City Council to consider selling highlands land

May 10, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

The city could sell a small parcel in the Issaquah Highlands, and residents can offer input on the proposal May 16.

The property under consideration is 16,000 square feet, or about the size of a typical Bartell Drugs, near the planned 15th Avenue Northeast extension and south of Park Drive Northeast.

If sold, the forested land could be used for residences. Bellevue-based developer Polygon Northwest is building a community near the site.

The sale could generate about $200,000 for the general fund — the account used to fund police and fire services, community development and planning, parks and recreation, and municipal government.

Or, the city could earmark the dollars for a specific project.

People interested in the proposed transaction can appear at the City Council’s public hearing and offer input for or against the item, or provide comments about the proposed agreement.

The property is near the planned 15th Avenue Northeast extension, a road project expected to start in the coming weeks.

Crews plan to start soon on clearing land for Northeast College Drive, the access road to the proposed Bellevue College campus in the highlands. In addition, the road through The Highlands at Wynhaven apartment complex is due to be improved and turned into 15th Avenue Northeast. College Drive is planned to form a T-shaped intersection at 15th Avenue.

Plans call for College Drive to snake for about a half-mile behind Grand Ridge Elementary School and link to the existing street grid at Central Park.

Get involved

City Council regular meeting

  • Agenda: surplus property disposal public hearing
  • 7:30 p.m. May 16
  • Council Chambers, City Hall South
  • 135 E. Sunset Way
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