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July 10, 2012

Local students serve as legislative pages

Lydia Mull, 16, and Caroline Mull, 14, daughters of Cliff and Jody Mull, served as Legislative pages for Sen. Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island. Lydia, who will be a junior at Issaquah High School in the fall, was a page from Feb. 20-24. Caroline, who will be a sophomore at IHS, was a page from Feb. 6-10.

Students attended page school daily to learn more about the legislative process and sponsored mock bills with their fellow students from Washington state. They also distributed documents to state lawmakers and staff members throughout the state Capitol campus. Lydia created a mock bill on banning plastic bags. Caroline created a mock bill on banning second-hand smoke in cars from adult drivers.

Middle school and high school students interested in the Senate Page Program are encouraged to go to www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Administration/PageProgram.

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Streamlined process for wetlands proposed

November 29, 2011

In the near future, builders in rural and unincorporated King County could purchase credits to offset construction-related damage to wetlands.

Under a plan proposed by County Executive Dow Constantine, builders could pay a fee, rather than completing projects in a process called mitigation to compensate for damaged or destroyed wetlands.

The law requires builders to avoid and minimize impacts to wetlands and other sensitive areas as much as possible. Mitigation is required if damage is unavoidable.

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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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Highlands Chiropractic hosts ribbon cutting

July 5, 2011

The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce marked the opening of Highlands Chiropractic June 28 with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Highlands Chiropractic is at 1936 25th Ave. N.E. in the Issaquah Highlands.

Master Builders honors Care Foundation, John Day Homes

The Master Builders Care Foundation and John Day Homes were honored by the building industry for their service to the community at the annual Pacific Coast Builders Conference in San Francisco.

A Gold Nugget for Community Spirit was presented to the Care Foundation, a philanthropic arm of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, and John Day Homes Inc. during an awards luncheon June 23.

The two groups partnered with Compassion House, an Issaquah nonprofit provider of housing for homeless families, to build the Julia L. Pritt House. John Day, his staff and more than 40 trades from the homebuilding industry combined to contribute more than $244,000 to build a duplex near downtown Issaquah, which now provides housing for two families.

Builder plans to add 70 townhouses in the highlands

February 1, 2011

Homebuilder Pulte Homes has purchased land to build 70 townhouses in the Issaquah Highlands, the company announced last week.

The planned neighborhood, Sunset Walk, is on 5.86 acres adjacent to Sunset Park and near planned retail offerings. The project is Pulte Homes’ first foray into Issaquah.

The homebuilder purchased the land from highlands master developer Port Blakely Communities in late December. Urban Village Development Commission and City Council members approved the project late last year.

“We have been looking for the right location and time to expand locally, and this is an excellent opportunity for us to do so,” Pulte Homes Division President for the Pacific Northwest John Ochsner said in a press release.

City Major Development Review Team Program Manager Keith Niven said construction should start in the spring.

Plans call for Sunset Walk to feature five two- and three-story townhouse floor plans ranging from 1,460 to 2,054 square feet.

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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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Realtors become volunteer landscapers for Compassion House

July 6, 2010

Windermere volunteer Wendy Oliver, center, overlooks the progress that the landscaping party has made at the Compassion House duplex. Contributed

The new Compassion House duplex on Andrews Street received a landscaping makeover June 18, as Windermere Real Estate associates donated their time as part of their annual Service Day.

Finishing touches are being put on the new building, which has space to hold two families in need of transitional housing, according to Compassion House board member Rick McCarty.

The nonprofit organization strives to provide struggling families with not only a place to live, but also counseling and skill building to help them stand on their own, McCarty said.

“It’s really about giving people a hand up, not a handout,” he said.

When faced with making plans for the 2010 Windermere Service Day, coordinator Dave Paremski chose to return to Compassion House, which he and his agents had worked with several years ago to landscape the neighboring home. Read more

Construction starts on zero-energy homes

April 6, 2010

Workers have started construction in the Issaquah Highlands on zHome, a townhouse development designed to produce as much energy as the units consume. Contributed

Construction has started on zHome — the long-planned, eco-friendly townhouse development launched with fanfare in late 2008 and then hindered by the recession.

Plans call for 10 townhouses designed to produce as much electricity as the units consume. Despite the attention the pioneering project received at the outset, progress lagged until a Japanese homebuilder indicated interest in zHome. Read more

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