Major Momentum at Issaquah Highlands
This summer marks significant progress for Issaquah Highlands, one of the most sustainable master planned communities in the region, as it kicks off construction for a major retail center and continues growth in residential neighborhood development.
Groundbreaking Celebration Kicks off Construction for Retail District at Issaquah Highlands
Nearly 100 people gathered today to break ground at the construction site of Grand Ridge Plaza, the urban retail district at Issaquah Highlands. City of Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger joined Regency Centers and Port Blakely Communities' executives, City Council members and residents to celebrate the beginning of a retail center that will feature a Safeway store, Regal Cinemas and mix of dining, entertainment and retail stores.
“Today, we are here to celebrate the day so many of us have been waiting for,” said René Ancinas, CEO of Port Blakely Companies and President of Port Blakely Communities, master developer of Issaquah Highlands. “It’s the day we officially begin construction on a grocery store and other retail services at Issaquah Highlands.”
Regency Centers, a national owner, operator and developer of grocery-anchored shopping centers, is the project developer. Driven by current market demand, Regency Centers’ plans feature village-style elements that fit within the community’s surrounding buildings, and promote easy access and walkability throughout with attractive plazas and other resting spots, convenient bike racks and lush foliage.
In addition to bringing new services and amenities to residents, this new development will spark new investment and generate jobs and economic impact through tax and fee revenues for the City of Issaquah.
“Issaquah, including our citizens and visitors, will now have a larger selection of services offered all in one place – their own community,” City of Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger said. “Under the Issaquah Highlands’ urban village concept, this is a community where you can live, work and play. With this project, that vision will soon become even more of a reality.”
Issaquah Residence Inn by Marriott Coming
InnSight HMG, an award-winning hotel management company, will break ground soon on a 111-room hotel at Issaquah Highlands. The Issaquah Residence Inn by Marriott will be located across Highlands Drive Northeast from Swedish/Issaquah when it opens in the spring of 2013. The new hotel, which will employ some 40 people, will serve patients and families seeking care at Swedish, as well as the community.
New neighborhoods offer residences, diverse selection of homes
One of the newest neighborhoods at Issaquah Highlands, Sunset Walk hosted a grand opening sales event in April attended by hundreds of families who toured model homes. When complete, Sunset Walk will feature 70 townhomes.
Additionally, the Forest Ridge sales center is open for homebuyers interested in single family homes. Forest Ridge is centrally located in Issaquah Highlands – close to important amenities such as shops, restaurants and Swedish Hospital and offers three and four bedroom homes from 1600 to 2800 square feet. For information, visit www.issaquahhighlands.com, www.pulte.com and www.PolygonHomes.com.
Bellevue College seeks residents input on plans
Bellevue College is making progress on its proposed “East Campus” in the Issaquah Highlands neighborhood. Early this summer the College held a town hall forum to hear from community members, elected officials, planning department staff and prospective students. Officials aim to begin work on a master plan sometime in the fall with campus design slated for 2013, construction in 2014 and student enrollment in 2015. Members of the community may share thoughts on campus by contacting Bart Becker, Director of College Relations, at (425) 564-2810 or firstname.lastname@example.org or via a community survey.