Exciting New Urban Project Taking Shape in the City of Kent
The City of Kent has begun its transformation of the Meeker Street corridor, a key commercial arterial and gateway to the city.
An Urban Transformation
Incorporated in 1890, the City of Kent is the second oldest city in King County and home to approximately 127,000 people, a population that has more than tripled since 1990. Kent is also home to the fourth largest center for manufacturing and distribution in the country.
At equal distance from Seattle and Tacoma, Kent is attracting more millennials who want to dine, shop and play near where they live. Thus, the city launched its “Meet Me on Meeker” initiative to continue to attract new residents and further develop the city.
Meeker Street is the unofficial “main street” of Kent, and the city is working to update the corridor to complement new development and better connect residents and businesses. Wider sidewalks, pedestrian-scale lighting, street trees, buffered bicycle paths and other enhancements will give residents better access to trails, recreation and public services, as well as connecting new development to the historic core of downtown Kent.
The First Project: Marquee on Meeker
In August 2017, the Kent City Council approved a development agreement with Auburn-based FNW, Inc./Landmark Development Group for the development of Marquee on Meeker, the first project that will conform to the city’s new “Meet Me on Meeker” standards. The project will be built on the former Riverbend Par-3 golf course.
The development is planned to be built in two phases, the first with 288 units and the second with 204 units. It will include 12,000 square feet of retail space for restaurants, as well as amenities including a swimming pool and fitness center. Outdoor spaces will account for 35 percent of the development and will be available for public use connecting West Meeker Street and the Green River Trail that borders the south end of the property.
Foster Pepper was pleased to represent the City of Kent in connection with the development and looks forward to working with the city as the project takes shape.
Rendering courtesy of studio MENG STRAZZARA