2019 News & Announcements

Reception invite.
New Councilmembers Sofia Aragon, Cydney Moore, and Kevin Schilling to Be Honored
12/30/2019
On January 6, 2020, the community is invited to a reception and swearing-in ceremony for newly elected council members Sofia Aragon, Cydney Moore, and Kevin Schilling. The reception will be followed by the selection of mayor and deputy mayor.
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Burien Community Center Annex.
City Announces Update on Exploration of Lease Extension Options
12/13/2019
The City has explored an option to extend the time period for tenants to operate out of the Annex building past the January 31, 2020 deadline. After a consultation regarding the insurance and liability issues surrounding the significant safety risks that are present, enabling tenants to stay in the building past January 31, 2020 is not an option the City can entertain.
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Burien Community Center Annex.
Burien Annex Closes and City of Burien Will Assist Nonprofit Tenants with Relocation
12/09/2019
NEWS RELEASE: The City of Burien is closing the Burien Community Center Annex because initial inspections have found significant concerns with the structural integrity of the building.
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Councilmembers photos and thank you.
Outgoing Councilmembers Austin Bell, Bob Edgar, and Lucy Krakowiak to Be Honored
12/09/2019
On December 16, 2019, the community is invited to a reception honoring the service and dedication of Burien Deputy Mayor Austin Bell and Councilmembers Bob Edgar and Lucy Krakowiak.
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Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Sides with City of Burien on Challenge to Flight Path Changes
12/05/2019
On November 27, 2019, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in favor of the City of Burien in Burien’s lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) arising from the FAA’s change of a flight path over Burien without environmental review.
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Closing at 4:30 P.M. Gives Burien Permit Staff More Time to Complete Paperwork
12/05/2019
The City of Burien is changing the permit center hours to 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. starting January 2, 2020.
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Rendering of hotel project.
Rising Construction Costs, Decreasing Hotel Sector Revenue Halts Burien Hotel Project
11/15/2019
NEWS RELEASE: Based on rising construction costs and decreasing revenues in the hotel sector, Hotel Concepts has decided not to move forward with developing a hotel in Burien at this time.
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It's a Wonderful Burien.
Celebrate the Season with Family-Friendly Programs in Burien
11/06/2019
NEWS RELEASE: The City of Burien is proud to announce a new series of events titled “It’s a Wonderful Burien.” Winter lights will illuminate Burien’s Town Square Park every night in December, inspiring people to come to downtown Burien for unique dining, shopping, and seasonal experiences hosted by the City of Burien and community partners.
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Public Invited to Learn about Study of Impacts of SeaTac Airport
10/31/2019
The Department of Commerce will be hosting a public meeting to provide a preliminary report on study of impacts of SeaTac Airport.
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Photo of Westmark Emerald Pointe property on October 14 2019.
City Monitors Work on Westmark Emerald Pointe Property
10/15/2019
City staff are monitoring work being done at property located on 1300 SW 136th St., owned by Westmark Emerald Pointe LLC.
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Burien Becomes Second City in Washington State to Pass Just Cause Eviction Policy
10/08/2019
NEWS RELEASE: On October 7, 2019, the Burien City Council passed policies designed to protect renters and improve renter-landlord relationships. Ordinance 716 goes into effect October 15, 2019.
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Town Square Fountain Closed September 30 and October 1
09/30/2019
The Town Square Fountain will be closed for maintenance September 30 and October 1.
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Burien City Council Approves Rental Housing Inspection Ordinance and Funding for a Rental Housing Inspection Program Coordinator
09/18/2019
NEWS RELEASE: The Burien City Council approved on Burien’s first rental housing inspection program. The Council also approved the hiring of a rental housing inspection coordinator, who will manage the program and work with residents who need assistance with rental housing issues.
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Sidewalk sign.
New Temporary Sign Regulations Reflect Community Input
09/04/2019
The City’s temporary sign regulations have been updated. The City’s permanent sign rules were not changed. A 90-day grace period was given to businesses to comply with the new regulations. Code enforcement on the new rules is allowed to begin on September 9, 2019.
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Susan McLain and Lorraine Chachere Join City of Burien
Susan McLain and Lorraine Chachere Join City of Burien
08/26/2019
Susan McLain Selected to be New Community Development Director; Lorraine Chachere Selected to be New Economic Development Specialist
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The Burien Town Square Fountain has Reopened
The Fountain has Been Reopened to the Public
08/22/2019
Burien’s Town Square Fountain has reopened to the public after repairs to the electrical system were completed. The fountain will remain open until October.
