Eastbound Northwest Gilman Boulevard will be down to one lane starting today

April 27, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 27, 2015

Starting the week of April 27, one lane of eastbound Northwest Gilman Boulevard will close for utility work.

Construction will also affect Seventh Avenue Northwest where it intersects Northwest Gilman Boulevard. The work is expected to continue for at least two weeks.

To help minimize traffic impacts, city officials are asking drivers to use alternate routes if possible.

The utility work is part of the Atlas apartment complex construction.

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Atlas developer says water on property is under control

April 14, 2015

Issaquah resident Bryan Weinstein described what he termed a “huge” amount of water gathered on the site of the Atlas residential development at the corner of Gilman Boulevard Northwest and Seventh Avenue Northwest.

By Greg Farrar Surface water is stored in a temporary sediment pond located between the Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco Bell restaurant and Sunnybrook Montessori (at left) within the Atlas residential development site on Gilman Boulevard Northwest.

By Greg Farrar
Surface water is stored in a temporary sediment pond located between the Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco Bell restaurant and Sunnybrook Montessori (at left) within the Atlas residential development site on Gilman Boulevard Northwest.

Weinstein said the water easily can be seen from his car as he drives past. He worries it might be contaminating drinking water or polluting Issaquah Creek, which runs through the Gilman site.

“There is no flooding on that project site,” said Brad Reisinger, a division president for Atlas developer Lennar Multifamily Communities.

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Section of Northwest Locust Street to close through June 7

April 14, 2015

A section of Northwest Locust Street is closed to pedestrians and vehicles through June 7.

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Central Issaquah Plan begins to attract developer attention

March 31, 2015

There may not be a multitude of new projects headed into Issaquah at present, but officials still are encouraged with the progress being made on the highly touted Central Issaquah Plan.

“I’m actually pretty excited that we have a few projects because the recession was pretty deep,” Issaquah City Councilwoman Mary Lou Pauly said.

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Construction has started on Atlas project

February 24, 2015

Lennar Multifamily Communities announced in a press release that it began excavation last week on its Atlas multifamily community.

Located west of downtown Issaquah at Northwest Gilman Boulevard and Seventh Avenue Northwest, Atlas will include three five-story buildings containing 344 apartments, approximately 450 parking stalls (including 310 secure underground stalls), a variety of indoor and outdoor amenities, and a large area of landscaped open space.

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Atlas project won’t add traffic, city says

February 24, 2015

With one exception, the new Atlas project at Seventh Avenue Northwest and Northwest Gilman Boulevard will add essentially no traffic volume to neighboring intersections, according to city-mandated traffic studies.

By Greg Farrar A steady stream of dump trucks delivers dirt last fall to raise the grade of the Atlas project site, located at Seventh Avenue Northwest and Northwest Gilman Boulevard.

By Greg Farrar
A steady stream of dump trucks delivers dirt last fall to raise the grade of the Atlas project site, located at Seventh Avenue Northwest and Northwest Gilman Boulevard.

To be developed by Lennar Multifamily Communities, the Atlas project, already under construction, will consist of three five-story buildings with 344 dwelling units. Residents and visitors will have use of 310 below-building parking spaces and approximately 100 surface parking spots.

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Seventh and Gilman redevelopment begins

September 16, 2014

Demolition began Sept. 10 on the new residential project to be housed at Seventh Avenue Northwest and Northwest Gilman Boulevard.

There, 344 apartments in three five-story buildings will replace the strip mall and Lombardi’s restaurant that had been there for decades.

The project not only marks a change in that localized landscape, but for the whole of Issaquah as well.

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Atlas redevelopment project approved for Seventh and Gilman

May 13, 2014

Redevelopment of Seventh Avenue Northwest and Northwest Gilman Boulevard earned Development Commission approval May 7.

The city Development Commission welcomed the topic during two three-hour meetings April 16 and May 7. The commission received presentations from designers GGLO Architects, the city’s Development Services Department, as well as an outpouring of public comments. During the latter meeting, the commission unanimously approved the permit application.

“It’s got another new name since last we met,” City Senior Planner Jerry Lind said during the May 7 meeting. “It’s now called ‘Atlas’. We’ve seen the name Cadence. That one you want to erase from your mind. It’s evolved and it’s possible it could change again.”

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Residents doubt flood-handling promises for Gilman

March 11, 2014

City and developer assurances couldn’t hold back a flood of doubt March 4.

The Rivers and Streams Board held a public hearing about plans for redevelopment on Seventh Avenue Northwest and Northwest Gilman Boulevard. Almost 40 people attended to hear how developer Lennar Multifamily Investors’ residential building plans might affect the existing floodplain.

“We’re primarily here to hear the public’s comments,” City Environmental Planner Peter Rosen said at the meeting. “There’s a lot of information and a lot of issues in terms of the building design, and that’s going to be dealt with by the development commission. Here, we’re trying to focus on the natural resource issues and flooding.”

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Developers want 7th and Gilman fast-tracked

February 4, 2014

Lennar Multifamily Investors wants to move quickly on the first redevelopment in central Issaquah.

The developer with a Seattle office submitted an official site development permit application Dec. 18. It has an interest in working with the city to construct the first large project under the Central Issaquah Plan. However, it also has an optimistic schedule.

“We’re basically just starting our review,” Project Oversight Manager Christopher Wright said. “There doesn’t seem to be any major issues.”

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