Category Archives: Town Center

Why the Town Center is needed

The Sammamish Town Center plan was about seven years in the making, controversial throughout. Then development was held up by the 2008 Great Recession. Ground was finally broken in 2015. The first store, Metropolitan Market, opened this year. And now … Continue reading

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Valderrama cites fake facts in Town Center moratorium flip-flop

Sammamish City Council Member Ramiro Valderrama, citing what turns out to be a series of unsubstantiated claims, executed a pirouette on his previous vote supporting a moratorium including the Town Center—and went splat. The Town Center was exempted from the … Continue reading

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“City Hall will not be the same;” reactions to the emergency building moratorium in Sammamish

The surprise move Tuesday by the Sammamish City Council to adopt an emergency building moratorium was about more than creating a pause to understand how traffic concurrency became an enabler of development rather than a control mechanism. It was a … Continue reading

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Outraged, shocked, surprised about Sammamish cooking the books on concurrency? I’m not.

The City Council meeting tonight at 6:30p will undoubtedly discuss the Mullor Study. The study may be accessed here. Commentary By Scott Hamilton The news yesterday that Sammamish has been using outdated traffic counts, mostly from 2012 but some from … Continue reading

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Metropolitan Market opens

March 22: Metropolitan Market, the anchor for the Sammamish Town Center’s commercial district at SE 4th and 228th Ave. SE, opened today to a 33 lb chocolate chip cookie for the long line of consumers that wrapped around to the … Continue reading

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History of Sammamish: Building moratorium ends in 2005

The period 2004-2005 saw little controversy in Sammamish. Rather, this was a period of developing projects that had direct benefit for the residents. A moratorium on building development, adopted when the City incorporated in 1999, remained in place. It would … Continue reading

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Sammamish’s trek to court over Land Use Appeals, other issues; cost to taxpayers stonewalled

The City of Sammamish has gone to court 28 times in the last 10 years on matters other than routine operational reasons. Half were for Land Use Petition (development) (LUP) appeals from Hearing Examiner decisions, a review of court records … Continue reading

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