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School Rendering
Rendering of proposed middle school     

Several construction activities are planned in the Talus neighborhood for the next several years. Here’s a tentative timeline.

Middle School
Earlier this year, the Issaquah School District purchased property from the owners of Parcel 17B, with the intent to build a middle school at the southeast corner of Northwest Talus Drive and Falcon Way Northwest. 

This property was originally planned for an office campus.  More recently, the owners were requesting to add residential to this property. With the purchase of the property by the school district, those uses are no longer under consideration.

The proposed middle school campus would include about 136,000 square feet of academic, school administration and ancillary spaces in a six-story building, as well as an athletic field. The new school would accommodate up to 900 students and 80 staff. Parking would be provided in a two-level parking garage and a small surface parking lot, accessed through the main driveway from Northwest Talus Drive. There would be a separate driveway for school buses along Falcon Way Northwest. A new trail is also proposed along the southern edge of the site.  

The City is now reviewing development applications related to the project. A public hearing is tentatively targeted for later this year to discuss this overall school proposal with the Development Commission and the public.

If the applications are approved, initial site work could tentatively begin in early 2020. Find more information via this map, including the project plans.

To receive future public notices on this project, become a Party of Record by providing your name and e-mail to Senior Planner Jean Lin.

Parcels 7 and 8 
A builder interested in Parcels 7 and 8 (located west of Shangri-La Way Northwest and north of Northwest Talus Drive) has submitted house designs for preliminary review. The City will be reviewing those submittals in the next few months. 

Infrastructure improvements are still underway for both parcels, including the completion of the booster pump station; restoration of the Bus Loop Park; restoration of the landscape up the hill from Bus Loop Park; and removal of the 752 reservoir (green tanks above the concrete 616 reservoir), as well as restoration of the site once the tanks are removed. 

Parcel 9 
The property owner on Parcel 9 (located at the intersection of Shangri-La Way Northwest and Northwest Talus Drive) recently installed a series of walls on site. Three additional walls are slated for construction this winter through next spring.

This property is zoned for single-family development, either as attached residences (such as townhouses), or detached homes.

Meanwhile, the City filed a $2.88 million claim against the property owner of Parcel 9 for the damages and costs incurred by the City related to hillside movement back in 2015. The City, contractor and property owner are currently pursuing mediation to see if litigation can be avoided.

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Issaquah Contacts
Lesan Gouge
Neighborhood Engagement Coordinator
Ph: 425-837-3401

Cpl Ryan Smith #1142 
Community Resource Officer

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