FISH offers community course about helping salmon

July 21, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 21, 2015

Join the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery to discover how the community is working together to protect salmon by restoring creekside habitat, preventing flooding and reducing pollution.

FISH is hosting a free community event at 6:30 p.m. July 22, featuring city Surface Water Manager Kerry Ritland and city environmental science associate Dana Zlateff. Learn how the city and community partners work together to protect salmon.

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Off The Press — Our website is your visual time machine

May 20, 2015

One of the biggest changes out of many here at The Issaquah Press since your friendly staff photographer signed on 18 years ago has been in how we make and use the images in our newspaper and on our website.

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

What most may already know but gives me great pleasure to point out as a reminder is how many photo galleries you can browse through with the click of a mouse or the swipe of a finger at and the other newspapers we publish — Sammamish Review, SnoValley Star and Newcastle News.

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Dogwood bridge will be replaced next month

May 14, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 14, 2016

Starting May 26, a section of Northwest Dogwood Street will close as a new bridge is built.

The street will be closed from approximately Third Place Northwest to the 110 block of Northwest Dogwood Street.

Signage will provide detour information for pedestrians and drivers. The new bridge is expected to open in early October.

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Atlas developer says water on property is under control

April 14, 2015

Issaquah resident Bryan Weinstein described what he termed a “huge” amount of water gathered on the site of the Atlas residential development at the corner of Gilman Boulevard Northwest and Seventh Avenue Northwest.

By Greg Farrar Surface water is stored in a temporary sediment pond located between the Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco Bell restaurant and Sunnybrook Montessori (at left) within the Atlas residential development site on Gilman Boulevard Northwest.

By Greg Farrar
Surface water is stored in a temporary sediment pond located between the Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco Bell restaurant and Sunnybrook Montessori (at left) within the Atlas residential development site on Gilman Boulevard Northwest.

Weinstein said the water easily can be seen from his car as he drives past. He worries it might be contaminating drinking water or polluting Issaquah Creek, which runs through the Gilman site.

“There is no flooding on that project site,” said Brad Reisinger, a division president for Atlas developer Lennar Multifamily Communities.

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Northwest Dogwood Street ready for rebuilding

February 3, 2015

“It’ll be a pretty dramatic transformation of the street,” said Issaquah’s Kerry Ritland, engineering manager for the project that will bring about that transformation of downtown’s Northwest Dogwood Street.

On Jan. 27, the city held an open house about the project, set to begin in May with completion planned by October.

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Flood district accepting applications for flood reduction grants

June 3, 2014

The King County Flood Control District is accepting grant applications to fund programs that reduce the impact of local flooding.

The new grant program will target flood reduction projects throughout King County. Total funds available in 2014 will be $2.6 million.

Eligible applicants include homeowner associations, private nonprofit organizations or associations, schools, special districts, tribes and King County jurisdictions.

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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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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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To the Editor

March 25, 2014

Gilman redevelopment

Proposal needs geo-tech, hydrological review

The proposed redevelopment at Seventh and Gilman (Antique Mall area) is the first go through our new Central Issaquah Plan regulations. One thing that has become clear is the difficulty of construction in high-ground water, near creek, earthquake hazard areas … much of the valley floor. The land at Seventh and Gilman has the further complication of being a Special Flood Hazard Area.

It is imperative in these difficult sites that there is belt-and-suspenders review of both the geo-tech report and the hydrologic modeling from the developer. Please require third-party peer review of both the geo-tech analysis and the model.

Connie Marsh


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Developers want 7th and Gilman fast-tracked

February 4, 2014

Lennar Multifamily Investors wants to move quickly on the first redevelopment in central Issaquah.

The developer with a Seattle office submitted an official site development permit application Dec. 18. It has an interest in working with the city to construct the first large project under the Central Issaquah Plan. However, it also has an optimistic schedule.

“We’re basically just starting our review,” Project Oversight Manager Christopher Wright said. “There doesn’t seem to be any major issues.”

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