June 10th, 2007

Seattle Times: Highlands residents to get say in upgrade

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Highlands residents to get say in upgrade
By Karen Johnson

Times Southeast Bureau

How do you revitalize a neighborhood? That's what Renton city leaders will ask residents of the Highlands neighborhood during the second phase of a task force that will launch as early as this fall. Collapse ) The committee comes after the city was criticized last year for not doing enough to engage residents, City Councilman Randy Corman said. A similar task force was formed last year to address rezoning in the aging neighborhood.

With sweeping views of the Cascade Mountains to the east and Mount Rainier to the south, the Highlands neighborhood has received increased attention from developers and investors.

The task force will recommend ways to use $1.5 million the city set aside to update parks, sidewalks and safety features in the neighborhood. The group also will provide information about city plans to expand libraries, trails and transportation.

Recommendations from the task force will be considered by the city's Planning and Development Committee next year.