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Downtown Wayfinding

The Downtown Wayfinding sign project will assist visitors and residents into and around Downtown, better connect The Landing and Downtown areas, and enhance the identity as eclectic, artistic, and historic.  The first phase of signage was installed in the March 2009.  To view more information about the signage, click here.

Downtown Revitalization 

The City's highly focused efforts to revitalize its downtown are recognized through the public and private projects that have been taking shape within the urban core. These efforts were launched in 1996 when the City relocated existing downtown car dealerships to the new Automall. The City acquired the land as a catalyst for new residential, retail, transit and open spaces as part of the revitalization.  Click here to see a Downtown character map.

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Public and private highlights completed to date include:

  • Relocated auto dealerships from the downtown to the Renton Automall on Grady Way;  
  • Designed and built a pedestrian-friendly street with urban amenities such as benches and sidewalk treatments; 
  • Created a beautiful new urban park, the Piazza, which provides a space for community-wide special events and activities, including the Renton Farmers Market;  
  • Constructed the Downtown Renton Transit Center, a partnership between the City, King County and Metro; 
  • Built the City Center Parking Garage, a $9 million City-owned facility adjacent to the transit center. The seven-story, 562-space garage provides parking for shoppers, commuters, employees and other downtown visitors;  
  • Renovated the Renton Pavilion Event Center, a City-owned structure with 11,783 square feet of usable area plus patio space. The Renton Pavilion Event Center is an event, banquet and meeting facility operated by Rain City Catering;
  • Dally Homes established three multi-family development projects near the urban core, bringing people into the heart of the City:
    • Revo 225 (formerly The Renaissance), a mixed-use development featuring 110-residential units, a parking garage and 6,000 square feet of street-level retail space;
    • Burnett Station, a 58-unit urban-style residential mixed-use development with 5,000 square feet of street-level retail space;
    • Metropolitan Place, a transit-oriented development featuring 90 apartments, 4,000 square feet of street-level retail space and a two-story parking garage with 240-spaces, including 150 King County Metro Park-and-Ride spaces; 
  • Centex Homes built the 37-unit 55 Williams development along the Cedar River, the first condominium project in downtown Renton;
  • Constructed the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center, a 550-seat state-of-the-art performing arts center, as the final phase of a $30 million renovation at Renton High School;
  • Merrill Gardens created the 154-unit Merrill Gardens at Renton Centre rental retirement community;
  • Colpitts Development Company built the 106-unit 95 Burnett Apartment Homes, including ten two-story street-level townhouses;
  • Downtown Action to Save Housing (DASH) completed the 92-unit Liberty Square Apartments workforce housing project in 2008; and
  • Compass Housing Alliance constructed the 58-unit Compass Veterans Center - Renton in 2010 for single veterans and veterans with families. 

These investments in downtown have encouraged the development of other projects surrounding the area including a remodeled Super Safeway, a new Walgreens and a number of new restaurants, including Melrose Grill, The Met Coffee and Wine Bar, the Red House Beer & Wine Shoppe Tapas Bar, Naan-N-Curry, Stix -n- Stones plus a new home for the Whistle Stop Ale House.

A VISION 2020 award from the Puget Sound Regional Council honored Renton for its exceptional downtown revitalization efforts in 2000. The award spotlighted the efforts that support a strong community, efficient transportation and a healthy environment for the central Puget Sound region. In 2002, Renton was honored with the award once again for the success of the regional transit center and its transit-oriented development.