Judd Kirk, highlands mastermind, to leave Port Blakely

June 28, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 9 a.m. June 28, 2011

Judd Kirk, a visionary behind the Issaquah Highlands urban village, is due to depart from highlands developer Port Blakely Communities on Thursday.

“Judd has brought an extraordinary breadth of skills and experience in community building, real estate and sustainable development to Port Blakely Companies,” Port Blakely Communities President Rene Ancinas said in a statement. “His creative ideas and collaboration with public officials, builders, residents and so many others helped create the successful community we have today.”

Following the long-planned move from Port Blakely, Kirk plans to serve as a consultant in the real estate industry.

Kirk served as Port Blakely Communities president from 1990 through December 2008, and later as senior real estate strategist for the company.

“In 1996, Port Blakely Companies set ambitious goals and high standards for ourselves in developing a sustainable urban village,” Kirk said in a news release. “Fortunately, we had the support of a 20-year public-private partnership with the city of Issaquah, the long-term vision of Port Blakely and a great team. As a result, we were able to build a community that the residents and the entire region can be proud of.”

Issaquah leaders inducted Kirk into the Issaquah Hall of Fame in 2009 for spearheading highlands construction.

“The city, its residents, the environment and our economy have all benefitted from Issaquah Highlands,” Mayor Ava Frisinger said in a news release.  “We were able to grow compactly, thus adding more active community members without changing the character of our existing neighborhoods, all while permanently preserving wild lands and forests for generations into the future.”

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