Message from Fire Chief Joe Sanford, Shop Local Kirkland Seeks Businesses for Soft Launch, Council Recap, City Accepting Applications for the Kirkland CARES Small Business Relief Fund Grant Program Through September 16, Register for the Innovation Lab, Traffic Alerts and More!

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September 2, 2020

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Message from Fire Chief Joe Sanford

You may have heard that there will be a Fire and Emergency Medical Services ballot measure on your November 2020 ballot. You are invited to spend 3 minutes with Fire Chief Joe Sanford learning about what the additional funds would pay for--- including allowing our Fire Department to prepare for future pandemics, and other investments that would allow firefighters to respond to your emergency calls more quickly when you need them most.

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Council Recap

City Council

Thank you for taking the time to stay informed and engaged in what is happening in your City. During the Tuesday, September 1 City Council meeting, the Council took a number of important actions. Here are a few highlights from the meeting:

National Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation

The City Council proclaimed September 15 through October 15, 2020 as National Hispanic Heritage Month in the City of Kirkland.

This proclamation supports Kirkland’s Resolution R-5240 declaring Kirkland a safe, inclusive, and welcoming community for all people. Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month helps to ensure that diversity and inclusion remain a priority and that we continue to welcome diversity in its many forms and embrace opportunities to showcase diversity in our City.

The proclamation was read by Councilmember Kelli Curtis and received by Kirkland resident Mr. Luis Navarro. To see the proclamation in its entirety, visit our website

Safer Routes to School Action Plans

The Council unanimously passed Resolution R-5445 adopting the Safer Routes to School Action Plans. The Safer Routes to School Action Plans bolster safety along key pedestrian school walk routes while inspiring more students to walk, bike and ride the bus to school. The action plans include 133 improvements, including 58 enhanced crossings and 75 new or improved sidewalk segments.

The Resolution establishes ongoing funding mechanisms to implement the plans, with key projects leveraging funding through State and federal grants.

For more information about the Safer Routes to School Action Plans, visit our website.    

Fire Station 24 Construction Contract Award

The Council unanimously awarded a construction contract to Everett-based general contractor Kirtley-Cole Associates, LLC, in the amount of approximately $11 million (including construction and sales tax) for the construction of a new fire station. 

Fire Station 24 will be located in north Kirkland at 9824 N.E. 132nd Street, an approximately 2.52-acre site formerly home to Rite Aid. The project constructs an 11,975-square foot fire station along with associated right-of-way improvements. The station will be a steel-framed structure with three drive-through apparatus bays, support spaces, crew workspace, crew living spaces and eight sleeping rooms. The City purchased this parcel in 2019 to reduce the time it takes firefighters to reach residents who are experiencing emergencies. It’s part of a City-wide effort to reduce firefighter response times and ensure fire stations are sustainable, durable, and provide healthier living spaces for firefighters.

Completion is slated for fall of 2021. 

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Extending Park Lane Nightly Closures

Thank you to everyone who took our survey about the nightly closures on Park Lane! Based on your input, the City will continue closing Park Lane to vehicles nightly from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m through at least September so that you can enjoy socially distanced al fresco dining and shopping!

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Shop Local Kirkland Seeks Businesses For Soft Launch

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The City of Kirkland is launching a Shop Local Kirkland initiative to support our local economy and help our businesses prosper during WA State’s Safe Start Plan and beyond. To ensure the initiative is relevant and successful, we are seeking businesses to participate in the initiative’s soft launch starting immediately. Together, we will work to design, build, and promote a vibrant, hyper-local economy.

Shop Local Kirkland will support businesses with ecommerce solutions and function as a “digital main street,” where Kirkland businesses can be found and can sell online. A vigorous marketing campaign will drive commerce through the platform, keeping dollars in the community and providing vital revenue to Kirkland businesses.

