Kenmore Village: Downtown Development Project
Kenmore Village is a 9.6 acre property located in the heart of downtown Kenmore. The City is making progress in implementing the community's vision of Kenmore Village as a walkable place with a public square where Kenmore-area residents and workers can meet their daily needs and see one another face-to-face.
To stay informed on the Kenmore Village project, you can sign up to the City's email distribution list. Project updates will be posted on this web page. Project updates are also available at downtownkenmore.org.
Town Green & Pavilion Building
The Town Green is under construction on the north side of NE 181st Street, near the northwest corner of NE 181st Street and 68th Avenue NE. Construction is anticipated to be completed by early October 2016. The City is excited to incorporate a public square or "Town Green" in the heart of downtown Kenmore. The final design is the result of public input and community workshops. This public gathering space will help create our own sense of place and downtown identity.
If you have any questions, contact Community Development Director Debbie Bent at 425-398-8900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leasing Retail Space in the Pavilion Building: The City is working with JSH Properties to find a tenant to lease 1100 square feet of retail space within the new pavilion building. Additional information on the retail space and contact information for JSH properties is available from the following link.
68th Ave NE Restripe
As part of the completion of the Kenmore Village downtown project, restriping on 68th Avenue NE between NE 181st Street and NE 182nd Street adds new on-street parking. All new on-street parking will be limited to two hours on weekdays between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Spencer 68 Apartments + Lofts
On the 4.75-acre upper, residential portion of Kenmore Village, MainStreet Property Group LLC is moving full steam ahead on completing the Spencer 68 Apartments + Lofts project. The first phase of development was completed in Fall 2015 and includes:
- 138 high-quality residential units, ranging from studio to three bedrooms
- 148 parking stalls with a combination of structured, tuck under, and surface
- Street frontage improvements on 68th Avenue NE & NE 182nd Street
- First class resident club-house, fitness and bicycle facilities and recreation space including a sport court and grand barbeque seating area.
The second phase of development is under construction and includes 84 high-quality residential units, ranging from studio to three bedrooms; 104 parking stalls with a combination of structures and surface; and street frontage improvements on NE 182nd Street.
MainStreet also constructed an upgraded pedestrian crossing on 68th Avenue NE, utility undergrounding on 68th Avenue NE, the construction of a new stairway on the adjacent south property, among other improvements. Twenty-five percent of the units are affordable at 85 percent of King County median income. Five of the units affordable at 50 percent of King County median income.
Lower Portion of Kenmore Village
MainStreet Property Group LLC purchased the lower commercial portion of Kenmore Village in March 2015. The City retained ownership of a portion of the lower property where the town green and pavilion building are under construction. A third parcel (west of the town green) is open for sale to MainStreet if they can produce a sit-down restaurant there. Kenmore Camera opened in its new location at Kenmore Village in January 2014. The Post Office Parcel is also owned by the City and due to groundwater contamination coming from a former dry cleaner use on an adjacent property to the west, the City is not likely to sell the post office parcel at this time. The adjacent property is currently engaged in a cleanup action with the Department of Ecology. In several years, the property may be cleaned up and the City may decide on the disposition of the post office property at that time.
Main Street began construction of the LINQ building in October 2015. Construction is anticipated to be completed in 2017. The LINQ at Spencer Square will feature 94 modern residential flats and lofts, along with approximately 20,000 square feet of commercial space leased to Kirkland-based Evergreen Health. The five-story development will be comprised of four-stories of residential units above approximately 20,000 square feet of commercial space and one level of under-building parking. The project will also incorporate many sustainable features while pursuing LEED Gold status.
What's Kenmore Village?
When we refer to Kenmore Village, we’re talking about approximately 9.6 acres of property at the northwest corner of 68th Avenue NE and NE 181st Street—property that, from 1999 to 2005, the City purchased and assembled for downtown development.
Then, from 2006 to 2012, the City went through one round of potential development that ended with the City and developer mutually deciding to part ways. This prompted the City to begin anew the process of strategically planning and taking action to turn these combined properties into a recognizable city center. And now, in 2016, we are seeing the results of all that purchasing and strategic planning—because Downtown Kenmore is almost here!
Kenmore Camera is in place, daily drawing customers from all over the region. The Spencer 68 apartments and townhomes are well underway with residents already moving in. New mixed-use commercial development is coming soon under the name of Spencer Square. And our very own town green is slated for construction later this year!
Get a more detailed play-by-play of the Kenmore Village story below.
Kenmore Village Timeline
1961 – 1978
Four buildings are constructed on the Kenmore Village site
Kenmore incorporates as a city
City acquires 0.77-acre parcel and building for use as City Hall (where the U.S. Post Office currently resides)
City approves Downtown Plan and acquires Kenmore Village’s two shopping center parcels, approximately 4.1 acres
City purchases 4.75-acre upper portion of the former King County Park & Ride (completing the 9.6 acres of property known as Kenmore Village)
2006 – 2007
City selects a developer and executes a development agreement for sale and development of the Kenmore Village property (9.6 acres)
City purchases property across 68th Ave NE from Kenmore Village for the site of a new City Hall
City leases a portion of the former city hall parcel and building to the US Post Office
Construction begins on new City Hall building
Brand new City Hall opens for business
City and previous Kenmore Village developer mutually decide to part ways and end development agreement
City sells 1.5 acres of Kenmore Village property to Kenmore Camera
City begins extensive community involvement process to review goals for the downtown and establish strategic next steps to take properties to market
City retains two brokerage firms to list the Kenmore Village properties for sale
City sells 4.75 acres of former Park & Ride property to MainStreet Property Group LLC for the development of residential units (now called Spencer 68)
City enters into purchase and sale agreement with MainStreet that splits the remaining portion of Kenmore Village into five parcels—two of which are reserved as the site of the City’s future town green
City sells two parcels north of the town green site to MainStreet for mixed-use development (Spencer Square) and leaves a third parcel (west of the town green) open for sale to MainStreet if they can produce a sit-down restaurant there
MainStreet completes construction of Spencer 68 (Phase 1) residential units
Construction begins on Town Green Project.
Main Street begins construction on Spencer 68 (Phase 2).
Main Street begins construction on the LINQ building.