Former Kent Mayor Jim White and current Mayor Dana Ralph next to the star placed for White on the Kent Station plaza. COURTESY PHOTO, City of Kent

Former Kent Mayor Jim White and current Mayor Dana Ralph next to the star placed for White on the Kent Station plaza. COURTESY PHOTO, City of Kent

Former Mayor White gets a star

For role in bringing Kent Station shopping center to downtown

Former Kent Mayor Jim White received a star Thursday on the Kent Station plaza outside of the AMC theatre for his role to bring the shopping center to downtown 14 years ago.

White served as mayor from 1994 through 2005. The City Council voted 4-3 in 2004 to sell the city-owned property to Tarragon. A few council members were opposed because the city sold the property to the developer for a lower price than what the city had paid for it a few years earlier. White helped lead negotiations to buy the property from Borden Chemical.

“The star is a celebration of Mayor Jim White’s tireless work in bringing Kent Station to our downtown,” Kent Mayor Dana Ralph said in her weekly newsletter. “He was instrumental in making this happen. His vision to create a wonderful gathering place for the community to enjoy for generations to come has been recognized.”

Kent Station opened in late 2005 and has become a popular gathering spot for shopping, dining, entertainment and personal and professional services.

COURTESY PHOTO, City of Kent

COURTESY PHOTO, City of Kent

More in Business

Brandon Jones will drive the No. 19 Flow Waterjet Toyota Supra. COURTESY, Joe Gibbs Racing and Flow International Corporation
Kent-based Flow Waterjet joins ride with NASCAR and Joe Gibbs Racing

Flow-branded car debuts on track in Kansas City on Saturday

Payroll hiring continues to slow in September; unemployment rate unchanged

Washington’s economy lost 3,100 jobs in September and the state’s seasonally adjusted… Continue reading

Garbage service missed two days because of strike

Pickets set up to support sanitation workers on strike in Massachusetts

PSE supports Kent Food Bank & Emergency Services during Hunger Action Month

Puget Sound Energy has donated more than $75,000 to nonprofits, including Kent… Continue reading

Auburn Municipal Airport, which began in 1969, is one of the busiest of its kind in the state and region. REPORTER FILE PHOTO
Sen. Cantwell announces FAA will provide $2.8 million for runway extension at Auburn Municipal Airport

The Auburn Municipal Airport is about to receive $2,858,343 from the Federal… Continue reading

New owners for large Kent food distribution warehouse

Harbor Wholesale Foods purchases Food Services of America facility

Kent Turkey Challenge fundraiser coming up

Businesses, schools, churches can sign up to collect donations for Kent Food Bank

Grocery workers take to freeway overpasses to spread message

Reaching commuters Wednesday afternoon, evening

Payroll hiring slows in August; state unemployment rate remains 4.6 percent

Washington’s economy gained 2,300 jobs in August and the state’s seasonally adjusted… Continue reading

It’s time to prepare for flu season: Bartell’s offers immunizations

The key to protection from the flu is getting the immunization at… Continue reading

Kent’s Blue Origin celebrates 19th year

Company opened headquarters in Kent in 2000