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Target: Full Circle Yarn
Address: 2034 NW 56th Street, Seattle
Status: Early Design Guidance

"Existing Retail"

Located on NW 56th Street, next to the library, this project has been in the works — in one form or another — for a long time.  I’m not sure when Full Circle shut up shop, but the Notice of Design Review Early Design Guidance Meeting was issued a couple of weeks ago and the meeting itself is scheduled for this coming Monday.  Note the creative use of the planter (below).

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Target: Union Wines Building
Address: 5309 22nd Ave NW, Seattle
Status: Remodel

Union Wines -- 2010

Looks like there are plans in the works for the Union Wines building on 22nd Ave NW in Ballard, which is apparently formally known as the Henry Whyte Building.  I’m guessing the developer issued a press release as it showed up on both the MyBallard.com and KOMO Ballard web sites on the same day, with photos and quotes from the property developer’s daughter.  The building was featured on GP last year in a post entitled Union Wines and Other Relics.

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Target: Bad Albert’s Tap & Grill
Address: 5100 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle
Status: Closure Pending 
Bad Albert’s

MyBallard.com and KOMO Ballard are reporting that Bad Albert’s Tap & Grill is the latest long-term Ballard Ave business to announce it’s closing, most likely within the next month or so.  Bad Albert’s is located in the Palmer Apartments building at the intersection of Ballard Ave and Dock Street.  Also on the Ballard Hit List, Ballard Ave edition, in recent months were Acme Rubber Stamp and Elephant’s Gerald.  MyBallard.com has some quotes from the owner of Bad Albert’s here.  Apparently the ongoing economic downturn and the owner’s health issues are behind the decision to close.

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Target: Elephants Gerald
Address: 5210 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle
Status: Closed

Hours: Flexible

This is actually Friday’s post.  Better late than never, I suppose.  I blame the jet lag.  Elephants Gerald is no more.  At least, that’s clearly the case with the store on Ballard Ave.  The web site is still up and running.  Signs on the storefront say it’s available for lease, but there’s no listing online yet.  I don’t think I ever actually went in the store.  But three things usually caught my attention: the Ballard-themed T-shirts in the window (see below), the lettering Hours: Flexible on the door (still there, for now), and the Tom Moore Cigar ghost sign on the exterior wall.

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Target: Knotty Bodies Espresso
Address: 5715 15th Ave NW
Status: Relocation

Knotty Bodies: Last days in Ballard

After all the excitement surrounding the extensive remodeling earlier this year (meticulously documented here), rumor has it that Knotty Bodies is relocating to Federal Way this Friday; that’s right, the whole thing, via truck.  Comments in response to a post on MyBallard.com suggest that the gas station declined to renew the Knotty lease because lines of cars waiting for coffee were interfering with the station’s operation.  Seems a bit hard to believe—there hardly ever seems to be any customers.  But apparently there’s an early morning rush hour for baristas in bikinis, and maybe coffee too.

UPDATE June 2, 2011:  Well, I’m back from vacation and have to report that Knotty Bodies, or at least the newly “remodeled” structure that formerly housed Knotty Bodies, is still sitting by the gas station.  It does, however, appear to be closed.

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Target: Maritime’s Marine Centers
Address: 2428 NW Market Street
Status: Early Design Guidance

Maritime's Marine Centers

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):

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Target: Tallman Medical Center, Axis Automotive
Address: 5343 Tallman Ave NW
Status: Early Design Guidance

SCHEME 2 - Balanced Facade Modulations

This proposal first appeared in the City’s Land Use Information Bulletin a couple of weeks ago, but the Early Design Guidance meeting originally proposed back then was rescheduled for this coming Monday (May 9, 2011).  The initial proposal is for a seven-story structure with 240 residential units, 14 ground floor live/work units, and 7,500 square feet of retail space and below grade/interior parking for 288 vehicles.  That’s one story more than Canal Station across the street (I think that one’s Canal Station, it’s hard to tell them all apart).  And four more than the Murphy Building, located next door.

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