Visions for "Almost" Vacancies: Sammamish Club Headed for the Auction Block

We ask you: what should become of the 48,000-square-foot Issaquah fitness and tennis club on 4.5 acres, adjacent to a key piece of property in the Central Issaquah Plan.

The Sammamish Club, operating in Issaquah since 1999, will go to auction on July 26, according to CBRE Auction Services.

The managing director of CBRE, Douglas Johnson, reported to the Seattle PI via email that the club's directors are retiring and the reason for holding an auction is they want a date-definite sale of the club, which means change could come relatively soon to the 48,000+ square foot space.

Douglas said in the news release that the facility's location "offers a re-developed opportunity as an outstanding office/technology complex or high-quality flex space.” 

In its current configuration, the Sammamish Club includes a 24,000-square-foot indoor tennis facility with four acrylic-surfaced courts and an adjacent 24,148-square-foot fitness complex. The fitness complex has a competitive swimming pool, spa and massage facilities, aerobic and training studios, locker rooms, and steam, sauna and Jacuzzi facilities.

The 4.46-acre property is part of the 850 acre Central Issaquah Redevelopment Plan, which is in discussion for final approval late this year (see Local Voices contributor ) and is adjacent to the proposed Hyla Crossing and Rowley Center, an 80 acre mixed-use, 4 million square foot development approved by the city in December 2011.

Patch asks you...

Given the current use and the planned future redevelopment nearby, we wonder what you'd like to see done with the Sammamish Club by a new buyer? Share your thoughts in the comments below--maybe it will give someone a great idea!


And in case you want to bid on it...

In order to participate in the public auction, an earnest money deposit of $150,000 is required. More information about the auction process is available to prospective bidders at CBRE Auction Services, by calling 800-815-1038 or visiting www.cbre.com/auctionservices.

David V June 26, 2012 at 07:33 PM
What a shame if tennis doesn't remain the focus of this place. I've played in usta leagues at SC for 5 years, and it's 1 of the best tennis facilites in the area. C'mon Ballmer, keep it going until the Sonics are a reality again:)!
Laile Di Silvestro June 26, 2012 at 08:59 PM
The club was a bit out of my price range, but I appreciated that one of the first things I saw when entering Issaquah on I-90 was structure within which people pursued health and well-being and enjoyed the sense of community that an athletic club can promote.
Jeanne Gustafson June 27, 2012 at 05:46 AM
I like the connotation of the building, too. I think it's a little difficult to imagine it as something else, isn't it?
Michael Paulson July 03, 2012 at 10:49 PM
The Sammamish club is a community of people who are there to be around like minded healthy people. There are no other clubs like this in the area. Need to keep it open and running! Michael Paulson
David C. July 07, 2012 at 03:13 PM
It would be very said for this small high end club to close. I've been going since it opened and my daughter learned tennis there. The club is never over-crowded so it's easy to use equipment and facilities. It's costs a little more but you get what you pay for and it is very family friendly. I don't know any other club in the area with all the features. Pink Lake is probably the closest and it is snobby and not very up to date. Please keep the club open. I could be incorporated into the new development plans in the area.


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