Microsoft sells Highlands property

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.

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Zombie hordes happen

October 22, 2013

In 2009, citizens dining in downtown Issaquah spotted a handful of zombies shambling down Front Street. Since then, the group founded by Tom Gotuzzo has grown into a horde and added a few dance moves to the annual event.

The fourth annual Zombie Walk returns to Issaquah from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Karen Donovan, Downtown Issaquah Association executive director, said all ages of creepers are invited to join the horde.

Become a member of the zombie horde by meeting at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N. Come already dressed or get help being made up and join in on a practice run through of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” dance moves.

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Former Seattle Mariner Edgar Martinez to headline DICK’s Sporting Goods grand opening in the Issaquah Highlands

October 10, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 10, 2013

DICK’s Sporting Goods is hosting a three-day grand opening weekend, beginning Friday at the retailer’s new location at Grand Ridge Plaza, 1422 10th Way N.E. in the Issaquah Highlands, and continuing through the 13th.

Former Seattle Mariner Edgar Martinez will make an appearance in the store from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday.

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Off The Press

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.

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Grand Ridge Plaza brings jobs to city

September 24, 2013

As Grand Ridge Plaza construction begins to open new stores, many jobs have become available. Stores are advertising for positions, leading to a prospective growth of jobs in Issaquah.

Though it could not give exact numbers, the city’s Economic Development Department said that an estimated 300 to 400 new jobs were expected to be created from Grand Ridge Plaza. It did not have information on how many would be part-time or full-time employees.

 

 

Editorial

September 10, 2013

Now hiring! Local opportunities abound

Looking for a job? Issaquah has become the land of opportunity!

When the Growth Management Act was adopted by the state more than 20 years ago, one goal was to encourage job growth near homes, with the aim of cutting down on traffic and new roads.

This fall, Issaquah’s growth at Grand Ridge Plaza, as well as new businesses spurred by a rebounding economy, have led to numerous new job positions being created.

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Highlands retail lineup adds coffee, liquor

February 19, 2013

The latest announced tenants for the long-planned Issaquah Highlands retail center, Grand Ridge Plaza, offer shoppers a chance to catch a buzz — spirits at BevMo! and coffee at Starbucks.

The recent additions to the $70 million highlands project add recognizable names alongside the Regal Cinemas multiplex, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Marshalls and HomeGoods, and Safeway.

The project developer, Regency Centers, estimated for offerings to open starting this summer and fall. Expect the movie theater and some restaurants to open initially.

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