Seattle — Ross Dress for Less plans to open a new 35,000-sq.-ft. store at Ballard Blocks shopping center in Seattle, next year.
The 131,000-sq.-ft. Ballard Blocks is a LEED Silver Certified urban mixed-use retail and office project located next to the Ballard Bridge off-ramp and NW Ballard Way where more than 70,000 cars pass daily. The project has 525 parking stalls on site with an additional 50 spaces on the street.
Current tenants include LA Fitness, Trader Joe’s, Seattle Suntan, Gymboree, Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids, United Studios of Self Defense, UPS, Ballard Bridge Café, Top Pot Doughnuts, Ballard Labs and Kitterman Marketing Group, Inc.
Ballard Blocks is currently undergoing a renovation that will add new merchants, cafes, a water feature, canopy lighting, hand-fabricated furnishings for an urban living room and lush, seasonal landscaping. Hewitt Seattle developed the enhancements in collaboration with LMN Architects. Marian Built designed and is building the handcrafted furnishings. Lighting design is by Luma with Turnstone Construction providing the water feature; Studio SC, the environmental graphics; and structural engineering services from Bykonen Carter Quinn.
The Ross deal will raise Ballard Blocks occupancy rate to 93% with approximately 10,000 sq. ft. remaining at street level for restaurant and retail uses.