After many months of trying to regain control of the unfinished parking garage at 4th and Smith Streets in downtown Kent, folks like Kurt Hanson from the City of Kent’s Economic Development Department are excited to see progress. In fact, after all of the hard work to get rid of the garage, Hanson said at today’s KDP Downtown Breakfast Hour that he ate his lunch near the demolition site several days last week to watch the garage’s destruction.
“It was very therapeutic,” Hanson said.
In its place, a new development called Kent City Center Town Square Apartments is being planned. Owned by Goodman Real Estate, Studio Meng Strazzara is working on plans for the a mixed-used development, an urban style apartment complex with retail space and resident parking, in Kent’s downtown core. As the designs currently look, the development will sit four stories high and include 164 apartments ranging from studios to two bedroom apartments. The focus of the development will be on residential living with a grand lobby entrance and amenities for residents and a rooftop terrace.
“This is exactly what downtown Kent needs,” explained Charles Strazzara, registered architect for Studio Meng Strazzara.
The design review and permitting process will begin in November with building starting as early as next summer. Construction is expected to take approximately 16 months, so start to finish, the Town Square Apartment project could be ready for leasing in about two years.
“We’re excited,” Strazzara said. “We’re all really committed to making this happen.”