Public plaza, café at Tukwila Village to open this year

By Ralph Nichols

After years of visioning and planning, Tukwila Village at 14400 Tukwila International Boulevard – a community within the community – is taking shape.

Construction of this mixed-use neighborhood center is well underway, with completion and occupancy of all six of its five- and six-story buildings expected by late 2019.

Located on six acres owned by the City of Tukwila, the village will include 400 apartments with about 200 units dedicated for senior living, retail and office space, and four live-work units.

In addition, a neighborhood police resource center, a community meeting room with a commercial kitchen, a café – the Kona Kai, and a public plaza will be located there. The plaza and the café are scheduled to open this summer and fall, respectively. ,

Tukwila Village, which will also be home to the headquarters of the Senior Housing Assistance Group (SHAG), is within easy walking distance to the Tukwila light-rail station, neighborhood schools and parks, and a grocery store.

One corner of the Tukwila Village site is already welcoming the public – the location of the new 10,000 square foot Tukwila Library (pictured above), a branch of the King County Library System, which opened at the end of April. It replaced the now-closed Foster Library.

Two of the mixed-use apartment buildings with retail and office space are scheduled to open next year, with the other four expected to open in 2019.

“We’re very excited that the library has opened,” Tukwila Economic Development Administrator Derek Speck said this week. “We’re now looking forward to getting the rest of this project opened.”

Tukwila Village represents the fruition of a major initiative by city officials and local business leaders, which took shape over more than a decade, to upgrade the quality of life and reduce crime along this thoroughfare.

Known for decades as Pacific Highway South, from Seattle to Federal Way it was a magnet for drug dealing, prostitution, and other criminal activity.

In the 1990s, as an initial step toward rehabilitating the image and character of this strip in the wake of the notorious Green River murders, Tukwila renamed it Tukwila International Boulevard and SeaTac renamed it International Boulevard within their respective city limits.

Since then, improvements ranging from the removal of nuisance motels to the opening of light-rail stations have changed the face of the highway and quality of adjacent neighborhoods. Tukwila Village is the largest public investment in the renewal of this part of the city.

Tukwila Village Development Associates, LLC – affiliated with the Senior Housing Assistance Group – is the master developer for this project. It was selected by the city in 2011.

SHAG includes ownership and operations for over 30 multi-family housing developments in the Puget Sound. Their properties mainly provide affordable senior housing.

(Persons interested in living at Tukwila Village should contact SHAG’s Discovery Center at 888-450-7424 and ask to be added to the interest list. They will be contacted when SHAG starts pre-leasing.)

The developer submitted the first building permit applications to the city in 2014, and site and foundation work began later that year.

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