Kirkland City Council Affirms Parkplace Redevelopment Legislation

Design Review Board continues its review of proposal

At its September 21 meeting, the Kirkland City Council re-affirmed the ordinances it approved in late 2008 that amended the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code to allow for the Parkplace redevelopment.  Also, the City Council adopted an ordinance amending the Comprehensive Plan to include necessary capital improvements and a multi-year financing plan.  The City Council’s re-affirmation of the ordinances does not constitute approval of the project; only the re-approval of amendments to the Comprehensive Plan’s Downtown Plan and to the Zoning Code and Zoning Map for the proposal.  To view the City Council meeting online, go to www.ci.kirkland.wa.us and select “On Demand.”

Following an appeal of the ordinances adopted in 2008 to the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board, the ordinances were remanded to the City for additional review. A Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) was completed in August 2010.  In light of the information provided in the SEIS, the City Council re-affirmed its 2008 ordinances.

Touchstone Corporation seeks to redevelop the existing Parkplace center into a 1.8 million square foot mixed-use project that includes 1.2 million square feet of office space and an additional 300,000 square feet of retail.  Other planned uses include a hotel and athletic club. The proposal has been under review by the City’s Design Review Board (DRB) since early 2009.  The DRB expects to complete its review of the proposal by November.  To view Touchstone’s proposal, the Design Guidelines for the project and to subscribe to receive DRB agendas via email, visit www.ci.kirkland.wa.us and search Design Review Board.  For more information about the proposal, contact Angela Ruggeri, Kirkland Planning & Community Development Department at 425-587-3256 or aruggeri@ci.kirkland.wa.us.