KIRKLAND BIZ NEWS – July 2015
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Kirkland well-served with State’s transportation revenue package
Kirkland residents are to be well-served by the final components of the transportation package passed by the State House. The funding approved key priority projects in Kirkland’s adopted 2015 Legislative Agenda most notably funding for the I-405/NE 132nd Street Interchange Ramp project in the Totem Lake Urban Center. The State’s transportation package also funds the completion of the SR 520 Corridor, sidewalk improvements on NE 52nd Street which connects to the Cross Kirkland Corridor, and the widening of I-405 from Renton to Lynnwood. More details are in the City’s news release.
What future transit services do you want for Kirkland?
Important Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/kcmetrovision2 (Complete by July 31, 2015)
King County Metro Transit is asking Kirkland residents to share what types of transit service they think will get them where they want to go. This input will help Metro’s transit planners better understand what is the best mix of bus service for Kirkland and the county including frequent, local and express buses service. This feedback will be used to shape Metro’s future transit e network of bus routes and supporting facilities like park and rides. Please note that this is Metro’s second Long Range Plan survey. Metro will present conceptual networks based on this feedback later in the year. For more about the Long Range Plan, visit http://www.kcmetrovision.org/.
Kirkland businesses making news
Kirkland’s public WiFi just expanded thanks to a donation from Google to the City. Everest Park and Houghton Beach Park join the list of public places to logon to your mobile device of choice. City officials recently thanked Google for its generous donation as reported by GeekWire.
Western Pneumatic, the “world’s largest producer of metal tubing for airplanes,” is featured in the Puget Sound Business Journal (07.17.15) [You must be a PSBJ subscriber to read the full article]
The Puget Sound Business Journal also reports Kirkland-based Wave is planning a massive expansion of its high-speed fiber gigabit network (05.21.15) and may be one of the tenants in Parkplace (07.08.15)
For the third consecutive year, readers of 425 Magazine selected EvergreenHealth as the best hospital and health system. Other Kirkland-based businesses who are on “The Best List” include Via Lago, The French Bakery, Trellis Restaurant, Kiddie Academy, Dr. Judy Jung of Eastside Veterinary Associates and restaurants having various locations including Kirkland: Cactus, Burgermaster, Jimmy Johns, and Pagliacci Pizza. For the full list of “Bests” go to 425magazine.com.
Central Way: Two 5-Story Mixed Use Projects
As you head into downtown Kirkland on Central Avenue, the construction of two 5-story mixed-used projects will surely catch your eye. The prominent art mural outside the Areté mixed-use project signals the inspiration behind this project - art. The developers are introducing the concept of Eco Flats – a use allowed per the City’s residential suite zoning code – that provides a place for artists to live, work, and create.
On the former White Swan Site, 324 Central, Continental Properties LLC, is building another mixed-use project including almost 8,000 square feet of commercial space, with 76 residential units. The same developer is building on the Antique Mall site located on 3rd Street and will include approximately 130 units and 13,000 sf of commercial use.
Kirkland Mayor featured in Comcast Newsmaker program
Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen was recently featured in Comcast’s Newsmaker program. Mayor Walen talks about the Parkplace and Totem Lake Mall redevelopments. Both projects are currently being reviewed by the City’s Design Review Board.
Park Lane opens
The prototype for the greener, more walkable and more vibrant Kirkland of 2035 that many residents articulated throughout the 2013-2015 comprehensive planning process is exceeding its aspirations. Park Lane continues to attract hundreds of visitors, who shop, dine and gather. The street opened on May 29 to walkers and cyclists. It opened to drivers a month later. For background, visit kirklandwa.gov and search park lane project.
Community Meeting and Public Hearing: Totem Lake Business District Plan, August 13
Along with the update of the Comprehensive Plan, the City is updating the long-range plan for the Totem Lake Business District. The City’s Planning Commission has been studying a variety of issues, including the District’s light industrial areas, possible changes to the Urban Center boundaries, transportation, connections to the Cross Kirkland Corridor, opportunities for housing and mixed use development and other topics. The plan update(PDF) also includes the consideration of five Citizen Amendment Requests for policy or zoning changes for property within the district. An Open House on the draft proposed amendments to the Totem Lake Plan (PDF), draft Zoning Code and Zoning Map changes, and the Citizen Amendment Requests will be held on August 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. A community meeting to obtain information about a future Environmental Impact Statement Planned Action Ordinance for Totem Lake will also take place from 5 to 7 p.m. The Planning Commission Public Hearing will follow at 7 p.m. All meetings will take place at Kirkland City Hall, 123 5th Avenue.View the Notice of hearings, open house, and community meeting for the draft Totem Lake Plan (PDF).
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