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.
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.
- Tukwila Village Food Hall Presentation
- Smart Communities Award Application
- B.A.R. Submittal – Tukwila Village Phase 2: Buildings D & E – 11/12/13
- Survey form
- Plaza survey results
- Indoor commons survey results
- Survey comments
- Photo sheet comments
- 2012 Disposition and Development Agreement with TVDA
- Tukwila Village Community Meeting Invite – 11/28/12
- TIB Overview
- TIB Roadway History
- TIB Demographics
- Tukwila Village Survey – English
- Tukwila Village Survey – Spanish
- Tukwila Village Survey – Somali
|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|