Local chef to appear on TV fundraiser

February 5, 2010

NEW — 4 p.m. Feb. 5, 2010

Chris Brown, who was recently promoted to executive chef at the Issaquah Sip restaurant, has been selected to appear on KCTS 9 Chefs 2010 — a fundraising special hosted by the television station.

The program airs Feb. 6, and Brown will join a select group of local chefs who will share their favorite recipes. Brown will appear live presenting an Issaquah favorite — jidori chicken.

Vista Park opens in Issaquah Highlands

June 9, 2009

Vista Park, in the Issaquah Highlands, includes playground equipment, a grass strip with walking paths and benches affording a view toward Seattle.  By Greg Farrar

Vista Park, in the Issaquah Highlands, includes playground equipment, a grass strip with walking paths and benches affording a view toward Seattle. By Greg Farrar

Residents in the Vista Park subdivision of the Issaquah Highlands now have a park to call their own.

The narrow, 1-acre park is shoehorned between houses in the 1800 block of 10th Avenue Northeast. The park features a grass volleyball court, a children’s playground area and a panoramic view of the Olympic Mountains.

“It’s great to have an area with some grass,” said Michael Hanley, who lives a few blocks away. “The playground area will come in handy when my 3-year-old niece comes to visit.”

Port Blakely Communities, developer of the Issaquah Highlands, built Vista Park at a cost of $200,000. Read more

No plans to reopen Black Nugget Road

March 2, 2009

It is a waste of money to have a road that could be enormously beneficial to mail delivery, garbage pickups, school buses and transportation to businesses in the highlands, but instead is maintained by the city and rendered completely useless.” — Kjersten HayterBlack Nugget Road resident

It is a waste of money to have a road that could be enormously beneficial to mail delivery, garbage pickups, school buses and transportation to businesses in the highlands, but instead is maintained by the city and rendered completely useless.” — Kjersten HayterBlack Nugget Road resident

Of the more than 60 people packed into Blakely Hall Feb. 24, only two raised their hands in support of reopening Southeast Black Nugget Road; the rest were there to speak in opposition.

While there were no official plans to open the roadway to traffic again, city officials wanted to get a sense of how residents felt about reopening the blocked-off road.

“I remember multiple Issaquah community meetings where the topic to open Black Nugget was brought up this summer. Compound that with the written request and it was time to get the community together,” said Keith Niven, program manager for the city’s Major Development Review Team.

A Dec. 12 e-mail from Kjersten Hayter, a resident, added to the comments.

“It is a waste of money to have a road that could be enormously beneficial to mail delivery, garbage pickups, school buses and transportation to businesses in the highlands, but instead is maintained by the city and rendered completely useless,” Hayter wrote.

“Opening Black Nugget would negatively impact me because it’s my neighborhood,” resident Chris Hawkins said at the meeting. “But I’d rather travel down there than have to travel through Park Drive, especially with new retail going in there.”

Southeast Black Nugget Road was blocked off as part of an agreement made between King County officials, highlands developer Port Blakely and neighboring residents on the road.

When the highlands began developing, Black Nugget was used as its only entry and exit. Without significant improvements, the road wouldn’t be able to handle the traffic created by the highlands, so when more than 500 homes or units were built, the road was closed with blocks that can be removed in case of emergency. The road has remained closed since.

If reopening the road was something residents would’ve wanted at the meeting, Niven said he could recommend the City Council draft a request to the county to have it opened. Because the roadway is county-owned, the decision ultimately rests with county officials, he said.

But the majority of neighboring residents, many who have lived in the area for decades, disagreed with the reopening.

Residents cited several reasons for keeping it closed, such as safety for children who play at the nearby park, wildlife in the area, increased traffic noise, potential crime and the construction modifications necessary to make the road operational.

Lane Scelzi, owner of Sip Wine Bar and Restaurant, said the businesses on Park Drive that rely on drive-by business would be adversely affected by a second entrance.

Black Nugget Road neighbors also said an agreement shouldn’t be broken to save a few people a couple of minutes off of their commute time.

In light of the overwhelming opposition, Niven said he would recommend the City Council not take any further action.

Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.

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