If you are interested and willing to participate in Shop Local Kirkland’s soft launch, fill out the brief Interest Form here: Shop Local Kirkland Interest Form

Questions? Please email Martha Chaudhry at:

City Accepting Applications for Kirkland CARES Small Business Relief Fund Grants Through September 16

Kirkland Cares

The City of Kirkland continues to accept applications from small businesses and nonprofits that were negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic during the second quarter of 2020 (April 1 to June 30).

The grants provided through the Kirkland CARES Small Business Relief Fund do not need to be repaid. Awardees can use grant funds for rent, utilities and normal operating costs and expenses. The application period opened on Wednesday, August 26 at the Kirkland CARES Small Business Relief Fund webpage

To receive a grant, for-profit or nonprofit businesses must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Small businesses must be located in Kirkland (including home based businesses) with a current and active Unified Business Identification Number (UBI) and City of Kirkland business license endorsement;
  2. Small businesses must have 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees as of April 1, 2020;
  3. Small businesses must demonstrate a minimum 25 percent reduction in gross revenues (including a reduction of at least $5,000) due to negative impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic during the second quarter of 2020 (April 1 to June 30);
  4. Small businesses must demonstrate a minimum of $5,000 of normal operating costs and expenses (as specified as eligible under the grant agreement) during the qualified period (second quarter of 2020, April 1 to June 30); and
  5. Small businesses must not be involved in the production, processing, promotion, distribution, or sale (wholesale or retail) of marijuana and cannabinoid products, concentrates, or extracts; and
  6. Small businesses must meet all other eligibility requirements specified in the grant agreement.

More information on eligible expenses, ineligible expenses and restrictions on use of grant funds is located on the Kirkland CARES Small Business Relief Fund page on the City website.

The City will accept applications through 5 p.m. Wednesday, September 16. If the City receives more than 150 qualified applications, the awardees will be randomly selected through a lottery. The City will announce awards as applicants are confirmed. As of Tuesday, September 1, the City had received a total of 80 applications. 

Please direct questions about this grant to the City of Kirkland at Businesses can request paper applications at Applications and eligibility requirements are available in Spanish, Chinese, and Russian. If you need assistance completing the application in another language, the Business Response Team has translation services available to support you. Contact the Business Response Team by visiting the (re)STARTUP425 webpage

Innovation Lab - Applications Now Being Accepted

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Looking to elevate your small business?

Apply to the Startup425 Innovation Lab. This exciting new program is the first of its kind on the Eastside and will run October 1 through November 12, 2020. We know Eastside businesses are struggling due to COVID-19, so Startup425 is underwriting this year’s program: there will be no tuition or fees charged to participating businesses. Space is limited and admission is selective. Applications will be accepted through September 25, 2020. Sign up at the Innovation Lab registration webpage

Traffic Alerts for the Week of September 2 Through September 8


Drivers commuting along Market Street should continue to expect minor traffic delays this week between Central Way and 16th Avenue while Kirkland’s contractor prepares the street section for the new layer of pavement crews will be applying to it in mid-September.

Lakeside Industries plans to detour traffic around Market Street Sept. 10 to Sept. 22 while its crews repave the street.


Finn Hill

Sections of Finn Hill’s 84th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 132nd Street will be reduced to one lane at times next week while Kirkland’s contractor re-installs the maintenance hole lids that its crews removed before grinding and paving the two streets.

Lakeside Industries plans to stripe the streets’ travel lanes on Sept. 23.



Kirkland’s contractor is allowing one lane of alternating traffic for local residents, emergency responders and Metro transit riders until Sept. 11 on 108th Avenue Northeast, between Northeast 53rd and 60th streets.

Marshbank Construction is detouring northbound Houghton residents from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. around the construction site via Northeast 48th Street.

Commuters will detour around the construction site via Northeast 68th Street, Lakeview Drive and Northeast 38th Place.

108th Avenue Northeast’s northbound and southbound lanes are available for driving on weekends and on weekdays, between 4 p.m. and 7 a.m.

The contractor is replacing water and sewer systems—both more than five decades old—to increase their capacities to serve Kirkland’s growing population and to reduce the systems’ needs for maintenance.

