To the Editor — 

August 26, 2015

Police

Police can grow their budget and save lives

Police Chief Scott Behrbaum, I know how you can fund your entire budget. I can personally guarantee it’ll work.

Position an officer two blocks west of Zeeks on Northeast Park Drive, the main road feeding homes in the Issaquah Highlands.

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Residents want answers on major Newport Way housing project

August 9, 2015

NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 9, 2015

Not surprisingly, traffic was the main concern as the city Development Commission held a hearing Aug. 5 about Gateway, a proposed housing project wedged between Newport Way Northwest and eastbound Interstate 90.

The project site is in the area of the existing Arena Sports building and the Sammamish Pointe condominiums.

Gateway calls for 400 new residential units in 18 separate buildings ranging from two to five stories, with one central common building. Some 30 acres would be affected, although only 21.7 acres of that is suitable for building said Amy Tarce, a senior planner for the city. Read more

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HOAs call public session on fatal accident

August 5, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

The meeting was intended to be sort of a community-building exercise, Mary Lynch, of the Summerhill Homeowners Association, said.

Still, the main topic of conversation was safety along Newport Way Northwest and the fatal accident that took place there last month.

In addition to Summerhill, several HOAs along Newport Way Northwest co-sponsored a public meeting held July 30 at the King County Library Service Center.

The crowd of about 25 people was decidedly smaller than the one that showed up for a city public meeting regarding pedestrian safety held a few days earlier. Read more

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Editorial — Volunteer now to help your city

January 20, 2015

The city of Issaquah needs volunteers for various boards and commissions.

The number needed is in parentheses, followed by a brief job description:

Arts Commission (three) — support and encourage visual and performing arts

Cable TV Commission (one) — regulate and oversee the operations of cable television in Issaquah.

Cemetery Board (two) — advise the mayor in connection with the management and control of the city-owned cemetery, including perpetual care, improvements and expansion. Read more

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Council approves annual appointments to city boards and commissions

May 27, 2014

Last year’s mayoral candidate Joe Forkner will go back to work for the city, joining 43 others appointed to various Issaquah governing bodies.

The City Council unanimously approved Mayor Fred Butler’s recommendations to appoint or reappoint a host of residents to most of the city’s 17 boards and commissions during its regular meeting April 21.

The annual appointments fill the vacancies expiring April 30. Most regular members serve four-year terms, while alternate members serve two-year terms.

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Atlas redevelopment project approved for Seventh and Gilman

May 13, 2014

Redevelopment of Seventh Avenue Northwest and Northwest Gilman Boulevard earned Development Commission approval May 7.

The city Development Commission welcomed the topic during two three-hour meetings April 16 and May 7. The commission received presentations from designers GGLO Architects, the city’s Development Services Department, as well as an outpouring of public comments. During the latter meeting, the commission unanimously approved the permit application.

“It’s got another new name since last we met,” City Senior Planner Jerry Lind said during the May 7 meeting. “It’s now called ‘Atlas’. We’ve seen the name Cadence. That one you want to erase from your mind. It’s evolved and it’s possible it could change again.”

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To the Editor

May 13, 2014

Flooding concerns

Make your opinion heard about Gilman development

How many of you who witnessed the 2009 (and 1996 and 1990) flooding around Lombardi’s thought that the best solution for that site would be to add three five-story buildings, 400 automobiles and 600 residents? And with no requirement to do anything to keep the site from flooding again?

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Issaquah residents: Ready, set, speak!

April 15, 2014

I hope you have opinions, citizens of Issaquah, because they could really come in handy.

The next few months seem yet again chock full of important decisions that the City Council will make. I have heard and reported repeatedly that they want public input on all matters that will impact the future of Issaquah. So, this is another message to encourage you to take them up on that.

Let’s think about what’s to come over the next several months. And, keep in mind, this is your government and you should you tell it what you think.

Peter Clark Press reporter

Peter Clark
Press reporter

While the City Council extended the marijuana moratorium, it expects the ban to lift in July. As the council continues to look at how a recreational marijuana business should operate in Issaquah, let it know how you feel.

Two public input meetings left the Park Board with a recommendation to build a new skate park in the Tibbetts Valley Park, across from the park & ride. How does that strike you?

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Floodwater details presented in Seventh and Gilman redevelopment

April 8, 2014

After two public meetings, the Seventh and Gilman redevelopment continues through the city’s application stages and might go beyond expectations.

Lennar Multifamily Investors again presented plans to the Rivers and Streams Board on March 18 regarding how its planned residential redevelopment would handle floodwater. The corner of Seventh Avenue Northwest and Northwest Gilman Boulevard, now called Cadence by the potential developers, has a long history of suffering from flooding events and Lennar Multifamily Investors Development Director Tom Bartholomew knows it.

“Issaquah is unique in terms of flooding,” Bartholomew said after the meetings. “It’s an issue and I understand the sensitivity. I understand the visceral reactions to the meetings.”

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Business owners have concerns about Gilman redevelopment

March 4, 2014

Plans to redevelop Seventh Avenue Northwest and Northwest Gilman Boulevard are not making everyone happy.

Darlene Cohen has owned the antique mall Gilman Galleries, which sits on the property, for five years. She spoke proudly of the work she has put into the business in order to make it successful.

“We built it back up to keep the business going,” Cohen said. “It wasn’t easy.”

By Peter Clark Gilman Galleries owner Darlene Cohen strolls through the halls of her antique mall where more than 100 vendors sell wares of all different kinds.

By Peter Clark
Gilman Galleries owner Darlene Cohen strolls through the halls of her antique mall where more than 100 vendors sell wares of all different kinds.

However, developer Lennar Multifamily Investors plans to raze buildings on the property and construct three five-story residential buildings in their place. They have applied for a site development permit, which the city is reviewing.

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