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Henbart LLC Opens the Commons at Ballard with Great Success

Leasing numbers are a testament to mixing it all up by integrating uses and users
100% of the commercial space is leased
85% of the retail space leased
55% of the residential units are leased

Seattle WA., December 19, 2016 – Henbart LLC announced today that they have opened the Commons at Ballard, a contemporary and innovative mixed-use development located at NW 56th and 22nd Avenue in the urban center of Ballard.

The project is comprised of two companion buildings featuring 80 distinctive apartments, 4-townhomes that front Ballard Commons Park and approximately 22,000 sf. of office space and 21,000 sf. of retail along 22nd Avenue. Three values that guided the design of the project were a commitment to contemporary high-end design, environmental stewardship, and community building through shared spaces.

The project earned LEED Core & Shell Platinum Precertification before it broke ground – the highest level of design and construction performance under the U.S. Green Building Council. It was the first Seattle multifamily project to earn a LEED Platinum designation under the updated and more stringent LEED 2009v3 rating system, and to date, Henbart is the only market rate developer in Seattle to seek precertification before breaking ground.

Many sustainable building practices were included in the construction of the project but everyday features that office, retail and residential tenants will appreciate are: expansive high efficiency windows designed to optimize natural daylight; photovoltaic panels spec’d to cover 3.4% of the yearly electrical costs; 35-percent reduction in energy use by using long-lasting LED lighting; 27-percent of the infill site was restored with vegetation and landscaped view terraces featuring water-saving native plants; 20,000 gallon rainwater collection and reuse system was installed to supply 100-percent of the building’s irrigation needs; low-flow plumbing fixtures will reduce potable water use by 42-percent which is estimated to save 1.9 million gallons of water per year; low-emitting materials, including low-VOC paints and coatings; electric vehicle charging stations; energy efficient gas and ENERGY STAR rated appliances; a comprehensive recycling and composting system; and a commitment to green cleaning products and practices used in all the communal areas.

“We wanted to provide tenants and residents with well-designed spaces that also have the benefit of providing lower operating costs and are responsible to the environment,” said Mark Craig, President of Henbart LLC. “We don’t think that you need to choose between dynamic design, high-end finishes, and environmental stewardship.” Henbart hired Unico Sustainability, a division of Unico Properties LLC, to serve as the LEED Project Consultant advising on key sustainable design strategies for The Commons at Ballard.

The Commons at Ballard is also a trendsetter in promoting forward-thinking shared spaces. “The traditional mixed-use building is a box with separate spaces for residential, commercial or retail,” said Charles Strazzara, Principal at Studio Meng Strazzara. “Henbart wanted to showcase how smart and efficient space planning can create greater user interface and with a smaller building footprint enable the project to ‘give back’ to the neighborhood with wider sidewalks, restored vegetation, and more pedestrian space for lingering.”

All the commercial and 85-percent of the retail space is leased. Chef Ryan Donaldson, of The Stone House in Redmond, will open his first Seattle restaurant in the retail space located at the corner of 56th and 22nd – just a block off Market in the heart of Ballard.

“Chef Donaldson understands that dining is not only about the food but also about the gathering and experience as well,” commented Craig. “It’s important to us that tenants fully embrace the environmental and communal aspect of the design. For example, the restaurant will be strongly influenced by local seasonal ingredients and also will be able to use the penthouse lounge for smaller, chef inspired events.”

The 3,200-penthouse lounge is on the top floor of the northern building and features fully retractable doors along the west wall with sweeping views of the Puget Sound and mountains. A cantilevered roof provides year-round use while the glazing keeps the lounge warm and bright, even as the sun sits lower in the winter months. The penthouse has several living areas, including design-minded booths like those found at 13 Coins and a sophisticated gallery serving area with operable windows to allow for indoor-outdoor entertaining. The dining area also includes a copper-top island fabricated by Ballard Sheet Metal for counter-side conversation during a lunch break or lively entertaining. Personal wine and liquor cabinets are also available for tenants.

The residential interiors offer spacious loft style living with a mix of 5 studio, 21 open one-bedroom, 26 one-bedroom and 32 two-bedroom units, with an emphasis on two bedroom units and larger than average one bedroom homes. All the homes include large windows to optimize daylight with spacious kitchens with quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, gas stove and range, and a microwave drawer like a wall oven. Many of the apartment entry ways include a contemporary built-in library shelving system that can be personalized for many uses and the smaller studios include a contemporary murphy bed with a desk component.

Uncommon for apartment living, all the apartments feature air conditioning and memberships to the Ballard Health Club located across the street. “Why include a gym in the building when we can support a long-standing, neighboring business,” added Craig.

Each floor offers bicycle storage conveniently adjacent to the elevators. While the north tower features the penthouse lounge, the south tower offers a different experience with an outdoor seating and dining area, lush landscaping, a fire pit, and a dog run for pets. All the common areas are for use by residents and commercial tenants alike.

The Commons at Ballard is managed by the Seattle firm, Blanton Turner. For leasing information please call 206-963-5499 or email: info@commonsatballard.com

About Henbart LLC
Since being founded in Seattle in 1924, Henbart LLC offers nearly a century of combined experience in ownership, management and development in Greater Seattle. Our success is measured by the quality and character of our properties, with the ability to hold assets long-term and maintain hands-on management. We focus on urban in-fill residential, retail and commercial projects that are vibrant and relevant to our Northwest neighbors.