Established in 1888, this small town was originally envisioned as “Pittsburgh of the West” by its founder Peter Kirk. Over the past Century has been a place where big things were supposed to happen but didn’t. Steel Mills, Ferries, and major industries were supposed to be established in Kirkland and the groundwork had been laid, but none of it ever came to pass. Even Costco, that started in Kirkland, moved its Headquarters to Issaquah eventually. But recently new companies like Google have started to move in while at the same time recent annexations of new land will double Kirkland’s size in the near future. Kirkland is a place on the brink of change. But in to what, no one really knows.
WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN MAY BE SOON
FACE: TREVOR RADCLIFFE, HEAD OF THE PETER KIRK SYNDICATE
ASPECT: HE’S PLOTTING SOMETHING
The Peter Kirk Syndicate was a conglomeration of investors who bought the Peter Kirk building and other historic places in the 50’s and 60’s in an effort to restore them and get them registered as Historical Landmarks. They have, but now Kirkland is changing. Trevor Radcliffe and his Syndicate are a mysterious Group who seem to be in on just the right place with just the right properties when Kirkland doubles in size this summer.
ASPECT: SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED
Kirkland weathered the earthquake of Black Monday relatively unscathed. It did suffer extensive storm and flood damage however. More so than any other part of the region. Oddly enough almost every single property owned by the Peter Kirk Syndicate was spared the flooding damage. Also the insurance companies are refusing to pay out on claims and their owners have been forced to sell their properties. The single largest insurance company in the area is Vanguard Insurance. A subsidy of the Peter Kirk Syndicates. The Syndicate has snapped up many of the best properties solidifying its power in the area. Two State investigations into the situation were launched but quickly ruled that there was no fraud in the transactions.