Normandy Park, nestled in a forest that rises from the waters of Puget Sound, the city is a testament to the ideals of safe and stable residential neighborhoods and the integration of the natural environment into the everyday lives of residents. Normandy Park was initially homesteaded in 1853 and incorporated in 1953. In 2008, Seattle Magazine rated Normandy Park one of the top five “hottest” communities in the Seattle area. Natural open spaces and sensitive areas are major components of the city’s character, but the city also enjoys the benefits of two neighborhood commercial centers along First Avenue South/State Route 509 that provide essential neighborhood services together with multifamily development.
The City’s First Avenue Economic Redevelopment Plan, completed in 2004, resulted in a vision for the redevelopment of First Avenue South. In 2006, the redevelopment of the south neighborhood commercial area started to bring the Plan to life with the construction of Normandy Park Towne Center. With the completion of the first phase of construction, Normandy Park welcomed several new businesses to the community and awaits the arrival of many more. The Towne Center projects, when completed, will include over 60,000 square feet of retail/commercial space and 100 new condominium and townhouse dwelling units. Less than one block from Normandy Park Towne Center, Normandy Place was opened in 2008, with 2,500 square feet of office and retail space and 36 condominium units.
The City of Normandy Park is also committed to construction of multi-modal enhancements as First Avenue South undergoes reconstruction. In 2009, the City of Normandy Park was the recipient of a FWHA grant as part of the American Recovery Reinvestment Act, which will provide funding for construction of enhancements along the frontage of Normandy Park Towne Center. Enhancements include bicycle lanes, sidewalks, transit stops, landscaping and turn lanes. These enhancements are consistent with the First Avenue South Economic Redevelopment Plan objectives to create a sustainable commercial area with pedestrian-friendly shopping and amenities.
The Manhattan Shopping Area, which is the north commercial area located at First Avenue South and Normandy Road is the viewed as an area that will be redeveloped in the near future. The City of Normandy Park is in the process of amending land use and zoning codes to encourage well-designed redevelopment of this area with mixed uses, including multi-family housing, boutique retail, professional services and local dining experiences.
In addition to the majestic views of Puget Sound, Mt. Rainier and the Olympics from nearly every neighborhood in Normandy Park, one of the true gems of the community is Marvista Elementary School. Marvista Elementary School enjoys strong support from the community and is ranked among the top elementary schools in Washington. Students of Marvista Elementary will occupy the newly constructed school building starting with the 2009-10 school year. Residents of Normandy Park are proud of the quality of life in their community, which is based on safe neighborhoods, friendly people, abundant open spaces and parks, access to quality education and the ability to travel to downtown Seattle or SeaTac International Airport in a matter of minutes.