New recreational space opens on Cross Kirkland Corridor

 

GOOGLE, CITY OF KIRKLAND AND SRM DEVELOPMENT OPEN NEW RECREATIONAL HAVEN ALONG CROSS KIRKLAND CORRIDOR

On Aug. 31, Google and Kirkland residents will celebrate a new, highly-anticipated recreational space, with the official opening of public amenities along the Cross Kirkland Corridor next to Google’s Kirkland campus. Thanks to a $3 million Google investment, what was once an abandoned railway has become a public open space with rich recreational attractions.

“After our new building is completed, Google’s Kirkland Campus will effectively be bisected by the Cross Kirkland Corridor,” said Darcy Nothnagle, Western Region Head of External Affairs for Google. “We wanted to invest in making our section of the Corridor a great place for neighbors and the community at large.”

The newly enhanced section of the Cross Kirkland Corridor provides neighbors, businesses and schools with new recreation areas that give the public opportunities for community gathering and exercise, including a sand volleyball court, children’s play structure, basketball court, Crossfit/TRX fitness section and zip line.

“The Cross Kirkland Corridor embodies Kirkland’s values to be a walkable, livable, and vibrant community,” notes Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen. “The interim trail is proving to be a wonderful connection between people and parks, businesses and schools, while promoting active living and alternate transportation,” said Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen.

The Cross Kirkland Corridor “Interim Trail” opened in early 2015. Google’s improvements include state-of-the-art recreational features, new sidewalks and landscaping.  The work was completed by SRM Development in the summer of 2015 and is now open to the public.

Google celebrated the completion of the project at a public celebration event on Aug. 31 with Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen, U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene and other local dignitaries.

Disaster Preparedness Training, Sept 23

 

The Kirkland Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is offering a Basic Disaster Preparedness class on September 23 from 7 to 9 PM. We will discuss how to make getting through a disaster safer and more comfortable. Topics will include food and water storage, sheltering in place, communications, fire safety and much more. To register, go towww.KirklandCERT.com and look under "Training and Classes".

Volunteers needed for Kirkland Oktoberfest, Sept 25-27

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The 3rd annual Kirkland Oktoberfest is coming up September 25th-27th, and your help is needed to make this Wunderbar community event a success! What will you get besides our undying appreciation?


1. FREE entry to the festival
2. 10 FREE Bier (beer) tickets
3. Festive Oktoberfest T-Shirt
4. And our undying appreciation (if we haven't already said that yet.)

NEW BONUS: Sign up by September 1st and get a Commemorative Oktoberfest pin! 

EVEN BETTER! If you volunteer for more than 1 shift, you will receive 10 additional bier tickets for each shift you volunteer for to keep for yourself or share with a friend!

To sign up for your shift, please click the link below - then click the tab on the top bar for the day you would like to volunteer. We also need your help - we have a LOT of shifts to fill, so please forward this invite to your friends via email or Facebook even if you can't make it this year. www.OktoberfestKirkland.com/volunteer

Prost! 

Kirkland Police Host Citizens Academy

 

 

The Kirkland Police Department is inviting Kirkland residents to participate in the Citizens Academy, which will run every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., from Sept. 30, through Nov. 18, 2015. The deadline to apply is Sept. 18, 2015.

The Citizens Academy is an eight-week program designed to give residents a working knowledge of the Kirkland Police Department. The comprehensive instruction focuses on a specific topic each week, such as patrol officer training, investigations, K9, Special Response Team, use of force issues and firearms.

The instruction consists of lectures, scenarios, hands-on learning, demonstrations and tours. They will be led by officers and other personnel from the Kirkland Police Department. 

