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.
“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.