Newport building planned for Abossein
October 28, 2008
Bellevue engineering firm plans move-in for late 2009
Plans are being reviewed for construction of an office building at the northeast corner of Newport Way and Juniper Street.
The proposed two-story structure would accommodate offices for the Abossein Engineering Corp., a Bellevue firm, and offer about 5,300 square feet of space. The structure will also house a 13-stall parking lot on the ground level.
The plan is in the process of getting a site development permit. The project has already passed a state-mandated State Environmental Policy Act environment checklist and received approval concerning on-site wetlands. “Half of the property is covered in wetlands and there is a minor stream east of the property,” Jerry Lind, senior planner of the Issaquah Planning Department, explained. “By the time you protected the wetlands, setbacks and buffers to the creek and stream, you couldn’t even put a flagpole on that property. There was no land left.”
On June 30, the project went to the city hearing examiner, who approved a variance to allow development within buffers and setbacks. A proposal to landscape 18,409 square feet of land was also included. This will both restore and enhance the on-site wetlands.
Lind explained that surrounding property owners have received notice of the project application. The notice included an overview of the project and proposed building plans.
“The response has been quite favorable for what has been proposed on this site,” he said.
The project was originally introduced to the community at a public meeting in September 2007. The planning department will hold a second public meeting in the near future. The next step would be construction permits.
David Dane, an In Form Inc. architect overseeing the building’s construction, said his firm is waiting for out-of-house consultants to finish current site assessments.
“It’s a matter of coordinating their drawings with ours,” explained Ben Liston, project captain at In Form Inc.
Dane said In Form plans to combine the consultant reviews with its own plans before submitting them to the Issaquah Building Department for approval.
A start date for construction and estimated completion date have not been established, due to permit and submittal delays, Dane said.
According to the environmental checklist, construction was planned for July. Despite delays, Abossein Engineering Corp. officials said in an e-mail that they are extremely pleased with the project and look forward to its start-up and completion in the last quarter of 2009.
Brittni Reinertsen is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory.