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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009 * A5 City, YWCA officials will answer questions about new community Dec. 7 Bring questions about a planned YWCA community in the Issaquah Highlands to a Dec. 7 open house. City and YWCA officials will answer questions about the apart- ment complex, YWCA Family Village at Issaquah, from 4:30-7 p.m. at Blakely Hall, 2550 N.E. Park Drive. The project will add 146 rental units to the highlands, as well as a childcare facility, a community center and offices for YWCA employees. YWCA officials hope to open the $52 million complex by late 2011. Family Village will be built on about two acres at the northeast corner of Highlands Drive Northeast and Northeast High Street. City and YWCA leaders will gather at the construction site for a groundbreaking ceremony the morning of the open house. Plans for Family Village outline a mixture of studio apartments and one-, two-, and three-bed- room units divided among three buildings. The pedestrian-friendly complex would be connected to the adjacent Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride by a footbridge built by the YWCA. 'When Family Village opens, the complex will add about 400 resi- dents to the highlands, a commu- nity already home to about 7,000 people. Swedish/Issaquah ER nationally recognized for patient satisfaction The Swedish/Issaquah emer- gency room was recently named a 2009 Summit Award Winner by Press Ganey Associates. The ER received the award by achieving and maintaining patient satisfaction scores in the 95th percentile or above for at least three years. The Press Ganey Summit Award is the health-care satis- faction industry's most coveted symbol of achievement bestowed annually. The Swedish/Issaquah ER is one of just 74 health-care facilities in the country to receive this pres- tigious honor in 2009. Press Ganey partners with more than 10,000 health-care facilities -- including more than 40 percent of U.S. hospitals -- to measure and improve the quality of their care. The company's databases are the largest in the industry and allow facilities nationwide to benchmark their results against peer organiza- tions. "We are proud partners of the Swedish/Issaquah ER, which has maintained a very high level of patient satisfaction over the past three years," said Richard B. Siegrist, Jr., president and CEO of Press Ganey. "Their efforts benefit the greater Issaquah community and lead to improved delivery of health care." PUBLIC MEETINGS Dec. 3 Council Transportation Committee 4:30 p.m. Eagle Room, City Hall 130 E. Sunset Way City Council 2010 budget workshop 6-9:30 p.m. Cougar Room, City Hall 130 E. Sunset Way Cemetery Board 6:30-8 p.m. Coho Room, City Hall 130 E. Sunset Way Dec. 7 City Council regular meeting Agenda: 2010 city budget final public heating 7:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall South 135 E. Sunset Way Dec. 8 Council Land Use Committee 5 p.m: Baxter Room, City Hall Northwest 1775 12th Ave. N.W. Central Issaquah Plan Advisory Task Force 5:30-8 p.m. Pickedng Room, City Hall Northwest 1775 12th Ave. N.W. Sister CRies Commission 6:30 p.m. Eagle Room, City Hall 130 E. Sunset Way Dec. 9 Council Utilities Committee 5-6 p.m. Picketing Room, City Hall Northwest 1775 12th Ave. N.W. Homes FROM PAGE A1 the developer, Devco Inc. The applicant plans to build the project in a single, continuous build, rather than phases, planning doc- uments state. City Major Development Review Team Program Manager Keith Niven said if the permit is approved as expected, the appli- cant could apply for permits as early as spring. Lucy Sloman, a planning con- sultant with the Major Development Review Team, said the project would be the first large-scale, multifamily projects to be built in the highlands in several years. The city issued a site develop- ment permit in 2002 for the pro- posed, 150-acre highlands Microsoft campus. A portion of the land planned for the residential development was included in the Microsoft permit. However, Microsoft chose not to build on the property in 2004 and the land was released for other uses. Niven described the area as "a great workforce housing loca- tion" due to the proximity of a planned Swedish Medical Center campus. Crews began excavation work at the hospital site just south of Highlands Drive Northeast in August. The first phase of the hos- pital campus is planned to open in summer 2011. A second phase with 80 hospital beds will open during the first quarter of 2012 and eventually expand to 175 beds. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress, com. 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