The city of Renton recently released an update to their downtown revitalization strategy, which it began earlier this year.
“Downtown revitalization has been a priority for the city for many years and during the past couple of years, we have approached redevelopment opportunities in a comprehensive way,” Mayor Denis Law said in a statement.
In accordance with its plan, the city has already hit several milestones along the way to a new, improved downtown Renton.
The new mixed-use Lofts at Second and Main is reaching completion in January 2017. The Cortona Building — formerly Renton Western Wear — was placed on the National Register of Historic places last December and recently was the benefactor of the city’s first facade improvement loan. Intermountain Lock and Security Supply opened — at former McLendon Hardware — bringing more than 30 jobs to the area. A new microbrewery, tasting room, and sidewalk café, Four Generals Brewing, opened over the summer on Wells Avenue South.
Additional projects are still in the initial planning or early construction phases. For instance, improvements are being made to the Delancy building, and Smoking Monkey Pizza on South 3rd Street will be expanding into an adjacent space.
The Mayor’s proposal to relocate the downtown transit center’s operations to Rainier Avenue South and South Grady Way also continues to move forward.
“Moving the transit center is a key component of our downtown revitalization plan and critical to get better overall transit services to Renton,” Law said. “It is our intention to close the downtown transit center by the end of next year and I look forward to working with King County to make this a reality.”
In order to create an aesthetic uniformity among the downtown area’s varied businesses, the city is conducting a review of downtown streetscape design standards as well as a possible redevelopment and expansion of Piazza Park.
Additionally, Renton has received funds from the Port of Seattle as part of their new economic development partnership program, Renton will match the funds from the Port of Seattle to put forth more than $97,500 toward revitalization.
Finally, the city is focusing a great deal of attention toward public safety with increased police presence in the form of bike patrols, additional patrols in parking garages, as well as engaging business owners to come forward when needed.
For more information on these and other city projects, visit rentonwa.gov.