Where Once a Denny's Stood: New Development Approved in Ballard

You won't be able to order a Moons-Over-My-Hammy, but it looks like there might finally be something where the Ballard Denny's used to be. Market Street Landing, the 8-story residential and retail development proposed for replacing the slope-roofed diner (which is considered an example of Googie architecture) just won design approval from the city. The big question, of course, is whether there's actually money to go forward with the project, as unfunded designs are a dime a dozen these days. The developer, Rhapsody Partners, was not immediately available for comment.

The new building will contain 287 residential units, 32,734 square feet of ground-floor retail, and 446 parking spots. One interesting thing from the design report (giant pdf)--despite being located directly on an express bus route to downtown, across the street from a grocery store, within walking distance of a library, a park, and a ton of restaurants, and surrounded by a number of other large, residential developments, the new building is nevertheless ineligible for the reduced/waived parking requirements that buildings in the city's designated urban centers get, because it is in an urban village and not an urban center.

Of course, given that developers rarely leave out parking even when they can, it's an academic point, but it is does seem like having a car when you live at 15th and Market would be a lot less necessary than having a car when you live in Northgate or Ravenna, both of which are designated as urban centers (Ravenna is part of the U-District's).

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