Businesses earn reprieve from city fee until March 2013

February 21, 2012

City leaders offered entrepreneurs a reprieve from a fee for another year, as officials attempt to entice businesses to relocate to or remain in Issaquah.

In a unanimous decision, City Council members agreed to exempt businesses from paying the transportation impact fee until March 2013. The exemption applies to the initial 10,000 square feet of floor area per project.

The council action continues a project initiated in 2009 to roll back the transportation impact fee and encourage entrepreneurs to consider Issaquah. In 2009, officials earmarked $1.58 million — money left over from the canceled Southeast Bypass — to offset the fee. City planners said $976,589 remains available for businesses.

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Free health screenings at Bartell Drugs on April 30

April 27, 2010

Bartell Drugs is providing free and discounted health screening clinics at 10 of its stores, including Issaquah, April 28 – May 9.

The Issaquah store, 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., will host a walk-in clinic from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. April 30. Customers will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

The screenings will include glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure testing as a preventative measure against diabetes and heart disease, according to a press release.

The screenings provide customers with immediate on-site results for blood glucose levels, total good and bad cholesterol levels, and blood pressure.

The clinics will also have free educational materials for customers.

Other discounted screenings and services are: $15 diabetes screenings, $5 osteoporosis screenings and $5 total cholesterol testing. A lipid panel is also available for $15, however, customers will need to fast for eight to 12 hours for accurate results.

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Businesses benefit from break in city impact fees

March 30, 2010

A city program to make Issaquah more appealing to businesses has aided the developers of Overlake Center, a Northwest Maple Street medical building, offices along East Sunset Way and more than a dozen construction and remodeling projects citywide. Read more

24 Hour Fitness opens Issaquah health club

February 19, 2010

NEW — 8:15 a.m. Feb. 19, 2010

The new 24 Hour Fitness in Overlake Center opened Friday.

The health club is the first 24 Hour Fitness in Issaquah. The 46,638-square-foot facility features a full-size basketball court, indoor lap pool and a personal training area. Find free seven-day passes to the club here.

David Watson, a six-year veteran of 24 Hour Fitness, manages the club. Find the facility at 5712 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., 200. About 75 people work there.

The facility also features a pro-shop, sauna, whirlpool and Kids’ Club, where children ages 6 months to 12 years can participate in activities while their parents work out.

Personal trainers are also on hand to help members achieve their fitness goals.

Officials evaluate economic development effort

March 30, 2009

A decision to exempt certain developments from a city fee marked an important step toward making Issaquah more attractive to businesses, according to a report presented to the City Council last week.

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Tainted soil at retail site raises concerns

March 23, 2009

City and state Department of Ecology inspectors intervened in early March after workers unearthed old tires and a leaky metal drum at a retail center construction site. Workers also took steps to prevent groundwater contamination.

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Contaminated soil found at Overlake Center site

March 22, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. March 21, 2009

Workers are taking steps to prevent groundwater contamination after old tires and a leaky metal drum were unearthed at a construction site along East Lake Sammamish Parkway.

City Public Works Engineering Director Bob Brock said city officials took precautions because the debris was uncovered near a well that serves the Overdale neighborhood. Debris had not contaminated the well, he said.

“You want to take extra steps to preclude anything from happening,” he added.

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Overlake plans new, larger clinic

November 19, 2008

   This rendering shows the front of Medical Center Issaquah’s new quarters, expected to open next summer. Art Contributed

This rendering shows the front of Medical Center Issaquah’s new quarters, expected to open next summer. Art Contributed

Overlake Hospital Medical Center announced Nov. 12 that its Medical Center Issaquah would move to new quarters in the soon-to-be-built Overlake Center at 5728 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway.

The news had been expected since August, when details of the project were presented to the Development Commission.

Overlake’s Medical Center Issaquah will be the anchor tenant, leasing 9,300 square feet for its Urgent Care Clinic, Anticoagulation Clinic, Breast Health and Women’s Services, primary care physicians’ offices and a classroom.   Read more

Overlake announces new, larger Issaquah clinic

November 12, 2008

NEW — 6 p.m. November 12, 2008

Overlake Hospital Medical Center announced today that its Medical Center Issaquah would move to new quarters in the soon-to-be-built Overlake Center at 5728 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway. Read more