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September 10, 2012

South Kirkland TOD project starts with 530-car garage

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The TOD will have a three-and-a-half-story garage and two residential buildings on a podium with more parking and commercial space.

Andersen Construction Co. is building a new access driveway at the South Kirkland Park and Ride, and it is the initial phase of a transit-oriented development at the park-and-ride lot, which straddles Kirkland and Bellevue.

The bulk of Andersen's work will involve constructing a three-and-a-half-story garage with 530 stalls. It also will reconfigure the transit loading area and build the new driveway connecting to Northeast 38th Place.

When finished, the TOD will consist of the garage and two residential buildings on a podium that contains more parking and commercial space. The housing will be 184 market rate units in one building and 58 affordable units in the other building.

A landscaped pathway between the buildings will provide a pedestrian connection to the Yarrow Bay business district nearby.

Construction of the housing will start after the garage is finished in June of 2013.

Polygon Northwest is the master developer, and the nonprofit Imagine Housing is developing the affordable housing.

Market rate units will likely be finished in early 2015.

Weber Thompson is designing the market rate housing and plans to seek building permits in October. SMR Architects is designing the affordable housing and W.G. Clark Construction is providing pre-construction services for it.

No general contractor has been lined up for the market rate housing; Polygon has built some of its own projects in the past.

In order to comply with grant funding, the affordable housing component must open by the end of 2014. Market rate units will likely be finished in early 2015.

When all the work is done, the park and ride will have gained nearly 250 stalls, for a total of about 850 stalls.

Weber Thompson is also landscape architect and master planner. Other team members are: DCI Engineers, engineer of record for the garage; Graelic LLC, parking consultant; David Evans and Associates, civil engineer; Transpo Group, traffic engineer; Cochran Inc. and Rushing Co., electric design-build team; Kulchin Foundation Drilling Co. and Ground Support, shoring design-build team for the garage; CT Engineering, site retaining wall design; Site Structures, underground retention vault design; Earth Solutions NW, geotech; and Holmberg Co., design-build mechanical and plumbing.

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