The City of Kenmore, Washington is located at the northern tip of beautiful Lake Washington in King County. Kenmore features spectacular local and state parks, a regional 18-mile paved trail, beautiful neighborhoods, award-winning businesses, and a highly-recognized school district. In 2009, Kenmore was ranked #1 by Seattle Magazine for "Best Metropolitan Neighborhoods to Live" and named by Family Circle Magazine as "One of the 10 Best Towns for Families."
King County Crews will be conducting repairs to an expansion joint on the West Sammamish Bridge (68th Ave NE between NE 175th St and NE 170th St) on Saturday, September 6th. This work will be performed between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM. Variable Message Boards will be deployed on SR522 and Juanita alerting drivers about this project on Tuesday, September 2nd. Traffic control will be in place, closing off the west bridge completely and allowing one lane of traffic in each direction on the east bridge. Expect backups and delays throughout the day.
Thank you for your ongoing patience during this project. We understand that this is a major inconvenience for many, there is simply no good time to do this work. The paving portion of the project is now complete. Crews will be onsite to complete the remainder of the work during the day time hours. This work includes striping and thermoplastic installation, shoulder rocking, curb installation, and additional signage installation. Read more here.
The City is excited to incorporate a public square or "Town Green" in the heart of downtown Kenmore. This public gathering space will help create our own sense of place and downtown identity. The Town Green is planned to be constructed on the north side of NE 181st Street, near the northwest corner of NE 181st Street and 68th Avenue NE. Project updates and dates for upcoming workshops will be posted on the City's website.
The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 7:00 p.m., at Kenmore City Hall on proposed changes to the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code affecting the Regional Business zoning district. The Regional Business Zone stretches along much of SR-522, but also includes significant waterfront properties - the City's marinas, Kenmore Air, the Glacier Northwest property, and Lakepointe - as well as the Plywood Supply property and Kenmore Square areas. Additional information is available here.
The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7:00 p.m., at Kenmore City Hall on proposed changes to the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code affecting three properties - former fire station, former police precinct, and former library. These properties presently are zoned "Public/Semi-Public," reflecting their former public use. Now that they are or will be in private ownership, Comprehensive Plan and Zoning changes are recommended. Additional information is available here.
The safety improvement project at two intersections along Juanita Drive (at NE 170th St and NE 153rd Place) is moving very well. Most of the intersection ramps, as well as placement of curbs and gutters, sidewalk, signal junction boxes and other related works are all reaching their completion stages. The contractor will be completing the concrete island work at the 153rd intersection the week of July 7. But then, will need to pause and wait for the arrival of signal related equipment to arrive. Also, King County is waiting for the arrival of the video cameras (for both intersections). Once the equipment arrives, the County crew will install them rather quickly. No more lane closure or long intersection congestion is expected. If you have questions about the project, contact Project Manager Michael Redmond at 425.398.8900. Read more about the project here.
The City will be making some changes to the channelization on 61st Ave NE between the 18100 Block and 19400 Block. This work will include the removal of existing painted pavement markings and the installation of new painted markings. The purpose of this work is to improve safety for all modes of transportation: pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular traffic.
Thank you for participating in the workshop series. Your input will help the City in designing a new skate court. The new skate court will relocate to City Hall and replace the Jack V. Crawford Skate Park previously located just west of City Hall. Should you have any questions about the project or how to get involved, please contact Parks Project Manager Marc Connelly at 425-398-8900 ext. 6182 or at email@example.com.
City Council unanimously passed two motions at their March 24 meeting authorizing the City Manager to move forward with the implementation of near-term and midterm actions to improve safety and awareness of pedestrians and cyclists in our community. The safety actions focus on three key elements: engineering, education and enforcement.
Updates and Additional Documents:
June 23 Memo to City Council
May 19 Memo to City Council
20-year Sidewalk Program
Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Ad Hoc Citizen Committee
Thank you to the 100+ people for sharing your input on pedestrian and bicycle safety through the online survey and at the Town Hall Meeting on June 24. Your comments will help the committee and staff in moving forward with the creation of the pedestrian and bicycle strategy.
The City invites current and potential business people to attend a free business seminar series. Presenters include mentors that are working with Kenmore Business Incubator businesses. Click here for details and to view the entire schedule.
The Kenmore City Council invites you to have Coffee with Council on the 1st Monday at 7:30 a.m. and the 3rd Saturday at 8:00 a.m. of each month at Espresso Works, 6734 NE 181st Street. Citizens are encouraged to attend these informal sessions to ask questions, discuss issues and offer suggestions on any topic of interest. August sessions are canceled.
To support an innovative community spirit and foster the success of start-up entrepreneurs, the City has created a Business Incubator Program. The two-year pilot project provides low cost office space, mentorship and business development support, and connects business professionals to networking events, workshops and seminars. Find out more about the Kenmore Business Incubator.