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Biz News November 2015

November 18, 2015

City hosts Nov. 19 Community Update and Open House on High Capacity Transit; Sound Transit 3 candidate projects

The City of Kirkland is experiencing and forecasting continued growth in commercial and residential development, similar to growth throughout the Puget Sound Region. As more people choose Kirkland as their home or work place, traffic will increase. Mobility options for the City and region must be considered, which is why Kirkland officials are actively engaged in Sound Transit’s process to develop a ballot measure for Sound Transit 3 (ST3).

The City has particular interest in three candidate projects that might be included in the ST3 ballot measure coming to the region’s voters, including Kirkland, in November 2016.

  • Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in the Express Toll Lane on I-405 (ST 3 Candidate Project E-02)
  • Light Rail Transit between Totem Lake area and Bellevue on the Eastside Rail Corridor (ERC), with a connection to Issaquah (ST 3 Candidate Project E-03)
  • Bus Rapid Transit on the ERC between Totem Lake and Bellevue (ST 3 Candidate Project E-06)

On Thursday, November 19, 2015, the City is hosting an Open House and Community Update at the Kirkland Performance Center (350 Kirkland Avenue) from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Staff will be available to answer questions about high capacity transit from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  A formal presentation by City officials on high capacity transit in Kirkland will begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by a question and answer session.

For more background information, visit the City of Kirkland ST3 information webpage and the Nov. 9, 2015 update.

City accepting downtown employee parking registrations at Municipal Garage

City staff will be at the Peter Kirkland Municipal Garage on Tuesday December 1st and Thursday December 3rd from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and again from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to accept registrations for the free Downtown Employee Parking Program. Employees who work for businesses in the core district of downtown Kirkland can register with the City to park in the Downtown Employee designated parking stalls in the Municipal Garage (at the Kirkland Library) and on Lake Avenue West.  Registration forms are also available at City Hall and can be downloaded at  Forms can also be submitted at the Public Works Department counter at any other time during City business hours. Please email or call 425-587-3871 if you have specific questions.

NOTE: The City’s free Downtown Employee Parking program does not apply to any of the other paid public parking lots (Park & Main, Lake and Central, or Marina lot).

U.S. Department of Education grants Lake Washington Institute of Technology for Veterans Center

The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded a grant to Lake Washington Institute of Technology. that will fund the first three years of the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success (CEVSS). The Center will provide community space for veterans at the Kirkland campus and will have CEVSS coordinator to staff the resource center. The coordinator will provide direct advising for current veteran students, as well as work to recruit more veterans. Read the full story in the Kirkland Reporter (Nov. 5, 2015).

Kirkland Weblog posts breakdown of Parkplace tenants

Thank you Kirkland Weblog for a recent post (Nov. 10) that share what is happening with Parkplace tenants. The City’s Economic Development staff continues to provide assistance to tenants forced to relocate, and in a small number of cases, has been able to help place tenants in other locations in Kirkland. Businesses wanting to relocate encountered a number of difficulties given a scarcity of space and relatively expensive lease rates in downtown due to the healthy economy. Also, many businesses were used to the parking accommodations at Parkplace and could not find comparable conditions in Kirkland. Several business owners have chosen to retire.

Celebrate Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28, Park Lane, 10 a.m.

The experience and sense of loss for many popular and longtime businesses reminds us how small business often is the glue that connects us as a community. If you are interested in showing your support for small business, please join the KDA and the City in celebrating Small Business Saturday, a national event, in downtown Kirkland on November 28th. The event will kick off with a City Council proclamation at 10:00 a.m. and many merchants are offering great bargains to launch the holiday shopping

Kirkland named 25th out of 50 Best Cities to Live by 24/7 Wall Street

Adding to our accolades as being the 5th Best Place to Live (Money Magazine 2014), having the Greenest Road in the World (Greenroads Foundation, 2015), Kirkland was just named among the top 50 Best Cities to Live by 24/7 Wall Street.

Kirkland Green Trip wants you take the I-405 pledge; Earn rewards

Kirkland Green Trip, a program of the City of Kirkland, encourages those who live or work along the I-405 Corridor to take the I-405 Pledge.  Your pledge means you will take a survey and choose a greener travel option such as transit, bicycling, walking, carpooling and vanpooling. By pledging you are eligible for rewards. Join the I-405 Diamond Club via a Kirkland Green Trip account. For more about this program, go, email, or call 425-990-3097.


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