Two large tower developments are making their way through Bellevue’s planning department. If approved, the projects would create five new towers downtown.
The first proposed project is the Bellevue Plaza phase one by Bellevue Investors 1 LLC. The project would build three towers in three separate phases. The first would build a tower on the southern third of the site and subsequent phases would be built to the north. The project site is located on the corner of Main Street and 106th Avenue Northeast which currently houses a Jiffy Lube, Kennelly Keys Music and restaurants.
In all, the project would consist of roughly 877,000 square feet of office space in three, 20-story towers. Some 23,000 square feet of ground level retail would be included, and the development would have space for more than 2,300 vehicles. The first phase would build about 286,000 square feet of office space with 11,500 square feet of retail and 925 underground parking spaces.
It was projected in planning documents submitted to the city that the project would create office space for between 2,260 and 3,000 employees and would generate an additional 1,011 net new peak-hour vehicle trips. No housing will be included and the towers would be about 250 feet tall. The three existing single-story buildings would be demolished for the project.
The second project is a two-tower development proposed to be built at the old Bellevue Cadillac plaza in downtown Bellevue. The dealership closed and moved across Interstate 405 more than 10 years ago and the buildings are currently being leased to Jab’s Kickboxing, High Performance Homes and Ballet Bellevue on the corner of Northeast 10th Street and 106th Avenue Northeast. Both buildings were built in the 1970s and will be demolished.
The new project, called the Bellevue Cadillac Plaza project in city documents, would build two 15-story office towers as a single project. Construction would begin in October and both towers are slated to come online by December 2021. The buildings would have room for between 1,400 to 1,700 employees and host a total of nearly 647,000 square feet with two, seven-layer parking garages underground with room for 1,507 parking spaces.
The project would include retail and restaurant space at street level with 7,100 square feet going to retail and another 7,100 to be used as restaurant space. Full build-out would generate an estimated 6,000 net new daily vehicle trips. Construction would run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.
Bellevue recently released its fourth-quarter roundup of major planned projects and those under construction. Many projects are proposed for Bellevue’s downtown core, with other projects in other districts, including the Bel-Red District and the ongoing projects at the Spring District.