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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Compassion House helping families in need

December 1, 2009

Compassion House and the Master Builders Care Foundation will break ground on a transitional housing complex Dec. 9.

The duplex will be built on vacant land at 260 S.E. Andrews St. next to another Compassion House transitional housing unit. Foundation leaders will break ground on the latest HomeAid project 10 a.m. Dec. 9.

HomeAid creates partnerships to construct or renovate facilities to provide housing and assistance for the temporarily homeless. In Issaquah, the partnership includes the homebuilding industry, HomeAid builder captain John Day Homes and nonprofit Compassion House.

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Compassion House seeking donations ahead of duplex project

August 11, 2009

This rendering shows a proposed two-story duplex, transitional housing facility along Southeast Andrews Street. Contributed

This rendering shows a proposed two-story duplex, transitional housing facility along Southeast Andrews Street. Contributed

Volunteers at the nonprofit Compassion House could soon break ground on a transitional housing facility. City planners have approved a plan to build a two-story duplex along Southeast Andrews Street.

John Williams, executive director, volunteer and board member for the Issaquah faith-based organization, said the demand for transitional housing is high. Transitional housing is used to help people move from homelessness into permanent residences.

“The phone is busy all the time,” he said. “There’s a big need in our area.”

The coming addition to Compassion House options will consist of two units, each about 1,300 square feet. The duplex will include a shared laundry area and a common meeting room. The first-floor unit will be accessible for handicapped residents.

A parking area with four stalls will be available in the alley behind the duplex. Crews will also improve landscaping throughout the site. Read more