|Gathering place created at a focal intersection in exchange|
for a 'bonus floor' as part of a new development in Kirkland.
The question in these capitalist conditions is what is the appropriate "give and take" relationship in order to achieve not only a successful project economically for the developer, but also a successful project for the community. At our most recent Coffee Talk at the end of July, Ellen Miller-Wolfe, the Economic Development Director for the City of Kirkland shared some of the projects and methods they've used to encourage successful developments. Some of those incentives Kirkland has offered developers include additional height (a bonus floor) and reduced setbacks to incentivize such things as residential uses within the business core or including shared public parking. Now, the City is trying to incentivize specific types of retail uses including a grocery store downtown and movie theater.
|Safer pedestrian environment created as part |
of a new development in Kirkland.
One place we can begin to look to for those things of most value to the community are those business types and features called out in the Wedgwood Vision Plan community survey results. Another place to look may include those things that other neighborhoods have done within their commercial corridors that we may want to replicate. The 35th Ave NE Steering Committee has begun to tour other communities and are getting ideas.What are those things we most want along 35th Ave NE and what are we willing to give up in order to get them?
Our FINAL Coffee Talk is next Thursday, August 23rd, at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church from 7-8:30PM. Join us to learn about the trade offs of land use planning. For more on Incentivizing Successful Development, relive the magic of Coffee Talk 6 and Ellen Miller-Wolfe's fantastic presentation on what Kirkland has done.