Rowley Development Agreement Means Jobs & Economic Vitality for Issaquah
Why is the Chamber supporting the Rowley Properties Development Agreement????
Jobs, regional competitiveness for business relocation and long-term economic vitality for Issaquah won't happen on its own. In fact, if we don't embrace innovative opportunities to secure our economic foundation and employment base, we run the risk of losing the economic engine that fuels our community, supports our quality of life and funds our schools, arts, parks and other amenities. The new reality mandates that the successful communities of the future will take every advantage to develop a competitive environment for business success and community prosperity. This is why we are supporting the Rowley Development Agreement. We hope you will too. Join us, and the hundreds of others from across Issaquah, who are saying YES to supporting our local economy, growing our job base, and ensuring Issaquah's economic competitiveness for years to come.
Here are 9 Reason why we are supporting the Development Agreement.
1. Economic Vitality: While the Hyla Crossing and Rowley Center areas serve our community today, re-development will provide advancements in workforce housing and job creation, as well as services and amenities for local citizens. The neighborhoods will grow as the community grows and market demands.
2. Innovation: The Development Agreement captures the opportunity for a public/private partnership with one of the City’s largest landowners (and community partner) to help refine the City’s Subarea Plan framework and make Issaquah even better. Together, the City and Rowley are working to develop new tools to achieve the City’s goals as a Cascade Agenda Leadership City.
3. New Lifestyle Choices: Located next to the Issaquah Transit Center, Rowley’s properties will become a mixed-use development that is vibrant & walkable so that our community can have places where it is possible to live, work and play, while reducing our reliance upon the car for every little thing.
4. Sustainability: The Development Agreement integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism & green building into the design of Hyla Crossing and Rowley Center as it re-develops over the course of the next several decades.
5. Maximizing the Impact of Transit: Smart Growth promotes compact development to use land more efficiently and effectively. Compact development is also advanced to provide more transportation options, by providing opportunities for pedestrian access and densities that can be efficiently served by transit.
6. Resource Efficiency: Creating a mixed-use community is a complex, colorful and creative endeavor. Establishing a more efficient and cost effective design and permitting process is crucial to ensuring a successful outcome.
7. Building Community: This Development Agreement will bring more housing to the Valley Floor which will mean more customers for your businesses.
8. Placemaking: The existing built areas will evolve over time to serve even more of the community’s needs and create unique neighborhoods that will add flavor and variety to our City and contain many “3rd Places” where the community will want to be.
9. Re-development: Older buildings will be replaced with more sustainable and higher performing buildings, stormwater runoff from the site will be significantly improved, infrastructure and amenities will be provided to the city – all of which might not otherwise occur without the Development Agreement.
Email us today to say YES to jobs, economic vitality and Issaquah economic competitiveness.
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Added on 12/13/2011by Blog
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