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Transit-Oriented Development Project
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Overview
The City is partnering with Spectrum Development Group and King County Housing Authority to create a mixed-use, transit-oriented development (TOD) on a prime opportunity site to align with the Central Issaquah Plan vision.

This privately-owned development - called "Trailhead" - will be a catalyst to increasing housing opportunities and affordable housing; increasing transit usage; creating a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly environment; and connecting to public amenities.

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Project Features
  • 175 units of affordable rental residential units, serving individuals and families from 30-80 percent of Area Median Income
  • 185 units of market-rate residential units
  • Up to 35,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space
  • Quarter acre public plaza
  • New street connecting Northwest Maple Street and Newport Way Northwest
  • Mid-block connection to Issaquah Transit Center

Timeline
  • November 2016: City issued Request for Proposals (RFP) for redevelopment
  • February 2017: Spectrum Development Solutions and King County Housing Authority (KCHA) selected as preferred development partners
  • June 2017: City purchased former King County Roads property, which will partially be used as a relocation site for CenturyLink
  • August 2017: Executed Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) between City, Spectrum, KCHA and CenturyLink
  • November 2017: Annexation of King County Roads property 
  • December 2017: Council adopted pilot Multi-Family Tax Exemption (MFTE) for project to provide additional affordable workforce housing units
  • December 2017: Project awarded $10 million from King County TOD Fund 
  • December 2017: City issued/interviewed nonprofits to occupy "Opportunity Center" space to increase services to the community
  • 2018: Community outreach
  • 2018: Detailed project agreement reviewed by City Council 
  • 2018-2019: Design and permitting
  • 2018-2019: Construct CenturyLink replacement site
  • 2019-2021: Construct TOD project site
  • 2021-2022: TOD buildings complete 

What's Next?
The City will continue to facilitate this complex project in order to achieve the City’s vision. There are multiple parties involved, including City and County government, private corporation and the county housing authority.

In addition, the City has identified a preferred user for the "Opportunity Center" which will increase medical, dental and behavioral health services to Issaquah residents.

The next steps for the project include:
  • Project status update at April 24 Council Committee of the Whole.
  • Opportunity Center discussion at May 14 Council Work Session
  • Public meeting in the second quarter of 2018. 
  • City Council will discuss development agreements, including project details, in second and third quarters of 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will CenturyLink move?
The City has worked closely with CenturyLink and the development team to ensure that CenturyLink remains in the community. The challenge to find a comparable site was solved when the City had the opportunity to purchase a property from King County adjacent to the City’s Intense Commercial zoned property. CenturyLink’s Operations facility will be a better fit with similar business types within this area, allowing for a property within the Urban Core

Why is the City involved in this project?
As of 2017, the Central Issaquah area has seen zero new affordable housing units built since the plan’s adoption in 2013. This public/private partnership leverages the opportunity to provide affordable and workforce housing adjacent to the Issaquah Transit Center.

How can the community learn more about this project?
The City will host a community meeting where community members can learn about the history of the project, meet project partners and view basic building concepts and public amenities. This meeting will be a chance to better understand the private and public investments and benefits created by this project.



Issaquah Contacts
Jen Davis Hayes
Economic Development Manager
425-837-3414