New housing, retail projects start at Issaquah Highlands
Port Blakely Communities, the developer of Issaquah Highlands, said several new projects are in the works at the 2,200-acre master-planned community.
Steve Burnstead Construction recently started site grading for a 14-acre, 80-home neighborhood. Model-home construction is expected to begin next fall, and the first residents could move in by the spring of 2014.
Ichijo USA has started planning a subdivision with 30 to 40 custom houses. Ichijo USA completed zHome last year in Issaquah Highlands. The 10 zHome townhouses were designed for zero net energy use.
Houses in Ichijo's new development will be constructed with factory-made insulated panels to minimize energy consumption, a company spokeswoman said. Buyers can work with their own architect or with Ichijo to design the houses.
The second phase of the $60 million Discovery Heights apartment complex is slated to open next fall. The complex is being developed by HNN Associates of Bellevue, and will have 360 units and more than 6,500 square feet of retail space when it is completed. The first phase of 253 units opened last year.
Grand Ridge Plaza, a $70 million, 280,000-square-foot shopping center that began construction in June, has added a number of restaurants and retailers to its roster, including Marshalls, HomeGoods, Dick's Sporting Goods and Zumiez.
The developer, Regency Centers, said Ulta Beauty, Chinoise Cafe, Big Fish Grill and Ram Restaurant & Brewery also have signed leases.
The next project set to break ground at Grand Ridge Plaza is a 44,600-square-foot Safeway store, which is expected to open in September of 2013.
According to Regency Centers, 80 percent of the available space at Grand Ridge Plaza is now leased.
When Issaquah Highlands is completed, it could have 3,750 homes and up to 3.9 million square feet of commercial space, according to Port Blakely. Development started in the late 1990s.
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