Kenmore has a rich history and an exciting future. Home to multi generational and many well known businesses, our exceptional location at the north end of Lake Washington provides easy access to multiple employment centers.
Following the City’s incorporation in 1998, effective policy planning and design have charted the course of downtown redevelopment that features attractive and walkable, award winning architecture and facilities.
Check out historic features such as Saint Edward Seminary, in its next generation as the Lodge at Saint Edward, and the venerable Inglewood Golf Club. Kenmore’s on the map as the home of Bastyr University, the nation’s largest natural health university and Kenmore Air Harbor, the largest air harbor in North America. Visit the Hangar, Kenmore’s community gathering space, winner of design honors.
Check out the City’s Economic Development Strategy and detailed background report for more information.
Economic Development Strategy
Awards and Recognition for Development and Programs
City of Kenmore receives statewide Municipal Excellence Award
Olympia, WA - With this year’s Municipal Excellence Awards, the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) honored five cities putting creative ideas to use for their communities.
“This year’s projects demonstrate some of the ways that Washington’s city leaders are applying innovative solutions to their diverse needs,” said Peter B. King, AWC CEO. “I hope these will be a source of ideas and inspiration throughout the state.”
Chosen from 25 applications, the 2020 AWC Municipal Excellence Award winners include the City of Kenmore for The Hangar at Town Square.
Kenmore’s extensive downtown redevelopment is anchored around The Hangar, a new community building on the Town Square public plaza. The complex serves as a gathering place at the center of the city’s plan for a revitalized residential and commercial district, and the aviation theme honors the city’s ongoing seaplane heritage. Residents can casually meet friends at the on-site coffee shop, enjoy a public arts performance, or reserve one of two meeting rooms for larger community gatherings free of charge. Revenues from private development covered constructions costs of the public spaces, and public-private partnerships were leveraged to ensure compatibility with the city’s vision.
AWC’s Municipal Excellence Awards recognize innovative city projects that significantly improve the quality of life for their communities. The competition is open each year to any Washington city or town. Projects will be recognized at AWC’s Annual Conference Online this June.
This is not the first award the City of Kenmore has received for its Downtown Kenmore redevelopment projects. In 2016 Kenmore was awarded the Washington State Governor’s Smart Communities Award for serving as a model for other smaller communities wanting to encourage economic growth and revitalize their downtown, increase housing and activate retail in the city center. Kenmore was also awarded the 2019 VISION 2040 Award from the Puget Sound Regional Council for its downtown creation project. This award recognizes innovative projects and programs that help ensure a sustainable future as the region grows.
AWC serves its members through advocacy, education, and services. Founded in 1933, AWC is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation that represents Washington's cities and towns. AWC is governed by a 25-member Board of Directors of mayors, councilmembers, and city managers from across the state.
Kenmore Wins VISION 2040 Award
The City of Kenmore won a 2019 VISION 2040 Award from the Puget Sound Regional Council for its downtown creation project. The awards recognize innovative projects and programs that help ensure a sustainable future as the region grows.
"The Kenmore Downtown Creation Project is a successful strategic process to create a viable city center,” said Josh Brown, Executive Director of PSRC. "They drew significant private investment, created desirable housing, developed important community space and attracted destination businesses."
The award was presented to the Kenmore City Council at their meeting on September 9, 2019.
In the mid 2000’s, the City of Kenmore purchased nearly 10 acres of downtown property and worked to create a village consistent with the city’s visioning process and comprehensive planning. Through public private partnerships the site features mixed rate housing, medical and dental facilities, a town square, commercial buildings, restaurants and park space. Kenmore’s downtown is now home to Kenmore Camera, the Seaplane Kitchen and Bar, the Flyway and the City’s very popular Hangar community building, a year-round public gathering place.
MainStreet Property Group, the primary developer for the site, has invested over $100 million in the property since 2014. “We’re very proud of our partnership with MainStreet,” said Mayor David Baker. “They share our values of creating a special downtown with great walk appeal, places to gather, housing choices, and local amenities and services.”
VISION 2040 is the region's growth management, economic, and transportation strategy, designed to meet the needs of the 5 million people expected to be living in the region in 2040. It is an integrated, long-range vision for the future that lays out a strategy for maintaining a healthy region - promoting the well-being of people and communities, economic vitality, and a healthy environment.
PSRC develops policies and coordinates decisions about regional growth, transportation and economic development planning within King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties. The Council is composed of over 80 entities, including all four counties, cities and towns, ports, state and local transportation agencies and tribal governments within the region.
