Bring comments about Costco parking structure to Wednesday meeting

August 3, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 3, 2009

City development commissioners will listen to residents’ comments Wednesday as officials consider a five-level parking structure near Costco corporate headquarters.

The hearing will be at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers, City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way.

The project would include 1,601 parking stalls. Costco executives are planning a five-level parking structure, with the first level below ground and a top level with rooftop parking stalls.

The structure would not exceed the height of a three-story building. Landscaping would be added around the structure.

The building would be constructed on Northwest Lake Drive, south of Pickering Barn and north of the Costco Trade Building.

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8 Responses to “Bring comments about Costco parking structure to Wednesday meeting”

  1. Larry Trollen on August 3rd, 2009 9:16 am

    Is this parking lot for the store? It’s located to far away. It won’t solve the parking problem at the store. The garage needs to be constructed where the present parking lot is. Additionally the streets in the area need to be widened. Added parking spaces is not the only problem there. A complete comprehensive plan needs to be developed to solve the whole problem in the area. Parking, traffic flow and the Pickering Barn events like the Farmer’s Market. The entire area is a big mess and needs a complete overhaul to solve the huge problem. The Costco store needs to have the garage close to the store, not two blocks away. The proposed garage will not be used.

  2. Earl on August 3rd, 2009 11:29 pm

    The parking garage is probably for all the corporate employees which frees up the coporate employee lot that is right next to the store thus giving the store more parking. They are not gonna just build a garage in front of costco that would look horrible.

  3. Bryce on August 4th, 2009 7:18 am

    I believe this proposed parking structure is for the Costco Headquarters employee parking, not for the Issaquah Store customers.

  4. Amber P. on August 4th, 2009 12:13 pm

    I would imagine the parking structure is for the warehouse employees and home office employees, not for the shoppers. If this is the case, this would increase the overall parking spaces for the shoppers since employees would no longer be parking in the warehouse parking lot. I imagine this in turn would open more parking spaces for visitors at the Home Office who have probably had to use the warehouse parking lot or Red Robin’s parking lot when the few visitor parking spaces have been filled.

  5. Steve on August 4th, 2009 1:38 pm

    From the article, it’s a “five-level parking structure near Costco corporate headquarters.”

    I agree that the Costco store parking is very poorly designed and in need of a functional makeover.

    But it seems obvious that this project is not for the store. It’s for the HQ.

  6. Violet on August 5th, 2009 9:43 am

    This is for the HQ employees; there are already four buildings that are 3-story and it appears that they are designing this fifth building (parking structure) to blend with the already existing four.
    It also would be going in the existing parking lot for HQ employees, which is South of the pickering barn and hidden from view by trees, so most Issaquah residents don’t realize the large expanse of parking lot already exists.
    Frankly, it would only better the Issaquah shopping area, as all the employees would not overflow into the movie theater, Red Robin, Lowe’s, Costco, and Red Barn lots, which are punishable by tickets (so full-time employees generally don’t abuse those lots) but guests, reluctant employees, or visiting business personnel continue to use.

  7. John on August 5th, 2009 4:01 pm

    Why offload the parking problem onto the rest of us who live here? If Costco has a need for more parking, can they not add to the parking facilities on their own grounds? Can they build a 5-story parking garage on top of a surface-only lot?

    I’m not sympathetic to the idea that it will ruin their view. They have no qualms about ruining OUR view by fobbing a parking ramp onto one of the few remaining open spaces we have in town. What about the farmer’s market? I need fresh vegetables way more than I need yet another ugly parking lot forced onto the community.

    I am more than sure that the costco company has enough brains and talent to figure out a solution which doesn’t add to the blight of our city, which is already rapidly losing the things that make it special to be here.

    Issaquah is supposedly the native word for “land of the water bird.” Do we want it to be “land of parking lots and development?”


  8. Diana on August 5th, 2009 11:03 pm

    As someone already pointed out, the garage ~is~ going to go over one of the pre-existing employee lots. Funny, til I read this I thought the project had been killed.

    As for development, Talus and the Highlands have done more stripping of our greenery than Costco. Not to mention making parking harder everywhere.

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