Port Blakely announces plan to build highlands shopping center

July 12, 2011

A view east toward Ninth Avenue Northeast shows the 14 acres being considered by Florida-based Regency Centers for a 175,000-square-foot shopping center in the Issaquah Highlands. By Greg Farrar

The plan to add more stores to the Issaquah Highlands, a subject responsible for much grumbling among neighborhood residents and city leaders, lurched ahead July 5, as highlands developer Port Blakely Communities announced a deal to sell 14 acres for a proposed shopping center.

If the deal is completed, as executives hope, construction could start as early as next year. The announcement also prompted some residents to point to similar — albeit unsuccessful — attempts in the past.

The agreement calls for Regency Centers, a real estate investment trust based in Florida, to purchase about 14 acres of highlands land and build a 175,000-square-foot shopping center along Northeast High Street and Northeast Park Drive — a site once set aside for a stylish retail destination called The High Streets.

Regency Centers also plans to acquire a retail-and-office building along Northeast Park Drive. Caffe Ladro and other businesses occupy the building’s 39,000 square feet.

The companies did not disclose terms of the transaction. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.

Jacksonville-based Regency Centers owns almost 400 shopping centers from coast to coast, including Pine Lake Village and Sammamish Highlands on the Sammamish Plateau.

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Design details debut for Issaquah Highlands hospital

October 27, 2009

Provided by Studio 216 for CollinsWoerman

Provided by Studio 216 for CollinsWoerman

Planners said the Swedish Medical Center campus under construction in the Issaquah Highlands would serve as a community hub, with a lush courtyard and free Wi-Fi to lure visitors. City and project planners unveiled new details Oct. 20 about the hospital, the first major employer to take root in the highlands.

The site development permit for the project went before the Urban Village Development Commission last week. Commissioners raised questions about how ambulances would reach the site and how years of construction would affect highlands residents. The campus, scheduled to open in phases in 2011 and 2012, will become the first new hospital in King County to open in 25 years.

Seattle architecture firm CollinsWoerman designed the hospital with a pair of wings extending south from a medical office building. The office complex will face Northeast Blakely Drive; the wings will contain patient beds. Lucy Sloman, a planning consultant with the city Major Development Review Team, said the facility would total 582,000 square feet. The buildings will be between 80 and 85 feet tall at the highest points. Read more

Highlands grocery deal collapses

May 12, 2009

City could allow a gas station

Issaquah Highlands residents will not be stocking up on groceries at a Central Market anytime soon. Plans to open a 50,000-square-foot highlands store in mid-2010 have been canceled due to the down economy, a project developer and city officials said last week. Read more

City Council confirms, lauds board appointees

May 12, 2009

City Council members confirmed Mayor Ava Frisinger’s appointees to municipal boards and commissions last week. All told, 41 appointees will fill seats on 11 boards and commissions. Read more