On Wednesday, Sept. 5, Bill Ellis, Economic Development Manager for the City of Kent, did a presentation on local economic development, with an emphasis on the “Meet Me on Meeker Project.

Ellis spoke at the Kent Chamber of Commerce’s September Membership Luncheon.

His talking points included:

  • Why Meeker?
  • What are Complete Streets?
  • Case Examples from other cities
  • Public Outreach & Responses
  • 10 public meetings held, reaching at least 150 people
  • 245 online surveys collected
  • 34 acres in development; potential for another 22 acres (Naden, Madison, Kmart, (
  • 3 brownfields assessment at $35k value ($12k leveraged from private sources) and now remediated
  • 33 new colorful LEDs and improvements to overpass with $25,000 in contributions from service clubs and general public
  • $250,000 grant dollars received from the state of Washington for Complete Streets
  • Other developments

New Apartment Developments on Meeker Street

  • Total Private Development: 29 total bldgs (23 Marquee, 6 GRE)
  • Total Units: 857
  • 12,000 sf retail space
  • 29 units of flex space
  • Rents at 50% above average for Kent, 857 households X $72K median HH income equates to approximately $65 million
  • If local businesses secured only 4% of the spending represented by these new households, $2.5 million could be captured by local businesses
  • 1,500 individuals at $9,000 discretionary income each would be $18,511,200 in spending potential for Meeker corridor
  • 2,500 linear feet of enhanced bikeway and community promenade space under construction
  • $200,000,000 approximate investment along Meeker by both Goodman and FNW directly into construction of their developments
  • $1,231,098.62 Traffic Impact Fees
  • $   628,880.56 Stormwater Fees
  • $1,859,979.18 new improvement tax revenue

Here are some screenshots from Ellis’ PowerPoint (download his PowerPoint here as a PDF file.:

Watch an edited (for time), 27-minute video of Eills below:

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