Taller Buildings allowed in Issaquah

On December 19, 2011, the Issaquah City Council approved buildings up to 150 feet tall (roughly 15 stories) in certain parts of the Issaquah real estate market. The area approved for taller buildings is located in the business district along state Route 900. Currently, real estate agents and brokers report that the area contains storage units, one and two story office buildings and an automotive repair center.

As part of the approval to allow higher buildings, the City Council also approved a 30-year agreement between the city and longtime Issaquah developer Rowley Properties. The agreement was to develop the almost 80 acres in the coming decades. Also included in the approval is to develop a mixed-use center of up to 4.4 million square feet in Hyla Crossing and Rowley Center which are parcels of land along Interstate 90 and state Route 900. In return for allowing such development, the developer is required to finance transportation upgrades, affordable housing construction, assist in the Tibbetts Creek restoration project and storm-water drainage and improvements.

As part of the agreement, Rowley Properties agreed to undergo a project overview every seven years throughout the agreements term. However, certain decisions about future development, such as the location of light-rail lines or bus lines, will be left up to the decision makers at Sound Transit and King County Metro Transit.


Danny Evatt, REALTOR® is a Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Danforth, serving the communities of Issaquah, Sammamish, Snoqualmie, North Bend & Fall City.

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