development Section

Mayor ‘Optimistic’ about Future of Downtown Burien, Town Square Buy Back

Mayor ‘Optimistic’ about Future of Downtown Burien, Town Square Buy Back

Burien Mayor Brian Bennett by Ralph Nichols Burien Mayor Brian Bennett is optimistic that a proposal for the city to repurchase the vacant properties in Town Square, then sell them to a new developer,... [Read more]

Burien City Council to Consider Cutting Ties with Urban Partners for Town Square

Burien City Council to Consider Cutting Ties with Urban Partners for Town Square

Portable toilets await crowds before a 2011 event at Town Square Park. Photo by Scott Schaefer. by Ralph Nichols When development of Burien’s partially completed Town Square eventually resumes, Urban... [Read more]

Puget Sound Energy Plans Development at Des Moines Creek Business Park

Puget Sound Energy Plans Development at Des Moines Creek Business Park

Puget Sound Energy is planning a major presence – including a corporate office building and a warehouse – in Des Moines Creek Business Park at the south end of Sea-Tac International Airport…

WATERLAND BLOG: Des Moines City Manager Says City is Open for Business

WATERLAND BLOG: Des Moines City Manager Says City is Open for Business

From our sister site The Waterland Blog:Click image to see larger version of the city’s new Comprehensive Plan for the downtown area.by Jack Mayne Des Moines has long been considered unfriendly... [Read more]

City Of Burien Releases Study On Ways To Improve SW 153rd Corridor

City Of Burien Releases Study On Ways To Improve SW 153rd Corridor

The City of Burien released a new study Wednesday (Oct. 12) that focuses on finding ways to improve the SW 153rd Street corridor, with hopes of it becoming its “own unique destination.” The... [Read more]

City Extends Time For Urban Partners To Start Next Town Square Development

City Extends Time For Urban Partners To Start Next Town Square Development

by Ralph Nichols Urban Partners will inform Burien by early next year about its plans for a “marketable” new development at the city’s Town Square. Construction by Urban Partners of a second multi-use... [Read more]

Urban Partners Wants More Time To Start New Town Square Development

Urban Partners Wants More Time To Start New Town Square Development

by Ralph Nichols Two years ago this month, everything was coming up roses at Burien’s new Town Square. Community celebrations heralded grand openings of the Burien City Hall/King County Library building... [Read more]

Normandy Park Towne Center Purchased By Tully’s Founder Tom O’Keefe

Normandy Park Towne Center Purchased By Tully’s Founder Tom O’Keefe

by Ralph Nichols Tukwila-based O’Keefe Companies, whose principal and managing director Tom T. O’Keefe is the founder and past chairman of Tully’s Coffee, has acquired Normandy Park Towne Center. O’Keefe... [Read more]

What’s Next For Burien Town Square? Don’t Count On A Multiplex Cinema

What’s Next For Burien Town Square? Don’t Count On A Multiplex Cinema

by Ralph Nichols Urban Partners no longer owns the largely unoccupied six-story condominium/retail complex it built as the first private development in Burien’s Town Square. And the clock continues ticking... [Read more]

Dark Financial Cloud Above Burien Lifted With Westmark Settlement

Dark Financial Cloud Above Burien Lifted With Westmark Settlement

by Ralph Nichols A dark financial cloud that cast a long shadow over Burien’s plans for its future disappeared when City Council members gave unanimous approval Monday night (July 19) to a negotiated... [Read more]

Urban Partners’ Paul Keller Explains Financial Woes To City Council

Urban Partners’ Paul Keller Explains Financial Woes To City Council

by Ralph Nichols Burien City Council members were told in a cautiously optimistic “bottom-line” update Monday night (May 24) that residential units in the mostly vacant, six-story Town Square... [Read more]

‘We Can Be Proud Of What We Did’ – Town Square Developer Dan Rosenfeld

‘We Can Be Proud Of What We Did’ – Town Square Developer Dan Rosenfeld

by Ralph Nichols As work on the six-story condominium/retail complex in Town Square neared completion, principals of Urban Partners held their breath, month by month, until troubled Corus Bank of Chicago... [Read more]

$20.5 Million, 500-Stall Garage Moves Closer To Start Of Construction

$20.5 Million, 500-Stall Garage Moves Closer To Start Of Construction

by Ralph Nichols A $20.5 million parking garage with 500 stalls, planned for the park-and-ride lot in downtown Burien, has moved a big step closer toward the start of construction. The King County Council... [Read more]

Will A Real Hotel Ever Check-In To Burien?

Will A Real Hotel Ever Check-In To Burien?

by Ralph Nichols Although vacant commercial properties in downtown Burien are beginning to fill up with new and returning businesses, as we reported last week, a couple of big pieces still are missing. None... [Read more]

Will Condo Prices Be Lowered Now That Burien Town Square’s Lender’s Assets Have Been Sold?

Will Condo Prices Be Lowered Now That Burien Town Square’s Lender’s Assets Have Been Sold?

by Ralph Nichols With only five of the 124 condominiums at Town Square sold to date, more than five months after the grand opening of this complex in June, prospective buyers and those anticipating future... [Read more]