Downtown District Area
The Downtown District consists of Scenic Hill, Kent SODO (AKA South Kent), Mill Creek, and North Park Neighborhood Councils. Also the areas to the east and south of Hwy 167, and west of 94th Ave. S. and the Mill Creek Canyon.
Communication is just starting within the district to form a district board, establish bylaws, work on future district goals and plans, and file as a non-profit.
Projects in the Downtown District include:
The Platform What use to be referred to as Kent City Center now is privately owned.
Downtown Subarea Action Plan Learn more about the DSAP and become a party of record.
Kent Valley Loop Trail. The city is working on a plan to connect the Green River and Interurban Trails, creating a unique loop trail experience and making Kent a regional biking and recreation destination.
SE 267 St. Culvert Improvements. Planned improvements to Upper Mill Creek are located on SE 267th Street, slightly west of its intersection with 104th Avenue SE. Replacement of the current deteriorating culvert will increase the flow capacity running beneath SE 267th Street and will maintain an efficient storm drain system from Upper Mill Creek Dam to Upper and Lower Mill Creek.
Mill Creek Relocation/Restoration-James Street to Kent Memorial Park. The Drainage Master Plan goals are to reduce flood risks, improve water quality, enhance fish passage and in stream/riparian habitats, and efficiently serve planned growth. The planned improvements to Mill Creek are located north of James Street and east of Kent Memorial Park.
Current Plans are Considering:
- Diversion of Mill Creek away from homes and into nearby wetland property to increase flood storage and reduce the risk of flood damage to surrounding properties
- Installation of native plants, trees, and shrubs to improve wetland and stream habitat
- Addition of a nature trail and access point for recreational and educational opportunities
James Street Pump Station. This is the last phase of a three-phase project that will help to alleviate flooding on James Street by diverting storm water to the Green River. Phase I and II are completed. Phase III a the pump station will be installed at James Street.