Bringing housing, amenities and transit together is essential for growing transit communities. Having all these in one development such as the South Kirkland TOD (Transit Oriented Development) will increase ridership, reduce automobile dependence and lead to a more sustainable community.
Transforming an existing Bus Park & Ride into a livable three-building, mixed-use campus was not without challenges: keeping buses, cars and bikes from interfering with each other and the pedestrian experience; creating more affordable housing with plenty of livability elements (retail, recreation and landscaping) to offset the increased density; and creating a destination or place in its own right so that it fits well into the current neighborhood and in the future sparks further adjacent transit oriented development.
To begin this transformation, a mixed-use building anchors the site’s main corner of 108th Ave NE and NE 38th Place, providing a gateway structure with retail at grade facing both the streets and the transit mall, and an internal courtyard for residents to use. A second residential building completes the 38th Place frontage. Separating the two residential buildings – one market rate and one affordable – is a pedestrian plaza linking NE 38th Place to the transit mall, and eventually to the planned light rail stop at the east of the site. A multilevel parking structure, that uses less area to store cars while providing more parking, was tucked into the corner of the site, partially obscured by a vegetated hillside.