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No Veterans Housing at Acorn Corner Redevelopment

Developer says huge interest in private apartments at former downtown hotel

Transitional veterans housing is no longer a part of the redevelopment plans for Acorn Corner.

Developer Ron Burbick said the initial plans to have veterans transitional apartments on the fourth floor of the former Kent hotel were changed due to expected delays in financial support from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Plus, there's been excess demand for the planned upscale apartments on the fifth floor, Burbick said.

"They will be replaced by upscale apartments similar to those on the fifth floor," he said. "Efforts continue to identify space for the veterans units at some future date when funding does become available."

The tenants and floor plans for the building are:

  • Basement - Kent Cycle and storage for Buffalo Wild Wings
  • First floor - Buffalo Wild Wings kitchen and bar
  • Second floor and mezzanine - Buffalo Wild Wings family dining tables
  • Third floor - Marathon Financial Services, Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and a community conference room
  • Fourth and fifth floors - two 1,500 square feet or three 1,000 square feet luxury rental apartments per floor.

The project recently encountered delays and is expected to open some time between January and April of 2013.

Laurel Myers Hurst September 24, 2012 at 02:14 AM
He's just not the kind of man who is going to sit on his hands until the funding arrives. Mr. Burbick is going to keep rolling. You can expect a future unveiling of additional transitional housing for veterans in this area funded by Mr. Burbick's foundation.
tammy brode September 24, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Laurie: It is not just my right to question, it is my duty to my country, to my state, to my county, to make sure there is NO fraudulant activites going on. I would just love to hear where the projected transitional housing for Vets will be. Mr Burbick as you say, knows all and he must have had a back up plan ! If your Mr Burbick is so great, he would know, would be expecting a delay in such funding, "these things happen all the time" and would HAVE PLANNED for such an event. If he is a big Washington business guy, he knows all to well the red tape, he knew what was what, that is why I am questioning this. Laurie, the more you talk, the more questions I see needing answered. I will save them for later, and by all means, keep on defending him. I will be filing a request for said plans this week.
Laurel Myers Hurst September 24, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Who is Laurie? I see your attention to detail is stellar.
tammy brode September 25, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Laurel, sorry my brian processes letters and number differently than your's. I am proud to be dyslexic and I do have mis-spelled words. I see things most people do not & when people talk, I hear things most people would over look. Have a Super Week
David Urban December 25, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Someone please helpme out here. I am a native Kentite living on the East Coast. Is there a lack of affordable housing for Vets in the Kent area?

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