City looks to jump-start Central Issaquah Plan, considers potential anchor projects

September 22, 2015

NEW — 12:30 p.m. Sept. 22, 2015

Even as city officials consider how to jump-start the long-discussed Central Issaquah Plan, one potential anchor project already may be in the works.

While he offered very few details, Issaquah Economic Development Director Keith Niven told City Council members Sept. 21 he met recently with officials of the U.S. Postal Service about a possible development on land near the post office on Northwest Gilman Boulevard, in the area of Fourth Avenue Northwest.

The project would consist of one floor of some sort of commercial space, with three floors of apartments above. Niven mentioned that configuration might mean construction of a nearby parking garage. Overall, he believes the project might well be one city officials want to take a look at if the developer’s concept moves forward. Read more

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Council President Paul Winterstein draws two challengers in primary

July 16, 2015

For City Council Position 6, voters will have a choice of retaining incumbent Council President Paul Winterstein or choosing between two political newcomers. A third resident filed for the race, but later withdrew.

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New designation should mean dollars, development for area

July 9, 2015

Its new designation as a regional growth center means the Central Issaquah Plan area is eligible for at least a portion of the approximately $200 million in grant money given out annually by the Puget Sound Regional Council.

PSRC’s executive board named the plan a growth center June 25. Hoping to gain access to additional grant dollars, the city applied for the designation in March.

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AtWork! to phase out recycling center

June 17, 2015

Due to the arrival of improved curbside recycling and other recycling services, the need for a recycling drop-off center in Issaquah is much smaller than it used to be.

With that and other factors in mind, such as the age of the equipment in the recycling center, AtWork!, the Bellevue based nonprofit, is starting to phase out its Issaquah recycling center at 970 Seventh Ave. N.W.

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Transportation improvement list maps out future city roadwork

June 10, 2015

Like every other city in the state, Issaquah annually goes through the exercise of creating a Transportation Improvement Program, a list of proposed transportation projects to hopefully be undertaken in the next six years, in this case, through 2021.

The TIP is a requirement of state law and makes the listed projects eligible for state and federal funding. The 61 projects on Issaquah’s 2016 list range from a $30 million plan to extend Southeast 62nd Street into the Pickering Place shopping center to a trail connection in Tibbetts Valley Park priced at about $48,000.

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To the Editor — April 29, 2015

April 28, 2015


Everyone should have basic medical care

“There’s something sick about healthcare,” by Tom Corrigan, in the April 15, 2015, edition of The Issaquah Press was both informative and inspirational to read.

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Commission studies anchor development in central area

April 21, 2015

Adopted in late 2012, the Central Issaquah Plan has been described as a long-term vision for the city that would bring about a dense urban core, a mix of residential and commercial development.

While a few projects are already underway, at the behest of the Issaquah City Council, the city Economic Vitality Commission has identified a number of locations and issues that eventually could receive some extra attention from the city leading to development of anchor projects within the plan area. Regarding the development sites, that extra attention will likely consist of some form of economic incentive.

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Central Issaquah Plan begins to attract developer attention

March 31, 2015

There may not be a multitude of new projects headed into Issaquah at present, but officials still are encouraged with the progress being made on the highly touted Central Issaquah Plan.

“I’m actually pretty excited that we have a few projects because the recession was pretty deep,” Issaquah City Councilwoman Mary Lou Pauly said.

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City seeks big bucks as growth center

March 17, 2015

Local officials recently applied to have Issaquah designated a regional growth center, a move they believe will make the city eligible for considerably more in various grant dollars.

The regional growth center designation is a function of the Puget Sound Regional Council. The city’s application is currently under consideration by the Growth Management Policy Board, said Rick Olson, director of government affairs and communications for the Puget Sound Regional Council.

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Issaquah City Council seeks public input on goal setting by March 16

March 14, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 14, 2015

The Issaquah City Council has begun the process of setting its goals for 2016.  Residents are invited to provide direction on services and priorities.

Using such documents as the city’s comprehensive plan, the Central Issaquah Plan and the Olde Town Subarea Plan, the council annually adopts goals for the future.

Residents are invited to offer their input on the city’s website,

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