Highlands gas station plan sputters forward

July 15, 2009

UPDATED — 1 p.m. July 16, 2009

Issaquah Highlands residents could someday fill up vehicles with gasoline or alternative fuels without leaving the hillside community — just not anytime soon.

Council Land Use Committee members approved plans for a highlands gas station Tuesday night, but voiced reservations about the plan during the process. Officials cited concerns about the environmental impact of a gas station and the construction of a fueling facility in the highlands while other promised retail options have lagged.

“It’s the pinnacle of my disappointment of how we haven’t gotten what we were hoping to get in the highlands,” Councilman John Traeger said. “I’m very frustrated about that.”

Officials will likely review the proposed agreement to allow a gas station in the highlands when the full City Council meets Aug. 17.

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Vista Park opens in Issaquah Highlands

June 9, 2009

Vista Park, in the Issaquah Highlands, includes playground equipment, a grass strip with walking paths and benches affording a view toward Seattle.  By Greg Farrar

Vista Park, in the Issaquah Highlands, includes playground equipment, a grass strip with walking paths and benches affording a view toward Seattle. By Greg Farrar

Residents in the Vista Park subdivision of the Issaquah Highlands now have a park to call their own.

The narrow, 1-acre park is shoehorned between houses in the 1800 block of 10th Avenue Northeast. The park features a grass volleyball court, a children’s playground area and a panoramic view of the Olympic Mountains.

“It’s great to have an area with some grass,” said Michael Hanley, who lives a few blocks away. “The playground area will come in handy when my 3-year-old niece comes to visit.”

Port Blakely Communities, developer of the Issaquah Highlands, built Vista Park at a cost of $200,000. Read more

City Council votes to extend height limit on land near park & ride

May 26, 2009

Officials took steps last week to allow new construction in the Issaquah Highlands: taller buildings near the Highlands Drive Park & Ride and a gas station. Read more

Highlands grocery deal collapses

May 12, 2009

City could allow a gas station

Issaquah Highlands residents will not be stocking up on groceries at a Central Market anytime soon. Plans to open a 50,000-square-foot highlands store in mid-2010 have been canceled due to the down economy, a project developer and city officials said last week. Read more

Parks, trails, gas station in land swap

November 11, 2008

If recent discussions are a reliable guide, Issaquah might be in line for new hiking and mountain biking trails — and a new gas station.

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Highlands human services campus could join theater complex

October 27, 2008

NEW — 12:54 p.m. October 27, 2008

A human services campus proposed for Northeast Park Drive in the highlands might now be built as part of a new movie theater complex instead. Read more

Land swap raises traffic concerns

October 14, 2008

It was hard enough to orchestrate a three-way land preservation deal for the Park Pointe parcel on Tiger Mountain, but now comes the task of making it work. Creativity is the necessary ingredient, especially when it comes to traffic. Read more

Zero-energy home begins with a flush of the toilet

October 1, 2008

With the ceremonial flush of a high-efficiency toilet, construction began Sept. 29 on the zHome project — a cutting-edge housing development designed  to have the smallest possible impact on the environment.

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