Downtown

Renton’s Downtown is growing! New projects are being planned and property owners are renovating their older buildings. And, other changes are in the works. The portions
of Main Avenue and Bronson Way that cross through the Downtown area will soon be two-way streets and there are future plans to convert other Downtown one-way couplets into two-way streets. With these improvements comes the opportunity to significantly upgrade Downtown’s streetscapes in a consistent and efficient way.

The set of streetscape design standards and guidelines provides a tool kit for City staff , property owners and developers to use in designing improvements to the public realm in Downtown. While the recommendations are specific to the Downtown core as delineated in the figure below, it is assumed that a similar set of standards will be developed for other sections of Renton’s City Center.

The recommended street and public realm elements, treatments and surfaces described in this document are intended to address the following objectives:

  • Provide a more consistent urban design signature that reinforces the Downtown’s identity
  • Facilitate maintenance and reduce long term costs
  • Respond to local context
  • Promote pedestrian safety, access and comfort
  • Enhance the Downtown’s economic activity

Download the Design Guidelines here.