Issaquah Highlands ranked as top ‘green’ community

April 27, 2010

By Staff

Natural Home magazine has named the Issaquah Highlands among the “greenest” communities in the United States.

The magazine included the highlands on the “Top 10 Best Green-Built Neighborhoods” and lauded the community for residences and commercial buildings built to eco-friendly standards. The magazine also noted the 1,400 acres of forest and open space preserved as part of the highlands.

The hillside community has attracted more than 7,000 residents to Grand Ridge since 1998. No other Washington community earned a spot on the list.

The list includes three Oregon communities. The rankings appear in the May-June issue of the magazine.

Plans for more commercial and office space in the highlands shifted through the years as major tenants — such as Microsoft — opted to build elsewhere. The recession also slowed grand plans for the community.

The latest plan offered by highlands developer Port Blakely Communities includes a storage facility, a grocery store, a movie theater and a gas station. Port Blakely seeks a development partner in order to complete the project.

Natural Home bills itself as “the authority on sustainable home design and materials, earth-friendly décor and natural lifestyles.”

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