Main Street Property Group, winner of the NAIOP Award for Developer of the Year, developed the mixed use buildings known as "Linq Lofts + Flats" and "Flyway", as well as the "Spencer 68 Apartments & Lofts", located across from Kenmore City Hall along 68th Avenue NE.
Kenmore Wins Statewide Excellence Award
Kenmore, WA – The City of Kenmore was one of only five cities in the State of Washington to win an Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Municipal Excellence Award presented on June 27th, 2018 at the annual AWC conference in Yakima, WA. Mayor David Baker and Nancy Ousley, Assistant City Manager, accepted the award on the city’s behalf at the conference.
AWC’s Municipal Excellence Awards recognize innovative city projects that significantly improve the quality of life for their communities. The competition is open each year to any Washington city or town.
Kenmore earned the Municipal Excellence Economic Development Award for their Kenmore + Local Business: Connecting and Growing project. AWC highlighted Kenmore’s creation of a business alliance and incubator, demonstrating their community as a place of opportunity, cultivating existing businesses, and inviting new ones.
Kenmore adopted their first Economic Development Strategy in 2009, with goals to promote Kenmore, support old and attract new business, provide a walkable downtown, and connect the community to the waterfront. The strategy proved to be a successful roadmap for significant development and smart economic growth. Private sector investment in a walkable, vibrant Downtown Kenmore is approaching $100M since 2014. In addition and over the last decade, the City has leveraged over $80M in federal, state, and local dollars to improve safety and beautify the streetscape on SR-522 between 61st and 83rd Avenues NE. In 2016, voters approved a $19.5 million “Walkways and Waterways” bond measure – the city’s first – to invest in five significant sidewalk, park and waterfront access projects, one of which is already completed.
The Kenmore City Council will be adopting an updated Economic Development Strategy later this month, setting the stage for the next 5 – 10 years.
“Kenmore is well positioned for continued responsible, quality investment in our downtown, and along the waterfront,“ stated Mayor Baker. “This entire community works together to propel Kenmore forward. It’s something to see”.
City of Kenmore receives Municipal Excellence Award from Association of Washington Cities
Kenmore, WA - Association of Washington Cities (AWC) presented the City of Kenmore with the 2015 Award for Municipal Excellence for The Coolest City Hall at AWC’s annual conference in Wenatchee on June 26. Kenmore is the only city to receive three AWC Municipal Excellence Awards in the award’s history.
AWC’s Municipal Excellence Awards, now in their 25th year, recognize innovative projects that significantly improve the quality of life for citizens, establish partnerships and build community support.
“We are proud to receive the AWC’s Municipal Excellence Award for The Coolest City Hall,” said Kenmore Mayor David Baker. “This recognition affirms our City’s commitment to creating community spaces that bring people together while being mindful of sustainability and smart growth. We are seeing significant investment and development in Kenmore. Building City Hall launched our downtown redevelopment; it is part of our identity and it serves as our City’s civic home.”
Kenmore City Hall, the first building constructed by the City, reflects the City’s ambitions for downtown redevelopment, design excellence, public art and sustainable features. Kenmore wanted to create a space for the community to gather and take part in the civic process. City Hall, which was completed in 2010, was designed with flexibility in mind to ensure it continues meeting the needs of residents as Kenmore continues to attract new growth. The building has also been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council, who gave it a LEED Gold rating.
“The Association of Washington Cities recognizes the thoughtful, innovative and collaborate approach the City of Kenmore has taken, as demonstrated not only in this year’s award, but by the fact that the City is the first city to ever receive three such awards,” said Luann Hopkins, COO/Interim CEO of Association of Washington Cities. “We’re excited to see what the City has in store as it continues to invest in its infrastructure, its community and its processes.” Watch the AWC video to learn more about what makes Kenmore City Hall cool.
"First city to receive three honors in award’s history." The City of Kenmore received the Municipal Excellence Award in 2013 for Innovative Cost Savings due to its shared police command with the City of Shoreline, and again in 2014 for Process Streamlining, a direct result of the City’s proactive efforts to streamline its permitting process to expedite and simplify development. In addition to its award-winning streamlined permitting, Kenmore’s Business Incubator, low local taxes and no B&O tax, exceptional location and downtown resurgence make it a great place to launch a business. Kenmore was also recently recognized with a 2015 Playful City USA designation for the sixth year in a row, celebrating its extensive park system, bike trails and waterfront recreation.