October 11, 2011
Station 72 is designed to lessen impact on environment
The red accents on Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72 offer a traditional package for the “green” features embedded throughout the building.
Station 72 is the most energy efficient fire station on the planet. The city and EFR spearheaded a project to create a next-generation facility as a showcase for “green” innovations in Issaquah and a model for other fire departments.
July 5, 2011
The pedestrian bridge at Interstate 90 and state Route 900 opened July 1, months after the expected completed date.
Delays related to the bridge pilings and inclement weather slowed construction on the $6.2 million project.
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.
June 30, 2011
NEW — 8 a.m. June 30, 2011
The pedestrian bridge at Interstate 90 and state Route 900 is due to open Friday, months after the expected completed date.
Delays related to the bridge pilings and inclement weather slowed construction on the $6.2 million project. The connector separates bicyclists and pedestrians from the busy roadway. The structure includes a 12-foot-wide pedestrian bridge across the westbound interstate on-ramp and a 10-foot-wide pedestrian crossing on the state Route 900 overpass.
The city contributed $354,000 to the connector. Federal and Sound Transit dollars covered the remainder.
The bridge is due to open by late Friday, after more than a decade of planning and sometimes-contentious discussions among city officials, transit advocates and trails enthusiasts.
June 21, 2011
Motorists should prepare for ramp closures as crews stripe lanes along state Route 900.
The striping comes as construction nears completion on a pedestrian connector along busy state Route 900 and the westbound Interstate 90 on-ramp. The connector could open to pedestrians and bicyclists by late June.
Starting June 20, contractors started painting the bridges and paving the trail from 12th Avenue Northwest.
The painting requires the interstate on-ramp to be closed during the evening. The contractor plans to post detours for motorists.
June 14, 2011
City Council authorizes $47,000 art piece for building
Construction is almost complete on Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72 — a showcase for “green” innovations adjacent to the Issaquah Transit Center — and firefighters should start settling into the sleek structure in August.
The facility is designed to replace the aging Station 72 less than a mile down Northwest Maple Street from the construction site. The city, architect and EFR designed the modern Station 72 to use as little energy and water as possible.
The building includes a system to pump heat from the ground, photovoltaic cells to catch sunlight and triple-paned windows to reduce heat loss — enough features to achieve the toughest standards from the U.S. Green Building Council.
June 11, 2011
NEW — 11 a.m. June 11, 2011
Sound Transit has changed service on numerous ST Express routes, including Route 554 from Issaquah to Seattle. The agency reduced midday weekday service from every 15 minutes to every 20 minutes, and discontinued some weekend trips.
The agency said the change is meant to match ridership on the route.
The systemwide changes aim to improve service on high-demand routes, as well as overcrowding on some routes. The changes also eliminate routes experiencing reduced ridership and duplicating services by other agencies.
In addition, Sound Transit is extending call center hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, starting June 13. Call 1-800-889-6368.
March 8, 2011
Sound Transit offers bicycle lockers to riders at many locations, including the Issaquah Transit Center.
The lockers tend to be popular, so the mass transit agency urges riders to call 888-889-6368 toll free to learn more about locker availability. Bicycle storage is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis at transit centers.
Sound Transit offers lockers for a $50 nonrefundable annual rental fee and a one-time $50 refundable key deposit.
Once riders check locker availability, they can download and complete a copy of the Sound Transit Bicycle Locker User Agreement at the agency website, www.soundtransit.org. Then, mail the completed form to Sound Transit, Attn: Customer Service, 401 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104-2826.
February 15, 2011
The tree-lined suburb of today evolved from a frontier town of sinister secrets
Welcome to Issaquah!
On your left, you’ll see the Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In!
On your right, you’ll find the Village Theatre!
Oh look, over there is the beloved Issaquah Salmon Hatchery!
A typical tour of town might go something like that, detailing the proud past of a historic city.
What about the strange, seedy and sinister history of this former frontier town? What about the ominous undertones? Not many tours take you down the alleys of the city or expose what had been its underbelly.
But this one does, and it will tell you about some of the most notable incidents that occurred here in the decades after white settlers arrived in the 1850s. Murders. Bombings. Fires. Explosions. Abductions. Plus, plenty of other mayhem.
Get in your DeLorean and prepare to tickle your morbid curiosity, because we’re headed straight to the past and into the dark side of Issaquah.
February 15, 2011
City is poised to complete long-term projects in coming months
Mayor Ava Frisinger offered a bold prediction for the year in the State of the City address last week.
“2011 will undoubtedly be a momentous year for Issaquah — one that will not only reinforce the importance of our day-to-day business, but will also celebrate our larger accomplishments,” she said during the Feb. 7 address.
The can-do speech highlighted projects scheduled for completion in the months ahead, including the city-coordinated zHome townhouses and a landmark effort to outline redevelopment in the 915-acre business district.
“2010 sets high expectations for this year, and I am confident that we can meet them,” Frisinger said. “Our list of goals for 2011 is extremely impressive and yet very feasible.”
The annual address — like the spring City Council goal-setting session and the autumn budget announcement — helps city leaders outline priorities for the public.
Frisinger used the speech to shine a spotlight on long-term efforts on track to mark milestones.
The city is poised to complete the long-running effort to preserve forested Park Pointe on Tiger Mountain soon.