October 22, 2013
A pre-application for three five-story buildings at Gilman Square could mark the first test of the Central Issaquah Plan.
Developer Lennar Multifamily Investors wishes to turn the 6.7-acre site, the home of Lombardi’s Restaurant until it shut its doors in July, into a large residential location. They entered talks with the city in September before submitting a pre-application in early October.
October 22, 2013
Microsoft, which once envisioned a major campus in the Issaquah Highlands, has sold the 63-acre tract to a local developer for a mixed-use project.
Microsoft representatives signed paperwork Oct. 18 to sell the land to a company apparently affiliated with Bellevue-based homebuilder Polygon Northwest.
“We no longer had requirements for office developments in Issaquah,” Microsoft spokesman Lou Gellos said.
October 1, 2013
Grand Ridge Plaza is on the grow
Grand Ridge Plaza in the Issaquah Highlands is growing, and growing and growing after years of stops and starts, and false starts and stops.
If you watched it grow in the past months, you could hardly believe all the workers could get done in a short period. You’d go up there on a Monday and there would be a wooden shell of a building, and then go back on Thursday and it would be nearly done. It was a sight to behold.
If you haven’t been there in a while, you are in for a shock on your next visit. It’s like a huge outdoor mall has sprouted and spread. I don’t know if it’s what the highlands residents bargained for or wanted, but it’s shiny and new, and pretty awesome in my opinion.
September 24, 2013
Economic Development Director Keith Niven presented a revised Swedish Hospital development agreement to the City Council Land & Shore Committee Sept. 10.
Over the past six months, the city has worked with the hospital on an agreement for Swedish to expand into the 10 acres north of its existing location. Specifically, Swedish wishes to include a number of medical-related service providers, such as physical therapists and additional staff offices within the proposed development. In the draft agreement, the hospital also included a number of sky bridges it would build, connecting the buildings.
Because the Issaquah Highlands’ development agreement expires in 2017, it may not be enough time for Swedish to build the project. The city has moved quickly to come up with a new contract.
Niven said that the council hoped to approve the agreement by the end of October. The revised agreement can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1gTCE4F.
August 13, 2013
City planners expect to finalize a Swedish/Issaquah development agreement to expand the hospital in October.
Executives introduced plans to convert 28 acres adjacent to the existing hospital into an additional facility this past spring. To accomplish the goal, Swedish seeks the establishment of a new development agreement that will allow the addition of 150,000 square feet to 180,000 square feet in the form of a new multi-use building.
Talks with the city continued during the Aug. 6 Urban Village Development Commission meeting. City planners and Swedish leaders had hoped to come to an agreement by the end of the summer. However, the timeline has since shifted, according to city Development Services Land Development Manager Lucy Sloman.