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Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance
The Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance Takes Effect on January 1, 2020
08/21/2019
NEWS RELEASE: The Burien City Council unanimously passed an ordinance on January 7, 2019 to ban carryout plastic bags in restaurants and retail establishments. The ordinance and ban will take effect on January 1, 2020, giving Burien businesses time to use their current stock of plastic bags.
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Aerial view of Seahurst Park.
Drone Monitoring to Measure Effectiveness of Beach Restoration Projects Scheduled
08/21/2019
To assess the effectiveness of beach restoration projects in restoring former forage fish spawning habitat, Coastal Geology will be using a drone to conduct monitoring work at Seahurst Park August 28–30.
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Peter Western Bridge.
Hamilton Construction Company to Build Peter Western Bridge
07/30/2019
Hamilton Construction Company has been awarded through a competitive bid process the contract to construct the new Peter Western Bridge. Construction will begin end of August and be completed by the end of 2020
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House earthquake.
Community Invited to Help Update City’s Plan to Reduce Harm from Major Hazards
07/30/2019
The City of Burien is updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan, a plan to reduce harm from potential hazards such as landslides and earthquakes. The community is invited to provide feedback about what hazards you see in Burien.
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Compostable takeout container.
Businesses Invited to Attend Discussion on Proposed Compostable Food Service Product Requirements
07/17/2019
The Burien City Council is discussing a potential law that would require all food service products in the City of Burien to be made of compostable materials due to concerns about the effects of plastics on the natural environment. The Burien Business and Economic Development Partnership (BEDP) invites Burien businesses to a roundtable discussion on the draft legislation.
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Public Meeting on Sea-Tac Airport Impact Study July 24 at Tyee High School
07/17/2019
The Department of Commerce’s Sea-Tac Airport Impact Study project team is an open house on July 24 to gain public input on plans to study and inventory environmental, social, and economic impacts of the Sea-Tac Airport on the surrounding communities.
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Sprinkler on grass.
Unforeseen Issues Delay Re-opening of Town Square Fountain
07/15/2019
As repair work for the Town Square Fountain progresses, unforeseen issues have occurred. At this time, we cannot commit to an open date. To help Burien’s youngest residents have fun and cool off during this summer’s hottest days, sprinklers will be turned on at Lake Burien Memorial Park Mondays and Fridays, 2–4 p.m. when temperature rises above 75 degrees.
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Road Work Ahead sign.
S 144th Way Improvements Begin
07/12/2019
S 144th Way is being re-aligned between Des Moines Memorial Drive and the cold storage warehouses. Construction begins July 15 and will continue until the end of the year.
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Earthquake a Reminder to Make Sure You’re Prepared
07/12/2019
A 4.6 magnitude earthquake struck at Three Lakes, Washington and shook much of our region. As of now, no significant impacts or damages have been reported within King County.
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Fireworks are Banned
Call 911 to Report Fireworks Violation
07/03/2019
The possession and discharging of all fireworks is banned in the City of Burien. To report a fireworks violation, please call 911.
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Join a Discussion about Burien's Urban Center
06/14/2019
On Thursday, June 27, the City of Burien invites you to join a discussion about a shared community vision for Burien’s Urban Center at an open house at Angelo’s of Burien.
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Add Your Voice to the Storm Drainage Master Plan
06/06/2019
The City of Burien is updating the Storm Drainage Master Plan, which was last published in 2012. The plan will guide where the City focuses its efforts to reduce urban flooding and protect water quality in Miller Creek, Salmon Creek, and Puget Sound.
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algal bloom.
Algal Toxin Found in Lake Burien Water Sample
06/04/2019
An algal toxin was found in a water quality sample collected from Lake Burien on May 31. Public Health recommends that people and pets do not swim in the lake, drink lake water, or engage in other water-contact activities.
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Chris Craig to Lead Economic Development for the City of Burien
05/29/2019
NEWS RELEASE: Chris Craig has been selected to lead economic development for the City of Burien.
