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.
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.
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.
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
December 9, 2014
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.
November 4, 2014
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.
September 22, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 22, 2014
Spot the Spawners in the Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed this fall.
Salmon are returning to streams and rivers around Puget Sound. Watch for these natural beauties at the viewing sites around the watersheds as they make their seasonal journey. Local viewpoints include:
Lake Sammamish State Park — 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road, through October. Learn more here.
Issaquah Creek — Self-guided tours along the creek, culminating at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way, through Nov. 16. Learn more here.
September 2, 2014
Closing Rainier Boulevard North for the summer should leave lasting improvements but has created some hard feelings.
The city closed the road to through traffic June 9 from Northwest Juniper Street to east fork of Issaquah Creek to perform a number of upgrades to the heavily trafficked route.
The new street will have two vehicle lanes, parking, a sidewalk and multi-use trail, underground utilities, landscaping and decorative street lights It will remain closed until Oct. 1 at the latest.