Port Blakely Communities President Alan Boeker will resign next week
January 8, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 2:14 p.m. Jan. 8, 2010
Port Blakely Communities President Alan Boeker will step down Jan. 15, the Issaquah Highlands developer announced Thursday.
René Ancinas, the president and chief operating officer of parent company Port Blakely Companies, will assume responsibilities for the real estate division. Ancinas will work alongside Judd Kirk — a senior adviser and a key player in establishing the vision for the highlands — and other managers after the transition.
A statement from the company said Boeker would “pursue other development opportunities in the real estate industry.”
Boeker joined Port Blakely in 2007. The tenure included milestones as the highlands boomed and grew to include more than 7,000 residents.
Last October, Gov. Chris Gregoire and other dignitaries broke ground for a Swedish Medical Center campus in the community — a project that will create more than 1,000 jobs by the time the entire hospital opens in 2012.
The community recorded another achievement last December, when dignitaries broke ground for a YWCA affordable-housing complex. Volunteers continue construction on Habitat for Humanity houses in the community, and plans for a Regal movie theater are in the works.
But problems with the urban village concept — with homes, offices and shops built within close proximity — came to the fore as the economy soured.
Residents grumbled throughout 2009 about the pace of commercial development in the community. A plan to allow a highlands gas station sputtered in late December. Deals to bring a grocery store to the community faltered as well.
Port Blakely seeks a partner to complete the planned commercial development in the highlands. The company praised Boeker in a statement posted on the highlands’ Web portal Thursday.
“Most important, he stabilized the project amidst a tough and unforgiving economy, which laid the foundation for us to be able to move forward with a partner,” the company statement said.