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Kirkland Biz News June 2015

Welcome to Kirkland Biz News – a monthly e-newsletter that features current news and information important to businesses and for businesses.

“Kirkland has the world’s greenest road” (according to the Greenroads Foundation)

That’s the headline in a recent KUOW website posting (May 19, 2015) and we couldn’t be more proud of it.  KUOW interviews Steve Muench, a civil engineer at the University of Washington, about the extension of NE 120th Street, which was opened last November.  The Greenroads Foundation has has given the road is “Sliver Certification” and notes it earned the highest rating in the history of the Foundation.  We’ve been mentioned in the Daily Journal of Commerce and The Bothell-Kenmore Reporter.   

More “Green” News: Solarize Kirkland program available for residents and businesses

The City of Kirkland is partnering with Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) to initiate the Solarize Kirkland program that will help Kirkland’s residents be able to purchase affordable, clean energy to power their homes and businesses. Workshops will be held July 16, August 11, September 19 and 22.  To learn more about the workshops and to sign up, visit the Solarize Washington website.

Commercial space: Former Bungie Studio site and Totem Lake Commerce Center

The former Bungie Studio site in downtown Kirkland at 434 Kirkland Way is available for lease. It is particularly well suited for use as a gaming studio. Highlights include: 24,141 RSF; High ceilings with creative and collaborative space; Huge surface / free parking lot; 3.5 / 1,000 parking ratio; Heavy HVAC infrastructure; Raised floor distribution for ultimate flexibility; 1200 AMPs of 480v, 3-phase Power;  30kVA, natural gas fed back-up generator; Open office area was planned for 500+ Watts per user;  Available April 1, 2016. 

Centrally located at 12521 128th Ave NE in Kirkland, WA, Totem Lake Commerce Center totals 171,684 square feet including 17,880 square feet of office space on 9.6 acres.  Built in 1996, the multi-tenant industrial facility is ideally located in the Kirkland Industrial submarket near the soon to be re-developed Totem Lake Mall. It has fast freeway access to I-405. Beautifully landscaped with abundant parking, the facility provides all the amenities necessary to accommodate today’s requirements for an aerospace or advanced manufacturing firm. This 171,684 sq. ft. facility has 30' clear height, 15 dock high doors, 3 grade level doors and an 8 inch floor. More information can be found in flyer. (PDF)

Sound Transit and King County Metro host Open Houses for long-range transit planning

Sound Transit and King County Metro Transit seek public comment on their future planning for transit.  There are upcoming Open Houses and two online surveys that offer you the opportunity to give input.

Sound Transit “Shaping ST3” website
Sound Transit 3 Ballot Measure Draft Priority Projects Online Survey (reply by July 8)

King County Metro Transit Long Range Plan website
King County Metro Long Range Public Transportation Plan Online Survey (reply by early September)

Telework workshop for eastside employers, June 17

Teleworking or telecommuting is becoming a convenient way to get things done out of the office – but is there a way to put it into practice? With assistance from the telework professionals at WorkSmart, Commute Advantage is hosting a free lunch-and-learn for employer representatives and HR professionals from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, at the Summit: 10884 NE 4th Ave, Suite 250, Bellevue, WA 98004. Lunch will be provided and a $10 coffee card will be provided to the first 25 who register and attend. Please RSVP by emailing See full details here: (pdf 56 kb).

City of Kirkland Comprehensive Plan Update: Open Houses and Public Hearings

The City Council, Planning Commission and Houghton Community Council continue their review of the proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan, Neighborhood Plans, and Citizen Amendment Requests.  Three open houses following by public hearings will be held on June 25, July 23 and August 13.  Read details about the events in the June 2015 Special Edition of City Update. (PDF)

Changes to downtown parking in Kirkland

Starting Monday, July 6, 2015, the hours of paid parking at the City-owned Lake Street Lot will be expanded to 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., with a four hour time limit. Currently, paid parking is from 5 to 9 p.m.  Charging for parking throughout the day will help increase turnover, making it easier to find a parking place at this popular lot.  The cost remains $1 per hour.  Payment machines are located at the north and south ends of the lot. Read about other changes to downtown parking.

New location for free Business Recycling and Shredding Event

Kirkland’s annual Business Recycling Collection Event will be held Thursday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s north parking lot. Recycle office supplies such as CDs, keyboards, mice, metal furniture, Free confidential shredding is available – up to four file-size boxes per business. Full event details are posted on the City’s online calendar (Select June 18).


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