City Of Burien Wins State Planning Award For Town Square
The City of Burien has been awarded the 2009 Implementation Award by the American Planning Association â€“ Washington Chapter (APA) and the Planning Association of Washington (PAW) for its work with in building the new Town Square project.
â€œThis is an outstanding example of a planning process ‘staying the course’ over time,” the awards jury commented in a statement. “It obviously had strong leadership throughout.Â Itâ€™s exciting to see the project ‘on the ground.’ Inspiring, daring and obviously creates a new identity for Burienâ€™s Town Center.â€
The award was one of eleven in seven different categories handed out at APAâ€™s annual conference earlier this month in Vancouver, Washington.
Scott Greenberg, Burien Community Development Director and APA Washington Chapter President received the award along with Bill Gaylord from the Town Square design firm GGLO.
â€œThe Burien Town Square project was truly a collaborative effort,â€ said Greenberg. â€œThis award recognizes the strong partnerships we formed with the community, Urban Partners, the King County Library System and GGLO. The City Councilâ€™s strong leadership over the past 16 years provided the stability needed to attract private sector investment that leveraged Burienâ€™s original $10 million investment into $200 million when the project is complete.â€
The award will be formally presented to the City at the Dec. 14th City Council meeting.