The Sunset Area

Welcome to Sunset!

The Sunset Area Transformation Plan continues key investments in Sunset Neighborhood

Sunset is a distinct neighborhood recognizable as a gateway to the larger Highlands area of Renton. A diverse neighborhood, spanning 269-acres and 2,689 residents, the Sunset area has long been characterized by distressed public and WWII-era housing. The Sunset area has significant need for improved housing and services, but it also offers opportunities for strategic community investment. For more than ten years, the City of Renton, Renton Housing Authority, Renton School District, and other partners have been working together with the community to help revitalize the Sunset Area. 

The Sunset neighborhood revitalization is guided by the Sunset Area Transformation Plan. This plan was created with the support of the King County Housing Authority, the City, Renton Housing Authority, Neighborhood House, Renton School District, and numerous other partners [link to partner list] to guide the investments in the neighborhood. It includes substantial new affordable and market-rate housing, critical community and economic development initiatives for Sunset Area residents and businesses, and education and supportive services for neighborhood residents.

The Sunset Area Transformation Plan was originally created as part of a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) application for a Choice Neighborhood Implementation grant. Although selected as a finalist in 2015, the plan did not receive a CNI grant in 2015 or 2016. 

Still, the City, Renton Housing Authority, Neighborhood House, Renton School District, and other partners are committed to the Sunset community and are continuing to work together to implement the key elements of the Sunset Area Transformation Plan by identifying strategic resources, initiatives, and opportunities for public and private funding.  Since 2011, approximately $100 million has been invested in completed and current projects in the Sunset Area. 

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Upcoming Events

August 1st

Homestead Community Land Trust:
Please join us for an informational event to learn more about Sunset Crest, a proposed development in the Sunset neighborhood of Renton. The meeting will be held August 1st, 108 from 6:30 pm to  8:30 pm at the Multi-Service Center located at 2902 NE 12th Street, Renton, WA 98056.

August 7th

National Night Out:
Join the Renton Housing Authority to celebrate community-police relations with a neighborhood BBQ! This event will be held on August 7th starting at 6:00 at the North Highlands Community Center.

August 10th

Coco Summer Outdoor Movie Night:
Join us for an outdoor showing of the movie Coco at dusk in Sunset Park.

Past Events

Sunset Area Block Parties

The Sunset Area Transformation Plan team held two Sunset Area block parties in July – one at Sunset Park and the other at the N. Highlands Community Center. These events brought together neighbors and community members over snow cones, games, and shared space. If you are interested in having a block party, please contact us!

Sunset Park Celebration

Sunset Neighborhood Park officially opened on July 16th with a kickoff celebration! Neighbors, residents, and community leaders gathered to celebrate the new park and the adjacent library. Presentations were given by key city and state official and performances were enjoyed from local dance and music groups.