South Kirkland Transit Oriented Development Wins VISION 2040 Award

Seated: Former Kirkland City Council Member Jessica Greenway; Kirkland City Council Member Jay Arnold; Rep. Joan McBride, 48th Legislative District; Kirkland City Council Member Doreen Marchione Middle Row (L to R): Kirkland Deputy Mayor Penny Sweet; Josh Brown, Executive Director, PSRC; King County Council Member Jane Hague; City of Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci;  Kirkland City Council Member Shelley Kloba; City of Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen Back Row (L to R): ; Kirkland City Council Member Toby Nixon; Arthur Sullivan, Program Manager, ARCH; Kirkland City Council Member Dave Asher; Chris Jowell, Executive Director, Imagine Housing and  Gary Prince, TOD Manager, King County

Seated: Former Kirkland City Council Member Jessica Greenway; Kirkland City Council Member Jay Arnold; Rep. Joan McBride, 48th Legislative District; Kirkland City Council Member Doreen Marchione
Middle Row (L to R): Kirkland Deputy Mayor Penny Sweet; Josh Brown, Executive Director, PSRC; King County Council Member Jane Hague; City of Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci; Kirkland City Council Member Shelley Kloba; City of Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen
Back Row (L to R): ; Kirkland City Council Member Toby Nixon; Arthur Sullivan, Program Manager, ARCH; Kirkland City Council Member Dave Asher; Chris Jowell, Executive Director, Imagine Housing and Gary Prince, TOD Manager, King County

ARCH, Bellevue, King County and Kirkland have won a 2015 VISION 2040 Award from the Puget Sound Regional Council for the South Kirkland Transit Oriented Development project.

The awards recognize innovative projects and programs that help ensure a sustainable future as the region grows.

“The South Kirkland TOD is an excellent example of a regional partnership that resulted in a beautiful and affordable community with efficient connections to transit, trails, and employment centers,” said Josh Brown, PSRC’s Executive Director.

The project was over ten years in the making, with supportive zoning changes required in three different jurisdictions. It now provides almost 250 mixed income homes and park and ride access to regional transit for around 500 cars.  

The award was presented at the Kirkland City Council meeting on October 20, 2015.

 

 

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Affordable housing next to transit gets “deliberate” boost

As Sound Transit’s boring machines were churning a new light rail route to Northgate, King County Executive Dow Constantine embraced a trio of intiatives this morning that will help turn a parking lot at Northgate into a community, and shape growth throughout the region.

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King County’s Park and Ride lot at Northgate will be replaced by a new community with the arrival of light rail.

“Light rail has the power to transform communities. With this vision we can be deliberate about creating vibrant, walkable, economically diverse neighborhoods around new and existing stations,” said Constantine, who doubles as Chair of the Sound Transit Board.

Constantine’s Transit Station Housing and Development Initiative includes:

  • King County Housing Bonds
    As much as $45 million over the next six years would be generated under new authority from the Legislature to use anticipated lodging tax revenue sooner than expected.
  • REDI Fund
    At least $18 million is currently pledged to a new revolving loan fund called the Regional Equitable Development Initiative due to launch early next year.
  • Sound Transit 3 ballot measure
    The state authorized ST3 with a proviso for an additional $20 million for a revolving loan fund, like  the REDI fund, should ST3 pass.
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King County Executive Dow Constantine: “Light rail has the power to transform communities.”

“Working together at the state, regional, and local level, we can help catalyze developments to maximize our investment in regional light rail,” said State Representative Jessyn Farrell.

Tunneling is underway for light rail service scheduled for Northgate in 2021.

 

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New opportunities for transit oriented development

What new opportunities for equitable transit oriented development are possible in the region’s burgeoning station areas?

King County Executive Dow Constantine previewed his new Regional Transit-Oriented Development Initiative at the event.

King County Executive Dow Constantine previewed his new Regional Transit Oriented Development Initiative at the event.

More than 100 regional leaders met in Redmond yesterday to discuss ways to partner and improve the market for transit oriented development.

