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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 26, 2014
Rowley Properties’ construction of the long-stay Homewood Suites by Hilton has brought a massive crane to central Issaquah.
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.
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.
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.