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Transit-Oriented Development Project
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Overview
The City will partner with a developer 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 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.

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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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

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

The City is facilitating this complex project in order to achieve the City’s vision. There are multiple parties include City and County government, private corporation and county housing authority.

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: Execute Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) between City, Spectrum, KCHA and CenturyLink
  • November 2017: Annexation of King County Roads property 
  • November 2017: Multi-Family Tax Exemption (MFTE) discussion at City Council to provide additional affordable workforce housing units 
  • December 2017: King County TOD Fund award announced
  • Early 2018: Community outreach
  • 2018: Detailed project agreement approved by City Council 
  • 2018: Design and permitting
  • 2018-2019: Construct CenturyLink replacement site
  • 2019-2021: Construct TOD project site
  • 2021: TOD buildings complete 




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