NERARibbonCutAnim Stephanie Bowman, Port of Seattle Commission Co-President, cuts the ribbon with Mayor Lucy Krakowiak. Click image to see animation of the ribbon cutting.[/caption] Photos by Scott Schaefer The City of Burien, in partnership with the Port of Seattle, recently finished work on the first phase of its Northeast Redevelopment Area (NERA) project, and celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, April 8. On hand for the celebration were City Manager Kamuron Gurol, Mayor Lucy Krakowiak, Deputy Mayor Nancy Tosta, Coucilmember Bob Edgar, former Councilmembers Joan McGilton, Gordon Shaw and Rose Clark, Stephanie Bowman, Port of Seattle Commission Co-President, King County Councilman Joe McDermott, Mark Reis, Managing Director of Sea-Tac Airport, Dan Trimble, Economic Development Manager, Michael Lafreniere, Burien Parks Director, Maiya Andrews, Burien Public Works Director as well as many city and county staff. [caption id="attachment_84696" align="aligncenter" width="490"]P1070777 Burien City Manager Kamuron Gurol.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_84695" align="aligncenter" width="490"]P1070791 Mayor Lucy Krakowiak.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_84693" align="aligncenter" width="490"]P1070842 Maiya Andrews, Burien Public Works Director.[/caption] P1070768 P1070764 This project – located at 1199 S. 144th Street – included the construction of four regional stormwater infiltration facilities, a new regional trail along the Miller Creek corridor, along with opening new public spaces, enhancing wetlands and improving fish passage in the project area. In order to construct its third runway, the Port of Seattle purchased properties within the Runway Protection Zone (RPZ), leaving vacant land to be redeveloped in accordance with FAA regulations. The 160-acre area within the City of Burien underwent more than a decade of studies and planning before becoming the ready-to-develop NERA space with stormwater facilities and park areas that exist now. Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting celebrates the completion of NERA’s first phase. “The work done here will aid salmon recovery in our region by enhancing base flow, regulating temperatures, and improving fish passage in Miller Creek,” reads an announcement. “It also provides water quality treatment and flow control for fifty acres of existing and future development. And the project provides recreational access in the form of trails, park benches, picnic and viewing areas, and signage as well.” Funding for the project came from the City of Burien, Port of Seattle, the King County Parks Levy, Washington State Department of Ecology’s Water Quality Retrofit grant program, and the Washington State Department of Commerce’s Community Economic Revitalization Board’s grant program. For more information, visit www.burienwa.gov.]]>