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It's pretty remarkable what's happening in Bellevue. Just a suburban downtown. But those two blue ones are just two of seven or eight high-rises underway now in the 400-acre downtown. The u-c number might be around 10 by mid or late summer, not including numerous woodframe projects. That includes three more buildings in the 400-450' range that are already started.

Bellevue is still about half "traditional suburbia" and half truly urban. The current wave is going to turn the tide.

Beyond that, if the groundbreakings keep going according to plan and things don't get overbuilt, it starts to look like a real downtown. Without some "downtown" functions of course, but in terms of scale and density.
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Added a new rendering of City Center II to the opening post.

Here it is:

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I made some significant changes to the opening post, to update it.

I also got rid of a couple of the smaller projects. Their renderings also didn't link anymore, and they're just kinda small to mention anyway.

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BTW does anyone know anything about the Hanover BRE Tower? It's currently in the "In the future" catagory but since the site is already fenced off I'm wondering if maybe it's closer in the future than we think????
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Im pretty sure they made a press release about 3 months ago saying they planned to start construction on hanover bre in July. Id say we should move it to starting soon.
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Hines 333 Tower has commenced re-construction so I edited the first post to reflect that.
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BTW, somebody once said that the furniture store where the proposal below is eventually supposed to be built is just a "temporary" store.

Well I went in there yesterday and it doesn't look like a temporary store to me. I think it might be a veeeeeeery long time until this thing is gonna be built. And no doubt the design will change.

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I had no idea that Belleview was getting so built up. Neimans just announced plans to go into the Bravern this past week, and I frankly didn't know that much about the area. Truly impressive.
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These projects all look high-end! Whats with all the twins?
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well theres only one "twin" project but i do see your beef. Every project in bellevue is coming with two or more similar looking towers. I cant explain it. Possibly another downfall of the superblock layout.
And yes, ive had a problem with all the high end development from the start. Sure i want bellevue to be the nicest dt in washington but it has to actually be urban. It needs to attract people of all age groups from upper AND middle income groups. Im not saying we need tenaments but a main street midrise with a 7-11 in the base wouldnt kill us.
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let us move the CCBII from starting soon to under construction.
Also, shouldnt the residential phase of the bravern also go into the U/c category. According to some articles, they said they were going to begin construction immediately after hearing the neiman marcus news.
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There are two three pairs underway, and two siblings underway: Bellevue Towers, Washington Square, and Bravern are twins (though Bravern includes a runt). Also City Center II and Eddie Bauer Tauer are siblings of completed towers. When Bre Hanover starts you could say that's a twin of 1020. Of course some of these developments have more towers planned, so there will be some sizeable families eventually.

Bellevue is pretty much like Hong Kong. Why build one tower when you can built multiples. Yeah, that's it...just like Hong Kong in every way. Well, not really, Bellevue has more trees.
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let us move the CCBII from starting soon to under construction.
Also, shouldnt the residential phase of the bravern also go into the U/c category. According to some articles, they said they were going to begin construction immediately after hearing the neiman marcus news.
I suggest you wait until they actually start. I suspect they'll want to design them and get permits anyway.
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well, thay broke ground on CCBII yesterday.
As far as the bravern is concerned, I love jumping the gun. Especially where buildings are concerned.
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let us move the CCBII from starting soon to under construction.
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Also, shouldnt the residential phase of the bravern also go into the U/c category. According to some articles, they said they were going to begin construction immediately after hearing the neiman marcus news.
No, that part still isn't u/c yet, I go by there everyday. The old building (the Rayburn, or something like that) is still there and there are still tenants in it. I don't think they'll start that part for another few months or more.
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some truly great projects. i love Bellevue and it's growing skyline...great place. i need to actually go there sometime instead of just loving it over the internet lol
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Damnation. Kick those tenants out a crack some concrete.
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Friday, August 4, 2006
Biggest construction year yet reshaping Bellevue
By Ashley Bach

Seattle Times Eastside bureau

Downtown Bellevue's real-estate market is on fire. Construction cranes seem to loom over nearly every intersection, as more than 4 million square feet of glitzy new condos, offices and retail stores take shape.

This is the biggest year ever for development in the city, officials say.

• Building permits for about $625 million worth of square footage are expected to be approved this year, shattering the old record of $460 million set in 1999.

• A dozen major projects are under construction; a dozen more are in the permit pipeline.

• About 1,700 apartments or condos are being built, with another 3,000 units in the works.

To the delight of city leaders, the development is not just office space, as in previous booms. A new hotel tower is planned, Overlake Hospital is expanding, upscale retailers like Neiman Marcus are on the way — and about 10,000 people are expected to move downtown in the next 15 years.

"It's just unbelievable, how much is going on and what's coming," said Mike Brennan, the city's deputy director of development services.

Already a major draw for shoppers and corporate headquarters, the epicenter of the Eastside stands to gain even more vitality and visibility.

Including current construction and projects in the pipeline, the amount of downtown office space will jump from 6.9 million square feet to some 9.7 million. Retail space will increase from 3.8 million square feet to 4.7 million, and apartments and condos will swell from 3,500 units to 8,100. About 15,000 parking spots will be added.

The construction is part of a regional and national building boom — Seattle has its share of major projects, too — but Bellevue's relatively modest skyline is being transformed. About 20 high-rises are under construction or planned, and they'll take their place alongside the city's tallest building, Lincoln Square's 42-story south tower, which opened last fall.

Not that growth is easy. City leaders say they're finding it hard to hire enough building inspectors to keep up with the demand, and some residents don't appreciate the rumble of dump trucks and trackhoes.

Leaders in the neighborhoods next to downtown say they love being able to walk to a show or a nice dinner — and the nightlife options are growing each month. But they also worry about cut-through traffic, light pollution and crime that may come with the new development.

"We want the city to honor their promise to preserve the neighborhoods ... from increased urbanization," said Renay Bennett, president of the Bellecrest Neighborhood Association.

Much of the available land in other suburbs is gone, Brennan said, and downtown Bellevue and Seattle are some of the last places for large, intense development in the Puget Sound region.

Bellevue city leaders laid out their vision 25 years ago with a "wedding-cake" design that would bunch the tallest buildings in the downtown core, with medium-size buildings on the outskirts.

After the state Growth Management Act was passed in 1990, the city decided to funnel most of its new residents into a downtown that still had plenty of room left to grow.

Now the sidewalks on Bellevue Way are filled with people day and night, and the buildings are rising.

"It's a very exciting time in the city's history," Mayor Grant Degginger said.
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