The Sunset Area Community Revitalization Program will redevelop the Sunset Terrace public housing community and encourage redevelopment in the Sunset Area through land use transformation, and public service and infrastructure improvements. This public investment will catalyze private property development at a greater scale and help realize the existing permitted zoning uses and density, creating opportunities for market rate and affordable rental housing and homeownership, plus local and regional retail investment. Find out more about this in the Sunset Area Community Revitalization Overview.
Major Developments in the Sunset Area
The Sunset Area has significant market potential due to its convenient location, excellent transportation access, and amenities. Anecdotally, the potential for private investment and redevelopment in the area is demonstrated by Harrington Square, a large recent apartment development that is thriving despite challenging economic conditions, just three blocks from the proposed Sunset Terrace redevelopment. Through an evidenced-based and participatory planning process, Sunset Area Community Revitalization has established the ground work critical to achieve market potential and realize the vision of health, safety, prosperity, and diversity that the community articulated in their 2008 vision.
Renton Highlands Library Project
As part of the planning process for a new and expanded Renton Highlands Library, the project architects from THA Architecture presented preliminary designs at a public meeting on Jan. 11, 2012. To view the presentation, click here.
Meadow Crest Early Learning Center
Renton School District is building a $22 million dollar early childhood learning center on the site of the current Hillcrest School. Construction started in Spring 2012 and will be completed in Fall 2013 by the beginning of the school year. Up to 450 students are expected to be served at this school. The facility will also feature an ADA accessible playground that is being jointly developed with the City. Additional information about this project is available on the Current Applications page.
Since the late 1990’s the City has focused on the Renton Highlands as an area targeted for improvement and investment. The City has listened to the ideas and plans that have emerged from the public in the last five years, and the current strategy reflects the goals, priorities, and recommendations of these previous efforts: