Developers weigh in on Sammamish Town Center ideas

June 29, 2013

New: June 29, 1:13 p.m.

A few developers have said what they think is needed to get Sammamish Town Center going. Generally, they’re not big fans of the requirement for structured parking (parking garages instead of lots) and uncertainty about who will build common infrastructure and where, said Bryan Lobel of Community Attributes.

The consulting firm is engaged in a study of Sammamish’s economic factors. The City Council hired the firm to help with developing an economic plan for the city in general and town center in particular. 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 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

Sammamish City Council forms economic development committee

May 31, 2011

The Sammamish City Council formed an economic development committee that will look at ways to advocate for business in the community and potentially jumpstart the Town Center project.

The council approved forming the committee at their May 16 meeting by a unanimous vote. Read more

Sammamish City Council to form economic development committee

May 29, 2011

New, May 29, 2:16 p.m.

The Sammamish City Council formed an economic development committee that will look at ways to advocate for business in the community and potentially jumpstart the Town Center project.

The council approved forming the committee at their May 16 meeting by a unanimous vote. The committee will look at infrastructure financing, the possibility of public-private partnerships and other ways to support commercial development in Town Center and around the city. Read more