City to unveil redevelopment plan for more than 900 acres

October 19, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 19, 2010

Glimpse the future — or, at least, how Central Issaquah might redevelop — at a city-sponsored open house next week.

Central Issaquah Plan Advisory Task Force members plan unveil recommendations for future redevelopment 4-7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. Call 837-3080 or click here to learn more.

The open house includes 10-minute overview presentations every 30 minutes on the half hour, and displays to show recommendations. In addition task force members plan to attend and answer participants’ questions.

The task force spent almost 1,000 hours during the last year to establish a vision for redevelopment in the area — a 915-acre swath along Interstate 90.

Planners envision the area — now a string of strip malls, self-storage facilities and parking lots laid out along busy thoroughfares — as a town center connected by pedestrian walkways and mass transit.

The initial offering from the task force does not include specific plans for the area. Instead, the task force has formed a series of broad guidelines for redevelopment.

The plan heads to the Planning Policy Commission, City Council committees and the full council for tune-ups. The city aims to implement the plan in 2012.

Mayor Ava Frisinger appointed the 12-member task force last September to create a draft version of the Central Issaquah Plan — a guide to steer future redevelopment of the commercial core of the city. The group includes community leaders, developers, environmentalists and residents.

City planners started community outreach for the effort in July 2007, and held further community meetings during the next year. Officials then toured redeveloped sections of Bellevue and Mercer Island to collect ideas.

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