The Totem Lake Neighborhood and Urban Center is a vital employment, retail and service area for the City of Kirkland and the surrounding region. It is the City of Kirkland’s largest employment center and the highest revenue generator of all Kirkland business districts.
The Totem Lake Neighborhood contains the City’s only urban center
, a designation by the State Growth Management Planning Council in 2003. Urban centers are the focus of regional growth, and in that regard are expected to incorporate high density housing (15 households per gross acre) and employment (15,000 jobs within a half mile of a transit center or 50 employees per gross acre). By 2030, Totem Lake is expected to grow from its present population of 5,544 to 9,800, and double its housing units to 6,000. Employment is expected to increase from 11,511 to 29,000.
Along with the update of the Comprehensive Plan, the City is also updating the long-range Totem Lake Business District Plan.
The Totem Lake Mall was originally constructed in 1973. The Mall is located on a 26-acre site within the designated Totem Lake Urban Center. In 2015 CenterCal Properties, LLC acquired the Totem Lake Mall property and are planning to construct a new mixed-use development on the site. Learn more about the Totem Lake Mall Redevelopment.
Totem Lake Conversations and periodic Totem Lake Symposiums bring the community together to discuss the revitalization of the Totem Lake Business District.
The purchase and redevelopment of the Cross Kirkland Corridor represents an important opportunity to embrace economic development goals and the City of Kirkland’s CKC Business Connections.