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Bellevue seeking a vision for each light-rail station

 

With the East Link route through Bellevue now decided, the city is seeking a vision for each station area. The goal, officials say, is to value out of transit for each area.

There will be six light rail stations in Bellevue:

• South Bellevue, where the park-and-ride now is;

• East Main, on 112th Avenue Southeast, south of Main Street;

• Downtown, on Northeast Sixth Street;

• Hospital, in the Medical District; and

• 120th Avenue Northeast and 130th Avenue Northeast, both in the Bel-Red area.

The planning will focus on the area within a quarter- to a half-mile radius of each station.

While the city and Sound Transit will collaborate on the design of the East Link facilities, the city will plan the areas around the stations with guidance from residents. Likely discussion topics will include pedestrian and bicycle access, land use and development.

City policy precludes land use changes in the single-family residential and environmentally sensitive areas around the South Bellevue and East Main stations. Planning and zoning is already in place for transit-oriented development (TOD) around the downtown, 120th Avenue and 130th Avenue stations.

Additional analysis will refine plans for specific sites such as the proposed park-and-ride lot at the 130th Avenue station. The city sees considerable redevelopment potential for the Hospital/Wilburton area.

There will be public involvement at all phases of the process, including open houses, workshops and community walking tours, in addition to the use of social media and the city’s website (www.bellevuewa.gov/light-rail-station-areas.htm) for communication.

Citizen advisory committees or ad hoc groups may be formed for each station area where broad or complex issues need to be addressed.

The City Council approved the overall station area planning work program in May.

During the coming months, staff will continue outreach with stakeholders as well as ongoing background research and analysis. Station area planning for the South Bellevue station also will start during the summer.

The overall station area planning program will continue through 2015. Planning for different stations will vary depending on the range and complexity of the issues.

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