The City of Kent is Re-Imagining Meeker Street
Meeker Street is named for Ezra Meeker, an early pioneer of Kent—the second oldest city in King County. An historic route in-and-out of Ken’s central business district, Meeker Street is the unofficial Main Street of Kent. Today it’s undergoing exciting transformations with new development. “Meet Me on Meeker” is an effort to update the corridor, complement new development, and better connect residents and businesses.
- Improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists, residents, employees
- Create a sense of place and distinctive identity
- Connect historic core to Kent-Des Moines Rd/516 and I-5
- Support incoming new development
From Kent-Des Moines Rd/516 to Central Ave, thousands of Kent residents live, study, work, and play along Meeker Street.
- Better serve residents who use trails, recreation and public services; children who walk to school; and patrons of local businesses on Meeker
- Connect new development to the historic core of Downtown Kent
- “Front door” to Kent for drivers from I-5 – a key gateway
- Development is coming!
- A better looking street encourages better development
- Encouraging pedestrian and bicycle trips instead of vehicle trips helps combat congestion
- Wider sidewalks
- Pedestrian-scale lighting
- Curb bulb outs (for pedestrians waiting at intersections)
- Street trees
- Separated, buffered bicycle path (connects Green River and Interurban trails)
- Benches, bike racks, other street furniture
Bird's Eye View of South Side of Meeker Concept
Section View (Cut-Through) of Meeker Concept (north side on left, south side on right)
- Community input – that’s you!
- Business and property owner input
- Council backing
- Redevelopment – leveraging private investment
- Contact Hayley Bonsteel, Senior Long Range Planner - 253-856-5441