Kirkland Bike Lanes Go Green

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John Besaw, 54, sets the thermoplastic sheet that forms part of the bicycle lane’s dashed segment. Besaw’s Apply-a-Line co-workers coat the thermoplastic sheet with aluminum oxide to give cyclists more traction. By using thermoplastic, rather than paint, the City is reducing maintenance costs. The new bike lanes are part of Kirkland’s August project to repave Northeast 144th and 143rd streets. The Kingsgate arterial forms the northern border of Kirkland’s official bike network.

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An Apply-a-Line crew marks the new Northeast 144th Street bike lane near the 124th Avenue Northeast with aluminum oxide-coated thermoplastic. Aluminum oxide creates more traction for cyclists. By using thermoplastic, rather than paint, the City is reducing maintenance costs. The new bike lanes are part of Kirkland’s August project to repave Northeast 144th and 143rd streets. The Kingsgate arterial forms the northern border of Kirkland’s official bike network.

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Bill Dublin, 42, uses a radiant heater to seal the thermoplastic sheets to Northeast 144th Street’s pavement, near 124th Avenue Northest. Besaw’s Apply-a-Line co-workers coat the thermoplastic sheet with aluminum oxide to give cyclists more traction. By using thermoplastic, rather than paint, the City is reducing maintenance costs. The new bike lanes are part of Kirkland’s 2015  project to repave Northeast 144th and 143rd streets. The Kingsgate arterial forms the northern border of Kirkland’s official bike network.

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SEC charges Potala Village Developer with Defrauding Investors

The Seattle Times has published this article of particular interest to Kirkland:

SEC charges local developer defrauded immigrant investors

Federal regulators allege Seattle area developer Lobsang Dargey has “fraudulently raised at least $125 million” by selling securities to more than 250 mostly foreign investors seeking U.S. residency through a controversial visa program...

Developer Lobsang Dargey has targeted Chinese investors seeking a visa through the federal EB-5 program to fund two real-estate projects — a high-rise Seattle tower and a mixed-use development in Everett.

Read the full Seattle Times article by Sanjay Bhatt


LETTER | Potala should get no special treatment

To whom it may concern:  

 

My wife and I have been citizens of Kirkland for the past 16 years, living at 421 2nd St. W and at 631 Market St, #301.  

 

My main comment on the Potala Proposal is that the developer does not deserve any special treatment and should meet all zoning and design regulations without exception.  It appears that the developer started with a ridiculous and outlandish proposal, so that the current proposal would seem reasonable, which it is NOT.  

 

Kirkland does not need additional development at the present time.  There are plenty of dump trucks adding to our traffic and plenty of construction projects blocking sidewalks and roadways.   I recognize that the developer has a right to speedy decisions once he has submitted a proposal that meets all the zoning and development rules.  He has not done so and Kirkland does not currently need his project.  

 

To be specific about the issues: 

 

1) The building is too tall.

2) The building does not meet lot coverage regs.

3) The building does not meet setback requirements

4) The building is out of character for the neighborhood.  

5) The proposed “Community Gathering Area” is a sunless hole.

6) Due to reduced setbacks, the building puts nearby building in shadow for much of the day.

7) Windows looking directly into adjacent building windows.

8) Token retail space with inadequate parking.  

 

I specifically request consideration of this email by the DRB, not as part of a count.   I also specifically note that I wish to retain my right to appeal any decision of the DRB relative to the Potala Proposal.

 

Yours,

Bob McConnell

Juanita Beach Park swim area closed until further notice due to elevated fecal coliform levels

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Water quality monitoring continues

 

For public health protection, the city of Kirkland has closed the swimming beach at Juanita Beach Park after being notified by King County Department of Water and Land Resources Division of elevated fecal coliform levels. As part of King County’s swimming beach monitoring program, samples were taken from Kirkland’s Juanita Beach this week and tested by the King County Environmental Lab and evaluated by Public Health- Seattle and King County. The closure is expected through the weekend of August 21 – 23 and possibly longer. The swimming area is currently posted as “No swimming” and “No wading.” For the current status of the swimming area at Juanita Beach, please call 425-587-3860.