Building on the destination retail provided by the Ballard Blocks I Retail Center located just off the Ballard Bridge and extending into Ballard’s Industrial area, Ballard Blocks II expands the neighborhood’s identity into a shopping and human services district anchored by both local and national tenants. Comprised of three distinct buildings linked by pedestrian plazas and pass-throughs, the development brings additional retail, grocery, childcare and marine sales to the neighborhood.
BBII’s design echoes the historic maritime and forestry industry of the neighborhood, including elements drawn from the nearby Ballard Locks. Pedestrian walk paths recall Ballard’s original wood plank streets, and the project’s massing mimics the shaping of the waterfront. Pops of bright yellow-greens and rusty reds seen in the mottled metal surfaces brought on by Ballard’s century of boat traffic and marine life are threaded throughout the project as wayfinding elements.
The project borders The Burke Gilman Trail with a single story structure that will serve as an east gateway into the site and will be reserved for either a local brewery, bike-shop or café. Extensive surface water mitigation and lush vegetation will offset the many hard surfaces of the surrounding sites and activate a traditionally industrial maritime portion of the neighborhood.