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SDOT’s Jonathan Williams and Margo Polley at the CBRA meeting September 11.

Big parking changes proposed for Ballard core

Residents say SDOT prioritizes businesses and visitors

The Central Ballard Residents Association met last Thursday, September 11, to discuss parking changes in Ballard.

SDOT’s Jonathan Williams and Margo Polley addressed parking and recent studies. SDOT has been doing parking studies in Ballard for the last five years, and completed one last May that determined who is parking in Ballard and where.

SDOT has been monitoring parking in Ballard through the Community Access and Parking Program, and has a goal of making parking in the commercial sector of Ballard more predictable for customers and visitors.

At the meeting, SDOT reported that the data shows that parking south of Northwest Market Street is congested after 10:00 a.m. on most days. Furthermore, areas within the core are 90 percent full for more than three hours during the day and completely full at night. Also, the current parking time limits in place are not creating vehicle turnover. Currently, on Ballard Avenue parking is often completely full after 10:00 a.m., and 20 percent of vehicles stay longer than posted time limits.

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New development helps Ballard’s stinking overflow problem

The public outcry against development has led some opponents to espouse that the density issue is related to Ballard’s stormwater/sewage overflow problem.

Citizens at public meetings have said Ballard’s sensitive sewer infrastructure can’t handle more pressure from an increase in volume. Commenters on the Ballard News-Tribune website have directly noted that sewage will back up in the streets as more and more lots are subdivided and as population increases.

Indeed, Ballard development has already exceeded its target goal of development for 2024 by 317 percent.

It’s true that there are overflows when there is more than one tenth of an inch of rain. So, as Ballard grows in density of population, will the sensitive sewer lines overflow and flood the streets with poo?

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Seattle Fire Department's 'Fill the Boot' fundraising campaign kicks off September 18

Members of the Seattle Fire Department along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, will celebrate their 60-year partnership and kick off the fire fighters' annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to benefit children and adults affected by muscle disease throughout the Seattle area.

Almost 1,000 members of the Seattle Fire Department will fan out across the city with boots in hand for this year’s drive on September 18th & 19th from 9AM to 6PM, at various intersections around the city.

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