Ballard Siphon Project to affect traffic in Magnolia

From our sister site My Ballard

The project to replace the 77-year-old sewer line that runs beneath Ballard is moving forward with planned road closures this summer. King County says crews have finished digging the shaft at the south project site on West Commodore Way and 24th Ave W, and plan to pour a “concrete plug” at the bottom of the shaft. On Friday, June 1, they say to expect heavy truck traffic at the site from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

King County also says that starting June 2, West Commodore Way will be closed between 23rd Ave W. and 24th Ave W. for approximately four months. They say traffic will be detoured around the road closure via 23rd Ave W., West Jameson St. and 24th Ave W. The closures are necessary to connect existing sewer pipes to the new siphon pipeline, says King County.

For more information about the Ballad siphon project, click here.


Wheeler Street Kitchen on the market

By Reporter Steven Smalley

Business is good at the Wheeler Street Kitchen, say owners Greg and Carrie Campbell. It’s family issues that prompted the husband and wife team to put their dream restaurant up for sale. “It comes down to what’s right for our family. We just decided we want to look into selling. If nothing comes of it, we’ll keep it running,” explains chef Greg.  “It’s a personal family decision. Business is good. We’re not getting out of it because business is bad. It came down to what kind of life we want to have with our family. After doing this for a couple of years we decided that we want to be in a different place.”

An ad was placed on Craig’s List by broker Laura Miller of Gibraltar Investment property asking $95,000 for the business and its contents, describing it as a “turn-key neighborhood restaurant.” Monthly rent is listed at $1800.00 at 3216 West Wheeler Street. The restaurant seats 22 people. “We’ve been really busy,” said Carrie. “Greg and I have been slammed. We have a rush every single day. We’re serving lunches Monday through Saturday 11 to 3 and we’re going to continue that.” In the meantime, look to attend Greg Campbell’s hands-on cooking classes for the next several Mondays as the master chef shows you recipes and cooking skills you can put to use right away. He promises classes on everything from knife techniques to sauce preparation at $60 for 2-hour classes.

Greg emphasizes, “We’re still open and we’re not planning on going anywhere. Customers will know if we sell. It’s 100% transparency. We’re part of the community. We love being here.”

Aurora Bridge closed tonight for earthquake safety project

From our sister site My Ballard

The Aurora Bridge will be closed tonight while crews work to raise the bridge a 3/4 of an inch. The work is part of a project to help the 80-year-old bridge better withstand an earthquake. The bridge will be closed from midnight tonight until 5 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, May 30) morning. Northbound drivers will be detoured off SR 99 at Denny Way and onto Dexter Avenue and/or I-5. Southbound drivers will be detoured off at 39th and onto Fremont Avenue.

The retrofitting has been underway since April 2011, as crews have been under the bridge reinforcing the steel and concrete on the north and south ends. The project includes, “adding steel to the skeleton, thickening concrete girders and covering existing columns with fiber designed for shaking,” according to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).  During the daytime closure, crews will work on 6th Avenue North underneath the Aurora Avenue Bridge. They are building a skeletal system for the extra steel that will be attached to the existing girders

Quirky Magnolia

MV reader Kenn writes:

I though I would send in a couple pictures of happenings from our end of Magnolia over the past few weeks. The squirting Dead End sign is a city installed sign that punctured a sewer line. When the sewer pump comes on the lawn gets fertilized (this is under repair by the city):

Squirting sign

The second is one of a random car left on the beach about 1/2 mile south of the lighthouse. It is low tide in the picture….

Low tide

Thanks, Kenn!  Please send us your favorite neighborhood pictures at

Combining edibles and ornamentals for the table-at Magnolia Manor Park tomorrow

Join landscape designer Jennifer Carlson for a morning of exploring colorful and flavorful plant combinations for your pots and garden beds at Magnolia’s Manor Park tomorrow.  They will discuss designing with edible plants, berries, nuts and leaves.  After the discussion, tour the future Manor Park P-patch site and learn more about upcoming events.

Place: Manor Park (3500 28th Ave. W)
Date: Saturday, May 26th
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

About the speaker:

Jennifer Carlson is an illustrator, landscape designer, and urban farmer.  She has degrees in both art and in landscape architecture. Since the 1970’s she has planned and implemented many organic gardens in the Pacific Northwest.  She has lived and studied sustainable gardening practices while residing outside the U.S., in Nepal, Yugoslavia, and Germany.

Jennifer is now based in Seattle, where she teaches classes in low-maintenance plant selection, sustainable landscape design, hen keeping and many other classes.  She organizes and leads garden tours of her family’s demonstration garden and has written articles about organic garden design and seasonal activities and crafts for Farmer’s Almanac TV. Her garden has been featured in local and national magazines as a well as a PBS program for public TV.

Click here for more information.

Magnolia Little League Summer Ball registration is open

Magnolia Little League Summer Ball is an informal five week baseball league for 7 to 12 year olds from July 9th through week of August 6th. There are n0 practices, and there are two games per week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays only). There’s a total of eight to ten games depending on registration.   There are two separate leagues:  7-9 year olds (A & AA) – Machine Pitch, and  10-12 year olds (AAA & Majors) – Kid Pitch. 7-9 year olds will play at Lawton Field, and 10-12 year olds will play at Raye Field.

Registration is open now through June 15th. Click here for registration instructions.  MLL Summer Ball needs coach volunteers for both leagues. Please contact Andy McDonough at if you are interested in volunteering.

Going on vacation during a portion of the league schedule? No problem. Teams are organized assuming kids will come and go throughout league play.