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Concerts on the Green

Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Cost: Free

Where: Issaquah Community Center

Rowley Properties is pleased to sponsor a "Concert on the Greens" event Tuesday August 19th

Please join us for this FREE concert and listen to Wally & The Beaves – classic and contemporary rock. To learn more about Wally & The Beaves, visit www.thewallys.net

Additional Info: Can't make our sponsored event? Concerts are every Tuesday evening July 8th - August 26th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. for more information visit www.issaquahwa.gov/concerts


PoPs! Goes Issaquah

Date: Friday August 22, 2014

Time: 7:30 pm

Cost: Free

Where: Village Theatre - Issaquah

Rowley Properties is proud to bring POPs! Goes Issaquah featuring the Sammamish Symphony and conductor R. Joseph Scott to our community. This year will mark our 18th anniversary of POPs!

Tickets to this outstanding orchestral event are available to families and individuals in Issaquah that might not otherwise be able to participate in the arts.

Additional Info: Tickets will become available approximately August 8th, 2014. Tickets are free and are on a first come, first served basis while they last and must be obtained prior to the concert. Sorry, no reservations


Issaquah Salmon Days

Date: October 4 & 5, 2014

Time: 10 am - 6 pm Daily

Cost: Free

Where: Front Street / Olde Towne Issaquah

Issaquah Salmon Days Festival 2014 is back by popular demand! This year’s theme is "Coho Mojo" celebrating the annual return of our Kings, Reds, Silvers & Chums to their birth waters.

This free festival showcases our great City, brings in tourism dollars, provides fun/festivity for friends & family and helps over 60 non-profits to raise funds supporting important local non-profits that help ensure/maintain quality of life for our residents.

As always, this year’s festivities promise to a GRAND event with all your favorites...the Parade, delicious Foods of the World, creative and colorful arts and crafts, exciting live entertainment, and our central hub of family fun at the Field of Fun.

Rowley Properties is so PROUD of this community event and the Salmon Days' team that helps support our local business and community at-large!

Remember – Issaquah is THE place to be!

Additional Info: For more information visit www.salmondays.org


Issaquah ready for an urban makeover

When you head east on Interstate 90, it doesn't take long before the buildings start to shrink. The hulking towers of Seattle and Bellevue fade into the rear-view mirror as you approach Lake Sammamish, the mountains and Issaquah, a hilly city with plenty of history and low-slung buildings. But Issaquah — once a suburb of Bellevue — is poised for transformation. Through the Central Issaquah Plan, the city is looking at how to redevelop 840 acres around its core on both sides of I-90. The area today has 6.3 million square feet of office and retail space, and 13,000 employees. By 2031, the central Issaquah area would have 12.5 million square of office and commercial space, and 32,225 jobs.

Seattle's Iconic Hand-Forged Doughnuts Are Coming to Issaquah!

Top Pot Doughnuts is proud to announce the opening of a new cafe in late February that will cater to Issaquah residents and its business community. Located at 12th Avenue and NW Maple Street near the Issaquah Transit Center, Top Pot will make use of Rowley Properties’ vintage 1960’s-era round building.

An Evolving Family Legacy - Three Generations of Community Building

When George Rowley first came to Issaquah in 1953, he found a small town of only a few thousand residents. Farms spread across the valley floor and a happily rural population. George was a visionary and saw the beautiful area as a wonderful place for returning WWII Vets and their families to 'have that little home in the peaceful lush valley'. Over the next few years George began to build well-constructed homes on the 640 undeveloped acres he purchased on Squak Mountain. Three hundred new families were able to claim Issaquah as their new home.

Issaquah council OKs plans for slow but dramatic development

Two development plans approved by the Issaquah City Council this week will allow midrise buildings for thousands of new homes and jobs in central Issaquah and at the Lakeside Industries quarry next to Issaquah Highlands. It might not happen quickly, but a dramatic transformation is coming to Issaquah. Under two plans approved by the City Council this week, midrise buildings for new homes and business will be welcomed across hundreds of acres now dominated by strip malls, big-box stores and a gravel quarry.

Rowley Welcomes New Employees

Ryan Scarnhorst and Marta McKie recently joined the Rowley Properties team. Scharnhorst joined in April as a property accountant (residential and commercial). He is a certified public accountant and notary public, and holds a master of professional accountancy and a Bachelor of Arts in business from the University of Washington. McKie joined in July as a residential property manager. She will be responsible for the Wildwood Apartment Homes, Kelkari and North Bend rentals, RV/storage and overall customer service. McKie’s most recent position was as the community manager for the Klahanie Homeowners Association.

