January 27, 2015
It’s only a matter of time before Issaquah residents are asked to pay a share of the $308 million concurrency plan unanimously approved by City Council on Jan. 20.
Through greatly increased impact fees, future Issaquah developers will be paying about 30 percent of the plan. The city will need to come up with roughly $119 million.
“We must figure out how we are going to pay our share,” said Charlie Bush, development services director during a presentation to council prior to their vote last week.
A local sales tax, a $50 car tab fee and similar measures all have been mentioned as possible ways to raise the city’s portion of the plan. Bush said at least one public vote will be needed to make any funding scheme work. If there does not turn out to be sufficient public support, the plan will need to be reworked, Bush said. Read more
January 20, 2015
The long-awaited Skyline High School stadium improvement plan may be closer to reality, after the Issaquah School Board received an update at its Jan. 14 meeting.
Steve Crawford, the Issaquah School District’s director of capital projects, told board members the bidding process for potential contractors on the stadium construction projects at both Skyline and Liberty high schools would open this week.
The Skyline project, budgeted at nearly $6.5 million, was approved by voters in an April 2012 bond measure. Since, members of the school’s football boosters club have criticized the project, saying school district officials aren’t interested in an alternate design that would have a concrete grandstand and increased storage space, and be more cost-effective.
Construction, scheduled to last a few months, has been delayed multiple times, including twice in the past year. Read more
January 14, 2014
The Sammamish City Council is trying to make the Klahanie annexation area an offer it can’t refuse.
The council voted unanimously Jan. 7 that if the Klahanie area does not vote to be absorbed into Issaquah, Sammamish will “fast track” an annexation of its own. It also made a laundry list of promises for what types of services it would provide Klahanie-area residents if they were to enter Sammamish.
“We would endeavor to have a vote of the Klahanie area as soon as possible,” Councilman Don Gerend said.
January 15, 2013
Issaquah-area road projects received a green light to proceed — and more than $3 million — after planners approved a regional transportation program.
Puget Sound Regional Council leaders recommended funding for projects on Southeast May Valley Road, Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast, West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and 228th Avenue Southeast on the Sammamish Plateau.
The lineup includes projects just outside Issaquah city limits, but none inside the city.
Some dollars for the projects come from $440 million in federal funds distributed by the planning authority for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties. State gas tax revenue and local funds then cover the remaining project costs.
August 14, 2012
Police said a 66-year-old woman drowned in a Sammamish Plateau pond in the Klahanie area Aug. 8.
Sgt. Cindi West, King County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, said the woman drowned in Rainbow Lake at Issaquah-Pine Lake Road Southeast and Southeast 44th Street before 7:45 p.m. The woman’s family called police after she failed to return from a walk and missed a medical appointment.
Police do not suspect foul play in the incident.
Officials at the King County Medical Examiner’s Office did not release the woman’s name by Aug. 13, pending notification of additional family members.
February 21, 2012
King County is considering a request from a developer to turn land along Issaquah-Pine Lake Road Southeast into 80 lots for houses.
The plan from the Kirkland-based developer, Issaquah-Pine Lake Road Investors, calls for homes, plus tracts for recreation, drainage and critical areas. The lots on the site average about 2,400 square feet in size.
The site is east of Issaquah-Pine Lake Road Southeast and north of 238th Way Southeast on the Sammamish Plateau. The land is zoned for six residential units per acre.
September 7, 2010
Local firefighters are fundraising for children and adults affected by muscular dystrophy.
Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters will collect donations for Jerry’s Kids and the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which supports research and purchases necessities for patients. Proceeds will also help send children with muscular dystrophy to camp.
The firefighters will accept money from motorists from 2-6 p.m. Sept. 10 at the intersections of Front Street and Sunset Way in Issaquah and Southeast Issaquah-Pine Lake Road and 228th Avenue Southeast in Sammamish.
April 27, 2010
The long-term plan to upgrade Issaquah roads reaches the City Council next week.
Officials plan a public hearing on the Transportation Improvement Program, or TIP. The hearing presents residents and landowners with a chance to offer input on the sweeping document. The plan outlines transportation projects though 2016.
Some of the projects slated for completion will be familiar to longtime residents. They include the Interstate 90 Undercrossing and a pedestrian connector to link trails across the interstate and along state Route 900.
The plan also calls for about $213,000 to overhaul Newport Way Northwest from West Sunset Way to Maple Street Northwest. Officials hope to upgrade paths for bicyclists and pedestrians, and to add roundabouts to ease traffic congestion in the corridor.
The plan also includes the partnership between the city and the largest employer in Issaquah to upgrade road access near the Costco corporate headquarters and flagship store. The city and Costco agreed in March to split the $63,736 cost to study possible improvements.
March 16, 2010
When the congregation of Eastridge Christian Assembly outgrew its current facility, its leaders decided to go big for their next church.
A ribbon cutting for the new building is March 20 and the community will get its first look at the upgrades designed for its growing needs.
“The new building is almost four times bigger than the current size,” said senior pastor Steve Jamison. “The area for children alone is the size of the current building.”
To welcome the congregation, organizers are rolling out the red carpet. In addition to city and state dignitaries invited to the ribbon cutting ceremony, Eastridge Christian Assembly has invited guest speakers Matthew Barnett, best-selling author of “The Church That Never Sleeps,” and Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr., senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Landover, Md. To cap the festivities off is a performance by Grammy nominated artist Matthew West.
Established in 1964, Eastridge Christian Assembly had been on Issaquah-Pine Lake Road since the 1990s. When the sanctuary’s seating capacity of 400 inside a 17,500 square-foot building could not fully service a congregation of 1,300, it was time to move.
Jamison said the process began in the early 2000s, and a large parcel of land was purchased in 2002. Actually a couple blocks apart, the visual sightline of the two facilities makes it appear the two driveways lead right to one another. Read more