One school permit issued, another on hold

October 14, 2008

By Chantelle Lusebrink

After months of waiting, school district officials have received a permit from the city of Sammamish to begin demolishing and building Skyline High School.

Steve Crawford, director of capital projects for the district, said demolition and new construction on temporary safety walls began Oct. 7, while paving of the school’s parking lot was scheduled to begin the following day.

Crawford and other district officials met with city officials to discuss plans and site work for Elementary 15, slated to break ground in mid-April. The site is near Pine Lake on the plateau.

Crawford said the project is on schedule, and district and city officials are talking about clearly outlining what responsibilities district officials have to meet to keep up with the timeline. The school is expected to open in fall 2010.

However, district officials are still working with Issaquah city officials to obtain a permit for Issaquah High School. 

Both parties are still working to establish what traffic mitigation district officials will need to do along Second Avenue Southeast because of the larger high school’s impact to the street. 

Crawford said the district’s traffic consultant has worked up a spreadsheet of different options for city officials to look at, and district and city officials would set a meeting to discuss them soon. 

Until full construction permits are issued by the city, no other work can begin at Issaquah High.

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