Marshbank expects to complete the upgrades by spring 2021. 


Totem Lake

Drivers will continue to have access to one northbound and one southbound lane on Totem Lake Boulevard between Northeast 124th Street and 120th Avenue Northeast until October, when Kirkland’s contractor expects to complete the Totem Lake Gateway project.

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Upcoming Events

KPC show

Kirkland Performance Center Presents: A live virtual concert with Down North

8 p.m., Thursday, September 10

Online, virtual event

Byron Prather is a guitar slinging singer that currently hails from San Diego, California. Byron has literally performed for thousands and thousands of people over the last decade through his involvement with some very popular bands in the greater Seattle area. Byron is the former lead singer of the iconic Seattle band Creme Tangerine and is currently the lead singer of the epic rock band called Long Live Rock. Byron grew up in the Seattle area learning to play his guitar and sing at a young age. Byron has a true heart for Kirkland and the arts having lived there for over a decade.

For more information, visit the KPC website

This live performance can be seen on FacebookYouTube, or Twitch.

Safer Styrofest

Safer StyroFest

North Kirkland Community Center (12421 103rd Ave NE)

9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday September 12

Please note the new location and shorter hours!

Accepted materials: block Styrofoam, Styrofoam meat trays, EPE foam, plastic bags, overwrap, and plastic film. Materials must be sorted by type and color. All tape and labels must be removed before the event. Materials must be clean and dry. Get more details.

Event safety procedures: please wear a mask and stay in your vehicle until it is your turn. Please pack materials so they will be quick to unload.

This event will be popular, please be prepared for a wait!


King County Library System presents: Reframing "Homeschooling" for the Fall of 2020

2 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 15

Online, virtual event

For adults.

Mind your mental health through managing expectations and unpacking the many unspoken assumptions for parents teaching at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. This presentation will explore the complex work parents do as they strive to preserve health, nurture growth and development, and hold kids accountable for covering and completing their school’s curriculum.

Janiece Anjali, LMHCA, MA, M.Ed, is a local psychotherapist in private practice, a former public school teacher, cognitive and academic language development specialist, and writer.

Brought to you by the Kingsgate Library.

Please register by 10 p.m. on September 14You will receive an email with a Zoom link on the day of the event.

KDA Wednesday

Kirkland Wednesday Market presented by the Kirkland Downtown Association

3 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday through October 28

Marina Park

Face masks are required to enter the market.

The Kirkland Downtown Association Wednesday Market takes place 3 to 7 p.m. in Marina Park. Please see the new market rules. If possible, please order from market vendors in advance. More information about the Wednesday Market is available at

NOTE: The Kirkland Wednesday Market you have all come to know and love needs your support! Join the market as a volunteer and help the Kirkland Downtown Association bring this event to the community this summer!  

Due to COVID-19, the KDA needs a slightly larger group of volunteers than in the past to ensure they are complying with current health department requirements.

Click here to sign up to be a volunteer! 

Juanita Market

Juanita Friday Market

3 to 7 p.m., every Friday through September 25

Juanita Beach Park

Face masks are required to enter the market.

Please allow for extra time as Public Health Seattle & King County is limiting the number of customers allowed in the market at any given time. Thank you for your patience! There are big changes this year so before you go, be sure to pre-order your purchases, check-out the drive-thru plans, and see how we'll be handling health & safety issues. And while we'd love to see everyone, if you're in a high-risk group please stay home and send a friend to do your shopping. 

Evenings on Park Lane

Evenings on Park Lane

6 p.m. to 7 a.m. every evening through September 30

Park Lane

*Extended through the month of September

In an effort to support downtown businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, the City closes the west end of Park Lane between Lake Street and Main Street to vehicles from 6 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., seven days a week. This pedestrian friendly environment aims to increase patronage at businesses in the heart of our downtown shopping district. Enjoy unique clothing boutiques, delicious restaurants, decadent desserts, art galleries and fine furniture stores at your leisure!