Best Buy granted remodel, garage construction

The city of Bellevue has granted Best Buy conditional approval to remodel its storefront to may way for the ongoing Northeast Fourth Street extension project  and recover lost retail and parking space.

A new five-lane arterial Northeast Fourth is planned to cut through the south end of the Best Buy store and parking lot during Phase Two of the project, slated to start in 2015 with the entire roadway opened by fall 2016.

The city is exercising eminent domain to run its transportation project through a portion of the Best Buy store, however, the retail company had also filed suit over the city's actions.

The Northeast Fourth extension, from where it ends at 116th Avenue Northeast to 120th Avenue Northeast, is part of several projects to improve mobility between downtown Bellevue, the Bel-Red corridor and Overlake area.

Best Buy will demolish 11,021 square feet of retail space on the south side of its Bellevue store and add 9,964 square feet to its north side. The store will add a single-story parking garage on its east side to accommodate up to 226 vehicles.

Phase One construction included condemnation of portions of other properties, which has been completed. Construction for Phase One of the project is anticipated to continue through 2014.

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