Committee appointed to guide redevelopment
July 6, 2010
The city and developer Rowley Properties called on former city councilmen and community leaders last week to help guide redevelopment on almost 90 acres.
City planners and Rowley representatives announced the creation of the citizens group to offer input on a proposal to redevelop land near state Route 900 and Interstate 90.
The committee appointments represent the latest step in a decadeslong process to reshape Hyla Crossing — about 62 acres arranged in a rough triangle and wedged between the interstate and the base of Cougar Mountain — and Rowley Center — about 26 acres bordered by Northwest Maple Street, 12th Avenue Northwest, Northwest Gilman Boulevard and state Route 900 — into mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly areas.
City Council members agreed in early April to proceed with the proposal. The council agreed to spend up to $750,000 — to be reimbursed by the developer — to complete the framework for a development agreement.
The development agreement could result in a plan for taller buildings, residences and better mass transit on land now occupied by low-slung offices, automotive services and acres of self-storage units.
The committee bears some resemblance to the citizens groups known as reader teams. In the past, the city enlisted reader teams to offer input into the Issaquah Highlands development agreement and the botched plan to build the Park Pointe development.
The group includes former councilmen David Kappler and Russell Joe, as well as representatives from other community organizations.
The committee met June 30. The group plans to meet throughout the summer and fall, and then deliver recommendations to the city and developer.
The committee will also address how the proposal fits in to a broader, ongoing plan to re-envision Central Issaquah — 915 acres straddling the interstate. The separate task force examining redevelopment in the area should deliver a report by September as well.
The committee to advise the city and Rowley Properties on a proposed development plan includes:
- Karen Abel, artEAST executive director
- Stacy Goodman, Carson & Noel PLLC associate attorney and past editor of The Issaquah Press
- Bob Ittes, Issaquah Community Bank president
- Russell Joe, former city councilman
- John A. Johnson, designer and artist
- David Kappler, former city councilman
- Nina Milligan, Urban Village Development Commission member