April 13, 2010
The long-planned effort to redevelop a swath near state Route 900 and Interstate 90 inched ahead last week, when the City Council inked a pact with a longtime Issaquah developer.
The council approved a development agreement with Rowley Properties in a unanimous decision. The legislation approved April 5 calls for the pact to be completed within a year.
The agreement enables the city and the developer to re-envision Hyla Crossing — about 62 acres arranged in a rough triangle and wedged between the interstate and the base of Cougar Mountain — and Rowley Center — about 26 acres bordered by Northwest Maple Street, 12th Avenue Northwest, Northwest Gilman Boulevard and state Route 900.
Planners could spend up to $750,000 to complete the development agreement. The total includes money for community outreach. Rowley Properties will reimburse the city for the time city staff devotes to the project, and for consultant fees.
The development agreement could result in a plan for taller buildings, residences and better mass transit on land now occupied by low-slung offices, automotive services and acres of self-storage units.
March 30, 2010
City Council members will take a step April 5 to reshape almost 90 acres in the city’s commercial center. Read more
March 23, 2010
Officials could ease rules to allow more charging stations for electric vehicles in Issaquah, as the City Council considers the latest updates to the long-term growth blueprint. Read more
March 21, 2010
NEW — 6 a.m. March 21, 2010
City Council members will take the initial step Monday to reshape almost 90 acres in the city’s commercial center.
Under a proposed development agreement headed to a council committee, longtime Issaquah developer Rowley Properties aims to partner with the city to redevelop about 87 acres to create mixed-use destinations.
Planners envision the area — now a string of low-slung offices and strip malls along busy thoroughfares — as a walkable town center possibly connected to a regional light rail network.
Council Major Planning & Growth Committee members will review the proposed agreement at 5 p.m. in the Eagle Room at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.
October 6, 2009
A 12-member task force will spend the next year mapping the future of the Central Issaquah Plan, a document that will outline growth and redevelopment in the commercial heart of the city. Read more