Shane Harms
Craig in front of his tent, which St. Luke’s recently donated. Craig said he’s camping at the Ballard encampment site because he had no other place to go and that it’s safe.

Nickelsville files permit for Ballard encampment, expects to pitch tents this week

Squatters already camping at the site

Last week officials with Nickelsville filed a permit in order to open the homeless encampment in Ballard at 2826 NW Market Street. 

Nickelsville is expecting the permit to be granted quickly and the first authorized campers are planned to start to moving in this week. Nickelsville social worker, David Delagado, said that they are already planning to move five tiny houses to the lot and set up a security station. About 45 people will live in the camp, some of which, around 25, are current Nickelsville residents. New residents apply for residency through a screening process and then adhere to strict camp rules.

However, there are already at least seven campers at the site. The campers are not enrolled with Nickelsville and are not authorized to be there.

Craig, 53, has been has been camping with his roommate Harvey at the site since Wednesday of last week and has been on the street since February 8 of this year. Craig said he has been living in Ballard since 1994 and that he worked at the Ballard Denny’s for nine years until it closed.

“Everybody has their own story as far as what got them here,” said Craig.

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Sen. Kohl-Welles holds 22nd annual post-election analysis Wednesday, Nov. 18 at Hale’s Ales

Jeanne Kohl-Welles holds her 22nd annual post-election analysis Wednesday, November 18th at Hale's Ales, 4301 Leary Way NW, Ballard, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. along with the 36th District Democrats’ 14th annual silent auction and retiring King County Councilmember and Chair Larry Phillips’ Last Salmon Bake.

Speaking will King County Councilmember and Chair Larry Phillips Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw (Dist. 7), State Rep. Jessyn Farrell (D-46th L.D.), Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest & Hawaii CEO Elaine Rose, WA Low Income Housing Alliance Policy Director Michele Thomas, and retired State Rep. Velma Veloria (D-11th L.D.). The moderator will be Jen Estroff.

Donations gratefully accepted. For info, contact

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Ballard Urban Design Transportation Open House

Join us: Learn what we heard from the community and share your comments on draft transportation priorities for all modes in the Ballard Hub Urban Village. Find out about draft street design concepts and evaluation of station locations for potential future high capacity transit. Also, review draft land use and urban design recommendations.

When: Wednesday, November 18, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Presentation at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Leif Erikson Lodge in Ballard. (2245 NW 57th St.).

What is it? A City and Community partnership to create a vision that will guide new development and transportation investments in Ballard. For more information visit DPD's Ballard Urban Design website and SDOT's Move Ballard website.

Unable to attend? Presentation materials will be available online on our website following the Open House. Review the materials online or contact project staff.

Contact Information:
Aditi Kambuj, Planner
(206) 615-1739

Chris Yake, Planner
(206) 727-8719

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