by Gina Bourdage

Monday night’s Burien City Council meeting was rescheduled on behalf of two Council members having personal emergencies. Without a quorum (the minimum number of required members for a valid meeting) the council could not officially convene.

Presentations were allowed to be made, the first of which was from Dan Rosenfeld of Urban Partners, the real estate planning and development firm responsible for BTB Advertiser Burien Town Square. Rosenfeld addressed the challenges, progress and future of the project in the changing economic climate as well as praising the grand opening event held Saturday Jan. 24th unveiling Burien’s first Interim Art Space.

“Saturday was homegrown, local, grassroots, avante-garde and the first of what we hope will be many arts and cultural events in Burien,” said Rosenfeld.

In light of the current economic slowdown, the council was assured the progress of the Burien Town Square will move forward in the coming moths as planned.

“It will get built. It will get finished.” said Rosenfeld. “There have been many challenges along the way and every time Burien has passed the test. We just have to be optimistic that we will pass this test as well.”

Ninety percent of the first building is complete and expected to open in the second quarter of 2009. Residents and developers have been hard at work completing the interior selections for each unit. Hard tours can be given to those interested in seeing the progress of their new home.

For residents interested in attending the rescheduled meeting, it will be held on Monday February 2nd, 2009 in the Educational Resource & Administrative Center (ERAC), located at 15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW, next to Hi-Line Lanes, at 7pm in the Board Room. Some of the items on the agenda will be community concern regarding street maintenance during snow conditions, North Highline Annexation concerns and motions to adopt propositions on taxes and regulations on multi-family residences.

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