Topgolf proposes facility in Renton

Fast-growing high-tech sports entertainment company Topgolf has its eyes on the Seattle area with a new proposal to build a driving range facility on a nearly 14-acre parcel of land in Renton, Wash.

Topgolf is in preliminary stages to construct a new 3-story building as part of a mixed use development project nearby Boeing’s 737 production facility in Renton, a suburb 12 miles south of downtown Seattle, GeekWire has learned.

Topgolf held an initial community meeting on Thursday. It has yet to submit an official application to city planners.

“We are actively working to bring Topgolf to Renton and hope to have some exciting details to share in the near future,” said Devin Charhon, Topgolf’s director of real estate and development. GeekWire recently spotlighted Renton’s promise as a potential tech hub, with its proximity to Bellevue, Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport.

The proposed high-tech golfing site is a sprawling vacant lot just south of The Landing, a massive shopping and dining complex that opened in 2007. The 13.68-acre site is a former Boeing property; the airline giant sold it in 2010 for $10 million to an entity called ITF Developments, which is run by Gibson family, former owners of an aerospace-technology company from nearby Tukwila.

Preeti Shridhar, communications director for the City of Renton, said the mixed use development project would also include high-rise and low-rise apartment buildings; structured and surface parking; pedestrian-oriented space; a storm drainage detention facility; and other associated underground utilities.

“We are very excited and would love to have Topgolf in Renton,” said Shridhar.

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