MEET ME ON MEEKER UPDATES

 

June 6, 2018

The City of Kent submitted an application for a federal "Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality" (CMAQ) Non-Motorized Grant through the Puget Sound Regional Council

Stay tuned to find out the results of this exciting opportunity!

 

May 24, 2018

Meet Me on Meeker received the Governor's Smart Communities "Smart Choices" Award for plan implementation. 

Click here to read more. 

 

May 10, 2018

SR-167 Meeker Street Underpass Lighting

The City of Kent and Kent Downtown Partnership unveiled new LED architectural lighting on the Meeker Street underpass under SR-167! Forty-six businesses and residents donated $24,000 to the project, and the City contributed $26,000. 

Click here to read more.

 

December 12, 2017

Kent City Council formally adopted the Meet Me on Meeker Design and Construction Standards.  These standards are the critical document that will make the Meeker concept a reality. 

Click here for the adopted Design and Construction Standards. 

 

February 7, 2017

The City of Kent was awarded $250,000 by the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board for the City's Complete Streets work in 2016.  

The funding will help develop pedestrian improvements at 4th Ave. S and Meeker St. 

Click here to read more. 

 

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BREAKING NEWS!

On May 24, 2018,  Meet Me on Meeker received the Governor's Smart Communities "Smart Choices" Award for plan implementation! Click here to read more. 

 

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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 into and out of Kent's downtown, 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.

 

MEET ME ON MEEKER MEETS A BOLD SET OF GOALS

  • Improves safety for pedestrians, cyclists, residents, and employees to better serve people who use trails, recreation and services;  children who walk to school; and patrons of local businesses on Meeker. 
  • Creates a sense of place and distinctive identity by connecting new development to the historic core of Downtown Kent.
  • Connects visitors to the historic core by adding a “front door” to Kent for drivers from I-5.
  • Enhances incoming new development because a better-looking street brings quality investment, and making it easy for people to walk or bike helps manage traffic congestion. 

 

THE MEEKER CORRIDOR IS THE HEART OF KENT'S DOWNTOWN

From Kent-Des Moines Rd/516 to Central Ave, thousands of Kent residents live, study, work, and play along Meeker Street. 

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THE MEEKER STANDARDS CREATE A WHOLE NEW STREETSCAPE

On December 12, 2017 City Council adopted a new set of Streetscape Design and Construction Standards to implement the Meet Me on Meeker project. This document includes specifications for street furniture, lighting, pedestrian amenities, sidewalk design, and materials, which are required for all new private development projects fronting Meeker Street. 

These are some things you'll find in the standards:

 

Conceptual Design for the South Side of Meeker:

 

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MEET ME ON MEEKER CAN'T HAPPEN WITHOUT COMMUNITY SUPPORT

In order for the Meet Me on Meeker project to work, the City needs a lot of support.  

  • The City is seeking grants from state and regional partners to fund key portions of the project. 
  • Private development contributes to Meet Me on Meeker by building sections of the streetscape as part of redevelopment projects.
  • The Kent community has shared their ideas for Meet Me on Meeker through open houses, community walks, interviews, front-porch conversations, in-person surveys, an online survey, and more!  You can see the survey results here!
  • Students, families and staff from Kent Elementary came together to create a community vision for the school’s frontage on Meeker Street.  Stay tuned for the results of this exciting work!
  • Outreach is ongoing and more events are always in the works!

 

THERE IS MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE

Here are some documents that provide more detailed information about the Meet Me on Meeker project: 

Still have questions? 

Contact Hayley Bonsteel, Long Range Planning Manager - 253-856-5441