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Renton Receive 2015 Governor’s Smart Communities Award

June 29, 2015
For more information contact:
Chip Vincent
, Community & Economic Development Administrator, 425-430-6588
Preeti Shridhar, Deputy Public Affairs Administrator, 425-430-6569
Mark Gropper, Executive Director, Renton Housing Authority, 425-226-1850, ext. 223

Unique Kirkland Avenue Townhomes Project Earns City Prestigious Award

Governor's Award 
RENTON: For an unprecedented fourth year, the City of Renton has been awarded the Governor’s Smart Communities Award. The 2015 award was presented on June 26, at the Association of Washington Cities conference in Wenatchee in the Judges Merit category for the Kirkland Avenue Townhomes. This project is a collaboration between the City of Renton and the Renton Housing Authority (RHA).

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award for a fourth consecutive year and to be recognized for the state-of-the-art Kirkland Avenue Townhomes,” said Mayor Denis Law. “This award is a well-deserved recognition of the hard work and innovation of all our partners and a testament to what is possible through public private partnerships”.

The Kirkland Avenue Townhomes is the first publicly funded, affordable, multi-family modular construction project in Western Washington. The townhomes are part of the city’s Sunset Area Community Revitalization effort and provide housing for veterans and one-for-one, low-income replacement housing as part of the RHA’s Sunset Terrace Redevelopment. The 18-unit Kirkland Avenue Townhomes project provides sixteen Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers and two VASH vouchers to ensure that the eighteen housing units are affordable.

In announcing this year’s awards, Governor Inslee said, “These forward-thinking projects help create and sustain a thriving economic climate and strengthen our ability to lead in the global economy. Washington is a great state in which to live, work and play, thanks to visionary leadership in our local communities such as those we celebrate today.”

Besides funding from RHA and the City of Renton, additional support was received from the Washington State Housing Trust, the King County Housing Finance Program, and the Washington Community Reinvestment Association. In addition to funding, the City of Renton also waived building permit and system development charges and mitigation fees to support the construction of the project. Multiple funding sources are typically necessary to support affordable housing projects but this project received the most local funding to date from RHA and the city for any project of this type built in Renton.

The Kirkland Avenue Townhomes development team included: RHA, developer; Shelter Resources Inc., development consultant; Schemata Workshop, Inc., architect; SvR Design, civil engineer/landscape architect; Pavilion Construction, primary contractor; Champion Homes, modular sub-contractor; and Inslee Best Doezie & Ryder, PS, legal counsel.

“The City of Renton is doing a wonderful job of investing time and energy into the future of the Highlands neighborhood, and the completion of the recently opened Kirkland Avenue Townhomes is emblematic of the type of housing we envisioned for the Sunset Area,” said Mark Gropper, Executive Director of the Renton Housing Authority.