Transit-Oriented Development Project
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.
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
- 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
- Mid-2019: Detailed project agreement reviewed by City Council
- 2019 to 2020: Design finalized and permitting
- 2020 to 2021: Construct CenturyLink replacement site
- 2021 to 2023: Construct TOD project site
- 2022 to 2023: TOD buildings complete
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.
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 community meetings 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. Community members will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments on the project.
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