Sound Transit Funding OK Gets Burien Transit Oriented Development Moving Toward Construction

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By Ralph Nichols

With funding for a long-anticipated Burien Transit Center parking garage approved by the Sound Transit Board of Directors on July 23, the project is now transitioning from concept to reality.

The five-story, 466-space parking garage with an adjoining 36-space surface parking lot will be located on the northern half of Metro Transit’s park-and-ride lot at SW 4th Ave. and 150th St. SW.

Sound Transit will contribute $14.73 million in ST2 funds to the $20.5 million Transit-Oriented Development project, with the balance coming from King County under a funding joint agreement.

“I’m happy that this Burien transit project is moving forward now,” said King County Councilwoman Jan Drago. “Every construction project creates jobs and helps the local economy. The finished product will be a real asset to transit users and to Burien’s downtown core.” Drago represents King County Council District 8, which includes Burien.

City Manager Mike Martin said earlier that he expects ground will be broken in early fall, probably by late September. Sound Transit is targeting November 2011 for completion.

Construction of the parking garage is Phase I of the King County Department of Transportation’s Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) project in downtown Burien.

Preliminary plans for Phase II call for construction of approximately 100 affordable multi-family units on the south side of the facility, with retail and office space located on the ground level. Phase II will begin after the parking garage is built and as soon as market conditions permit.

A new Transit Center used by Sound Transit and Metro buses was completed in summer 2009.

The Sound Transit Board of Directors must give final approval to plans before King County’s developer – Alliance Wasatch I, LLC – proceeds with the project.

When completed, the parking garage will be leased back to King County, which will operate the Transit-Oriented Development complex.

Temporary transit parking during construction of the garage will be located at the old BBC Dodge site at 1st Ave. S. and SW 148th St.

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7 Responses to “Sound Transit Funding OK Gets Burien Transit Oriented Development Moving Toward Construction”
  1. Bonnie says:

    Has anyone heard of when light rail may come to Burien?

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    • TcB says:

      From what information I’ve gleaned from future plans for the rail system, there won’t ever be light rail in Burien (not a bad thing, would disrupt 1st ave) that is government sponsored, but they’ve left open the door if a private developer wants to link to it. I don’t see that happening because of the cost. The closest we’ll get is rapid busing to the Tukwila station, or the Airport station. Most likely this is the same for West Seattle. When the Monorail was killed, the (south) westside lost on any rail system.

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  2. Jay says:

    Be nice if light rail could have an express run from seatac or Tukwila to end of run in Seattle. They could run it a couple times a day. And I’d take the bus more often if they had more express runs from point to point. Express runs I’ve been on have more than one stop…what’s up with that.

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  3. lisa says:

    wow, 5 stories? Won’t that over-tower the new condos?

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  4. carpenter says:

    GO UNION!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. Looks like the roof will be flat. This would be a great opportunity for banks of solar panels to generate electricity. I bet the City could get grant money for a project like that.

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