U.S. Sen. Patty Murray joined other officials on Friday, April 26 in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Angle Lake light-rail station to be built at South 200th Street and 28th Avenue South in SeaTac.

Preliminary construction is already underway at Sea-Tac Airport and project construction is set to begin this month. The station is slated to open in September 2016, four years earlier than originally planned.

The sped-up construction schedule is designed to alleviate parking pressure at the Tukwila International Boulevard Station. The new 200th station will feature a 700 parking garage as well as a temporary surface parking lot. The surface lot may go away when light rail is extended to the Kent/Des Moines Road-Highline Community College area in 2023.

The early opening will also coincide with the opening of the University of Washington light rail station. Officials say UW students will be able to go from the Angle Lake Station to the university in 49 minutes on light rail.

Sen. Murray joins officials in breaking ground for new SeaTac light-rail station
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Sound Transit

An architectutural rendering of the new Angle Lake transit station slated to open in 2016.

Facility on Des Moines Memorial Dr. in Burien

The Southwest Suburban Sewer District has applied to the city of Burien for permits to construct a new operations facility consisting of an administrative building, a vehicle storage and maintenance building, a vehicle washing area, a fuel storage and filling station, material storage bins and associated public and employee parking, landscaping and storm water detention.

The new facility will be at 17874 Des Moines Memorial Dr. S.

Here is a part of the notice of application from the city:

For this proposal, the City of Burien is using the “optional Determination of Non Significance (DNS) process” under the State Environmental Policy Act (WAC 197-11-355). The City expects to issue a DNS for the proposal. Individuals who submit timely written comments to the City (as indicated below) will become parties of record and will be notified of any decision and environmental determination made on this project.


Chip Davis has been appointed Burien’s Community Development director, replacing Scott Greenberg who left for a similar position on Mercer Island.

Davis has been a planner with the city since 2002. Previously, he worked as a consultant for communications companies developing cell phone tower sites in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and upstate New York. He also worked as a Spokane Transit Authority planner for 15 years..

Davis has a bachelor's degree in planning from the University of Washington and conducted graduate work at Eastern Washington University.

At the April 15 Burien City Council meeting, Davis said he is “very energized by the future.

“Based on pre-application meetings, we haven’t seen this level of development in several years.”

Navos Mental Health Solutions CEO David Johnson filled lawmakers in on one of the big new construction projects in Burien.

After merging with Ruth Dykeman Children’s Center and Seattle Children’s Home, Navos has decided to consolidate some programs at the Dykeman campus on Lake Burien.


Unfortunately, the landslide that caused widespread destruction near Coupeville may soon be repeated in Burien if the Westmark Emerald Pointe project continues to move forward.

Westmark recently obtained from the city of Burien a permit to clear ALL but 8 significant trees from 9.62 acres of steeply sloped terrain directly above the Highline School District Puget Sound Skills Center, the Environmental Science Center and its fish hatchery and wetlands at the north end of Seahurst Park.

With hundreds of trees removed and less than 1 significant tree per acre, what will be left is sparse unprotected slopes unable to absorb rainwater and run off. This land in question is clearly marked as landslide area on the City of Burien's own Critical Areas map (

Every year slides occur on or within close proximity of the land in question. In the recent past there has been the Maplewild Avenue Slide, Cove Point Road Slide, Goat Hill Slide, and multiple Three Tree Point Slides. It is the structural and environmental soundness of the Westmark Emerald Pointe project that continues to concern citizens.


I am looking for information about a stonemason who I believe crafted many stone fireplaces from the Burien, Three Tree Point, Seahurst areas all the way to Alki around 1915 and later.

The only information I have is that he was a German gentleman. If you have an older home with the original stone fireplace built in that era, I am trying to get a collection of photographs of his work.

You can contact me and/or send photos to:
Thank you,

Sheri Brim

Hotel to be built on scenic Angle Lake waterfront

Press release:
Seattle-based Ariel Development announced today its plan for construction of Hyatt Place at SeaTac to be built at 19518 International Boulevard in the City of SeaTac. Construction is set to begin before end of year.
Scheduled to open in early 2016, the hotel will feature 150 rooms, adjacent to nearby Angle Lake Park. Amenities will include a pool, fitness room and 2,500 to 3,500 square feet of meeting space
“The City of SeaTac is an epicenter for our region, and is an ideal site for this new property,” said Shimon Mizrahi of Ariel Development. “Its central location between Seattle and Tacoma provides an easy access point to freeways and the airport, as well as the city itself. We see a lot of potential on the scenic Angle Lake waterfront and the amenities guests can enjoy. We know the hotel will not only thrive here—it will create employment opportunities for the residents and neighboring communities.”
The estimated $25 million project has enlisted Seattle-based Linardic Design Group Architects, including all construction and soft costs. Hyatt Place plans to recruit 60 to 80 employees.

