have some viewers questioning the way they watch film and stage performances.

“Whack-job,” is an original work that mixes live performance with video, written by neurologist and playwright, James Jordan (MD, BFA) and directed by and starring, Dan Gildark.

"Whack-job" is not a typical play, mainly because while an audience member is enthralled by the theatrics, their brain waves and other physiological measurements are being recorded. It’s a multimedia comedy as well as a cognitive psychological experiment measuring audience attention using eye tracking, surveys, EEG (Electroencephalography), heart rate and other observations.

The experimental play will be performed at West of Lenin Theatre (203 N. 36th St), starting December 4 through 6 and 11 through 13 at 8 p.m. To prime spectators, a preview-show, followed by a discussion on “Cognition of Spectatorship,” will be December 3.

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Batell Drugs on 15th Avenue Northwest and Northwest Market.

Bartell plans to stay at Ballard Commons, but will the new store be a union store?

Bartell Drugs has announced plans for their store at 5605 22nd Ave. NW.

After the building where the current store resides was sold last year, it was unknown if Bartell Drugs would reestablish their store following construction of a new building. Bartell announced last week they would indeed reopen a new store at the current location after construction of a new building.

Developers, Henbart LLC, have plans to construct a six-story building with 80 apartments, four townhouses, 21,000 square foot of office space and two levels of underground parking (131 spaces).

Back in December, Henbart LLC had announced they would be building the street level storefront with the capacity to accommodate Bartell Drugs.

The new store will be a 14,000 square foot space and will include free underground parking for Bartell Drugs customers.

Last March, Bartell Drugs opened their second store at 1500 NW Market Street. The new store will continue to serve Ballard customers after the Ballard Commons Park location closes in January of 2015.

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