City wants a college to replace Microsoft campus

December 10, 2013

An educational institution might replace the vision of an Issaquah Highlands Microsoft campus.

The city will begin the process of establishing a development agreement with the new landowner, Polygon Northwest, in the coming weeks. Microsoft sold the 63-acre parcel in October for an undisclosed amount. In the meantime, Issaquah Economic Development Director Keith Niven gave a view of what the city hopes to see in the final document.

“That land would allow for a lot of different things to happen, including residential,” Niven said, explaining what the aim is for the final deal. “We’re just trying to work towards where they can build what they want and the city can work to find an employment hub up in the highlands.”

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Issaquah quarry site is considered for homes, businesses

November 8, 2011

The hillside quarry below the Issaquah Highlands, plus land adjacent to the highlands, could someday transform into businesses and homes, if the city and landowner approve a long-term agreement to redevelop the site.

The landowner and quarry operator, Lakeside Industries Inc., proposed a development agreement for the 80-acre site.

The site — a quarry, a hillside and land on the plateau adjacent to the highlands — is zoned for mineral resources. The agreement under consideration could change the zoning to urban village — the same zoning for the highlands and Talus.

“We envision redevelopment that follows the patterns we are seeing in the highlands,” Lakeside Industries CEO Tim Lee said in a letter to City Administrator Bob Harrison. “Specifically, we foresee mixed uses and moderate density in a walkable community.”

City Council members sent the proposal to a committee Nov. 7 for further discussion.

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City could OK quarry redevelopment near Issaquah Highlands

November 4, 2011

NEW — 3:45 p.m. Nov. 4, 2011

The hillside quarry below the Issaquah Highlands, plus land adjacent to the highlands, could someday transform into businesses and homes, if the city and landowner approve a long-term agreement to redevelop the site.

The landowner and quarry operator, Lakeside Industries, Inc., proposed a development agreement for the 80-acre site. The proposal heads to the City Council for consideration Monday. The council is expected to refer the proposal to the committee for further discussion.

The site — a quarry, a hillside and land on the plateau adjacent to the highlands — is zoned for mineral resources. The agreement under consideration could change the zoning to urban village — the same zoning for the highlands and Talus.

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Comp Plan changes favor electric cars

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

City officials mull change to Klahanie annexation area

February 16, 2010

Klahanie residents asked the City Council to reconsider a still-nascent proposal to redraw a key growth map, as Issaquah officials consider annual changes to the city growth plan. Read more

Human services campus, new hatchery dam among city’s goals

June 2, 2009

City officials want to improve traffic flow, city parks and salmon habitat in 2010. The wide-ranging list of 2010 goals directs city staffers to take steps to establish a human services campus, plan Cybil-Madeline Park and complete the first phase of the Interstate 90 Undercrossing. Read more

ISF director to stay another year

March 9, 2009

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City considers encouraging solar panels, wind turbines for homes

February 24, 2009

City planners are working to streamline the process for homeowners who want to add solar panels or wind turbines to their homes.

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Press Editorial

February 24, 2009

Start with the Comp Plan to have your ideas heard

If you have any interest at all in helping to shape the future of the city of Issaquah, now is your chance — with only a short time commitment. Each year the city’s Comprehensive Plan comes up for a mandated review. Issaquah has never taken the mandate lightly — the Comp Plan review is always interesting, relevant and pretty thorough. Read more

Parks spotlighted in Comp Plan review

February 16, 2009

Improvements to city parks will likely be considered when city officials weigh changes to the comprehensive plan, the document that lays out Issaquah’s long-range growth plans.

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