The Seattle Times reported last week that Columbia State Bank has filed notice that it intends to foreclose on the site of a proposed six-story, 170-room hotel in Ballard. The site in question is the parking lot of the former Yankee Grill. The Notice of Proposed Land Use Action for the project, like plenty of others in the neighborhood, is well past its sell-by date.
The Times reports that Ballard Hotel LLC of Bellevue, which acquired the property in 2007, has not made a payment since November. They also report that the hotel is on the site of the Yankee Grill, rather than its parking lot, so take the rest of their report as you will.
Ballard Hotel acquired the property from Silver Cloud Inns & Hotels, which first proposed a hotel on this site back in 2005. The Yankee Grill was still open at that point, but not for much longer. In fact, the Ballard News Tribune reported in 2006 that the proposed hotel and specifically placement of the Proposed Land Use sign directly contributed to the Grill’s demise.
Just typing Yankee Grill puts this awful song by the Skids from 1979 in my mind. If the sound is vaguely familiar, perhaps it’s because youthful-looking guitarist Stuart Adamson’s next project was the band Big Country.