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What Is Urban Partners Planning To Do With Burien Town Square?

What Is Urban Partners Planning To Do With Burien Town Square?

by Ralph Nichols Is Urban Partners, the private developer for Burien’s Town Square, just trying to cut its financial losses? Or is the Los Angeles-based firm beginning to pull out of this major... [Read more]

BREAKING: Burien Town Square retail space put on market for $2.29 million

BREAKING: Burien Town Square retail space put on market for $2.29 million

by Scott Schaefer BREAKING: The retail spaces of the Burien Town Square property, located on SW 152nd between 6th Ave SW and 5th Ave Place, are now on the market – priced at $2.29 million – according... [Read more]

Harbor Urban Presents Plans for 173-Unit Apartments for Town Square; + a Poll

Harbor Urban Presents Plans for 173-Unit Apartments for Town Square; + a Poll

Developers Harbor Urban presented new conceptual design plans for the proposed development of Phase II of the Town Square Project to Burien City Staff on Sept. 14…

Tour Two ‘Urban Gardens’ at Sustainable Burien Event Sunday, Aug. 12

Tour Two ‘Urban Gardens’ at Sustainable Burien Event Sunday, Aug. 12

Sustainable Burien‘s next meeting will involve a tour of two Urban Gardens on Sunday, Aug. 12th, starting at Town Square Park at 2 p.m. “We’ll meet at ‘the Rock’ at Burien Town... [Read more]

ST Residential Promotes Burien & Sells ‘The Residences at Burien Town Square’

ST Residential Promotes Burien & Sells ‘The Residences at Burien Town Square’

John Tippins of ST Residential. by Ralph Nichols As ST Residential moves forward with new condominium sales at its seven-story Town Square condo-retail complex, the investment group is increasing its involvement... [Read more]

Tour Two ‘Urban Gardens’ at Sustainable Burien Event Sunday, Aug. 12

Tour Two ‘Urban Gardens’ at Sustainable Burien Event Sunday, Aug. 12

Sustainable Burien‘s next meeting will involve a tour of two Urban Gardens on Sunday, Aug. 12th, starting at Town Square Park at 2 p.m. “We’ll meet at ‘the Rock’ at Burien Town... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘No Apartment Buildings in Burien Town Square’

LETTER: ‘No Apartment Buildings in Burien Town Square’

To the Editor of the B-Town Blog NO APARTMENT BUILDINGS IN BURIEN TOWN SQUARE “The community’s vision for downtown is an attractive, clean, safe and vibrant place that is welcoming to people of all... [Read more]

Burien Town Square Condo Sales Resume With 11 Sold Since October

Burien Town Square Condo Sales Resume With 11 Sold Since October

by Ralph Nichols Condo sales have resumed at Burien Town Square. The sales, which began in October, are the first since ST Residential became owner of the seven-story condominium/retail complex with 124... [Read more]

Urban Partners Wants More Time To Start New Town Square Development

Urban Partners Wants More Time To Start New Town Square Development

by Ralph Nichols Two years ago this month, everything was coming up roses at Burien’s new Town Square. Community celebrations heralded grand openings of the Burien City Hall/King County Library building... [Read more]

What’s Next For Burien Town Square? Don’t Count On A Multiplex Cinema

What’s Next For Burien Town Square? Don’t Count On A Multiplex Cinema

by Ralph Nichols Urban Partners no longer owns the largely unoccupied six-story condominium/retail complex it built as the first private development in Burien’s Town Square. And the clock continues ticking... [Read more]

BREAKING: Burien Town Square May Be Sold At Trustee’s Sale Friday

BREAKING: Burien Town Square May Be Sold At Trustee’s Sale Friday

by Ralph Nichols Burien Town Square’s only privately developed property – the nearly vacant condominium/retail complex built by Urban Partners, which opened in June 2009 – is now expected to be sold... [Read more]

Urban Partners Anticipates Imminent Settlement Over Town Square Complex

Urban Partners Anticipates Imminent Settlement Over Town Square Complex

by Ralph Nichols Despite recent notice of a pending foreclosure action against the condominium/retail complex in Burien Town Square, negotiations between Urban Partners and ST Residential have progressed... [Read more]

REPORT: Burien Town Square Facing Foreclosure

REPORT: Burien Town Square Facing Foreclosure

The Seattle Times reports that Burien’s Town Square is facing foreclosure. According to the report: The firm that holds the note on the construction loan for Burien Town Square Condominium filed... [Read more]

Urban Partners’ Paul Keller Explains Financial Woes To City Council

Urban Partners’ Paul Keller Explains Financial Woes To City Council

by Ralph Nichols Burien City Council members were told in a cautiously optimistic “bottom-line” update Monday night (May 24) that residential units in the mostly vacant, six-story Town Square... [Read more]

Burien Town Square Wins Puget Sound Regional Council’s VISION 2040 Award

Burien Town Square Wins Puget Sound Regional Council’s VISION 2040 Award

Here’s some good news for Burien’s troubled Town Square – the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) has awarded it with one of its prestigious “VISION 2040″ Awards for 2010,... [Read more]

Is Town Square’s Urban Partners Becoming A “Silent Partner” To Burien?

