Kinect@Burien

Kinect@Burien is a new mixed-use multifamily housing development coming to downtown Burien.

Background

In fall 2020, the City of Burien signed a disposition and development agreement with American Property Development for sale of underutilized City-owned land for property assemblage and redevelopment. The proposed Kinect@Burien mixed-use multifamily development will include 220 residential units and 8,000 square feet of ground floor retail space. The redevelopment builds on the investment in Burien Town Square with construction expected to start in Summer 2021.

Alignment with Downtown Vision and Urban Center Plan

The Burien Urban Center Plan completed in 2020 included extensive community engagement regarding preferred concepts and zoning for future development in the downtown. A key challenge identified in the study was an overall lack of housing in the Urban Center. The “Urban Center Concept” map developed through the community engagement process identified the area northeast of Burien Town Square, including the municipal lot, as recommended for urban residential development, including high-density multifamily.

Development Concept

The developer’s concept proposes 220 units of multifamily housing. Elements of the proposed development also include:

  • At least 20% of units shall be affordable units rented to tenants at or below 80% area median income (AMI).
  • Buildings will meet LEED Silver building standards plus at least 10 points in the Energy and Atmosphere category.
  • Pedestrian oriented retail frontage shall be provided on SW 151st St and will contain at minimum 8,000 square feet of street-level retail space.
  • The frontage along SW 151st Street will include interesting visual details consistent with the character established by the Town Center Plan.
  • Structured parking shall be provided.
  • The project will follow the standards for Class A pedestrian streets for transparency, overhead weather protection, landscaping, and sidewalk widths.
  • Balconies shall be provided for 50% of the units, or meet minimum code requirements, whichever is greater.

In addition, the developer has committed to ensuring construction of the project shall benefit economic and workforce development:

  • Developer and its contractors will be required to hire for the construction and operation of the residential facilities, with a goal of 15% of its employees being local residents residents of South King County.
  • Developer will be required to develop and execute a program promoting women and minority owned firms, with a goal of 15% utilization.
  • To support workforce development in the City, the developer will be required to donate $250,000 to a trade or apprenticeship program approved by the City.