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Kirkland Biz News February 2015



February 2015

Welcome Kirkland Biz News – a monthly e-newsletter that features current news and information important to businesses and for businesses. Each edition will be posted on the City of Kirkland’s website at   We want to provide the information that is most important to subscribers so send your suggested topics to

EDC of Seattle & King County Annual Conference Recap

On January 15, 2015, the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County presented the annual economic forecast for the Puget Sound region. The City of Kirkland holds a seat on the Board of Trustees of the EDC, and City Council members and staff were in attendance at the forecast event. Of special interest to Kirkland businesses were the U.S. and global forecasts presented by Ken Goldstein, The Conference Board, and the regional forecast presented by Chris Mefford, Principal at  Community Attributes. 

“Trail Great” Party officially opens the Cross Kirkland Corridor Interim Trail

The Kirkland City Council just hosted at “Trail Great” Party to officially open the Cross Kirkland Corridor Interim Trail.   Crushed gravel now covers the CKC from 108th Avenue NE to Slater Avenue NE.  With the exception of the NE 124th Street and Totem Lake Boulevard intersection, the rail ties have been removed, the crossings have been paved, and rapid flashing beacons have been installed.  Additionally, asphalt approaches to intersections, concrete sidewalks, and safety fencing along sensitive areas have been installed.  Be sure to enjoy the CKC! For project updates, “like” the CKC on Facebook.

Another reason to celebrate: Kirkland ranked as top Washington city that appeals to millennial job seekers

According to NerdWallet, a consumer finance site, Kirkland is ranked #6 (out of 10) as a King County city that appeals to millennial job seekers.  Analysis by NerdWallet reflects this about Kirkland: “With a 38.90% growth in the millennial population from 2010 to 2013, this lakeside city is an emerging hot spot for younger people with its unemployment rate of 5.2%, another place on our list that’s below the state average.  The study evaluated plentiful jobs, high salaries, and affordable rents.

Waterfront Demand Study: City consultant to present findings to Park Board, Feb. 11, 2015

Paul Sorenson, BST Associates, will be presenting his findings regarding waterfront demand at the Downtown Marina and Juanita Beach Park at the Kirkland Park Board Meeting scheduled for February 11, 2015. Mr. Sorenson was retained by the City to analyze regional market demand for boating, moorage facilities on Lake Washington, utilization of Kirkland moorage, and how the boating community views Kirkland moorage including existing conditions and the possible addition of more services and improved infrastructure.  The staff memo will posted online by Friday, Feb. 6.  The Park Board Meeting begins at 7 p.m. and is held at Kirkland City Hall, Council Chambers.

Planning Commission gives preliminary direction on draft TL Business District Plan   

The Planning Commission continued its review of the draft Totem Lake Business District Plan at is January 29, 2015 meeting.  See Staff Memo and Draft Revised Plan.(PDF)    The Commission provided preliminary direction regarding Totem Lake Urban Center boundaries, and updates to the text of the Plan, including issues such as conflicts between residential and light industrial uses, transit-oriented-development at the Kingsgate Park and Ride and areas where incentives for housing development are appropriate. 

The update to the Totem Lake Business District Plan is part of the City’s update to its Comprehensive Plan.  Please contact Dorian Collins, the Totem Lake project planner at for additional information.

Planning Commission meetings are now televised and available to stream online. You can subscribe to receive Planning Commission meeting agendas via email.

And speaking of Totem Lake: Talk it up about Totem Lake: Next conversation with Mayor & Council Members, March 7

The conversation continues about the revitalization of Totem Lake.  Mayor Amy Walen and Kirkland City Council members invite you to the next Totem Lake Conversation, March 7, 12-1:30 p.m., Café Veloce, 12514 120th Ave. NE.  An update on the Totem Lake Malls redevelopment will be the key topic.  The talk is free but the cost of lunch is on you.  To receive registration information, sign up for the Totem Lake District List Serv.

Recently, representatives from CenterCal Properties, commercial developer, shared its vision of the redevelopment of Totem Lake Mall with the City Council.  Watch the video presentation from the January 6, 2015 City Council meeting. (Jump to: Totem Lake Mall Update under Special Presentation) 

Parkplace Zoning Code Amendment: Planning Commission actions; Community meeting Feb. 9, 2015

The Planning Commission held a public hearing on the zoning text amendments for CBD 5A and amendments to the Master Plan and Design Guidelines for Parkplace on January 29, 2015.  The Commission recommended approval of the zoning text amendments.  It also recommended approval of the Master Plan and Design Guidelines with some edits.  There will be a community meeting to provide general information about the amendments to the Parkplace planned action ordinance on February 9, 2015 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.  Written and verbal testimony on the amendments to the Parkplace Planned Action Ordinance and amendments to the Parkplace Master Plan and Design Guidelines will be accepted for consideration at the public hearing before the City Council on February 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm.  For additional information contact Angela Ruggeri at or (425) 587-3256.

The Cannery: New owner to preserve original look of building 

In late December 2014, plans to preserve the Kirkland Cannery building were announced by the new owner Carl Bradley of The Bradley Family Foundation.  The building sold for over $2.1 million.  The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation hails the plans as one of the “Best Moments of Historic Preservation in 2014.”

Virtual Open House: Proposed Aquatics/Recreation/Community (ARC) Center

The siting study of a proposed ARC center continues with a broader scope of public outreach that seeks to identify the community’s preference to locate the facility on city-owned or privately-owned property.  Comprehensive background information and a brief questionnaire are available at the Kirkland ARC Center “Virtual Open House,”  You are encouraged to visit the online site to learn about the proposed facility and potential city-owned and privately-owned sites and to complete a brief questionnaire by March 31, 2015.

Be a part of your City; Serve on a City advisory board

The City is looking for volunteers to serve on various advisory boards.  Put your talents and expertise to work and make a difference for your city.  City advisory board recruitment information is available online.  Apply by Feb. 12, 2015. Contact the City’s Clerk’s Office at 425-587-3190 with specific questions.