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Kirkland Biz News May 2015



Welcome Kirkland Biz News – a monthly e-newsletter that features current news and information important to businesses and for businesses.

You’re Invited: Commercial real estate brokers meeting, May 13, 7-9;30 a.m.

The City of Kirkland appreciates its partnership with the commercial real estate brokerage community. Your work is important to bringing new businesses to Kirkland and to promoting Kirkland as a great place to invest.  You are cordially invited to attend a Commercial Real Estate Brokers meeting hosted by the City of Kirkland Economic Development office. It will be held on Wednesday, May 13 from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at Ryan James Fine Arts, located in Totem Lake at 11905 124th Avenue NE, Kirkland, WA 98034. Light breakfast items will be available.  Topics that will be covered include the City of Kirkland 2015 work plan, accomplishments and the planned redevelopment of both Parkplace and Totem Lake Mall. Please RSVP at

Totem Lake Mall property deal is done

The Kirkland Reporter and Daily Journal of Commerce (subscription required to read full article) have recently reported the sale of the Totem Lake Mall property to Village at Totem Lake LLC (CenterCal Properties LLC and Pacific Coast Capital LLC) for $35.5 million.  Look for an interview in the next episode of Currently Kirkland with John Paul Wardy, President, CenterCal, about his vision for The Village at Totem Lake.  Subscribe to Kirkland Television on You Tube and be notified when the show is posted.  To receive project updates about the mall and other news about Totem Lake, subscribe here.

Waterfront Demand Study: Community Update, June 3, 6-7:30 p.m., Kirkland City Hall

One of Kirkland’s greatest tourist attractions is our waterfront.  In an effort to sustain downtown economic vitality by increasing the revenues of restaurant, entertainment and retail businesses as well as hotels throughout Kirkland through visitor tourism, the Tourism Development Committee (aka Lodging Tax Advisory Committee) commissioned a Waterfront Demand Study to understand demand for expanding moorage opportunities in Kirkland’s downtown marina. Among many insightful findings the study determined that over eighty percent (80%) of boaters using Kirkland moorage are visiting from outside of Kirkland. And, with improvements to the operations and infrastructure of current moorage facilities, the downtown Marina has the potential of attracting more visitors to Kirkland. Further, increased visitation could translate into substantial revenues for businesses adjacent to waterfront parks with an estimated $150 per boat spent on land. Key findings were presented to the City Council on March 3, 2015 (PDF) and to the City’s Park Board on February 11, 2015 (PDF).   You’re invited to the Community Update to hear more about the findings as presented by Paul Sorenson, BST Associates, who conducted the assessment.  The Community Update will be held on June 3, 6-7:30 p.m., Kirkland City Hall, Peter Kirk Room. Please confirm your attendance with Philly Hoshko, Special Projects Coordinator, City of Kirkland, at 425-587-3013 or  

Northwest University to open new business incubator

Northwest University will be launching a new collaborative business incubator and co-working space late Summer/early Fall 2015. The space will be an environment for innovative people to create and connect. It has been estimated that there is demand for incubator facilities, but given real estate prices, it can be difficult to locate them on the Eastside.  If you have any questions about the space, please contact Teresa Gillespie, Business College Dean at Northwest University, Dean, College of Business, 425-889-5290 or

Grand Opening of Park Lane, May 29, 6 p.m.

Kirkland’s City Council will present the new Park Lane to the public at a 6 p.m., May 29 gala that will feature a free concert by electronic violinist Geoffrey Castle. The street will be open for pedestrians only during the Friday evening event. It will remain open only to pedestrians the following day during the open air market.  

Parkplace redevelopment: Vision of vibrancy

Bill Pollard, Managing Principal, Talon Private Capital, shares his company’s vision for the redevelopment of Kirkland Parkplace in the April episode of Currently Kirkland.(video) The City’s Design Review Board will hold Talon’s Conceptual Design Conference on May 18, 2015.  To receive updates via email on the redevelopment, subscribe here.

Looking for a cool team building exercise? Get outdoors with the Green Kirkland Partnership

Give back to your local Kirkland community and get a company team building experience at the same time. Lend a hand in the Green Kirkland Partnership’s effort of restoring Kirkland’s natural parklands. Corporate teams will spend the day removing invasive plants like English ivy and Himalayan blackberries and spreading mulch in cleared areas. For more information on how to get your company or co-workers involved in volunteering, please contact or 425-587-3306.



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