Bellevue College Issaquah campus gets a master plan

November 26, 2013

Seven buildings and an amphitheater are included in a Bellevue College Issaquah campus master plan.

Bellevue College submitted an aspirational plan to the city in August and the Development Services Department is in the process of a land-use review. It makes use of the 20 acres purchased by the college in 2010 and envisions what the area could look like when fully built.

Contributed This mock-up in the master plan details how the area would look if Bellevue College can find sufficient demand and funding. According to the plan, a full build-out would not happen for 20 to 30 years.

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This mock-up in the master plan details how the area would look if Bellevue College can find sufficient demand and funding. According to the plan, a full build-out would not happen for 20 to 30 years.

“It’s a nice looking plan,” city Development Services Department Project Oversight Manager Christopher Wright said. “We’re in the middle of reviewing it, and it should go straight through the Urban Village Development Commission early next year.”

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Swedish/Issaquah receives new highlands development agreement

November 26, 2013

Swedish Hospital will build new medical offices in the Issaquah Highlands after receiving a new development agreement from the city Nov. 18.

In a unanimous decision, the Issaquah City Council finished a process it began last spring to craft a new agreement with Swedish. The agreement encompasses 28.26 acres north of the existing Swedish/Issaquah campus between Northeast Blakely Drive and Northeast Discovery Drive. Swedish has signed a preliminary agreement to purchase the blocks north of the existing hospital, about 10 acres, for medical offices.

The latest milestone comes as Port Blakely Communities, master developer of the Issaquah Highlands, winds down its active involvement in the urban village. Port Blakely is negotiating with landowners to complete sales of remaining property.

Seahawk Festivities at Grand Ridge Plaza Party / Nov. 16, 2013

November 18, 2013

Celebrate Grand Ridge Plaza opening with Pro Football Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy, Seahawks Blue Thunder, Blitz and Sea Gals in Issaquah Highlands this weekend

November 16, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 16, 2013

See Pro Football Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy, Seahawks Blue Thunder, Blitz and the Sea Gals during grand opening events of Grand Ridge Plaza in the Issaquah Highlands today.

The schedule for today is:

11 a.m. — Seattle Sea Gals, the Seattle Seahawks cheerleaders, host an autograph signing.

Noon — Seahawks Blue Thunder drum line will perform as Blitz, the team’s official mascot, greets families.

1-3 p.m. — Pro Football Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy, who played his entire 11-season career with the Seahawks, will be on site to meet fans and sign autographs. Free color photos will be given to the first 300 fans.

A drawing to award a signed NFL football from the Seattle Seahawks will also be held.

Cortez Kennedy was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012. (www.profootballhof.com)

Cortez Kennedy was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012. Meet him Nov. 16 in the Issaquah Highlands. (www.profootballhof.com)

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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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Zombies to invade Highlands Green Halloween Festival

October 22, 2013

The Issaquah Highlands Council presents the 13th annual Green Halloween Festival, from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 at the new Grand Ridge Plaza.

There will be carnival rides, games, pony rides, inflatables, food, music, giveaways and laser tag.

A flash mob performance of “Thrill the World” at noon and again at 4 p.m. Zombies will then hop a trolley to downtown Issaquah and join the performance there at 5 p.m.

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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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MOD Pizza opening in Issaquah Highlands Sunday

October 5, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 5, 2013

MOD Pizza will open a location in the Issaquah Highlands tomorrow at 1568 Highlands Drive N.E., Suite 130.

This will be the 11th MOD Pizza location in Washington state.

The store will open at 11 a.m., and the first 52 people in line will receive a free pizza. There will be a retro photo booth in the store all day, and names will  be collected for a grand-prize drawing of pizza for a year. Names will be collected all weekend and a winner will be notified Oct. 7.

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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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RAM Restaurant & Brewery opens Sept. 30

September 24, 2013

The Issaquah Highlands’ RAM Restaurant & Brewery will open its doors to customers Sept. 30.

Known for legendary hand-crafted burgers and award-winning craft beers, the newest restaurant is at 965 N.E. Park Drive.

The company’s 11th Puget Sound location will span more than 6,500 square feet, and accommodate seating for 260 diners.

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