6200 Southcenter Blvd.
Tukwila, WA 98188
Phone: 206 433-1850
Term Began: January 1, 2016
Term Expires: December 31, 2019
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To provide superior services
that support a safe, inviting,
and healthy environment for our
residents, businesses, and guests.
Tukwila is a non-charter optional code city operating under a Mayor/Council form of government. The Mayor is elected at-large to a four-year term of office and serves as the City’s chief administrative officer. The Mayor is responsible for seeing that the laws and ordinances are enforced. The Mayor attends and presides over City Council meetings, but does not vote except in the case of a tie. The Mayor may veto ordinances, but a majority plus one of the entire Council membership can override the Mayor’s veto. The Mayor is assisted in all of his duties by the City Administrator.
MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR
In 2014, Tukwila’s City Council set out a bold vision for the Southcenter District of the City: a true neighborhood where people shop, dine, play, work, and also live. Since that time, the City has made needed investments to make the Council’s vision a reality.
The City updated zoning in the Southcenter District to allow multi-family residential. A new transit center on Andover Park West opened. In 2018 we completed the Southcenter Pedestrian Bridge over the Green River and pedestrian improvements along Baker Boulevard. People living in the core of the Southcenter District now have an easy walk to the commuter train station to commute to work.
The City’s vision of residency for the Southcenter District finally began to materialize last year with the opening of Airmark Apartments. Located in the same building as Hotel Interurban, Airmark’s 371 apartments are the first multifamily residential units in the Southcenter District.
In the winter of 2020, Marvelle at Southcenter – an Alliance Residential development located at the intersection of Andover Park East and Baker Boulevard – will open. This 55+, active senior community will feature 166 units with abundant amenities. We are also negotiating with other developers about adding more multi-family residential in the Southcenter District.
The Southcenter District just might be the region’s best kept secret as a place to live. It’s a walkable environment, with so many things to do within a short walk:
- More than 150 restaurants, like Odin Brewery, Din Tai Fung, and Claim Jumper
- A train station that offers a ten-minute train ride to Seattle or a weekend trip to Portland
- Rugby and soccer matches at Starfire Sports
- Shopping at Westfield Southcenter
- Dozens of entertainment establishments like iFly, DEFY Seattle (formerly Flying Circus), and Round 1
- Miles of walking trails
In the coming years the City will make additional investments in the District such as installing art along Baker Boulevard, completing a Tukwila Pond master plan, and sponsoring special events.
Our next fun event in the Southcenter District this summer is the Seattle Sounder’s Rave Green Run on Sunday, September 22. It’s a 5k fundraiser for the team’s non-profit foundation. Find out more at RaveGreenRun.org. I hope to see you there!
Mayor Allan Ekberg