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Talk of the Town: Totem Lake Revitalization efforts
Mayor Walen and City Council members recently hosted a Totem Lake Conversation to share recent revitalization efforts for the Totem Lake Business District. The group reviewed private amendment requests as well as other possible changes to neighborhood zoning under consideration as part of the Comprehensive Plan Update. A recent public improvement to the Business District is the opening of the extension of NE 120th Street – the first street the City has built in 20 years that will greatly improve circulation and add valuable frontage for business.
Urban Land Institute: Panel to discuss stormwater management for Totem Lake Sub-basin
The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has a history of involvement in Totem Lake, beginning with the July, 2011 ULI Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) report (PDF) recommending that the City purchase the Cross Kirkland Corridor, and other ‘go big or go home’ strategies to revitalize the Totem Lake Business District, many of which the City has since implemented. The ULI returns to Kirkland in early 2015 to focus on storm water management for the Totem Lake sub-basin. The panel will review zoning regulations, real estate economics and storm drainage data to provide options for locating regional storm water facilities. A report out to the community is scheduled for February 2015.
Cross Kirkland Corridor: Transformations happening along the CKC
The Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC) is seeing several transformations along its 5.75 mile length. All- weather, compacted crushed gravel is being laid along the rail bed for the Interim Trail and improvements to seven street crossings are being made. The Corridor is currently closed for Interim Trail construction from 108th Avenue NE (south end) to 120th Ave NE (north end) but is anticipated to open in January 2015. SRM Development, the property owners of the Google campus, is making public improvements to the CKC as part of its expansion. The City and SRM approved a multi-million dollar agreement that nets public improvements with the expansion project. In addition to improvements identified in the Agreement, SRM has proposed $2.8 million worth of public improvements along the CKC. The improvements include a 16-foot wide hard surface trail, meandering secondary trail, basketball court, resting and gathering spots, trees, beach-like dunes with volley ball court, and a children’s play area. Look for the improvements to be completed in mid-2015. Chainline Brewing Company which is adjacent to the CKC and north of the Google campus, is hoping to open its indoor/outdoor craft brewery in January 2015.
Antique Mall Property Listed for Sale
In June 2009, the Antique Mart of Kirkland closed its doors after more than 25 years of being a cornerstone of downtown Kirkland. The building, located at 113 3rd Street in the City’s Central Business District, is now listed for sale. The property is pivotal to the continuing development of downtown given its high visibility and central location. It also is the terminus of the Park Lane redevelopment work and borders the Transit Center. Contact Dave Speers, Kidder Mathews, 206-296-9626 or email@example.com or visit the Kirkland CBD Development Site (http://www.kirklandcbdoffering.com/) for more information.
Parkplace Zoning Code Amendment
The City’s Planning Commission reviewed a request (PDF) by KPP Development LLP to amend the zoning text to allow additional residential square footage for Central Business District (CBD 5A) and to revise the adopted Master Plan and Design Guidelines for Parkplace. The proposed project is expected to have significantly less square footage than the original 1.8 million in the previous proposal, including a reduction in the office square footage. Two upcoming Planning Commission meetings will discuss the code amendments: a Study Session on Dec. 11, 2014 and the public hearing on Jan. 29, 2015. The Commission’s recommendation will be presented to the City Council on Feb. 17. 2015. Visit the Planning Commission webpage for more information.
City Seeks Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for Business Consultant
Every few years the Economic Development Office seeks proposals for the Retention Consultant position. The position provides free assistance to Kirkland small businesses, helps with business recruitment and with positioning Kirkland as an attractive place to locate a business. The position is posted and proposals will be accepted until December 10, 2014 (PDF).
Kirkland Employers: Take the Next Green Step – Sustainable Traveling
In partnership with King County Metro, the City of Kirkland is encouraging employers to register for the free Kirkland Green Trip program – a personal travel management site that has all of your travel options available in one place. Employees can save money and time and earn rewards.
City’s New Street Improvement Closure Policy Keeps Kirkland Pedestrian & Bicycle Friendly
The City’s new policy that aims to minimize construction impacts on pedestrians and bicyclists by limiting the closure of sidewalks, bike lanes, and parking lanes during the development project the shortest time possible. Per the policy, developers may request a closure of up to eight weeks to construct new street improvements – sidewalks, bike lanes, and parking lanes, but the street or sidewalk cannot be closed or detoured for the convenience of the developer for things such as construction staging or material storage.
Traffic Alerts: Downtown Road Closures Nov. 23 & 30
Downtown road closures will be happening for the Hopelink Turkey Trot on Nov. 23 and the Kirkland Winterfest on Nov. 30. Road closure details on the City’s Special Event Permit webpage; Event information on the City’s Tourism Webpage.