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Join a Community Conversation about Rental Housing Policies
05/24/2019
The City of Burien is hosting a follow up community meeting on June 20 on proposed rental housing policies and a rental inspection program. City of Burien staff will present a summary of the proposed policies and ask for community feedback. The proposed policies will reflect revisions based on feedback received during previous community meetings.
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Statement from City Manager
05/20/2019
Response from City Manager Wilson to residents expressing concerns about how the City is serving those living unsheltered in our community, and about tents and camping in Burien parks and the effect this has on the health and safety of our parks.
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Burien Town Square Fountain
Burien's Town Square Fountain Under Repair
05/09/2019
The Town Square Fountain will have a delayed opening due to sustained substantial water damage in the control vault and the fountain’s electrical system. Parks Department staff are working quickly to secure repair services and seek replacement of electrical components.
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Burien Addresses Camping in Parks
Pilot Program to Connect Unsheltered to Services
05/01/2019
On May 6, 2019, the City of Burien announced a new approach to addressing unauthorized use of Burien parks and facilities. In an effort to make everyone feel welcome and safe in Burien parks, City staff and Burien Police will be taking a compassionate, collaborative, and legal approach to prevent camping and encampments, that complies with the Martin v Boise decision.
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Celebrate Burien’s Urban Forest by Sharing a #TreeSelfie
Celebrate Burien’s Urban Forest by Sharing a #TreeSelfie
05/01/2019
Burien is holding a #TreeSelfie photo contest, where one lucky individual will win $25 if they correctly identify a tree in their neighborhood and let us know!
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Globe and plants.
Volunteer for Community Event to Celebrate Earth Day
04/15/2019
With Earth Day just around the corner, there are many opportunities to help protect Burien’s environment.
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Chip Davis.
Burien Community Development Director Charles “Chip” Davis Retires
04/15/2019
NEWS RELEASE: Charles “Chip” Davis, Burien Community Development Director, has announced his retirement after 40+ years of public service. His last day will be May 31, 2019.
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Apply to be on the Burien Planning Commission
03/25/2019
The City of Burien is accepting applications for three open positions on the Planning Commission.
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Apply for Position on Sea-Tac Stakeholder Advisory Round Table
03/21/2019
Apply for Position on Sea-Tac Stakeholder Advisory Round Table
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Share Your Vision of Burien’s Urban Center
03/19/2019
What will Burien's downtown and urban center be like 5, 10, or 20 years from now? Tell us what you think by taking a survey.
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Sign Code Update Open House.
Learn about Updates to City Sign Code at Open Houses
02/20/2019
Come to an open house to learn about updates to the City’s code for temporary signs such as A-boards, banners, campaign signs, etc.
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Farmer's Market.
Community Invited to Share Vision for Burien’s Urban Center
02/20/2019
Come to a workshop to help establish a vision for Burien’s mixed use, regional urban center with housing, employment, transportation options, and services.
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Community Invited to Participate in Conversation about Rental Housing Policies
02/15/2019
The community is invited to share their vision of how safe, quality, habitable, and affordable housing looks like in Burien, and how potential tenant protections could affect both renters and landlords in Burien.
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King County District Court and City of Burien Partner to Bring Innovative, Problem-solving Court to South King County
01/15/2019
NEWS RELEASE: King County District Court and the City of Burien are collaborating to implement a “community court” in Burien. Scheduled to launch February 25, 2019, the alternative, problem-solving court will differ from traditional courts by seeking to identify and address the underlying challenges of court participants that may contribute to further criminal activity.
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DNR staff examine logs on beach. DNR staff examine logs on beach. Photo credit: Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
Department of Natural Resources to Remove Creosote-Treated Logs from Seahurst Park
01/03/2019
Starting this January, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be removing creosote-treated logs that have washed up on the beach at Seahurst Park.
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Seeking Applicants for 20 Open Citizen Advisory Board Positions
01/03/2019
Apply for one of the 20 open citizen advisory board positions.
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New Business Licensing Service Will Make it Easier to Apply and Renew Business Licenses in 2020
A new business licensing system will make it easier to apply or renew your business license by providing a one-stop shop for both Burien and state business licenses. The new system will allow you to apply or renew online, saving you time and bookkeeping costs.
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Proposed Ordinance will Allow New Types of Affordable Housing in Demonstration Projects
Community invited to provide feedback on new proposed ordinance that would allow up to five affordable housing demonstration projects in Burien.
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