KENMORE — The City of Kenmore has received the 2019 VISION 2040 Award for its downtown creation project. The award, presented by the Puget Sound Regional Council recognizes 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,” PSRC Executive Director Josh Brown said in a Sept. 10 press release. "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 Sept. 9.
According to the release, the city of Kenmore purchased approximately 10 acres of downtown property in the mid-2000s 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.
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, the release reads. It is an integrated, long-range vision for the future that lays out a strategy for maintaining a healthy region by promoting the well being of people and communities, economic vitality, and a healthy environment.
PSRC develops policies and coordinates decisions regarding regional growth, transportation, and economic development planning within King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties.
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