Commissioners approve plans for 240 Issaquah Highlands residences
January 7, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6:30 a.m. Jan. 7, 2009
City development commissioners approved a plan Tuesday to build 240 residences in the Issaquah Highlands.
Commissioners set aside concerns about commercial development in the highlands and approved a site development permit for the residential project on land once set aside for a proposed Microsoft campus.
A Bellevue company, Devco, plans to build the residential units on 9.5 acres bordered by Northeast Discovery Drive to the north and Highlands Drive Northeast on the west. The proposal includes apartments, townhouses and stacked flats.
The city Urban Village Development Commission postponed the project last month to prod highlands developer Port Blakely Communities to answers questions about commercial development in the community.
The commission oversees major projects in the highlands and Talus. Projects go before the commission if they encompass three or more acres.
Port Blakely representative Judd Kirk — a key player in the vision for the highlands — addressed the concerns during a presentation to the board.