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Kemper Development submits scaled back design for Bellevue Square expansion
Kemper Development has submitted revised plans for its Bellevue Square expansion at the southeast corner of the shopping center, which calls for two towers instead of three.
Bordered by Bellevue Way to the east and Northeast Fourth Street to the south, the Bellevue Square expansion is part of the $1.2 billion expansion of Kemper Development's Bellevue Collection, which includes adding a second Lincoln Square tower.
The revised application filed last week requests design review approval for a three-story retail podium with two 17-story residential towers. The northern tower will be residential only while the southern tower will have 204 hotel rooms on the lower 11 levels, with a total of 239 residential units. The total square footage for the project is 766,579 with 266,856 square feet in the retail podium.
A five-level underground parking structure is also included, which would raise parking spaces from 531 to 1,700. The Bellevue Square southeast corner parking garage and Oriental Rug Store will be demolished to make way for the project.
The project also proposes a right turn lane from Bellevue Way to Northeast Fourth Street, with an estimated 462 new trips to occur in the area during nighttime peak hours.
Preliminary work is underway at the old Safeway site at Bellevue Way and Northeast Fourth Street for the Lincoln Square expansion. The Safeway building came down in late January. An administrative design review process has been completed there and permits for the first phase of the project — a six-level car garage — have been submitted. Digging is expected to start by the end of the second quarter of 2014.