October 27, 2009
Planners said the Swedish Medical Center campus under construction in the Issaquah Highlands would serve as a community hub, with a lush courtyard and free Wi-Fi to lure visitors. City and project planners unveiled new details Oct. 20 about the hospital, the first major employer to take root in the highlands.
The site development permit for the project went before the Urban Village Development Commission last week. Commissioners raised questions about how ambulances would reach the site and how years of construction would affect highlands residents. The campus, scheduled to open in phases in 2011 and 2012, will become the first new hospital in King County to open in 25 years.
Seattle architecture firm CollinsWoerman designed the hospital with a pair of wings extending south from a medical office building. The office complex will face Northeast Blakely Drive; the wings will contain patient beds. Lucy Sloman, a planning consultant with the city Major Development Review Team, said the facility would total 582,000 square feet. The buildings will be between 80 and 85 feet tall at the highest points. Read more
October 13, 2009
Gov. Chris Gregoire called for national health care reform at the Oct. 12 groundbreaking of a new Swedish Medical Center campus in the Issaquah Highlands, as she praised the planned hospital as a model program. The governor, a second-term Democrat, called for Congress to set aside partisanship and deliver “affordable, accessible high-quality health care.”
Gregoire praised Swedish Medical Center executives for taking steps to bring additional medical services to Issaquah. The campus, set to open in phases in 2011 and 2012, will become the first new hospital in King County to open in 25 years.
Physicians will offer inpatient and outpatient services such as cardiac care, obstetrics and neurosciences at the high-tech campus. The project is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs in health care and hospital-related fields. Crews began excavation work at the 18-acre site in mid-August. Read more
October 13, 2009
October 12, 2009
NEW — 12:11 p.m. Oct. 12, 2009
Gov. Chris Gregoire, Mayor Ava Frisinger and hospital executives broke ground on a Swedish Medical Center campus in the Issaquah Highlands today.
Dignitaries dipped gold-painted shovels into soil to mark the late-morning event. Crews began excavation work at the site in August.
Dr. John Milne, medical director for strategic development and a physician at the Swedish/Issaquah ER, said the new hospital would be vital to the community.
“This is going to be your hospital,” Milne said. “This is going to be Issaquah’s hospital.”
October 6, 2009
A 12-member task force will spend the next year mapping the future of the Central Issaquah Plan, a document that will outline growth and redevelopment in the commercial heart of the city. Read more
September 29, 2009
City Council members will work to accommodate plans for underground fuel tanks at a hospital in the Issaquah Highlands and residents who questioned whether leaky tanks could contaminate ground water. Read more
September 1, 2009
Alex Berry was left with such a lasting impression after being honored in the 2008 artEAST Collective Memory Project, that he decided to return the favor for someone this year.
The Collective Memory project began in 2007 when 18 artEAST artists partnered with local community members — from well known to obscure, quiet to colorful — who helped shape the community. The artists honored these citizens by telling their life stories through original works of art.
Berry, 43, a native of Issaquah, had his story told of working 30 years at Village Theatre as everything from director to set designer, in the form of a sculpture by artist Ashley Weiss.
“It was absolutely fabulous,” he said. “I was so impressed by all the quality of work produced.”
So impressed, he asked to be involved this year as an artist. Karen Abel, executive director of artEAST, paired him with Greg Spranger, the man behind many DownTown Issaquah Association projects.
“I had heard of Greg long before I actually met him,” Berry said. “A couple years ago, he called me and wanted me and my father to come down and paint oversized wooden Christmas ornaments for the Hailstone Feed Store project.” Read more
August 12, 2009
NEW — 3:25 p.m. Aug. 12, 2009
Crews will begin excavation work at the Swedish Medical Center hospital campus Monday, hospital executives said today. Plans call for a medical office building, outpatient care center and — eventually — hospital beds on 18 acres in the Issaquah Highlands.
During the first phase of construction, crews will build the office building and outpatient center. Hospital executives said the initial phase would open in summer 2011. A second phase — with 80 hospital beds — is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2012. The second phase will eventually expand to 175 beds.
“People are anxious to have the care close to home,” said Kevin Brown, a Swedish Medical Center senior vice president leading the Issaquah expansion.
The planned campus — at the southwestern corner of Highlands Drive Northeast and Ninth Avenue Northeast — will offer inpatient and outpatient services, including oncology, cardiac care, obstetrics, pediatrics and neurosciences and intensive care.
May 12, 2009
City could allow a gas station
Issaquah Highlands residents will not be stocking up on groceries at a Central Market anytime soon. Plans to open a 50,000-square-foot highlands store in mid-2010 have been canceled due to the down economy, a project developer and city officials said last week. Read more
May 5, 2009
NEW — 10:15 p.m. May 5, 2009
A Central Market grocery store will not open in the Issaquah Highlands, city officials and a project developer said tonight. Highlands developer Port Blakely Communities planned to open a 50,000 square foot store in mid-2010.
Highlands residents have long lamented the lack of a grocery store in the hillside community. Port Blakely is negotiating with other grocery chains to occupy the site, said Kathy Burnaman, Port Blakely’s vice president of project development.
Blame a tough economy for the delay. The downturn has slowed other long-planned retail offerings in the highlands. Burnaman said talks with other grocers are ongoing.