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Kirkland Biz News January 2015

January 2015

Welcome Kirkland Biz News – a monthly e-newsletter that features current news and information important to businesses and for businesses. Each edition will be posted on the City of Kirkland’s website at www.kirklandwa.gov/biznews.   We want to provide the information that is most important to subscribers so send your suggested topics to mjensen@kirklandwa.gov.


Vote for “The Best of” Kirkland: 425 Magazine poll is out

425 Magazine’s “The Best of 425” is back! Help Kirkland rise to the top of the list for the Eastside’s best restaurants, shops, businesses, people and activities. Voting is open now and ends Feb. 2, 2015. Kirkland won best City in 2012 and 2013. Help us take the throne again while also voting for your favorite Kirkland businesses. Look for the results in the May/June issue of 425 magazine!

Kirkland-based Rightside Group Ltd rings NASDAQ stock bell

425 Business Magazine reports that executives from Kirkland-based Rightside Group, Ltd. rang the closing bell at the NASDAQ stock exchange and met with investors on Dec. 5, 2014 in New York City.  Rightsize, with 170 employees, joins Google and Go Daddy, among others, that have presence in the City and offer web domain services.

Antique Mall property under contract with multi-family developer

The Puget Sound Business Journal recently reported that antique mall property owned by Marilyn Dillard is under contract with a multi-family developer. The building is located in the City’s Central Business District.  Contact Dave Speers, Kidder Mathews, 206-296-9626 or dspeers@kiddermathews.com or visit the Kirkland CBD Development Site for more information.

Business sponsorship opportunities

With passage of the 2015-2016 budget by the City Council on December 9, 2014, a number of events occurring throughout 2015 are beneficiaries of tourism funds, recommended by the City’s Tourism Development Committee. These funds are used to mount programs and events that attract people from outside of Kirkland, with the anticipated generation of overnight stays at Kirkland’s hotels, and revenues to restaurants and retailers. The Tourism Development Committee has as one criteria for funding partnerships between event presenters and local businesses.  If your business has an interest in sponsoring or partnering with one of these events, please contact Philly Hoshko at phoshko@kirklandwa.gov or 425 587 3013.

Get the latest on Kirkland events

The City of Kirkland Tourism program manages www.explorekirkland.com as a visitor resource for all that is happening in Kirkland. The website includes information on Kirkland businesses that would be of interest to visitors. Take some time to check it out!  Make sure to sign up for the events guide and like Explore Kirkland on Facebook to stay up to date on Kirkland happenings. To submit an event or promotion email phoshko@kirklandwa.gov with a 50 word description and photo.

Chamber of Commerce: Mayor’s State of the City Address, Jan. 8

Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen will be presenting the “State of the City Address” at the Jan. 8 Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon.  The luncheon will be held at the Woodmark Hotel, 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.  Contact the Chamber for reservation information.

Parkplace Zoning Code Amendment Public Hearing Jan. 29, 2015

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Jan. 29, 7 p.m., Kirkland City Hall, to consider the requested amendments to change the zoning text for Central Business District 5A (CBD 5A).  The amendments would allow additional residential square footage (up to 30% of the overall project); require 10% of the units to be affordable; give an additional incentive to provide a movie theater; and allow for a drive through bank facility.  The Planning Commission will also consider revisions to the adopted Master Plan and Design Guidelines for Parkplace.  The Commission’s recommendation will be presented to the City Council on Feb. 17. Visit the Planning Commission webpage for more information.

Project Updates: Park Lane, 6th Street Utilities, Cross Kirkland Corridor Interim Trail & NE 85th Street Corridor

The City of Kirkland opened seven bids on Dec. 2, 2014 from contractors competing for the contract to construct Park Lane. The low bidder was Marshbank, the same contractor that successfully completed the Juanita Beach renovations in 2011. Construction will begin in January 2015 after the holidays, when Puget Sound Energy will also be relocating its underground power and gas lines. An Open House is scheduled for Jan. 8, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. and 6-7:30 p.m., Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Avenue.

Construction on the Sixth Street water main project won’t likely begin until after the holidays. That’s because the contractor, Kar-Vel Construction, is currently finishing a series of earlier utility upgrades along Seventh Avenue South. Kar-Vel expects to finish those upgrades and patch up the street by the end of this week. After the holidays, Kar-Vel will begin construction near Central Way and work south toward Kirkland Avenue. The contractor expects to finish the work by the end of February allowing for the March start and completion of the final component of this multi-schedule construction project: Replacement of the sewer main on Fifth Avenue South.

Progress continues to be made on the Cross Kirkland Corridor Interim Trail.  Crushed gravel has been laid the full length of the trail (from 108th Avenue NE to 132nd Avenue NE), concrete is being poured at intersections which will enable the final electrical work to be done so the rapid flashing beacons and street lighting can be installed.  The bridge at NE 68th Street is nearing completion widening the crossing and adding safety railings. The installation of fencing for safety and sensitive areas is progressing rapidly throughout the corridor. The trail is anticipated to be complete in January, 2015.

 Kirkland’s 85th Street Improvements contractor is currently upgrading the arterial’s stormwater system. Johansen Excavating plans to continue making the stormwater upgrades. The contractor will switch back to the night schedule of water main work after the holidays. That work will continue for another month. They will, however, be breaking for the holidays. They will test the new system in the first two weeks of January. Johansen’s crews will be connecting the lateral lines to the existing system during the last few weeks of January. The new water system will be on-line by early February.

Traffic Alert: Downtown Road Closures Dec. 21

Commuters should expect traffic delays due to the 12Ks of Christmas Holiday Run to be held on Sunday, Dec. 21, starting at Heritage Park.  For a complete list of road closures, go to www.kirklandwa.gov (News Room).