How do you get around Downtown Burien?The City of Burien is preparing a Downtown Mobility Plan, and they want to hear from residents. “The Plan will focus on how you get to Downtown Burien and how you get around it once you’re here,” reads an announcement. “It will drive how we improve the overall look and feel of our city’s core. And you’re invited to share your insights at our Storefront Studio later this month.” Here’s more from the city’s website:
With Downtown Burien recognized by the Puget Sound Regional Council as one of 25 regional growth centers, the City has prioritized the need to plan for increased density and transportation management in the short and long term. In support of those goals, the City has initiated a Downtown Mobility Study to provide guidelines for a creative toolbox of policies and other regulatory amendments to the Zoning Code. As millennials enter the workforce and baby boomers downsize from their traditional family homes, companies are choosing to locate in walkable downtowns because thatâ€™s where these talented and experienced workers want to be. While many companies have relocated to urban areas, the increasing costs of living and doing business in a major metropolis have spurred interest in suburban edge cities. Rather than suburban office parks, walkable mixed-use suburban cities are attracting the most interest from new or relocating businesses. Burien has the potential to provide the qualities that these companies and individuals look for by offering a desirable downtown neighborhood. Across the region, residents are supporting locations where they have the opportunity to drive and park once to complete multiple tasks, or to use public transit, walk, or ride their bike. Additionally, businesses and employees value connectivity and a range of transportation, housing, and entertainment options. The ease of travel to and from Burien, affordable lease rates, and an active community offer a strong base from which to attract jobs and residents. The study will identify and evaluate strategies to support an integrated multimodal transportation system for the Downtown and Old Burien zones. While a parking study is included as an element of the evaluation, the consultant team is studying a combined and cohesive strategy to balance parking and vehicle circulation, transit access, land use regulations, bicycle infrastructure, pedestrian facilities, alley activation, arts and cultural identity, economic growth, and stormwater management. This study will account for the varying needs of land uses and business types within the District by engaging with community members, business owners, and City Council and staff. The City is looking beyond standard transportation planning and envisions creation of a framework to support all elements of a thriving multi-use zone.Here are the event details:
WHEN:Walking Tour Want to learn more about mobility in Burien? Each day, we’ll lead a walking tour to see and evaluate downtown opportunities
WHERE: Discover Burien, 427 SW 152nd Street INFO: The Storefront Studio provides you a chance to drop in, speak directly with staff and consultants, see work in-progress, learn about the process, take part in activities, and make suggestions to influence the Plan.
- Wednesday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Thursday, Feb. 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHEN:Mobility Workshop Not able to drop in during the Storefront Studio? Curious about what we’re learning? We’ll host an evening workshop at the end of the Studio event for participants to see and evaluate emerging plan goals and strategies.
WHERE: Discover Burien, 427 SW 152nd Street
- Wednesday, Feb. 24, Noon to 1 p.m.
- Thursday, Feb. 25, Noon to 1 p.m.
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Burien City Hall, 400 SW 152nd StreetLearn more about the project at www.burienwa.gov/mobility. Downtown Mobility Study Consultant Team
- Project Manager: Fehr & Peers Kendra Breiland
- Urban Design: MAKERS John Owen
- Economic Analysis: ECO Northwest Morgan Shook
- Community Engagement: Studio Cascade William Grimes
- Civil Engineering: Mayfly Robin Thaler