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All Things Cross Kirkland Corridor
January 2014 Update 


There are exciting things happening with the Cross Kirkland Corridor! To keep you better informed, we plan to bring you a monthly “All Things CKC” update. These updates will be posted to the CKC webpage and emailed to CKC list serv subscribers.  If you have a topic you’re interested in, please send it to kpage@kirklandwa.gov

Monthly Brown Bag Series
CKC Team members are excited to announce that a monthly brown bag series begins Monday, January 27, 12-1 p.m., Kirkland City Hall, Council Chambers. This is an opportunity for you to meet in person with city staff dedicated to the CKC.  It’s a BYOL event – bring your own lunch.

Master Plan update
The CKC Master Plan is taking shape thanks to the great ideas we’ve heard from the community about features the Corridor should have.  The Master Plan describes Character Zones and Opportunity Zones which spotlight unique characteristics and potential future growth and development.

We want to explore the plan further with public to make sure it addresses community needs and wants.  View the Character Zone maps.

The Master Plan is scheduled for a City Council Study Session on Feb. 4, 2014. This is the opportunity for the Council to receive detail information about the Plan.  Check the City Council Agenda webpage after Jan. 31 to read the staff memo.

You will have another opportunity to learn more, ask questions and offer comments at a public forum scheduled for Thursday, Feb., 27, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Peter Kirk Community Center, 352 Kirkland Avenue.  Now that the vision for the Corridor is coming more into focus, we want to share the latest with you.  Information on the draft Parks, Recreation & Open Space Plan will also be available.  More details on this event to come.

There will be more time with the City Council, and the community this spring with the plan scheduled to be adopted by the Council in June.   The Transportation Commission is also a great place to learn more about the Plan.  The Commission meets the fourth Wednesday of the month. Click here to subscribe to receive meeting agendas via email.

Trail use rules now in place
You’ve probably seen more people (and pets) enjoying the Corridor lately.  To keep the Corridor safe for everyone, there are new rules in place:
  • Pets must be on a leash and owners must pick up after their pets
  • Respect private property by staying on the trail
  • Pass other trail users on the left and give a verbal warning before you do
  • Motorized vehicles and horses are not allowed]
  • Use the trail during daylight hours only
Look for rule signs to be posted on the trail by the end of January.

Interim zoning regulations adopted
Following two public hearings, the City Council approved temporary land use regulations that apply to property adjoining the Cross Kirkland Corridor and Eastside Rail Corridor (within Kirkland city limits).  The ordinance (No. 4421) was approved and regulates restaurant and tavern uses, retail storage, property setbacks and basic design standards.  The temporary regulations are in effect for six months while the City considers permanent regulations.

The interim ordinance adds restaurant and/or tavern uses as an allowed use for properties within 150 feet of the Corridor in Totem Lake land use zones.  It also expands the amount of accessory retail sales allowed in these zones.

No new retail establishments that provide storage services (e.g. - mini-storage uses) are allowed along the Corridor per the interim regulations.

To preserve adequate open space between the Corridor and development, Ordinance 4421 requires a 10 foot setback from the Corridor for commercial, industrial, and office uses.

As a means to ensure new development is designed to encourage non-motorized and multi-use activities along the Corridor, the interim regulations set forth site (e.g. landscaping) and building (e.g. facades visible from Corridor) design standards.

SRM Development makes improvements to trail
SRM Development (the property owner of the Google Campus) is working with the City on a schematic design for outdoor play areas, such as volley ball courts, multi-sports courts and play structures, on the Corridor adjacent to its property. SRM is paying for these improvements. Send your comments on the schematic design to Kari Page at KPage@kirklandwa.gov.

As part of the campus expansion, SRM is making the following improvements to City streets:
  • Install two traffic signals on 6th Street South (one at 9th Avenue South and one at Kirkland Way); 
  • Contribute to a sidewalk from the existing Google campus along the west side of 6th Street South to the Cross Kirkland Corridor; 
  • Install a sidewalk from the new Google campus along the south side of 7th Avenue South to State Street; and 
  • Build out the Cross Kirkland Corridor to the CKC Master Plan vision along SRM's property.  
  • Build minor improvements along 5th Place South.
SRM anticipates the construction of the Google buildings and the public improvements to be complete by June 2015. The number of Google employees is expected to increase from 800 to 1,800.  For project updates, go to Google Phase II.

Interim Trail Construction update

Coming this spring/summer, new all-weather crushed gravel will be placed on the surface within the existing rail bed.  Safety improvements will be made to all street crossings.  Projects updates will be sent out on the CKC list serv.

Like the CKC even more – on Facebook
On a social note, if you haven’t already, please like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/crosskirklandcorridor.   Share your experiences, stories, ideas and photos on the Corridor with us!  Send them to kpage@kirklandwa.gov.