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Department of Community Development
6300 Southcenter Blvd., #100
Tukwila, WA 98188

Phone: 206 431-3670
Fax: 206 431-3665

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Tukwila Village


The City of Tukwila is creating a special place in the heart of a neighborhood. We call this place Tukwila Village.

Today Tukwila Village includes a branch of the nationally recognized King County Library System, the Sullivan Center (a community room with commercial kitchen), Kona Kai Coffee, an outdoor plaza, 193 affordable apartments for seniors, and the headquarters of SHAG (Sustainable Housing for Ageless Generations). By 2021 Tukwila Village will also include a mini-food hall, small retail businesses, live/work units, and a total of 398 apartments (primarily for seniors).

Located at the intersection of Tukwila International Boulevard and South 144th Street, Tukwila Village is within 10 minutes of downtown Seattle, 5 minutes to SeaTac Airport, is served by two active bus routes, and walkable to the Tukwila light-rail station. The neighborhood around Tukwila Village is walkable to schools, parks and a grocery store.

We are proud that in 2019 Tukwila Village won the Governor’s Smart Communities Award.



Do you want to live at Tukwila Village? If so, please visit SHAG’s website or call their leasing office at 206-487-5281.


Project Status


The developer is constructing two apartments buildings on the north side of the Tukwila Library and east side of the plaza.   They will open in 2020 and 2021.   They will be 5 and 6 stories and will include 205 apartments, 4 live/work units, a mini-food hall, and some retail space. Approximately 165 of the apartments will be dedicated for seniors.


Recent Project History

On June 6, 2011 the City Council selected Tukwila Village Development Associates, LLC (related to the Senior Housing Assistance Group or “SHAG”) as the master developer and authorized the Mayor to begin negotiations. SHAG shares ownership and operations for over thirty multi-family housing developments in the Puget Sound. Their properties mainly provide affordable senior housing. Also in June 2011, the City, King County Library System (KCLS), and developer began tri-party negotiations for KCLS to construct a branch library on a portion of the site.

Throughout 2011 and early 2012 the parties developed a conceptual site plan for the general location of the buildings and parking and continued negotiations. On November 17, 2011 the City hosted a community meeting to gather input on what type of activities and events the community would like to hold in the community room or on the plaza. The draft deal terms with the developer and library were discussed at the City Council meeting on December 19, 2011. In June 2012 the Board of the KCLS Foundation voted to undertake a fundraising program to increase the size of the future Tukwila Library to be 10,000 square feet. The key deal terms between the City and KCLS were approved by the City Council on June 25, 2012. On October 22, 2012 the City Council approved the main agreement with Tukwila Village Development Associates (a Disposition and Development Agreement). The DDA was signed on October 30th. On November 28, 2012 the City and Developer hosted a community meeting to discuss the conceptual plans for the plaza and commons. On December 10, 2012 the City Council approved a Development Agreement (DA) for the project which was signed on December 21, 2012.

The Board of Architecture Review approved the design of the library on November 14, 2013 and of the first development phase (which includes the community room and plaza) on November 26, 2013. The BAR held a public hearing and approved the second development phase on March 27, 2014. The developer submitted the first building permit applications in 2014.   In August 2014 the developer and City signed an agreement giving site control to the developer and allowing the developer to start site and foundation work.

KCLA purchased its parcel of land from the City in May 2015.   Soon after, KCLS began construction. The library opened on April 29, 2017.

In May 2015 the developer started grading the site and installing utilities and underground foundation infrastructure for Buildings A, B and C.  In 2015 and 2016 the City completed consolidating the lots into developable sizes. In 2016 the developer began grading and installing utilities and foundations infrastructure for Buildings D and E.   The developer completed Building C in fall 2017,Building D in May 2018 and Building E in November 2019.

In fall of 2017 Kona Kai Coffee opened inside the Sullivan Center building, which also includes a community room with kitchen and is surrounded by an outdoor plaza. In 2018 the developer and city mutually formed the Tukwila Village Community Development Association, which is a non-profit organization that will manage the community room and plaza.

For more information contact Economic Development Administrator  Derek Speck.




Background Information


Project Timeline

April 7, 2008: Deadline for submission of Applications and Statement of Qualifications (Extended from March 31st)
May 23, 2008: City’s selection of three most qualified developers and issuance of formal RFP
July 15, 2008: Deadline for submission of completed Proposals
July 16, 2008: Community Meeting from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Foster High School
August 18, 2008: Developers presented proposals at the City Council meeting.
August 25, 2008: Council discussion of Tukwila Village
September 8, 2008: Council discussion of Tukwila Village
September 22, 2008: The City Council selected Tarragon as the developer for Tukwila Village
October 2008: City and Tarragon started negotiations.
March 2009: Norhtfield Carwash Demolished.
July 23, 2009: Planning Commission First Meeting on Zoning Changes
August 24, 2009: City Council Project Development Negotiations Update
August 27, 2009: Planning Commission Approved Zoning Changes
October 12, 2009: Public Hearing on proposed zoning amendment
October 19, 2009: City Council approved zoning amendment
May 17, 2010: City Council update on project status
June 2010: Tarragon withdraws from the process
August 23, 2010: City Council discussion on options
September 7, 2010: City Council decision on next steps
November 2010: King County Library System hires architect
February 28, 2011: City Council discussion on library and senior housing
March 7, 2011: City Council votes to support library and start developer selection process
March 14, 2011: City Council discussion of developer selection process
March 21, 2011: City Council approves developer selection process
March 30, 2011: City issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
April 29, 2011: Developer applications due
May 2-13, 2011: Applications available for public review
May 23, 2011: City Council discussion
June 6, 2011: City Council selected Tukwila Village Development Associates, LLC
November 17, 2011: Community meeting on plaza design
December 19, 2011: City Council discussion on deal terms with Tukwila Village Development Associates
June 25, 2012: City Council approval of key deal terms with King County Library System
August 23, 2012: KCLS public meeting on design for Tukwila Library
September 10, 2012: City Council presentation on deal terms with TVDA
September 24, 2012: City Council discussion on disposition and development agreement (DDA)
October 22, 2012: City Council approved DDA
November 28, 2012 Community meeting on site design and plaza & commons design
December 3, 2012 Council discussion and public hearing on the Development Agreement (DA)
December 10, 2012 Council decision on DA
July 10, 2013 Informational Meeting on design of phase one and library
November 14, 2013 Board of Architectural Review approved design of library
November 26, 2013 Board of Architectural Review approved design of phase one
August 1, 2014 Groundbreaking ceremony
January 26, 2015 City Council discussion on KCLS purchase and sale agreement.
February 2, 2015 City Council approves terms of P&S
March 2015 City and KCLS execute P&S
March 2015 City and KCLS execute street frontage agreement
April 23, 2015 City approves lot consolidation
May 6, 2015 TVDA starts grading the site!
May 15, 2015 City, TVDA & KCLS agree on declaration of shared access and parking easement
May 20, 2015 City and KCLS close escrow on sale of land for library
May 21, 2015 KCLS issues bid notice for construction
June 18, 2015 Bids due to KCLS
July 2015 KCLS selects Edifice Construction as contractor
August 2015   Construction starts on library
Summer 2015 Construction starts on Building A
April 2017 Tukwila Library opened
Fall 2017 Kona Kai Coffee opened
Late 2017 Building C & Plaza open
May 2018 Building D Opened
Sept. 2018 Building E Opened
Spring 2020 Building A expected completion
Spring 2021 Building B expected completion