By Nina Milligan, Highlands Council
This week CitySurf™ rode their wave just one step closer to breaking ground on their indoor surfing facility in Issaquah Highlands. Trisha and John Hoss, owners of parent company Bombora Global LLC (of Sammamish), hope for approval by mid-summer and breaking ground soon after.
The CitySurf™ vision is to “provide an eco-conscious, healthy, active, family-oriented ‘urban action-sport’ experience” and to include the following amenities:
Wave Machine/Surf Pool: The Rogue Wave™, deep-water surf machine, designed by John Hoss
Restaurant & Bar: 2,700 square foot fast-casual, chef-driven restaurant by Jason Stoneburner
Retail Area: 200 square foot retail area offering action-sports gear and clothing
Miscellaneous: Restrooms, assembly/yoga and party areas, utility rooms, and stairs
Mezzanine: warm-up area, observation area and additional party rooms
Bombora Global LLC submitted their Administrative Site Development Permit (ASDP) application this week to the city for review. The Issaquah Highlands Community Association (IHCA) also reviews permits for development in the Highlands, for compliance with our architectural standards.
The application details the size and configuration of the building and parking, along with general architectural, sustainability and landscaping plans. The building will be approximately 13,000 sf.
CitySurf™ will be oriented primarily toward 10th Ave NE, with public outdoor covered plaza close along the sidewalk. Large garage doors allow passers-by to view the surfing inside. The main entrance will be at the corner of 10th and Falls Drive. The Falls Drive façade will also be architecturally consistent with the Highlands standards.
The Issaquah Highland Design Guidelines dictate that the block where CitySurf™ will be located follow a “Traditional Township Neighborhood” design, calling for buildings to be built to the street with strong corner features, vertical elements, flat facades with architectural embellishments, and outdoor spaces.