In landmark decision, buildings up to 150 feet in business district OK'd

In a landmark decision, City Council members approved a 30-year agreement between the city and longtime Issaquah developer Rowley Properties to overhaul almost 80 acres in the coming decades. The council agreed to allow buildings up to 150 feet tall and mixed-use development on up to 4.4 million square feet in Hyla Crossing and Rowley Center — parcels along Interstate 90 and state Route 900.

Issaquah poised for another transformation

A development agreement approved by the Issaquah City Council clears the way for a neighborhood of offices, apartments, stores and restaurants packed together in an urban core. The 4.4 million square feet of commercial and residential space is significantly larger than Amazon.com's new campus in Seattle's South Lake Union and Denny Triangle.

City seeks input on proposed Rowley Properties rezone

The process to transform about 80 acres in the decades ahead is due to continue Nov. 21. City Council members plan to gather input from citizens about a proposed rezone of Rowley Properties-owned Hyla Crossing and Rowley Center from commercial land to urban village — a designation used to foster mixed-use construction in the Issaquah Highlands and Talus. Such a zoning change means the Urban Village Development Commission — the panel responsible for overseeing development in the highlands and Talus — could also call shots on construction in Hyla Crossing and Rowley Center.

New Property Management Company Website Design Project from Seattle Web Design Firm efelle Media

Efelle media is pleased to announce Rowley Properties, Inc. as a new client! Rowley Properties is a property management and real estate development firm that purchases, develops, leases, and manages residential, commercial, office, and storage property in Western Washington. They are based out of Issaquah, Washington

King County announces 2011 Best Workplaces for Recycling & Waste Reduction

King County’s Solid Waste Division (SWD) has named 89 local companies to its fifth annual “Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction” list, and introduced a new business honor roll for companies that have made the list for five years in a row.

Rowley Properties Become First Chairman's Circle Member

Rowley Properties, one of Issaquah’s longtime and leading local businesses, has stepped forward as the first member of the Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce’s new Chairman’s Circle Membership Program, supporting the Chamber’s economic vitality and community promotions goals within its recently announced 2011-2014 Strategic Plan.

Eastside Baby Corner hosts its first-ever fundraiser

For the first time in its 20-year history, Eastside Baby Corner is having a fundraiser for itself. Karen Ridlon, a pediatric nurse, founded the nonprofit organization in 1990, using her house as a donation bank. The baby clothes, toys, shoes and bikes soon overtook her kitchen and dining room. Rowley Properties helped her acquire a facility, and the community has kept her awash in donations for children up to age 12 in the 20 years since. But some donations were harder to come by, like car seats, cribs, beds, diapers, baby formula and baby food.

Skip Rowley honored for arts support

Issaquah developer Skip Rowley received an award Thursday for his philanthropic efforts on behalf of the arts on the Eastside.

Citizen group gives Rowley parameters for growth

Residents will get a chance to learn more about the ongoing redevelopment plans for Central Issaquah when the Cascade Land Conservancy hosts a Community Stewards meeting in the Pickering Room at Issaquah City Hall Northwest on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. Central Issaquah Plan (CIP) Citizens Advisory Task Force Chair Joe Forkner will present the CIP draft plan and timeline, and representatives from Rowley Properties will discuss the proposed development agreement for the Rowley Center and Hyla Crossing properties.

King County honor Issaquah's Top Recyclers

Efforts to recycle batteries, toner cartridges, cooking oil and construction materials earned Issaquah agencies and businesses kudos from the King County Solid Waste Division. The county has recognized the Issaquah municipal government, the Issaquah School District and three Issaquah businesses — Pogacha, Rowley Properties and Timber Ridge at Talus — as Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction.

Issaquah Press Editorial

Despite chatter to the contrary, the Central Issaquah Plan that will shape the future of the present business district remains very much unfinished, as a task force of city board members, business owners, environmentalists and residents works to complete a recommendation. Mayor Ava Frisinger and the City Council hope the final plan guides development on 915 acres south of Interstate 90 in coming decades.

Citizens toss around idea for small business incubator in Issaquah

The Central Issaquah Plan Advisory Task Force is charged with nothing less than designing a vision for the character and vitality of the City of Issaquah over the next several decades. The Task Force, made up of local business owners, community leaders, engaged residents and experts of all manners, is a key component of the Central Issaquah Plan (CIP) which will guide the future development of the city by taking a fresh look at the commercial area on the valley floor.

