OLYMPIA —The Hangar at Town Square in Kenmore was among five city projects statewide to receive the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Municipal Excellence Award.
“This year’s projects demonstrate some of the ways that Washington’s city leaders are applying innovative solutions to their diverse needs,” said AWC CEO Peter B. King. “I hope these will be a source of ideas and inspiration throughout the state.”
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 art performance, or reserve one of two meeting rooms for larger community gatherings free of charge. Revenues from private development covered construction costs of the public spaces, and public-private partnerships were leveraged to ensure compatibility with the city's vision.
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 also the recipient of 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.