Don Winters called the meeting to order. We had a great turnout of about 70 members.
Kirkland City Manager Kurt Triplett addressed the Sound Transit 3 options that could affect Kirkland and the Cross Kirkland Corridor. The City is particularly interested in an option to put Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on the corridor. Light rail is currently one option, but BRT has more flexibility. For more information check the City's Nov 9 ST3 Update. Kurt mentioned that on Thursday, November 19, 2015, the City is hosting an Open House and Community Update at the Kirkland Performance Center (350 Kirkland Avenue) from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Staff will be available to answer questions about high capacity transit from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. A formal presentation by City officials will begin at 7:30 p.m. The ST3 transit package will be up for a region-wide ballot measure in November 2016.
Bea Nahon, Moss Bay's representative to the Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods (KAN) told us that KAN is having a public meeting on the ST3 issue. The meeting will be held Nov 23 at Heritage Hall. Bea will give the Moss Bay feedback at that time, and there will be an opportunity for public comment.
Maura O'Brien of the Washington State Department of Ecology reported on the cleanup of the contaminated Pace site at 500 7th Ave. S. (now home to Google phase 2). After years of cleanup attempts the site is now free of contaminants and is on the verge of being "delisted". Before that happens there will be a public comment period from Dec 4, 2015 - Jan 4, 2016. For a lot more information, check the Pace National Site fact sheet that Maura has provided to Moss Bay.
Bill Pollard of Talon Private Capital updated us on the Park Place redevelopment. The new center will be called Kirkland Urban to reflect the change in character of the project. Visit kirklandurban.com for a lot of information and some great graphics. Bill mentioned that in conjunction with the project there will be a new traffic signal at 5th St. and Central Way. The new center will create 2500 new jobs. There will be 300 new apartments that will rent for about $3 per square foot. Construction of phase 1 will start in Jan 2016 and end Dec 2017. Phase 2 will start in Jan 2018, and there will be a total of 4 years construction time for the entire project.
Kari Page, Kirkland's Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator, briefed us on the 2016 Neighborhood Safety Program. We can possibly have a project approved for up to $50,000 that would improve safety or accessibility. A new crosswalk and improved walkway at 2nd Ave and Kirkland Way, improved walkway on the south side of Kirkland Ave and a park sign at Marina Park are a couple of suggestions that have been submitted so far. Kari suggested submitting your project idea in the “Suggest a Project” interactive map by the end of 2015.
Two new traffic signals that were part of SRM's Google phase 2 project will be installed at Kirkland Way and 6th St S and 9th Ave S and 6th. Construction will start in summer 2016. New sidewalks are under construction along 6th St S between Google and Kirkland Ave.
A new access path and bridge that will connect the Cross Kirkland Corridor with the Houghton Center (Metropolitan Market) is well under way and should be finished within a month.
Our next meeting will be January 18, 2016, 7PM at Heritage Hall, 203 Market St. We hope to have a presentation on the Park Lane Mixed Use project (Antique Mall site) which is four stories of residential over one floor of retail. The project has cleared design review. You can view Design Review documents with plans here Part 1 | Part 2