Issaquah Highlands Development Heats Up

Work got under way in earnest this week at the 280,000-square-foot Grand Ridge Plaza in the Issaquah Highlands, an area which ultimately could have 3 million square feet of commercial space.

Mayor Ava Frisinger participated in a groundbreaking this week for Grand Ridge Plaza, which will include a Safeway, 12-screen movie theater and other retail shops in the Issaquah Highlands.

According to Regency Centers, which is developing Grand Ridge Plaza at Northeast High Street and Ninth Avenue Northeast, Safeway will be the anchor tenant of the 280,113-square-foot shopping center, located on 24.58 acres.

Issaquah Highlands, being developed by Port Blakely Communities, ultimately will include up to 4,540 homes, 3 million square feet of commercial space and more than 1,500 acres of parks, open spaces and trails once fully built out. With a mix of diverse neighborhoods, there are currently 3,310 homes completed or under construction.

The project architect, Fuller Sears Architects in Seattle, said in a Regency press release that Grand Ridge Plaza will have a pedestrian-friendly, "village atmosphere."

“Issaquah is a ‘Leadership City’ for Cascade Agenda, which is an effort led by Forterra to envision the communities, natural environment and economy that will sustain us for the next 100 years,” Frisinger said. “In turn, Issaquah is concentrating on smart growth today. The city is focused on clustering development in communities that offer nearby transit, parks and retail, such as the Issaquah Highlands. At the same time, the city can also ensure some of Issaquah’s remaining open space remains protected.”

According to both developers, Regal Cinemas is expected to open its theater during the second quarter of 2013, and Safeway is expected to open in the fall of 2013.

Regency owns and manages eight properties in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue market totaling 756,000 square feet, including three centers in the Issaquah/Sammamish Plateau area.

The retail center is one among many recent and upcoming Issaquah Highlands developments, including a planned .

--Information from Regency Centers and the City of Issaquah

Kendall Watson June 28, 2012 at 07:07 PM
That Microsoft campus is still "planned," eh? Still, this has got to be a huge boost for Issaquah and Highlands residents who were all-but-promised that this retail hub would be built by now. When were the OPUS NW lifestyle mall plans rolled out? 2004? 2005?
Jeanne Gustafson June 29, 2012 at 04:07 AM
I think the economy took a toll on development for a while, including related to the planned Marriott, originally slated for a 2009 opening (now back on track and expected to open in 2013). My understanding from other reports at the moment is that Microsoft's plans, which date back to 2002 when it purchased the 37.5-acre property, are not moving forward anytime soon.


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