September 4, 2011
NEW — 8 a.m. Sept. 4, 2011
Citizens can offer input on a plan to transform Issaquah’s business district in the decades ahead.
Longtime Issaquah developer Rowley Properties is proposing to a long-term plan to redevelop about 80 acres along Northwest Gilman Boulevard and state Route 900 from a commercial and light-industrial district into a mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented neighborhood.
The municipal Planning Department issued a draft environmental review for the plan to redevelopment Hyla Crossing and Rowley Center on Aug. 31. The review, or environmental impact statement, illustrates possible impacts on storm water, traffic and views.
Rowley Properties and city planners embarked on a bold effort in April 2010 to redevelop Hyla Crossing and Rowley Center in Central Issaquah.
December 7, 2010
Rowley Properties proposal encompasses almost 90 acres
Rowley Properties and city planners embarked on a bold effort in April to shape growth in the decades ahead near Interstate 90 and state Route 900.
Now, the city and the longtime Issaquah developer seek opinions from residents about the potential impacts redevelopment could cause to traffic, mountain views and the environment. Planners scheduled a Dec. 15 open house to gather input from residents.
Participants can listen to presentations from the Community Advisory Group, the citizen panel appointed to shape the process. Organizers also plan to present information about possible environmental impact studies for redevelopment on the site.
Beyond the open house, residents can also provide input later, as the project progresses through policy discussions and environmental studies.
July 6, 2010
The city and developer Rowley Properties called on former city councilmen and community leaders last week to help guide redevelopment on almost 90 acres.
City planners and Rowley representatives announced the creation of the citizens group to offer input on a proposal to redevelop land near state Route 900 and Interstate 90.
The committee appointments represent the latest step in a decadeslong process to reshape Hyla Crossing — about 62 acres arranged in a rough triangle and wedged between the interstate and the base of Cougar Mountain — and Rowley Center — about 26 acres bordered by Northwest Maple Street, 12th Avenue Northwest, Northwest Gilman Boulevard and state Route 900 — into mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly areas.
City Council members agreed in early April to proceed with the proposal. The council agreed to spend up to $750,000 — to be reimbursed by the developer — to complete the framework for a development agreement.
June 29, 2010
NEW — 5:15 p.m. June 29, 2010
The city and developer Rowley Properties announced the creation of a citizens group to offer input on a proposal to redevelop almost 90 acres in Issaquah’s commercial center.
The city unveiled the committee lineup Tuesday afternoon. The group plans to meet throughout the summer and fall, and then deliver recommendations to the city and developer.
Members meet for the first time 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the John L. Scott building, 1700 N.W. Gilman Blvd, Suite 100. The city plans to post a complete meeting schedule online.
March 30, 2010
City Council members will take a step April 5 to reshape almost 90 acres in the city’s commercial center. Read more
March 21, 2010
NEW — 6 a.m. March 21, 2010
City Council members will take the initial step Monday to reshape almost 90 acres in the city’s commercial center.
Under a proposed development agreement headed to a council committee, longtime Issaquah developer Rowley Properties aims to partner with the city to redevelop about 87 acres to create mixed-use destinations.
Planners envision the area — now a string of low-slung offices and strip malls along busy thoroughfares — as a walkable town center possibly connected to a regional light rail network.
Council Major Planning & Growth Committee members will review the proposed agreement at 5 p.m. in the Eagle Room at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.