Public Input Sought for Burien NE Redevelopment Strategy

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This just in from the City of Burien:

Map of the Northeast Redevelopment Area (NERA)

The City of Burien, in partnership with the Port of Seattle (operators of Sea-Tac International Airport), is studying the Northeast Redevelopment Area (NERA), located north of the recently constructed third runway.

The study will identify ways to help property owners transition their properties from a mixture of vacant, residential, public, and small commercial land uses to uses that are compatible with operations at Sea-Tac International Airport.  The NERA redevelopment strategy and master plan will evaluate options that are flexible and respond to market conditions, as well as propose ways to guide long-term redevelopment in the NERA.  This effort will build upon past planning and environmental studies.

The public is invited to attend a meeting on Thursday, October 23, 2008 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the cafetorium in the Cedarhurst Elementary School (611 South 132nd Street in Burien – map below) to share comments and perspectives related to strategies that are developing for the NERA.

The evening’s discussion will cover the following topics:

  • Market and economic conditions
  • Land uses – community and airport compatibility
  • Transportation
  • Utilities and infrastructure
  • Environmental considerations

The consultant team working on the NERA strategy and master plan recently completed the existing conditions analysis, which included identifying the location of Miller Creek, adjacent wetlands and their protective buffers. A detailed market analysis also was prepared. The team has also been working with City of Burien and Port of Seattle staff to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges in the NERA planning area, as well as to identify potential redevelopment scenarios.  The results of this work to date will be summarized at the October 23, 2008.

If you have questions or would like to obtain additional information, you are encouraged to contact consultant team member Kristen Clem at Otak (phone number: 425-739-7959).

You can also send an email to the project email address: [email protected] or check the City’s website at

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