Safeway proposes Issaquah Highlands store

October 18, 2011

City Council allows gas station for grocer, a key factor in decision 

Safeway planners proposed a modern Issaquah Highlands store in a recent permit application to the city. Contributed

The plan to open a grocery store in the Issaquah Highlands — a still-unmet target from early goals for the community — reached a milestone in early October, as Safeway submitted a proposal for a store in the neighborhood.

Meanwhile, City Council members adjusted longstanding development rules to allow a gas station in the highlands — a critical factor in Safeway’s proposal to build the store.

In a unanimous decision, council members adjusted the agreement between the city and highlands developer Port Blakely Communities to allow a gas station in the neighborhood. The council also added rules to the development agreement to require a gas station to be built alongside a grocery store.

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Safeway proposes highlands store, council OKs gas station

October 5, 2011

Safeway planners proposed a modern Issaquah Highlands store (above) in a permit application to the city. Contributed

NEW — 4 p.m. Oct. 5, 2011

The plan to open a grocery store in the Issaquah Highlands — a still-unmet target from early goals for the community — reached a milestone Monday, as Safeway submitted a proposal for a store in the neighborhood.

Meanwhile, City Council members adjusted longstanding development rules Monday to allow a gas station in the highlands — a critical factor in Safeway’s proposal to build the store.

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Duo takes healthy living message to radio show

February 15, 2011

Karri Bruntz

What started as a friendship has evolved into a radio show for two women promoting healthier living.

Since January, Karri Bruntz and her friend Sharon Hockenbury have co-hosted the radio show, “Life with Less Stress,” from 8-9 a.m. on KKNW 1150 AM every other Tuesday.

Listeners can catch the next show March 1, or download archived shows online at www.chatwithwomen.com.

For Bruntz, an Issaquah businesswoman living in Snoqualmie, landing a radio show meant being at the right place at the right time.

“Chat with Women” co-owners and co-hosts Pam Gray and Rochelle Alhadeff met Bruntz through a colleague, and they invited her to speak on their show.

“She started to join us on the radio as a guest,” Gray said. “We saw she had a very powerful message for women about balance in life and less stress, so we invited her to have her own show on the network.”

The offer so thrilled Bruntz, she decided to share her good fortune with Hockenbury, of North Bend.

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Updated development rules could boost chances for highlands retail

August 24, 2010

Long after slick sales brochures and pitches from real estate agents promised the chance to live, work and play in the Issaquah Highlands, the neighborhood may become more appealing to businesses.

Or maybe not.

Milestone development measures passed by the City Council last week loosened the rules for parking and signage in the highlands — sore spots for potential tenants. Read more

Issaquah Highlands developer lowers expectations for retail

February 9, 2010

About 120 Issaquah Highlands residents attend a town hall meeting Feb. 3 at Blakely Hall to hear and discuss the state of continuing retail development plans by Port Blakely Communities for the planned neighborhood. Photo by Greg Farrar

Port Blakely outlines plan for stores, holds back on timeline

The sales pitch sounded almost too good to be true.

People migrated to the Issaquah Highlands in droves, many enticed by plans for restaurants, a grocery store, a cinema, a health club — enough amenities and stores to allow them to forgo trips to Bellevue and Seattle.

The leasing brochure for The High Streets — a chic retail center planned for the highlands — promised “a highly desirable mix of internationally recognized retailers as well as distinct local favorites and neighborhood retail services.”

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Highlands’ future is focus of meeting

February 2, 2010

Judd Kirk returns to answer questions

Judd Kirk

Port Blakely Communities executives will re-engage Issaquah Highlands residents, as the developer works to answer questions about the community’s future.

The outreach follows a busy year for the highlands developer, when officials broke ground on large-scale projects in the community, and residents grumbled about the highlands’ lack of retail offerings.

Judd Kirk — a Port Blakely senior vice president, the chief real estate strategist and a key player in establishing the vision for the highlands — spearheaded the outreach effort.

Kirk and René Ancinas, the president and chief operating officer of parent company Port Blakely Companies, assumed responsibilities for the highlands after former Port Blakely President Alan Boeker resigned Jan. 15. Read more

Developer will answer Issaquah Highlands residents’ questions about growth

January 26, 2010

NEW — 5:15 p.m. Jan. 26, 2010

Port Blakely Communities executives will re-engage Issaquah Highlands residents in the days ahead, as the developer works to answer questions about the community’s future.

The outreach follows a busy year for the highlands developer, when officials broke ground on large-scale projects in the community, and residents grumbled about the highlands’ retail offerings.

Judd Kirk — a Port Blakely senior vice president, the chief real estate strategist and a key player in establishing the vision for the highlands — spearheaded the outreach effort.

Kirk and René Ancinas, the president and chief operating officer of parent company Port Blakely Companies, assumed responsibilities for the highlands after former Port Blakely President Alan Boeker resigned Jan. 15.

Kirk will outline a development strategy for the highlands in meetings Wednesday and Feb. 3. The initial meeting will be limited to highlands community leaders, but the Feb. 3 town hall meeting will open to the public. The town hall meeting will be 6-7:30 p.m. at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive.

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Issaquah Highlands residents await retail development

December 8, 2009

When Issaquah Highlands developer Port Blakely Communities announced plans for a neighborhood movie theater in late summer, highlands residents were told the proposal for a long-promised grocery store would be revealed within several weeks. Read more

Eco-friendly mom adds new twist to Halloween tradition

October 22, 2008

By Makenzie Greenblatt

Halloween: healthy and environmentally friendly. Sound impossible? One Issaquah mom has made it her mission to create new traditions for children, parents and the Earth.

While trick-or-treating with her daughters in 2006, Corey Colwell-Lipson thought about how great it would be if you could tell which houses were giving out healthy treats. Already living a mostly organic and eco-friendly lifestyle, she understood that it could be time-consuming and expensive to find alternatives to traditional Halloween fare. So, she decided to mention her thoughts to the folks at Whole Foods Market in Bellevue.

“I shared it hoping that they would do something with it,” she said.

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