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City of Renton Opens Logan Avenue

Completion of Renton’s Largest Construction Project Provides Access to The Landing

September 25, 2007

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Peter Hahn, Acting Administrator Planning/Building/Public Works, 425-430-7242
Alex Pietsch, Administrator, Economic Development, Neighborhoods & Strategic Planning, 425-430-6592
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-430-6569, cell 206-491-8158

RENTON:  The City of Renton held a ribbon cutting ceremony today to open Logan Avenue, the culmination of the largest public works project in Renton’s history and the next step in the realization of The Landing, a 46-acre retail/residential development scheduled to open in October.

“This is a very exciting moment for all of us,” said Renton Mayor Kathy Keolker. “Today’s grand opening of Logan Avenue represents a major milestone in the history of Renton.  Not only is it one of the largest and most elaborate road and utility construction projects in the history of Renton—it is the road to The Landing, the most exciting shopping, living and lifestyle experience south of Lake Washington.”

In July 2006, the City of Renton began construction on the largest transportation project in the city's history with a budget of almost $25 million including federal and state funding.  With a successful on-time and on-budget completion in September 2007, the roadway and infrastructure improvements include the construction of new streets and sidewalks, widening and realigning existing streets, and installing new traffic signals and utilities. The improvements also include a number of amenities such as stamped colored concrete, raised sidewalks, street trees, and decorative street lighting. Construction crews began by demolishing existing roadways and infrastructure and installing utilities on and around Park Avenue.

“I am extremely pleased to see this project completed and am counting down to the opening of The Landing,” said Renton City Council President Toni Nelson.  “This project is proof that we are realizing Renton’s vision—Renton is the center of opportunity in the Puget Sound region where families and businesses thrive.”

“The Landing is a great example of how an investment in infrastructure drives economic development which then expands the tax base for both our city and state”, said State Senator Margarita Prentice, Chair, Ways & Means Committee. “Our federal, state and local governments are getting a great return on their investment. This is the basic money back guarantee. The vast future revenues will be reinvested in education, health care, public safety, parks, and other critical priorities—all of which makes Renton an even better place to live.”

“The City of Renton has done an excellent job in completing this project as quickly as possible,” said Bob Baker, Principal, Harvest Partners.  “In two weeks we will be opening The Landing and bringing many new visitors and a new vitality to the area.”

“This project would not have happened without months, days and hours of hard work from all the people involved, “ said Mayor Keolker. “Thank you and congratulations on a job well done.”

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