Change comes to Issaquah bus routes Oct. 1

September 27, 2011

King County Metro Transit riders should prepare for changes soon as transportation planners adjust routes between Issaquah and Seattle.

Issaquah routes receive some shuffling in the latest service plan from the mass transit agency. Under a service plan starting Oct. 1, Route 211 runs from hospital-dense First Hill in Seattle to the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride. Metro Transit is also adding trips departing First Hill for the highlands at 3:05 and 5:30 p.m.

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City, King County leaders flip switch on zHome

September 20, 2011

Issaquah and King County leaders gathered Sept. 14 to flip the switch on zHome, the first zero-energy, carbon-neutral multifamily community in the United States.

Built to use zero net energy and 70 percent less water than a traditional home, Issaquah, King County and other partners collaborated to open the 10-townhouse complex in the Issaquah Highlands. The project is meant to serve as a model for incorporating “green” elements into mainstream homebuilding.

King County Executive Dow Constantine (right, at lectern) prepares to address the crowd at the opening of zHome in the Issaquah Highlands on Sept. 14. Contributed

County Executive Dow Constantine joined Mayor Ava Frisinger to open the facility at a ceremony in the zHome courtyard.

“This pioneering project sets a new standard for how homes can — and should — be built in our region and country,” Frisinger said in a statement. “Our vision is that zHome’s innovative approach will catalyze the market for much ‘greener’ building materials and technologies, as well as inspire the next generation of homebuilders through examples that are replicable and market rate.”

The project included aggressive benchmarks to set a different standard in “green” homebuilding. Units in zHome range from the low $400,000s to the $600,000s.

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Family Village causes no concerns among Issaquah school officials

September 20, 2011

Occupants were expected to move in en masse in late June and managers expected most residents to occupy the new $53 million YWCA Family Village at Issaquah in the Issaquah Highlands by late August.

Designed to be affordable housing, Family Village is expected to attract its fair share of, well, families, including school-age children. Still, Issaquah School District officials say they are ready for what they expect to be a modest influx of new students.

Family Village consists of 146 units of affordable housing, said Cathy MacCaul, director of community affairs for the local YWCA.

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City plugs in energy-saving zHome, leader in ‘green’ living

September 13, 2011

Family spends night at zero-energy townhouse to test innovations

Some of the 10 carbon-neutral townhomes of the zHome community glow in the setting sun along Northeast High Street in the Issaquah Highlands. By Greg Farrar

The steeply angled roofs and street-side rain garden attract attention to the townhouses along Northeast High Street.

The effect is deliberate, because the 10-townhouse complex, called zHome, is designed to encourage people to explore and rethink notions about “green” living. The project is the first carbon-neutral and zero-energy multifamily community in the United States.

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Issaquah Highlands Self Storage opens

July 19, 2011

Issaquah Highlands Self Storage has officially opened its doors.

The storage facility is located on High Street between Ninth Avenue Northeast and Northeast Highlands Drive, adjacent to the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride.

In early May, customers began moving items into storage units just in time to rotate storage of seasonal items.

The storage facility is six stories high and 68,000 square feet, containing 503 heated storage units that protect possessions from the damp Northwest weather. Sizes range from 25 square feet to more than 200 square feet. The transit center next door contains reserved parking for customers in addition to the main loading area in front.

West Coast Self-Storage is the management company.

Office hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Customers have access 365 days a year via a keypad from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Learn more at www.issaquahhighlandsselfstorage.com or call 295-2959.

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22,000 people turn out for Swedish/Issaquah public unveiling

July 12, 2011

The da Vinci Surgical System robot captivates visitors on guided tours July 9 during the Swedish/Issaquah open house celebration. By Greg Farrar

Hospital executives and designers spared no expense to create a Swedish Medical Center campus to connect to the surrounding community, and curious residents across the Eastside embraced Swedish/Issaquah on July 9, as the $365 million hospital opened for a whirlwind of public tours.

Organizers estimate 22,000 people descended on the 18-acre campus during the daylong event. The hospital’s opening celebration served as the centerpiece at Highlands Day, a neighborhood festival in the Issaquah Highlands.

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Community greets Swedish/Issaquah at opening celebration

July 9, 2011

Evan Jackson, 3, rides on the shoulders of his dad Kyle as the Issaquah Highlands residents and thousands of others attend Swedish/Issaquah’s public open house Saturday. By Greg Farrar

NEW — 4:30 p.m. July 9, 2011

Hospital executives and designers spared no expense to create a Swedish Medical Center campus to connect to the surrounding community and, on Saturday, curious residents from Issaquah and across the Eastside embraced Swedish/Issaquah as the $365 million hospital opened for a whirlwind of public tours.

Organizers estimate 22,000 people descended on the 18-acre campus during the daylong event. The hospital’s opening celebration served as the centerpiece at Highlands Day, a neighborhood festival in the Issaquah Highlands.

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Highlands Day to celebrate Swedish/Issaquah

July 5, 2011

On its 10th anniversary, the Issaquah Highlands Council will host its annual Highlands Day on July 9, in conjunction with the grand opening celebration of Issaquah’s new Swedish Medical Center campus.

“This year will be the biggest Highlands Day ever,” said, Christy Garrard special events planner for the council. “We’re expecting over 10,000 people during the seven-hour event.”

This year, Highlands Day will carry a healthy living theme and will take place on the site of the new hospital.

More than 50 booths will represent sports, fitness and nutrition experts, local businesses and local nonprofit agencies. The booths will offer free carnival games and crafts, free samples and free answers to fitness and sports-related questions.

“Over 20 booths are just fitness professionals and nutrition experts.” Garrard said.

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Issaquah to receive increased Metro Transit service

June 7, 2011

Commuting from Issaquah to “Pill Hill” in Seattle could become more convenient soon.

Route 211 is to be extended to the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride. The route runs between the highlands and First Hill — nicknamed “Pill Hill” due to the hospitals in the neighborhood.

King County Council members approved the route change and more than 20 other revisions May 31. County Executive Dow Constantine proposed the overhaul in April to accommodate the launch of RapidRide buses between Bellevue and Redmond.

The route changes should start in October as RapidRide buses roll out on the Eastside.

RapidRide is part of the Transit Now initiative adopted in 2006. The initial RapidRide line between Tukwila and Federal Way is popular among riders.

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Issaquah to receive increased Metro Transit service

June 2, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. June 2, 2011

Commuting from the Issaquah Highlands to “Pill Hill” in Seattle could become more convenient soon.

Route 211 is to be extended to the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride. The route serves First Hill — nicknamed “Pill Hill” due to the hospitals in the neighborhood.

King County Council members approved the route change and more than 20 other revisions Tuesday. County Executive Dow Constantine proposed the overhaul in April to accommodate the launch of RapidRide buses between Bellevue and Redmond.

The route changes should start in October as RapidRide buses roll out on the Eastside.

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