Builders earn national award for Compassion House

September 27, 2011

Constructing the Julia L. Pritt House for homeless families earned the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties a national award for community service.

The association joined the Issaquah nonprofit organization Compassion House to build the downtown residence last year. Compassion House offers housing to families transitioning from homelessness.

The namesake philanthropist donated land for the house. Teams then built most of the structure using materials donated by HomeAid Master Builders Care, a Master Builders Care Foundation program.

The effort earned the Master Builders Association and the foundation the honor for Best Community Service Project from the National Association of Home Builders, a trade organization, at a mid-August conference in Naples, Fla.

The local association also earned awards for Best Print Publication, Best HBA Partnership/Coalition and Best Service to Members.

Families settled in to the Julia L. Pritt House last year.

Pritt died in April 2010 at age 77. In addition to supporting Compassion House, she donated money to enable the city to purchase downtown Cybil-Madeline Park. The open space along Issaquah Creek is named for Pritt’s granddaughters.

Builders earn national award for Issaquah’s Compassion House

August 23, 2011

NEW — 8 a.m. Aug. 23, 2011

Constructing the Julia L. Pritt House for homeless families earned the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties a national award for community service.

The association joined Issaquah nonprofit organization Compassion House to build the downtown residences last year. Compassion House offers housing to families transitioning from homelessness.

The namesake philanthropist donated land for the house. Teams then built most of the structure using materials donated by HomeAid Master Builders Care, a Master Builders Care Foundation program.

The effort earned the Master Builders Association and the foundation the honor for Best Community Service Project from the National Association of Home Builders, a trade organization.

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Landscape architect hopes outreach shapes city parks

August 17, 2010

The downtown parks strung along Issaquah Creek might not include a soccer field or a baseball diamond, but the former farmsteads could be a hub for lessons about local history and creekside ecology.

Map by Dona Mokin

The city and the landscape architect start the planning process for the parks next week, during a picnic at the 15.5-acre site. Planners hope the suppertime gathering affords residents a chance to explore the parks — Tollë Anderson, Cybil-Madeline and Issaquah Creek — peer inside old farmhouses and observe squirrels darting up trees and ducks bobbing in the creek.

Though preservation rules and limits on creekside construction shape how the park can be developed, landscape architect Guy Michaelsen said he hopes the setting inspires the picnickers to offer creative ideas.

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Compassion House units named for philanthropist

July 27, 2010

Compassion House — a nonprofit provider of housing for homeless people — plans to name a new downtown duplex after a longtime philanthropist instrumental to the construction.

Dignitaries will gather July 29 to dedicate the Julia L. Pritt House. The namesake philanthropist donated land for the housing units.

Join Mayor Ava Frisinger, Compassion House leaders and volunteer builders at the duplex, 260 S.E. Andrews St. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m.

Volunteers built most of the structure using materials donated by HomeAid Master Builders Care, a program of the Master Builders Care Foundation.

The foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, the largest homebuilding group in the nation.

The duplex will provide housing for two homeless families. Compassion House volunteers will work with the families to help them become self-sufficient.

Pritt died April 3 at age 77. In addition to the Compassion House donation, she donated money to help the city form downtown Cybil-Madeline Park.

Compassion House dedicates housing for homeless to late philanthropist Thursday

July 27, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. July 27, 2010

Compassion House — a nonprofit provider of housing for homeless people — plans to name a new downtown duplex after a longtime philanthropist instrumental to the construction.

Dignitaries will gather Thursday to dedicate the Julia L. Pritt House. The namesake philanthropist donated land for the housing units.

Join Mayor Ava Frisinger, Compassion House leaders and volunteers builders at the duplex, 260 S.E. Andrews St. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m.

Volunteers built most of the structure using materials donated by HomeAid Master Builders Care, a program of the Master Builders Care Foundation. The group also refurbished a home donated to Compassion House.

The foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, the largest homebuilding group in the nation.

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Issaquah benefactor Julia Pritt dies

April 27, 2010

The philanthropist who donated land for a planned downtown park and housing for the homeless has died.

Julia Pritt, 77, died April 3 at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. The philanthropist amassed a fortune when she and then-husband Frank Pritt launched a software company, Attachmate Corp. Julia Pritt led accounting and human resources for the company.

The retired software executive left a diverse legacy in downtown Issaquah. Her donations laid the foundation for a much-anticipated park and needed transitional housing units.

The city purchased the Beebe property — today known as Cybil-Madeline Park — in August 1995 with a $500,000 donation from Pritt. City officials have worked for more than a decade to assemble parcels near the confluence of Issaquah Creek and the East Fork. Officials refer to the area of planned trails and open space as the “crown jewel” of the municipal park system.

Pritt requested for the parcel to be renamed for her granddaughters, Cybil and Madeline.

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Cybil-Madeline Park, Compassion House donor dies

April 24, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. April 24, 2010

The philanthropist who donated land for a planned downtown park and housing for the homeless has died.

Julia Pritt, 77, died April 3 at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. The philanthropist amassed a fortune when she and then-husband Frank Pritt launched a software company, Attachmate Corp. Julia Pritt led accounting and human resources for the company.

The retired software executive left a diverse legacy in downtown Issaquah. Her donations laid the foundation for a much-anticipated park and needed transitional housing units.

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City seeks architect for park

January 19, 2010

The vision for Cybil-Madeline, Tollë Anderson and Issaquah Creek parks started to take shape in early January as city officials sent out a request for landscape architects to tackle the project. Read more

City buys final parcel for park

December 8, 2008

This city map shows the proposed Bolliger Property acquisition at the corner of Northwest Holly Street and Rainier Boulevard Northwest. By City of Issaquah.This city map shows the proposed Bolliger Property acquisition at the corner of Northwest Holly Street and Rainier Boulevard Northwest. By City of Issaquah.

In a $2.69 million deal, the city is buying a long-sought 1.3-acre parcel of land for Cybil-Madeline Park — envisioned as the “jewel in the crown” of the Issaquah parks system.

Following an executive session of the City Council Dec. 1, members instructed the administration to enter into a purchase and sale agreement for the land at the southwest corner of Rainier Boulevard North and Northwest Holly Street. Two houses are built on it, surrounded by some old fruit trees, fencing and lawn.

The agreement has not yet been signed, but both the buyer and seller expect it to go forward, said City Administrator Leon Kos. Read more