Rowley development agreement process creeps ahead of Central Issaquah Plan

Issaquah developer Rowley Properties is eager to get moving on revelopment plans involving nearly 90 acres of commercial land and offices south of Interstate 90/SR 900 junction. Issaquah City Council took additional time during an April 5 meeting to discuss and approve a process to create a development agreement between the City of Issaquah and Rowley, for two parcels of land it owns south of Gilman Boulevard Northwest surrounding State Route 900, Hyla Crossing and Rowley Center.

Comp plan changes favor electric cars

Officials could ease rules to allow more charging stations for electric vehicles in Issaquah, as the City Council considers the latest updates to the long-term growth blueprint. The council will consider changes to the city Comprehensive Plan next month. Besides the electric-vehicle item, the updates include items to better preserve trees and a potential development agreement with Rowley Properties. If the city and the Issaquah developer proceed with the agreement, the plan could lay the groundwork for redevelopment of almost 90 acres in Central Issaquah

The Girl Scout cookies are here!

Thin Mints, or Tagalongs? Samoas or Do-Si-Dos? Everyone has their own personal favorites. And just like young children look forward to Dec. 25 every year, cookie lovers across America eagerly await the last few weeks of February. The Girl Scouts cookies have arrived! Girl Scout organizers were very appreciative of the support of Rowley Properties, who donated the warehouse space to store the thousands of boxes of cookies.

City, Rowley Properties announce major redevelopment plans in Issaquah

The City of Issaquah announced a proposed development agreement with downtown retail property owners Rowley Properties on Jan. 8 as officials review proposed changes to the city's long-range planning. Through a potential development agreement, Rowley would partner with the City in a site-specific planning process for the developer's Hyla Crossing (61.7 acres) and Rowley Center (25.6 acres) properties in the Gilman subarea. The two properties were indentified by the City’s Central Issaquah Plan consultant team as having a high redevelopment potential. The agreement is a welcome development for the city that could eventually lead to an increase in tax base revenues. “This agreement would provide detailed expectations of how Rowley Properties’ land would be redeveloped consistent with the Central Issaquah Plan,” Frisinger said. “This is also a great opportunity for Issaquah to initiate development under its updated comprehensive plan.”

City, developer eye nearly 90 acres for redevelopment

City officials and Rowley Properties executives announced plans Friday to redevelop almost 90 acres in Central Issaquah — the commercial heart of the city spread across 915 acres along Interstate 90. Officials said the plan would be developed in concert with a sweeping plan to redevelop the commercial district near state Route 900 and I-90. Hyla Crossing — a 61.7-acre commercial complex — and Rowley Center — a 25.6-acre property — fall within areas identified by redevelopment consultants for the best potential for redevelopment.

Rowley Properties employees dig deep to help others

Every holiday season, the employees of Rowley Properties pool their funds to support one needy family. This year was no different, with the group raising more than $1,000 to help a family of five that sought shelter through the Eastside Domestic Violence Program.

Statement by Rowley Properties regarding Issaquah Picketing

Earlier today the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters began picketing near the Hilton Garden Inn in Issaquah...

People on the Move

Spotlight: Kari Magill

Issaquah developer "Skip" Rowley turns company over to daughter Kari Magill

A special note from Kari Magill, newly appointed CEO. Thank you for visiting our In the News section. At Rowley Properties, we believe family and community come first. We work to build our community and focus on projects that rise above the rest - - intelligently developing and creating sustainable projects that will benefit our friends, neighbors and community for years. As we begin the next chapter of Rowley Properties under my leadership, we are establishing a vision and creating a long-term plan for the phased future development of the 60 acres that comprise Hyla Crossing and Rowley Center in Issaquah. We are building a carefully envisioned neighborhood - a richly designed experience for our community and those visiting it. We'll continue to develop our properties under sustainable strategies that respect our resources and meet the needs of our community, consumers and visitors. We remain focused on creating helpful solutions for our clients - our friends - companies that are trying to grow their businesses. Like many of the long-term native families here, we've established our whole lives here on the Eastside. We've helped others settle in here - making them welcome, nuturing their families' growth and assisting businesses both large and small to develop. We believe in the importance of family - all kinds of family - and growth. Most importantly, we believe in our community!

Eastside Explorations...Enjoying Activities and Attractions in Kirkland, Bellevue and Issaquah

… In Issaquah-a lively town of about 26,000 people located just 10 miles southeast of Bellevue, and near the southern end of a 8-mile long Lake Sammamish-a life-size bronze sculpture of three local men tells the story of the community’s early growth.

