Following close behind the huge, mixed-use development proposed for Tallman Ave, comes another new, very familiar sounding, proposal for a mixed-use development on Market Street. Like the Tallman Ave proposal, this is in the early stages of development and appeared for the first time on the City’s Land Use Information Bulletin just last week. This post from the Ballard KOMO News site, which characterizes this latest development as immense, does a good job summarizing the information that is available at this point (see below):
A six-story mixed-use development, which will include 300 residential units, seven live/work units, 15,000 square feet of retail and underground parking for 453 vehicles, is headed to the 71,000-square-foot property near the corner of Northwest Market Street and 24th Avenue Northwest that was once home to Archie McPhee and Jacobsen Marine.
The project will take up the whole block between Spirit Gas Station on the corner and Ballard Mailbox & Shipping mid-block. It will require the demolishing of five existing structures, including the current Maritime’s Inflatable Boat space, but Spirit Gas Station and Ballard Mailbox & Shipping will remain.
The property was put up for sale by owner Bob Jacobsen in April 2010 for $10.7 million. Jacobsen said at that time whoever purchased the property would likely turn it into a large-scale residential development.
Archie McPhee moved to Wallingford in 2009, and Jacobsen’s Marine moved toWest Seattle later that year.
The early design guidance meeting for the project is scheduled for May 23. The proponent’s Early Design Guidance presentation is not yet available on DPD’s web site. Here’s the map from the Land Use Information Bulletin. The gas station is lot 5505.
UPDATE May 19, 2011: The proponent’s Early Design Guidance presentation is now available on the DPD web site here (pdf 36 MB). And MyBallard.com has a summary here. Have to say I’m quite curious about the “Jacobsen Legacy Element” referenced on some of the conceptual drawings in the Early Design Guidance presentation.
UPDATE June 4, 2011: Apologies for the delay in updating this. I was on vacation. But the Ballard KOMO News reporter attended the early design guidance meeting for the project and has a good summary of the meeting here. KOMO characterizes the project as “huge” this time. Neighbors are reportedly concerned about traffic impacts, visual impacts viewed from NW 56th Street (a six story blank wall), and the potential transformation of 24th Ave NW into a condo canyon. Here are a couple of preliminary design images: