Welcome to the first edition of Kirkland Biz News – a monthly e-newsletter that features current news and information important to businesses that call Kirkland home and those considering locating here. 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 email@example.com.
Bragging Rights: Money Magazine Rates Kirkland as One of Top 5 Best Places to Live
Money Magazine set out to find the top 50 “Best Places to Live” in the U.S. and found Kirkland, WA rather quickly! Our “pleasant mass of good schools, great jobs, and family-friendly neighborhoods” helped us achieve rating No. 5. We will add this accolade to being named Best City by 425 Magazine in 2012 and 2013 and more recently being named “Canine Friendly” by City Dog Magazine (Fall 2014 Edition).
Google’s 10th Anniversary Present to the City
Google just celebrated its 10th anniversary in Kirkland and gave the City a gift of free wireless Internet in Everest Park and Houghton Beach Park. Google is donating $200,000 to cover the costs of extending the City’s fiber network, equipment, installation and maintenance for three years. There are more places in our parks to connect at “no charge.”
Uptick: Seattle Times reports Kirkland is a popular place for office space
In an October 22 article, the Seattle Times newspaper reports “Kirkland’s popularity means office space is tight.” We like lower vacancy rates and the City’s Economic Development Program offers help in finding your place in Kirkland.
Talk up Totem Lake with Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen, Nov. 10
Totem Lake Business District companies, interested stakeholders, and citizens are invited to talk about Totem Lake over lunch. This conversation will be held on November 10 at Café Veloce, 12514 120th Avenue NE at 12 -1:30 p.m. Lunch is on you; the conversation is on us. Call 425-587-3007 to make your reservation.
Kirkland 2035: City’s Update to its Comprehensive Plan, Nov. 12 Open House
Over the last 18 months, city leaders have been engaging residents, businesses and other stakeholders in the update to its Comprehensive Plan. The majority of the work being conducted now is receiving input on the various General Elements to the Plan, reviewing Citizen Amendment Requests, and drafting an Environmental Impact Statement. An Open House will be held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 to share how ideas are making their way into the Comprehensive Plan.
“Shop Small for Big Returns”: Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29
Kirkland is home to creative businesses of all kinds, including interactive game developers, visual and performance artist studio, and unique boutique shops and restaurants. The City, Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, and Kirkland Downtown Association encourage residents to “shop small for big returns” on Nov. 29 as part of Small Business Saturday.
Nion: New to the Totem Lake Neighborhood
The City of Kirkland continues to provide support for advanced manufacturing uses in the Totem Lake Business District. It recently sold the building that formerly housed the Kirkland Municipal Court to Nion, a world class developer of advanced scanning transmission electron microscopes. The new space will allow for expansion of the firm’s employee base and manufacturing processes. Occupancy is planned for April 2015. Nion outgrew its leased space in the Norkirk neighborhood and sought an alternative location that would allow it to remain in Kirkland.
SkyMania Trampolines: Finalist for King County’s Small Business Award
Skymania Trampolines, located at 11801 NE 116th Street, Kirkland, and owned by Nancy Burritt, has been providing a unique indoor recreation experience for many years and has now received regional recognition for its great work. The company reached the finals of the King County Executive’s Small Business Awards (Workforce Small Business of the Year category). The awards are the culmination of a competitive process that is juried by regional business leaders. Nancy and her company were honored at an October 15, 2014 award ceremony.
Kirkland Parkplace Revitalization
Talon Private Capital, a Seattle-based real estate investment firm, has announced its plans for the revitalization of Kirkland Parkplace. The new plan is designed to support a mixed-use development with retail/entertainment, office, and housing. The City’s Planning Commission will begin a study in November of a request by the property owner, KPP Development LLP, to amend the City’s Zoning Code to increase the residential gross floor area.
Capital Projects Under Construction in Business Districts
Major work is happening on two capital improvement projects: one in the Rose Hill Business District; the other in the Totem Lake Business District. Current work on the NE 85th Street Corridor Improvement Project includes the installation of a new water main which is impacting traffic due to construction activity. Construction to extend NE 120th Street by 880 feet is expected to wrap up by the end of the year. This will be the first road the City has built in 20 years. Visit the Public Works Capital Improvement Projects page to learn more about these and other projects and to suggest a project. [Oct. 27, 2014]