This year Skip Rowley of Issaquah was appointed King in honor of his

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — For the past few weeks, Skip Rowley’s job as a real-estate developer and property manager has taken a back seat to a job that requires a different type of hat — a crown, actually.

King County announces second-annual ‘Best Workplaces for Recycling’ list

King County’s Solid Waste Division has named 50 local companies for the second-annual “Best Workplaces for Recycling” list – more than twice as many companies as last year. These businesses are being recognized for strong internal recycling programs and for their commitment to making recycling a priority for their companies.

Best Workplace for Recycling

Rowley Properties has a comprehensive waste recycling program...

Going Green means Going Gold for Issaquah’s John L. Scott Building

An average day turned to gold when Kari Magill, Rowley Properties COO, received word the John L. Scott Building was awarded LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is the USGBC’s leading rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient, and high performing buildings.

Rowley Properties Cleans Up Issaquah’s Boardwalk on Earth Day

Many people visualize Earth Day as a ceremonious tradition where a tree is planted; a symbolic gesture of giving back to the environment. When Bob Snyder of Rowley Properties and his facilities team thought of Earth Day, they chose to clean up and preserve what was already once given to us.

Richard Symms Celebrates 40th Year with Rowley Properties

It is not often you hear of an employee staying with one company for more than a decade, let alone 40 years. Richard S. Symms has officially been an employee with Rowley Properties, Inc. since April Fools’ Day, 1968. No joke.

Bob Snyder Acheives LEED Accreditation

Rowley Properties reached a new milestone this week when Bob Snyder, Facilities Manager and Construction Liaison, became a LEED Accredited Professional. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, developed by the United States Green Building Council, is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED provides a roadmap for measuring and documenting success for every building type and phase of a building’s lifecycle.

Kari Magill Speaks at Leadership Eastside's Building Community Luncheon

Leadership Eastside held its mid-year luncheon Thursday, February 7, 2007 at the Puget Sound Energy Auditorium in Bellevue, Washington. The two guest speakers; Rowley Properties, Inc.’s Chief Operating Officer, Kari Magill and Wallace Properties’ Chief Executive Officer, Bob Wallace, participated in an informative panel discussion moderated by Lori Matsukawa, King 5 New Anchor.

Hyla Office Building to be dedicated to late employee

Rowley Properties’ newest development, the Hyla office building in Issaquah, will be dedicated to a former employee whose passion and concern for the environment inspired the company to build its first officially “green” building.

Going for Green in Issaquah

Rowley Properties is completing a 29,000-square-foot class A office building at 1700 N.W. Gilman Blvd. in Issaquah. The three-story building, called the Hyla Office Building, also has covered parking and 2,700 square feet of retail space.

Hilton Garden Inn® Seattle/Issaquah Opens Today

ISSAQUAH, Wash. – April 2, 2007 – Bringing full-service business and leisure amenities to Issaquah, the Hilton Garden Inn® Seattle/Issaquah opens its doors today. The anchor tenant of Rowley Properties’ Hyla Crossing commercial complex, the hotel will fulfill the needs of local residents, businesses, and community organizations, as well as the burgeoning Eastside business traveler.

Richard Symms - 2007 Issaquah Business Person of the Year

At the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Community Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 15th, Richard Symms received the Issaquah Business Person of the Year award.

Rowley Properties Receives AWB Community Service Award

We just received notice that Rowley Properties has been selected for the 2006 community service award for helping people in need from the Association of Washington Business!

Rowley to construct new office building near Hilton Garden Inn

A new office building is in the works for Northwest Gilman Boulevard and 18th Avenue Northwest, just south of Evergreen Ford.

HOME Magazine Honors Pomegranate Director Milenko Matanovic

Milenko Matanovic, Director of Pomegranate Center has been named one of five winners of the inaugural Shelter Awards by HOME Magazine. Rowley Properties provides space free of charge from which Pomegranate Center operates.

Kari Magill wins 40 under 40 award

Kari Magill was selected as one of the Puget Sound Business Journal's 40 under 40 award recipients, given to rising business stars in the Pacific Northwest under the age of forty.

Eastside Business Awards Pay Tribute to Local Companies for Exceptional Achievement and Contributions to the Eastside

Rowley Properties, Inc. was honored with the 2005 Eastside Business Award for Corporate Citizenship.