Report explains ways to start Town Center development

August 10, 2013

New: Aug. 10, 11:14 a.m.

There are options about how the city of Sammamish might kick-start development in Town Center, it just depends on how many compromises the city is willing to make.

Chris Mefford, of Community Attributes, spoke to the council’s Economic Development Committee July 9 and to the full City Council July 15. Read more

City Council hears specifics on demographics, economic challenges

May 17, 2013

New: May 17, 2:19 p.m.

Sammamish leaders already knew that the city was unusually youth and family oriented. Now they have the numbers to back it up.

Chris Mefford of consulting firm Community Attributes, made the latest in a series of presentations to the City Council’s Economic Development Committee May 14 on an economic study his firm is conducting. Read more

Sammamish residents don’t spend much in town

April 17, 2013

New: April 17, 3:39 p.m.

Sammamish residents spend barely a quarter of their money within the city, a number that needs to go up dramatically if the city is to support the town center project as envisioned.
A consultant studying the city’s economic climate, however, says it should be possible.
“It seems quite well within reach,” said Chris Mefford of Community Attributes. Read more

Sammamish begins study for new economic development plan

March 20, 2013

New: March 20, 1:41 p.m.

By the end of the year, Sammamish could have a new plan for economic development in general and town center in particular. Some citizens, however, question if the city will actually put the plan into use.

Members of the City Council and senior staff met with Chris Mofford, president of Community Attributes, March 12 at a meeting of the Community and Economic Development Committee. The Seattle-based consultant will be assisting the city in developing the plan. The council has budgeted $65,000 to complete it. Read more

Sammamish to start economic development study

March 12, 2013

The Sammamish City Council approved a contract with Community Attributes to conduct an economic development plan for Sammamish at its March 5 meeting.

The $65,000 contract will bring in the consultant to study Sammamish that will be complete by the end of the year. Read more

Sammamish may have seed money for Town Center

October 4, 2012

After years of talk about kickstarting development in Town Center, the city looks poised to put its money where its mouth is in 2013.

But with the economy still on a long road back from the recession, it remains to be seen whether that money will be enough to lure developers into taking the plunge any time soon or whether the city will need to walk back some of its more optimistic visions of the future of Sammamish. Read more

Sammamish City Council may hire economic development specialist

July 11, 2012

The City Council may consider hiring a consultant to help kick start commercial development in Sammamish.

During a July 3 meeting, Deputy Mayor John James proposed authorizing City Manager Ben Yazici to hire a consultant in the coming months.

That didn’t fly with some on the council, though they did resolve to consider funding the position in next year’s budget. Read more

Sammamish City Council hears report about economic development roadblocks

June 23, 2012

New: June 23, 11:18 a.m.

City officials have long talked of attracting more jobs and commercial development to Sammamish and spent many years developing a Town Center project aimed at achieving that goal.

And though it’s only been a year and a half since the city put the finishing touches on development rules in its future downtown, nary a shovel has struck ground on any new stores or offices in Town Center. Read more

Leaders steer dollars to economic development projects

May 31, 2011

King County leaders scrapped the outdated Economic Enterprise Corp. and directed funds from the program to economic development programs throughout the region.

The legislation approved May 2 by the County Council directs almost all of the $95,000 remaining in the corporation to be disbursed to smaller projects. Read more