It took me a moment to figure out the target of this Notice of Application when I first saw it here online. The Ballard News Tribune, which reported the application last Friday, still doesn’t appear to have figured it out. Can’t really blame them I suppose. It does seem a bit hard to believe given what certainly still appear to be sluggish sales at the Hjarta (and elsewhere). We wrote here last year on the Hjarta’s move downtown, its dramatic re-branding (capitalize that H), and also presented a nifty “stopmotion” view of the Hjarta being built.
Perhaps the developers, like others in town, are hanging their hats on future demand for apartments rather than condos. Perhaps they’re concerned that the behemoth Market Landing immediately next door will get built first and suck up any remaining apartment demand. Regardless of which is first, it’s going to be unpleasant to live in much of the Hjarta Phase I, both during and after construction, with territorial views replaced by the view into next door’s bathroom.
And what are the rest of us in store for from a design standpoint, were this to actually move forward? I’m going to go out on a limb and guess another “Breadloaf,” like Phase 1. The Notice of Application notes that Early Design Guidance has already been conducted. This is your opportunity to comment on the environmental impacts of the project.