Council addresses top public worries

May 20, 2014

The Issaquah City Council has chosen to concentrate on transportation and Olde Town issues in the future.

Senior city administration met with the council during the 122nd-annual goal setting retreat at the Mercer Slough Environmental Center in Bellevue and spent a solid eight hours debating Issaquah’s next steps.

The council members began the day with 17 goals, submitted by council after it asked for citizen input. The day ended with five: Transportation Master Plan, Affordable Housing, Enhance Olde Town Vitality, Central Issaquah Plan Anchor Project and to promote a Safe/Drug-Free Community.

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Atlas redevelopment project approved for Seventh and Gilman

May 13, 2014

Redevelopment of Seventh Avenue Northwest and Northwest Gilman Boulevard earned Development Commission approval May 7.

The city Development Commission welcomed the topic during two three-hour meetings April 16 and May 7. The commission received presentations from designers GGLO Architects, the city’s Development Services Department, as well as an outpouring of public comments. During the latter meeting, the commission unanimously approved the permit application.

“It’s got another new name since last we met,” City Senior Planner Jerry Lind said during the May 7 meeting. “It’s now called ‘Atlas’. We’ve seen the name Cadence. That one you want to erase from your mind. It’s evolved and it’s possible it could change again.”

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Tempers flare over Talus tree removal

April 29, 2014

The city of Issaquah stopped the removal of Talus neighborhood trees April 27 after residents cried foul.

Work began in the beginning of April to take out some tall trees blocking the view of residents. While the Talus Residential Association remains confident it took all necessary steps to remove the trees, some homeowners remain unconvinced.

“People have been pretty adamant about clearing those trees to have a better view of the lake,” said Talus resident Chad Fletcher said, who is angry about the removal. “Those particular trees were there and always were there.”

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Business owners have concerns about Gilman redevelopment

March 4, 2014

Plans to redevelop Seventh Avenue Northwest and Northwest Gilman Boulevard are not making everyone happy.

Darlene Cohen has owned the antique mall Gilman Galleries, which sits on the property, for five years. She spoke proudly of the work she has put into the business in order to make it successful.

“We built it back up to keep the business going,” Cohen said. “It wasn’t easy.”

By Peter Clark Gilman Galleries owner Darlene Cohen strolls through the halls of her antique mall where more than 100 vendors sell wares of all different kinds.

By Peter Clark
Gilman Galleries owner Darlene Cohen strolls through the halls of her antique mall where more than 100 vendors sell wares of all different kinds.

However, developer Lennar Multifamily Investors plans to raze buildings on the property and construct three five-story residential buildings in their place. They have applied for a site development permit, which the city is reviewing.

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