Reinventing a City

Since its incorporation in 1993, Burien, Washington, a 100-year-old community with a rich heritage, but one that had fallen on hard economic times, embarked on an effort to define and redesign itself into a vibrant South King County city.  After completing a community based strategic planning process, city residents embraced a vision that included turning oceans of asphalt into a new town square, with new public buildings, mixed-used residential and retail development, public parks and a new sense of place that residents longed for.

City officials turned to Ball Janik LLP to help secure federal support for infrastructure development that was crucial to the redevelopment of 10 acres of underutilized property in downtown Burien that became the heart of Burien’s new Town Square.  Working with the Congressional delegation, Ball Janik was able to help secure $4 million in federal transportation funding that helped leverage $135 million in private investment, leading to: the development of a 41,000 square foot public plaza for cultural performance, art, a weekly Farmers Market, and other Burien events and celebrations; a new Burien City Hall and Regional King County Library; the first phase of an estimated 300 condominiums, apartments, live/work lofts and townhouses; and, more than 40,000 square feet of retail space that is bringing new shops, restaurants, and job opportunities to downtown Burien.      

Working with the City and the regional transit provider, Ball Janik was also helpful in securing funds that resulted in the development of an adjacent new regional Transit Center. Construction is now underway on a parking garage that will serve both the Transit Center and new Transit-Oriented Development that is slated to be developed between the transit center and Town Square. 

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