Homebuilder starts construction on highlands residences

June 8, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 2 p.m. June 8, 2011

Homebuilder Pulte Homes has started construction on the $20 million Sunset Walk project in the Issaquah Highlands, developers announced Wednesday.

Plans call for Sunset Walk to feature 70 two- and three-story townhouses ranging from 1,460 to 2,055 square feet. Sunset Park is located near the neighborhood.

Groundwork on the 5.86-acre project started in early June. The developer estimates model homes could be ready for tours as early as January 2012.

“Issaquah Highlands is one of the most sought-after places to live in the area, one of the last true master planned communities, and Pulte Homes is thrilled to become part of it,” Frank Anderson, Pulte Homes vice president of land acquisition, said in a news release. “Adjacent to a beautiful park, in a diverse and thriving community, with great schools, and close to high quality employment — this neighborhood is a terrific fit for people looking for a great new home community in the Northwest.”

The project should employ more than 100 construction workers during construction.

René Ancinas, president of highlands developer Port Blakely Communities, praised the Pulte Homes development.

“In Sunset Walk, Pulte Homes has secured one of the most picturesque settings in Issaquah Highlands,” he said in a news release. “Sunset Walk offers easy walking distance to parks, shops, workplaces and amenities, as well as convenient access to public transportation. We welcome Pulte Homes to Issaquah Highlands during this summer of community milestones, including the grand openings of the new Swedish/Issaquah medical campus and YWCA Family Village at Issaquah.”

Construction is proceeding on a Swedish Medical Center campus, a $30 million apartment complex, a YWCA residential complex and the zHome eco-conscious townhouses. The hospital is due to open in July and zHome is scheduled to open in September. Residents could start settling in the YWCA residences in the weeks ahead.

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7 Responses to “Homebuilder starts construction on highlands residences”

  1. Anonymous on June 8th, 2011 5:28 pm

    Are these townhomes going to be right next to the grocery store and movie theater?

  2. Anonymous on June 9th, 2011 8:59 am

    They forgot to mention that children who may live in these units will be able to walk to the already crowded Grand Ridge Elementary.

  3. Anon2 on June 9th, 2011 4:10 pm

    Along with the children from the Discovery Heights apartments, the YWCA and the Z-Homes, so they’ll have lot’s of company. Back to multiple portables at the NEW school again. Well planned everyone.

  4. Anonymous on June 10th, 2011 12:16 pm

    As these children walk to Grand Ridge at least they will have less traffic to deal with in front of the school now that College Drive is being built. That is unless the light they propose to put in at the newly designated 15th Ave. NE does not back traffic up the hill from there, past the school and all the way to 30th Ave. NE. I hear the people who plan roads and traffic mitigation should be trusted to effectively deal with these scenarios but their record so far is not very good. I hope I am wrong but I forecast many unintended traffic consequences caused by the light at 15th Ave. NE and the creation of College Drive – especially once the 1,645 parking spaces projected for the BCC campus start to fill up. You heard it here first.

  5. Anonymous on June 11th, 2011 8:33 am

    Oh good, more destruction of habitat, more eyesores, and all amid the worst real estate market in generations. Good job, geniuses. The greed never ceases to amaze me, somehow.

  6. Jeff Wright on June 12th, 2011 7:48 pm

    Well I’d rather have everyone wait a little on their precious commute down the hill at a new signal instead of racing down the hill with no regard for pedestrians crossing the intersection. Don’t argue the fact that people stop because for the most part they do not. My children and myself cross this street quite often and have come close to being hit on numerous occasions. So I for one think a traffic signal is long over due!

  7. Anonymous on June 13th, 2011 8:44 am

    I don’t disagree with the traffic light but I question the ability to design a proper intersection that will serve the new College Drive, alleviate traffic congestion uphill and provide a safe crossing. Simply adding a right turn lane is not going to do it.

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