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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Construction has started on Atlas project

February 24, 2015

Lennar Multifamily Communities announced in a press release that it began excavation last week on its Atlas multifamily community.

Located west of downtown Issaquah at Northwest Gilman Boulevard and Seventh Avenue Northwest, Atlas will include three five-story buildings containing 344 apartments, approximately 450 parking stalls (including 310 secure underground stalls), a variety of indoor and outdoor amenities, and a large area of landscaped open space.

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FISH plans dedication ceremony Feb. 21 for Charles Staniforth

February 15, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 15, 2015

The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery invites the public to a dedication ceremony to honor Charles “Stan” Staniforth at 10 a.m. Feb. 21.

FISH is planting a tree and installing and dedicating a bench at the hatchery in his name to commemorate his contribution to the hatchery.

Staniforth passed away in September, leaving a long legacy of devotion to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and FISH.

Charles ‘Stan’ Staniforth

Charles ‘Stan’ Staniforth

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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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Recreation, pathways also figure into city’s concurrency plan

January 27, 2015

Along with millions for roads and transportation, the concurrency plan approved by City Council last week also contains new impact fees to help fund recreation projects and pedestrian and bike pathways throughout Issaquah.

For the first time, nonresidential developers will be paying recreational impact fees.  While that move is still somewhat unusual, Issaquah is not alone in charging new commercial interests recreation fees. Some 12 other Washington cities already do.

The amount of the park fees will vary depending on the proposed land use.

All in all, according to information released by the city, Issaquah will need to raise $47.2 million for additional parks and recreational facilities in order to accommodate what could be a coming population boom of just over 12,000. Read more

Totem pole washes up in Issaquah Creek

December 9, 2014

Contributed Issaquah officials are fairly certain they have found the owner of this elaborate totem pole fished out of Issaquah Creek in late November. As of early this week, though, the city still had been unable to completely verify they had found the owner of the pole, said Matt Mechler, Issaquah’s open space steward. Mechler said the 12-foot pole appeared to have decayed at its base and simply tumbled into the creek. An unidentified resident first reported spotting the pole. The city inquired about the pole’s possible owner on social media and elsewhere. Responses sent officials in the direction of the possible owner, Mechler said.

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Issaquah officials are fairly certain they have found the owner of this elaborate totem pole fished out of Issaquah Creek in late November. As of early this week, though, the city still had been unable to completely verify they had found the owner of the pole, said Matt Mechler, Issaquah’s open space steward. Mechler said the 12-foot pole appeared to have decayed at its base and simply tumbled into the creek. An unidentified resident first reported spotting the pole. The city inquired about the pole’s possible owner on social media and elsewhere. Responses sent officials in the direction of the possible owner, Mechler said.

Stream of Dreams

November 5, 2014

Permanent fish mural guides the way for drivers, students

What first appeared to be a colorful display for Salmon Days attendees is actually an education project that will last for hopefully a decade or more.

All Issaquah Valley Elementary School students, from preschoolers to fifth-graders, have a fish on the Stream of Dreams.

It was a “massive volunteer effort,” according to Tiffany Aske, who co-chaired the project with Leah Gibson. They were inspired by a similar mural project at Laurelhurst Elementary School in Seattle, and coached through it by the Canadian-based Stream of Dreams Murals Society.

by Greg Farrar Fish swim in swirls (above) on the fence in part of the long Stream of Dreams mural at Issaquah Valley Elementary School on Newport Way Northwest.

By Greg Farrar
Fish swim in swirls on the fence in part of the long Stream of Dreams mural at Issaquah Valley Elementary School on Newport Way Northwest.

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Issaquah Valley Elementary Fish Mural

November 4, 2014

Costco proposed expansion causes growing concerns

September 23, 2014

Who will pay for a Costco expansion? That question has nearby business and property owners concerned.

Business and property owners have concerns about how proposed Costco growth might affect northern Issaquah, and about who pays for parts of the project.

In its Sept. 15 regular meeting, the Issaquah City Council held a public hearing regarding the draft agreement that has made its way through the Development Services Department in the past several months.

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