September 22, 2015
NEW — 12:30 p.m. Sept. 22, 2015
Even as city officials consider how to jump-start the long-discussed Central Issaquah Plan, one potential anchor project already may be in the works.
While he offered very few details, Issaquah Economic Development Director Keith Niven told City Council members Sept. 21 he met recently with officials of the U.S. Postal Service about a possible development on land near the post office on Northwest Gilman Boulevard, in the area of Fourth Avenue Northwest.
The project would consist of one floor of some sort of commercial space, with three floors of apartments above. Niven mentioned that configuration might mean construction of a nearby parking garage. Overall, he believes the project might well be one city officials want to take a look at if the developer’s concept moves forward. Read more
April 21, 2015
Adopted in late 2012, the Central Issaquah Plan has been described as a long-term vision for the city that would bring about a dense urban core, a mix of residential and commercial development.
While a few projects are already underway, at the behest of the Issaquah City Council, the city Economic Vitality Commission has identified a number of locations and issues that eventually could receive some extra attention from the city leading to development of anchor projects within the plan area. Regarding the development sites, that extra attention will likely consist of some form of economic incentive.
May 20, 2014
The Issaquah City Council has chosen to concentrate on transportation and Olde Town issues in the future.
Senior city administration met with the council during the 122nd-annual goal setting retreat at the Mercer Slough Environmental Center in Bellevue and spent a solid eight hours debating Issaquah’s next steps.
The council members began the day with 17 goals, submitted by council after it asked for citizen input. The day ended with five: Transportation Master Plan, Affordable Housing, Enhance Olde Town Vitality, Central Issaquah Plan Anchor Project and to promote a Safe/Drug-Free Community.
March 25, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. March 25, 2014
Join Issaquah History Museums history hike leaders at the depot museum March 29 to explore the mining history that continues to shape downtown Issaquah.
Get a new perspective on Issaquah’s Olde Town neighborhood through historic photos, maps and observation of the changing landscape.
The first in a series of three mining history-themed interpretive walks will showcase the mine areas on the edge of downtown Issaquah.
February 21, 2014
How will the central district look in 30 years?
Since before the City Council passed the Central Issaquah Plan in late 2012, citizens have been wondering what the city will look like in 30 years.
“You’re standing in a great pedestrian area,” Issaquah Long Range Planner Trish Heinonen said, describing the average block according to the plan. “It will be very busy with walking people and people having lunch. And wherever you are standing, you can probably see a way to get to the green necklace.”
As a vision for how to cultivate a dense, urban space within the central area and redevelop the flat lots into sustainable, walkable parcels, the Central Issaquah Plan has remained vague beyond the expressed desire to create a vivid environment with a “green necklace” of parks and open spaces around the city and an interlaced connection of walkways and bike paths to reach them.
February 4, 2014
As Issaquah grows, a team of University of Washington students offered tips for how it can maintain its identity.
Aubri Denevan, Carrie Shepherd, Kim Lichttenegger and Yebin Zhou, members of a “Masters in Communications in Digital Media” program, were assigned the task of offering creative leadership to an area.
“At the beginning of the quarter, we were asked to give three problems we saw,” Lichttenegger said, adding that the students had to then identify recommendations to solve them. As a six-year resident of Issaquah, she saw a real opportunity to examine recommendations for the city. “Because I live in the lowlands, I work in Seattle and I commute up to the highlands, I’ve had a daily snapshot of all the building progress.”
September 6, 2013
NEW — 4:30 p.m. Sept. 6, 2013
A medical marijuana dispensary will not be allowed to open in Issaquah’s Olde Town neighborhood, the city announced.
The Peaceful Choice, a medical marijuana collective garden, submitted an application to open within the Issaquah Court Condominiums, a mixed-use building housing both residential and commercial units.
The city denied the application due to the site’s proximity to a nearby community center. The proposed collective garden would have been located within 1,000 feet of the Issaquah Valley Senior Center, which is considered a community center according to the city’s land use code.
August 27, 2013
Residents and the city of Issaquah are partnering with Feet First to create a series of fun neighborhood walks intended to motivate people who live, work and play in Issaquah to explore their environment, share their observations and encourage people to walk more.
Trained neighborhood ambassadors will facilitate walks and conversation to highlight what they love about their community, and how they can make their neighborhood safer, easier and more inviting to walk in. Information will be collected and incorporated into the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Plan.
August 13, 2013
A medical marijuana dispensary looks to open in Olde Town and residents are raising their voices in protest.
The Peaceful Choice, a medical marijuana collective garden, submitted an application that was completed July 10 to open within the Issaquah Court Condominiums, a mixed-use building housing both residential and commercial units.
Robin Brewer, president of the Issaquah Court Condominiums, in the 100 block of First Place Northwest, said she is very concerned by an application making its way through the city that would allow for the dispensary to open its doors on the building’s ground floor.
“When the city of Issaquah set up the zoning for this, they did not take into account that the library, train museum and senior center are all less than 1,000 feet from this proposed location and which fit the city’s own definition of a community center,” Brewer said.