"Our confidence in the regional economy and Kent
While we have numerous projects under development in the Seattle area, we are particularly excited to be the first new multifamily project in downtown Kent
The two-term Kent mayor highlighted several projects in the works, including the Kent City Center project which will replace the now-demolished parking garage that was located at Smith and Fourth in downtown Kent.
"It was such a dream that went awry," she
But she is encouraged to see Kent City Center in the works, a five-story, 164-unit mixed use building go up to include residential units with corresponding parking, lower level retail space and 35 parking stalls for downtown shoppers and visitors.
In addition to this project, the economic development department is working on a bid to the GSA and FAA
to bring a 2,000 employee facility to downtown Kent
There are other properties under consideration, including nearby Renton, but the Mayor is optimistic that Kent
will be considered a strong candidate.
Another portion of her
discussion focused on infrastructure and the importance of maintaining and upgrading it as needed.
With nine top tier suppliers to Boeing in Kent, Mayor Cooke stressed the importance of being smart with our educational and infrastructure decisions, particularly in meeting the needs of the aerospace industry.
Inviting Kent Chamber president-elect Ken Sharp and executive director Andrea Keikkala, Kent City Council President Dennis Higgins, KDP president Dawn Colston and executive Barb Smith to join her on stage, Mayor Suzette Cooke urged each of them to be part of Kent's solution, asking each of them to hold hands and recite their commitment to the City of Kent.
After many months of trying to regain control of the unfinished parking garage at 4th and Smith Streets in downtown Kent
, folks like Kurt Hanson from the City of Kent's
"This is exactly what downtown Kent needs," explained Charles Strazzara, registered architect for Studio Meng Strazzara.
I remember one of my very first encounters on the Sounder train, heading back to downtown Kent
from a Seattle Mariners game.
The man sitting next to me said, "I'm sorry," as I got up for my stop.
When I asked why, he
said, "you live in the armpit of South King County.
That was several years ago, and I didn't agree with him then.
After all, I really do love Kent, and I've always thought it had a lot of potential.
After attending Kent Downtown Partnership's Downtown Breakfast Hour this morning, I know he
was wrong, and I'm not the only one who thinks so.
Business owners, managers, representatives from the city and community members gathered to hear about all of the growth in downtown Kent