Eight-story hotel planned near I-90

November 5, 2013

By Peter Clark

Rowley Properties’ eight-story hotel could be the first example of the Central Issaquah Plan in motion.

While the city pieced together the parts of its long-term vision of how central Issaquah should develop, approving the final plan late last year, it worked with the local real estate development company. Rowley Properties had an interest in redeveloping its holdings in the area and to specifically build a mixed use, extended-stay hotel near the existing Hilton Garden Inn west of SR 900.

By Greg Farrar Dirt is piled up, underground pipe is stacked onsite and earth-moving equipment is at work on land north of the Hilton Garden Inn on Northwest Gilman Boulevard, between Hyla Avenue Northwest and 18th Avenue Northwest.

By Greg Farrar
Dirt is piled up, underground pipe is stacked onsite and earth-moving equipment is at work on land north of the Hilton Garden Inn on Northwest Gilman Boulevard, between Hyla Avenue Northwest and 18th Avenue Northwest.

“Rowley was gearing up and didn’t want to wait until the CIP was done,” Project Oversight Manager Christopher Wright said. It led to a great deal of cooperation between the city and Rowley Properties.

“It’s a critical big first piece in the CIP. We and the Rowleys have high expectations.”

At approximately 100,000 square feet, making room for 120 rooms and 5,000 square feet of retail space, construction is still some time away on the hotel.

“We have issued a site work permit for utilities, grading and demolition,” Wright said. “A building permit has not been applied for.”

The CIP aims to steer the largely sprawling and flat central area into a pedestrian friendly, mixed-use locale where parking lots are replaced by more sustainable mid-rise buildings. Under that vision, Wright said Rowley Properties would be an example of developer and city teamwork to realize what the future of central Issaquah could look like.

The hotel has been discussed between the city and Rowley Properties since early 2012.

“I think we thought we would be further along,” city Land Development Manager Lucy Sloman said about the utility and grading work that has begun on the site. “They started doing some work and they felt like they wouldn’t be able to finish before the rain came back.”

Any delay was insignificant and she said it would not hamper the timeline.

“It was not really a big deal,” Sloman said about the delayed schedule. “Everything is moving along really well from our perspective.”

Rowley Properties were hesitant to comment due to the preliminary status of the development, preferring to wait until more information would be available in spring 2014.


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8 Responses to “Eight-story hotel planned near I-90”

  1. Sally M on November 5th, 2013 10:55 pm

    Wow the city land developer can hardly wait to build in Rowkeyville. How did we get so lucky. If he keeps his city on that side of SR 900 perhaps we will be able to reach I-90 in less than 30 minutes from Newport. Oh wait. The BIG plan has a monstrocity desired in the Lombardi’s area. Oh wait- there is a grandiose plan for downtown. Pollution, water, traffic, egress are going to be after thoughts . I remember the then city council saying, “We didn’t think it would look like THAT!”, about the Safeway-Target Center. I can hardly wait.

  2. Dave on November 6th, 2013 7:00 am

    8 story hotel by the freeway. Hmm… If you want to know what that looks like take a drive along I-405 through Bellevue. Is that what we want for Issaquah ?

    Goodbye views of the mountains. Goodbye Issaquah as we know it.

  3. Smoley on November 6th, 2013 9:54 am

    It was nice knowing you, Issaquah.

    It makes me chuckle that a city government that claims to care so much about the environment that it will ban single-use plastic shopping bags will allow, no, actually encourage so much development in this town. If you think for one minute that a plastic shopping bag is such a curse on the environment you haven’t seen what packing tens of thousands of new residents into this area will do.

    All the lip music about an “urban village where people will walk to retail instead of drive” is delusional. That was what was said about the Issaquah Highlands, remember? Have you been up there since all the retail opened? It’s a traffic nightmare. Oh, and there’s that little issue of the toxic runoff that no one seems to want to talk about.

    What we should be asking of our city government and new mayor is, “Why should the current residents of Issaquah have a reduction in our quality of life for all of this new development?”

  4. tim on November 6th, 2013 5:37 pm

    Ah yes…the legacy of Mayor Eva…to become the legacy of Mayor Fred.

  5. bryan weinstein on November 8th, 2013 6:24 am

    does it matter what we think, does our council listen, when we have unopposed candidates running for the council, and the same people making the same decisions – the definition of insanity.

  6. Rob on November 8th, 2013 10:19 am

    Yea! Just what the region needed! Every time I see new commercial construction I think “Yea! More offices and stores like all the others that no one really needs!” If this is ‘managed growth’ I’d prefer NO GROWTH. Reject the self-serving argument of cities and developers that you grow or die – it’s a lie. Does no one see we’re all choking in gridlock every way we turn anymore?

  7. IssyResident on November 10th, 2013 10:56 am

    Yep. Money wins, existing city residents lose. There are fistfights happening over parking spots in the Highlands, and even less per-person parking is planned for the CIP. No plan to get all the extra people/cars onto the freeway, or to manage them on surface streets. And you can BET that the city and developers worked closely together: At the meetings I attended, city residents were clearly the third wheel next the comfy-cozy relationship between the developers and city planners.

  8. Sally M on November 10th, 2013 4:07 pm

    Smokey, the recent city leaders have not had anything in mind about Issaquah except to grow too large, look progressive by adding square box condo sets and hope they can get picked for ” the best of..”

    I expect we will see more of same by Mr. Butler. The interest lies in developing whatever comes along.

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