There were lots of crisp suits and big smiles at the Kirkland Urban ground-breaking ceremony. With the grumble of bulldozers working in the backdrop, Bill Pollard (photo), Managing Partner at Talon Private Capital, kicked off the announcements and thank you's by acknowledging how unique Kirkland is and how important it was to develop something authentic and true to Kirkland's heart and soul. He mentioned they had 42 meetings with our neighborhoods, and each had something to contribute that will be part of this project's finished product. Mayor Amy Walen emphasized how this is a live-work-play project that will create housing, jobs and entertainment. Then Kirkland City officials and council members had an opportunity to toss some dirt around with the Talon, Prudential and Ryan Company executives and anyone else that wanted to grab the big shovels.
So who will we see coming to K-Town? Large/Early adopters are: QFC (one like we've never seen), Wave, Tableau and iPic Entertainment. We should expect about 12-16 restaurants/bars/coffee/food and bev places. Here's who is committed: Tutta Bella, Purple/New Heavy Group Concept, Evergreen's Salads, Duke's Chowder House, Caffe Ladro. Community providers for Kirkland Urban so far are: Homestreet Bank, Bright Horizons and All the Best Petcare.