Old Allen’s Furniture space will be revamped
December 1, 2009
By Warren Kagarise
The former Allen’s Furniture store — a vacant space in downtown Issaquah — will be remodeled and reopened as a bicycle shop and a restaurant.
City Senior Planner Jerry Lind said the 7,795-square-foot former furniture store would be repurposed. Crews will add restrooms and a dividing wall to separate the bicycle shop from the restaurant. The developer will be required to adhere to Olde Towne design standards in order to blend with the quaint downtown surroundings. Lind said the revamp would be accomplished with “more of a light touch.”
The plate-glass windows will go, and workers will add windows with smaller panes, Lind said. City planners received the site development permit request in mid-October. The building, at 131 Front St. N., was built in the 1950s and needed updates, Lind said.Bicycle Center of Issaquah will move into half of the old Allen’s Furniture space. Lind said the move for the bicycle center would occur because the store needs more space. The proposed restaurant next door will likely serve Italian cuisine.
DownTown Issaquah Association Executive Director Greg Spranger said he welcomed the addition of a new building to Front Street. The building occupied by Bicycle Center of Issaquah, at 111 Front St. N., is “a great old building,” Spranger said. He said the building would make a fitting space for a gallery.
Spranger said he hoped the businesses would be ready by the time the next ArtWalk returned in May.
“Having a new restaurant downtown, that’s always a plus,” Spranger said.
Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.