Off The Press — Sunny remembrances

August 19, 2015

NEW — 3:48 p.m. Aug. 19, 2015

Have you driven by Sunny Hills Elementary School on the Sammamish Plateau lately?

It is, quite simply, a vast, desert-looking wasteland dotted with large construction vehicles and even larger mounds of dirt.

Construction is well underway on a much-needed facelift for the Issaquah School District building.

Christina Corrales-Toy Press reporter

Christina Corrales-Toy
Press reporter

I drive by it every day on my way to the office, and each time I pass it, without fail, I can feel a small, but noticeable, pull on my heartstrings.

You see, I’m a Sunny Hills Mustang, and so is my brother, Thomas. I started at the school as a third grader after our family moved from California. For my brother, Sunny Hills was the only elementary school he ever knew. Read more

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To the Editor — Aug. 13, 2015

August 11, 2015

NEW — 2:31 p.m. Aug. 11, 2015


Blue Angels’ plane models are beautiful when used for peace

My wife and I attended Seafair on Saturday, Aug. 1, and the air show again amazed me.

As I was watching the precision maneuvers of our Blue Angels and the incredible versatility of the Raptor F-22, it hit me that I am so fortunate that I live in a country where lethal flying weapons are here for my entertainment and not my containment. Read more

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Water main work to close parkway lane starting tomorrow

August 4, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 4, 2015

Prepare for lane closures along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast as a water main is replaced.

Starting Aug. 5, the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District will replace a portion of 16-inch water transmission main along East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. The project is expected to be completed by early October.

The contractor, Ponderosa Pacific, will work on the east side of the parkway between Southeast 51st Street and the Lake Sammamish State Park boat launch.

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Lane of SR 900 to close for one-day project

July 26, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 26, 2015

Prepare for a daylong lane closure on state Route 900.

Due to construction activity, a section of the southbound right lane of the road at Southeast 75th Street will close from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27.

Drivers should follow the signage in the area.

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Hotel project to close a lane of southbound Maple for one year

June 25, 2015

According to the lighted reader board now in place on Northwest Maple Street near 12th Avenue Northwest, the right lane of southbound Maple Street will close June 26.

According to Lucy Sloman, land development manager for the city, the reason is a long-delayed project to place a Marriott Springhill Suites hotel at the corner of Maple and 12th is about to get underway.

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Alzheimer’s home planned for Issaquah-Fall City Road

April 28, 2015

The city is reviewing plans to build an Alzheimer’s and memory care community at the intersection of Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road and Highlands Drive Northeast.

The home, to be built by Cascadia Development LLC, is proposed for two contiguous parcels covering a total of 6.8 acres.

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Drivers beware of construction work on Second Avenue Southeast

April 14, 2015

Drivers should prepare for changes along Second Avenue Southeast as the Issaquah School District starts construction on a new Issaquah Middle School campus.

The contractor has begun pre-construction work, although the majority of construction will take place during the summer break.

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Editorial — Traffic mess needs a good solution, now

September 23, 2014

Something has got to be done about traffic in Issaquah.

When it takes longer to get across the city than it does to get from Issaquah to Seattle, that’s a traffic problem.

Front Street South/Issaquah-Hobart Road is a mess at the best of times. If there is an accident or construction along the road, you can count on sitting there upward of an hour to travel a few miles.

That’s ridiculous.

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Off The Press — Traffic plan can’t come soon enough

August 26, 2014

Rowley Properties’ construction of the long-stay Homewood Suites by Hilton has brought a massive crane to central Issaquah.

Peter Clark Press reporter

Peter Clark
Press reporter

It’s not the first one locals have seen, but it heralds the start of the Central Issaquah Plan, which city officials expect to change the face of the valley over the next 30 years or so.

The crane stands over the western edge of the city and so will hopefully not have any impact on surrounding traffic. However, it represents a symbol of things to come as parcels go on sale and some, like the Atlas project on Gilman Boulevard Northwest, sit in the middle of the permitting process.

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Construction soars

June 18, 2013

Building Department keeps up with Highlands expansion

Buildings bloom quickly in the Issaquah Highlands now.

A change in the seasons has seen a frenzy of construction as multiple projects leap to be completed in the fast-developing area of the city.

By Peter Clark The Discovery Heights complex continues to take shape as construction proceeds with fervor in the Issaquah Highlands.

By Peter Clark
The Discovery Heights complex continues to take shape as construction proceeds with fervor in the Issaquah Highlands.

With 16 projects in various stages of completion, Project Oversight Manager Christopher Wright said that the next few years would see a large jump in available housing units and square footage: 1,183 additional housing units and 1,186,000 square feet of retail space is planned to sprout up in the planned community.

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