Moss Bay Meeting Notes – January 9, 2017
Update on Affordable Housing from Kurt Triplett, Kirkland City Manager
Kirkland’s City Council has prioritized Affordable Housing as a top issue for 2017, and the related transportation issues that come with it. People who work in Kirkland but can’t afford to live here are frequently commuting in single passenger cars because there aren’t practical bus routes. One aspect of Sound Transit 3 that impacts Kirkland is the Rapid bus ride from Everett to Burien, which will be implemented by 2024.
Kirkland is addressing affordable housing in multiple ways, including:
Update from Bill Leedom, Talon Development for Kirkland Urban
Phase One is currently in development. It includes 185 apartment units, 402,000 square feet of office space, 1,700 parking spaces, 92,000 square feet of new retail space. Tenants:
Neighborhood Matching Grant
We voted to apply for Kirkland’s 2017/2018 Matching Grant program and to use the funds to build a kiosk at Marina Park that highlights Moss Bay’s history. For example, explaining the ferry schedule and clock. If funds are left over, we will donate them to Kirklands 4th of July celebration.
The city allocates funds to neighborhoods based on population. Up to $3,266 is available to Moss Bay. To earn the funds, residents must either donate cash that is matched dollar-to-dollar, or contribute volunteer hours, that are valued at $21.79 per hour and must be logged and submitted to the city. Details about the Matching Grant program are on the city’s website here.
Aimee Voelz will complete the application due by January 31, 2017. If you want to participate in defining the kiosk project for the application, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will reach out to Moss Bay neighbors through these emails, our website, and Facebook page for help on volunteering projects and donations.
Developer activity Kirkland
The Potalla Village site is for sale. The maximum number of housing units is 58, and the current plan allows retail on the ground floor. Whoever purchases could build the existing plan, but is not required to.
42 multi-family housing projects are in the pipeline in Kirkland.
The development at the lower Totem Lake Mall is slated to open by the end of 2017.
The Antique Mall site is targeted for completion in May/June 2018.
KAN (Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods)
The Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods and the City of Kirkland are excited to invite you to attend a free, three-hour Neighborhood Forum led by acclaimed community engagement expert Peter Kageyama, author of For the Love of Cities and Love Where You Live. The event, called “For the Love of Kirkland,” will be held Monday, January 23 from 5:30 to 8:45 pm at Google. Dinner will be catered by Deru. Space is limited, so please RSVP right away.
RSVP here: https://loveofkirkland.eventbrite.com
Our next meeting is March 13, 2017.