This map is the starting point, before participants shuffled Legos according to their perspective of 2050. The white Lego stacks represent existing jobs. Five urban centers including residential neighborhoods were mapped: Overlake, Downtown, Marymoor, SE Redmond, and "NE 90th & Willows" local center. Overlake is slated to accommodate half the jobs in the city. Can you find the "NE 90th & Willows" local center?
I enjoy visioning in general, but was confused by the "DEIS" acronym and so brushed Redmond 2050 aside until Pam and I attended a "Visioning Lego Tabeling Workshop." I was hooked. It was super fun, productive and exceptionally engaging (one if the city's favorite words.) The workshop was organized and managed by thc city's Long Range Planning Manager, Jeff Churchill (Jeff is a Redmond High graduate, with lots of equity.)
Mr. Churchill described the participants' Lego conclusions at a Council Study session, saying the Lego community chose "SE Redmond" for the most job and housing growth as compared to Marymoor, the downtown, residential neighborhoods, and Willows. However, Churchill noted SE Redmond and Marymoor had infrastructure challenges.
Councilmember David Carson was "utterly baffled and confused by the first two slides" of the Lego workshop. Said Carson, "if someone could actually explain it to me...." and "what do I take away from that." Mr. Carson, a 13-year councilmember, probably knows the Development community better than any representative. A Council conservative, David is connected to "One Redmond"...Redmond's Chamber of Commerce, "on steroids."
Council's focal points for growth were "Centers" and "Centers & Corridors" Mr. Carson preferred the "Center and Corridor" option. "Centers & Corridors" is defined as:
- highest concentration of jobs near light rail, frequent bus routes (compared to other options)
- higher job growth in Overlake (compared to other options.)
- greater risk of manufacturing displacement compared to "Centers" option.
- low housing displacement / affordability, diversity of housing types (58,179 targeted housing units, second to Overlake)
- need to study potential of new local center at "90th St. & Willows"
- high jobs along Willows.
- can accommodate 27,000 new jobs.