Issaquah, agencies and developers share award

July 14, 2009

By Staff

Issaquah officials and several partner organizations received a Governor’s Smart Communities Award. Officials were honored for efforts to encourage transit-oriented development near the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride.The Smart Partnerships Award recognizes the development and assignment agreements for the YWCA’s 146-unit affordable housing project, as well as the proposed zHome development of 10 zero net-energy townhouses.

City officials encouraged affordable, sustainable housing near the 1,000-stall park & ride. City officials have directed $5.3 million to purchase land for the projects.

As officials refined their development vision, they forged partnerships with King County, A Regional Coaltion for Housing, Puget Sound Energy, Master Builders of King and Snohomish Counties, YWCA, Howland Homes and highlands developer Port Blakely Communities.

“As we all work toward our common goals of transit-oriented development and sustainability, this award reinforces how valuable our partnerships truly are,” Mayor Ava Frisinger said.

In addition to 146 apartments, the YWCA Family Village will include a childcare center, meeting rooms, outdoor gathering spaces, pedestrian access to the park & ride and an eco-friendly design. Most of the financing for the first phase of the project is now secured.

Construction could start in late 2009 or early 2010.

Financing for the zHome project has been more difficult to secure, and the development has been put on hold due to the down economy.

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