Developer announces July groundbreaking for long-planned Issaquah Highlands hotel

June 12, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

The rendering above shows a long-planned, 111-suite Residence Inn by Marriott hotel scheduled to break ground in the Issaquah Highlands next month and open to guests next year. By InnSight HMG

Construction is expected to start on a long-planned, much-anticipated hotel in the Issaquah Highlands next month, the developer announced June 5.

InnSight HMG plans to break ground on the hotel, a Residence Inn by Marriott, in mid-July. Plans call for the hotel to include 111 suites and employ more than 40 people. The developer expects the hotel to open in spring 2013.

The hotel site is located across Highlands Drive Northeast from Swedish/Issaquah. City officials expect the hospital to attract guests to the hotel, as people seek a nearby place to stay as family members undergo treatment.

The hospital opened in the neighborhood almost a year ago and started offering inpatient services in November.

“Although we have already completed some initial site work, we are excited to officially break ground and become part of the Issaquah community,” InnSight Executive Vice President Pat McShane said.

InnSight HMG is based in Springfield, Ore.

The developer announced plans for the Residence Inn in 2008, but a lackluster economy and uncertainty about overall development in the highlands stalled the project. However, the developer said the neighborhood remained appealing despite the slowdown.

“Issaquah Highlands’ focus on sustainability, community and growth make it an ideal setting for our Residence Inn,” McShane said. “It will provide visitors an opportunity to feel like they are part of the neighborhood while enjoying all the comforts of home.”

The hotel announcement is the latest development for the neighborhood, as prospects improve for additional businesses in the community.

In late April, the city Urban Village Development Commission approved plans to build a sprawling retail complex, called Grand Ridge Plaza, in the neighborhood.

The hotel site is not included in the retail complex.

In addition, the city opened a pair of roads — Northeast College Drive and Northeast Falls Drive — to connect motorists to the area from Grand Ridge Elementary School to the proposed retail complex downhill from the campus.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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