Is Town Square’s Urban Partners Becoming A “Silent Partner” To Burien?

by Ralph Nichols Paul Keller (pictured, left) – managing principal of Urban Partners, the private developer for Burien’s Town Square – has virtually disappeared from view. Keller has all but... [Read more]

Here’s Why Burien Town Square Sits Vacant Less Than A Year After Opening

Here’s Why Burien Town Square Sits Vacant Less Than A Year After Opening

by Ralph Nichols “Now Leasing Retail,” reads the message on a street-level storefront window in Burien’s still-new Town Square condominium/retail complex at SW 152nd St. and 6th Ave.... [Read more]

Will Condo Prices Be Lowered Now That Burien Town Square’s Lender’s Assets Have Been Sold?

Will Condo Prices Be Lowered Now That Burien Town Square’s Lender’s Assets Have Been Sold?

by Ralph Nichols With only five of the 124 condominiums at Town Square sold to date, more than five months after the grand opening of this complex in June, prospective buyers and those anticipating future... [Read more]

BREAKING NEWS: Burien Town Square Could Be Getting A 10-Screen Cinema Complex

BREAKING NEWS: Burien Town Square Could Be Getting A 10-Screen Cinema Complex

by Ralph Nichols Burien could get a cinema complex at Town Square after all. And, city Economic Development Director Dick Loman said Friday (Oct. 2nd), if a new proposal becomes reality, it will fill an... [Read more]

Burien Town Square – Success To Be? Or Future Ghost Town?

Burien Town Square – Success To Be? Or Future Ghost Town?

by Gina Bourdage Since discussions began in October of 2003 to build an urban community center, devoid of the need to drive to find world class cuisine, shopping and entertainment, the city of Burien and... [Read more]

Over 1,000 Witness Burien Town Square Grand Opening

Over 1,000 Witness Burien Town Square Grand Opening

Click to View Michael Brunk’s Photo Slideshow

Saturday morning (June 13th) at 10am sharp, the Highline High School Pirates marching band kicked off the grand opening ceremonies by marching (and boisterously playing) down SW 152nd to the main podium at Burien’s new Town Square where numerous local and state dignitaries spoke to a crowd estimated by local police as “well over 1,000.”

Here’s a video segment we call “Whaddaya Think?” shot by your B-Town Blog video production crew of Mark Neuman and Bart Bryan:

The day’s celebration served as the culmination of over 12 years of the city’s planning for the $193 million “town square as the central focal point for the downtown core” as first approved in 1997, then developed and built beginning in 1999 until construction began in 2004 to Saturday’s festive ribbon cutting ceremony.

Temps were in the lower 70s with a slight hazy cloud cover that made for good lighting for the politicians, developers and library folk who spoke, including:

  • Burien Mayor Joan McGilton
  • King County Library Director Bill Ptacek
  • Congressman Jim McDermott
  • State Rep. (and Burien native) Dave Upthegrove
  • Dan Rosenfeld of Urban Partners (another Burien son)
  • King County Council Chair Dow Constantine
  • City Councilmember Lucy Krakowiak
  • Judge Richard Eadie

Free tours of the new Library building, Town Square condos and city hall were provided all day, and foot traffic was busy throughout. As children explored the new kids section of the library or bounced in the bouncy houses outside, parents enjoyed free refreshments and giveaways from local Burien businesses.

We’ll have more videos and photos soon, so be sure to come back to your most up-to-date local news source right here!

VIDEO:Impressive Sculpture Coming To Burien Town Square

VIDEO:Impressive Sculpture Coming To Burien Town Square

From our friends at Burien Parks comes this video and information on a very impressive sculpture coming soon to Burien Town Square: Here’s more info on this project: The Burien/ Interim Art Space... [Read more]

Burien Town Square Promo Video

Burien Town Square Promo Video

From Burien Town Square: Burien Town Square is a new development in Burien, Washington. An urban village with condominium residences, shopping, dining, a new city park, a new King County Public Library,... [Read more]

PHOTOS: Burien Police confirms it – a wild Deer is roaming around Burien!

PHOTOS: Burien Police confirms it – a wild Deer is roaming around Burien!

We first shared BTB Reader Mary Hudson’s photos on Nov. 9 of a two-point buck deer that she spotted in Burien’s Seahurst neighborhood, and now comes new photos courtesy the Burien Police Department... [Read more]

Burien Council hears, sees plans for two new Town Square developments

Burien Council hears, sees plans for two new Town Square developments

Almost five years after the first privately developed Burien Town Square project – the seven-story condominium-retail complex at SW 152nd St. and 6th Ave. SW – was completed, plans for Phase Two are finally moving forward…

Burien City Council approves $2.75 million sale of Town Square parcels

Burien City Council approves $2.75 million sale of Town Square parcels

At Monday night’s session (June 17), the Burien City Council approved a settlement agreement with RECP/UP Burien II LP, owner of three undeveloped parcels at Burien Town Square related to the sale... [Read more]

Burien City Council Votes to Change Town Square Developers to Legacy Partners

Burien City Council Votes to Change Town Square Developers to Legacy Partners

The Burien City Council voted unanimously Monday night (Feb. 25) to direct Harbor Urban, owner of the still-undeveloped parcels at Burien Town Square, to sell those properties to another real estate developer... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Proposed Apartments Will Attract Low End Renters…’

LETTER: ‘Proposed Apartments Will Attract Low End Renters…’

To: Harbor Urban LLC Re: Burien Town Square, Phase II Conceptual Design Package Currently the Burien Comprehensive Plan calls for the phase II Town Square development to be mixed use units with permanence... [Read more]