Decision expected by Nov. 15

Harbor Urban press release:

Harbor Urban, LLC presented new conceptual design plans for the proposed development of Phase II of the Town Square Project to Burien city staff on Sept. 14.

Construction of the proposal put forth by Harbor Urban would begin with a 173-unit high-quality, market-rate apartment community on Parcel 5.

Development of the conceptual plan was a collaborative effort lead by Harbor Urban with input from City staff, property management firms and market study experts.

The development of a residential complex in downtown Burien will contribute to a vibrant Burien Town Square. Harbor Urban’s plans for Parcel 5 reflect decades of experience designing and developing Transit Oriented Developments and urban mixed use projects throughout the Puget Sound region.

Amy Hoffman, development manager for the project with Harbor Urban said, “We feel very good about the direction the design is headed. The conceptual design takes into account features that are important to the City of Burien and to the sophisticated renter of today. It’s a thoughtful, quality building that continues to help activate the Town Square and the City of Burien.”

Facility open to the public on May 17

While few Highline residents may use the Sea-Tac Airport’s new consolidated rental car facility, its opening on May 17 will bring local benefits.

With the twelve rental car companies all consolidated in one location away from the airport, congestion along SeaTac city streets and airport roadways will be reduced, along with the resulting pollution from the vehicles.

The project also generated $25 million in local taxes as well as creating 3,900 local construction jobs during the great recession. Up to 350 trades people worked at the site at one time.

The massive five-story, $2.1 million square foot facility is located at South 160th Street and International Boulevard. The building, which is the largest concrete structure on the west coast, is easily visible from State Route 518, just southwest of the Tukwila light rail station.

Although construction has stretched over three years, airport managing director Mark Reis noted at a May 9 pre-opening celebration the project has been more like a “17-year journey” with several stops and restarts.

Port holds pre-opening ceremony for massive rental car facility
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Photos by Jerry Gay

Top- Instead of a ribbon cutting for the new rental car facility the Port of Seattle had a ribbon smashing as a shuttle bus drove through a banner held by Port staffers. Bottom- The lobby of the $400 million Sea-Tac Airport rental car facility at International Boulevard and South 160th Street is shiny new as the Port of Seattle holds a pre-opening celebration.

Press release:

Join officials in Des Moines to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new four-star Artemis Hotel on Wednesday, July 27.

The groundbreaking for the multi-million dollar, 250-room hotel at 22406 Pacific Highway S. will take place from 11 a.m. to noon. Officiating at the event will be State Representative Dave Upthegrove, Des Moines Mayor Robert Sheckler, City Manager Tony Piasecki, Belay Architects, and Mr. Yang, a majority owner in the project. Light refreshments will be served.

Designs for the Artemis Hotel complex feature a 1930s art-deco influence, spectacular views of Puget Sound and Des Moines' first convention center. The hotel will also include nine deluxe suites, banquet facilities, water-feature spa, workout facilities, poker room, and bar featuring live music.
There will be two full-service restaurants-one authentic Chinese and one American.

The Artemis Hotel is designed by Belay Architecture of Tacoma for Yareton Investment & Management LLC, a Washington real estate developer. Located a convenient 3 miles south of SeaTac International Airport, the hotel is anticipated to open sometime in fall 2013.

New hotel breaks ground July 27 in Des Moines

Burien lawmakers honored April 25 New Start students who were named Earth Heroes and OK’d a contract to store big rocks from Seahurst Park on Port of Seattle property.

But the most exciting council meeting event was the evacuation of council chambers and the Burien Library after a prankster pulled the fire alarm.
City Manager Mike Martin said a boy entered the shared City Hall/ library building, pulled the alarm and escaped down the street.

There was no indication of a fire but the shrill alarm distracted the meeting to the point where council members and audience members fled the building. About two dozen library patrons also milled around the outside of the building for about 15 minutes. A Burien firefighter checked the building and turned off the alarm before the evacuees reentered the building.

The big rocks from Seahurst Park will be taken from the seawall as part of the city’s restoration of the north beach to a more natural condition. The south shore was restored previously.

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