Transit-Oriented Development Project

TOD rendering

Overview

The City is partnering with Spectrum Development Group and King County Housing Authority to create a proposed 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" - is viewed as a catalyst to increasing housing opportunities and affordable housing; increasing transit usage; creating a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly environment; and connecting to public amenities.

Location

Proposed Project Features

  • 175 units of affordable rental residential units, serving individuals and families from 30 to 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
  • May 2018: Open House focused on Opportunity Center component
  • June 2018: City Council directed staff to pursue medical, dental and behavioral user for the Opportunity Center
  • July 2018: Open House for proposed TOD
  • 2018: Developer continues design of project
  • March 2019: Project Update at City Council Work Session
  • October 2019: Project Update at City Council Work Session
  • January 2020: Project Update at City Council Work Session
  • February 18, 2020: Council decision to utilize a portion of City-owned RV Park, replacement site design and negotiations between the development team, CenturyLink and the City will move forward. The agreement to transfer properties will be present for review and approval in Summer 2020. 
  • Summer: Council review of binding property agreement
  • November 2020: Comprehensive Plan Amendment to allow for alternative City property use
  • Early – mid 2021: Community Meeting
  • Mid- Fall 2021: Detailed project agreement reviewed by City Council
  • 2021-2022: Construct CenturyLink replacement site
  • 2022-2025: Construct TOD project buildings

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.

Upon the City Council authorization to utilize a portion of the City-owned RV Park, replacement site design and negotiations between the development team, CenturyLink, and the City will move forward. The agreement to transfer properties between the City, CenturyLink and development team will be presented to City Council for review and approval by summer 2020.

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 City Council approved use of the RV Park, which is owned by the City, as a relocation site. This will allow for CenturyLink’s Operations facility to be located in an area with similar business types, allowing for the TOD to be developed on the current site 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.

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