Final public hearing for Swedish development agreement is Nov. 18

October 29, 2013

By Peter Clark

A final public hearing concerning the adoption of a new development agreement for Swedish Hospital will take place at the Nov. 18 City Council meeting.

The new development agreement would remove the 28-acre property from the Issaquah Highlands Development agreement with Port Blakely and allow a longer time line for the owner to build additional healthcare buildings on the adjacent lot.

“Swedish plans to be the property owner for a very long time, here,” Economic Development Director Keith Niven said in a presentation before the first public hearing Oct. 21. “And having Port Blakely involved in that doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

Since April, the city has worked with executives from Swedish to form a comprehensive new agreement before the current one expires. In negotiations, Niven said the company has made a commitment to contribute to transit and sustainability for the area.

The only speaker in the first public hearing was Michael Robison, representing Swedish Hospital, who has been involved in crafting a draft development agreement.

“We really appreciate the work your staff has put into this,” Robinson said. “We’ve got a development agreement we think will serve us well.”

The Nov. 18 meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at 135 E. Sunset Way.

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