“You’ve been working on something that is very close to my own heart – the intersection of land use and transportation – and doing it right,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine, adding with a smile “That may be one of the nerdiest things I’ve ever said.”

Executive Constantine spoke about how far the region has come since Sound Transit was first approved in 1996 pointing out the transformation of neighborhoods into a more vibrant mix of housing, activities, and job centers.

He also highlighted the importance of continuing the work with his new Regional Transit Oriented Development Initiative, which will seek to expand affordable housing opportunities in station areas.

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Transit oriented development event in Redmond Sept 23

PSRC is hosting an all day event in Redmond on September 23, 2015 to discuss opportunities to partner for successful and equitable transit-oriented development in jurisdictions around the region.

Join regional leaders at an all day workshop on transit oriented development implementation.

Join regional leaders at an all day workshop on transit oriented development implementation.

The day will bring together elected officials, local jurisdiction staff, private and non-profit developers, and other interested parties to highlight new opportunities to partner for TOD near high capacity transit.

The agenda focuses on new tools and locations for TOD in the region through a series of replicable case studies of successful TOD planning and implementation.

Emphasis will be placed on market strength and system planning, which results in real examples and best practices that will be relevant for all central Puget Sound communities.

Confirmed speakers include King County Executive Dow Constantine and Washington State Representative Joan McBride.

The $20 registration fee includes lunch, see the full agenda here.

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Tacoma and Sound Transit awarded $2 million for Link Light Rail

The Federal Transit Administration has announced a $2 million grant to support the development of a mobility and economic development plan for the a 2.4-mile extension of the Tacoma Link light rail line.

Congratulations Sound Transit and Tacoma! The Link Light Rail extension has been awarded $2 million from FTA.

Congratulations Sound Transit and Tacoma! The Link Light Rail extension has been awarded $2 million from FTA.

“The Tacoma Link expansion will improve transportation options for the Hilltop’s residents, commuters, and pedestrians,” said Sound Transit Vice Chair and Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland. “This matched grant can help improve mobility and enhance the neighborhood.”

The grant will help the city foster smart, affordable development along the expanded light rail line. The plan to be developed will include street design for six new stations to improve connectivity for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders. It will also focus on expanding access to jobs and job training.

The grant is one of 21  being awarded nation-wide from a $19.5 million fund through FTA’s Transit-Oriented Development Planning Pilot Program for communities that are developing new or improved mass transit systems.

 


REDI fund to spur affordable housing near transit

More affordable housing near transit is the goal of a new loan fund coming online next year.

The Village at Overlake Station in Redmond offers  low- and moderate-income rental housing next to the Overlake Transit Center.

The Village at Overlake Station in Redmond offers low- and moderate-income rental housing with easy access to transit.

The Regional Equitable Development Initiative (REDI) Fund is a financing tool for developing affordable housing and mixed-use projects within walking distance of frequent transit service.

The REDI fund will help developers purchase key sites and existing properties for mixed-income and mixed-use development or preservation.

The idea for the REDI Fund emerged from PSRC’s Growing Transit Communities partnership in 2014.

PSRC convened an interagency working group to identify public sector sources for funding.  This led to a commitment of $1 million from King County, $1 million from the City of Seattle, and $500,000 from  A Regional Coalition for Housing.

A key boost came in July when the legislature approved a budget with $2.5 million for the REDI Fund.

Details on goals, terms and governance structure are being worked out by a subcommittee. It’s anticipated the REDI fund will roll out with an initial $25 million in 2016, with opportunity for expansion of the fund in the future.

You can watch the presentation on REDI at today’s Growth Management Policy Board meeting here.

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Town center emerging in Mountlake Terrace

Mountlake Terrace is busy building a town center and getting ready for light rail that is anticipated in 2023.

The Vineyard, a new development under construction in Mountlake Terrace's growing town center.

Vineyard Park, a new development under construction in Mountlake Terrace’s growing town center.

The city recently broke ground on Vineyard Park, an assisted living facility near the northern boundary of the revitalizing town center district.

The development also includes over 8,000 square feet of commercial space, pedestrian features and open space.

More details are available on the city’s website, including a great brochure describing the town center plan.

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