Learn about plan to redevelop almost 90 acres at Monday meeting
March 21, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 6 a.m. March 21, 2010
City Council members will take the initial step Monday to reshape almost 90 acres in the city’s commercial center.
Under a proposed development agreement headed to a council committee, longtime Issaquah developer Rowley Properties aims to partner with the city to redevelop about 87 acres to create mixed-use destinations.
Planners envision the area — now a string of low-slung offices and strip malls along busy thoroughfares — as a walkable town center possibly connected to a regional light rail network.
Council Major Planning & Growth Committee members will review the proposed agreement at 5 p.m. in the Eagle Room at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.
City planners proposed spending $750,000 to complete the development agreement. The total includes money for community outreach.
The proposal calls for Rowley Properties to reimburse the city for the time city staff members devote to elements of the project, as well as city-incurred consultant costs.
Representatives from the city and developer announced the deal in early January. The preliminary proposal calls for Hyla Crossing — almost 62 acres near Northwest Gilman Boulevard and state Route 900 — and Rowley Center, about 26 acres in the same area, to be redeveloped during the next several decades. Combined, the properties constitute 7.1 percent of the land in Central Issaquah.
If the full council opts to move forward with the agreement, the city administration will work with Rowley Properties to prepare a draft development agreement. Then, a group made up of residents and Central Issaquah Area Task Force members will provide input about the agreement. The city Planning Policy Commission and Major Planning & Growth Committee will review drafts as well.
City planners hope to deliver draft agreements to the appropriate groups by October.
Meanwhile, the Central Issaquah Area Task Force should deliver recommendations by September. Mayor Ava Frisinger appointed the group to re-envision development in the 915 acres along Interstate 90.
Joe Forkner, the task force chairman, will also update Major Planning & Growth Committee members Monday.