Developers deliver proposal for new highlands homes
June 4, 2013
By Peter Clark
A proposal to add almost 300 more homes to the Issaquah Highlands is currently under review from the City Development Services Department.
After exploring a development agreement with Lakeside Industries and Polygon Homes through last year, the City Council approved an official plan in December. The developers recently delivered the initial proposals for the land, which include outfitting it for 268 stacked, flat rental homes and about 30 townhomes on a 13-acre site situated like a campus.
The proposal also calls for a number of transportation upgrades due to the proximity of the site to the busy Highlands Drive Northeast. Changes include a new pedestrian signal for residents to cross to the nearby transit center and a new traffic signal to allow access to the development and future housing.
The changes are in line with urban village goals to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment and allow easy passage to the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride and the Grand Ridge Plaza retail hub.
Named the Issaquah Terrace development, it is only the first project in the works for the larger area on both sides of Highlands Drive Northeast, a former quarry. The larger site includes 115 acres, which will be built out over time by the developers who entered into the agreement with the city.
The proposal was essentially in line with what the city planned to receive after the agreement had been struck.
“It’s what we expected to see,” Project Oversight Manager Christopher Wright said. “It is in keeping with what they have been talking about to us for a while.”
If the city Development Services Department approves the proposal from Lakeside Industries and Polygon Homes, then work is expected to begin this summer with construction to start this fall. The buildings are projected for a summer 2015 completion.