Officials to break ground June 19 on Issaquah Highlands retail complex

June 14, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 9 p.m. June 14, 2012

City leaders and representatives from Issaquah Highlands developers plan to gather June 19 to break ground on a long-awaited retail complex in the neighborhood.

Regency Centers, a real estate investment trust based in Florida, intends to build the retail complex, dubbed Grand Ridge Plaza, on vacant land along Highlands Drive Northeast between Swedish/Issaquah and the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride.

The proposed retail complex morphed throughout the years to reflect the developers involved and the economy.

In the latest iteration, announced tenants include a Regal Cinemas multiplex, and a Safeway and associated gas station.

Regal Cinemas and Safeway intend to open next year. Other tenants could open in 2013 as well.

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

The effort to add retail options to the neighborhood stretches back to the mid-1990s and the initial agreement between the city and highlands developer Port Blakely Communities.

Regency and Port Blakely executives announced the latest proposal last year.

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