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I think the podium looks really cool, and it is actually the piece that most people will engage with. i think the scale is better than the LC base for example?
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Oh definately. As much as i love One lincoln tower, i have to say that the podium kind of sucks. Its way to imposing.
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Am I to assume now that 7 NE 8th office tower/ Speiker Tower has no hope of being brought back to life.

When will a rendering of the Phoenix be released?
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Lookey Lookey what i found on the bellevue weekly permit bulletin.

NOTICE OF APPLICATION

Hines Bellevue Office Tower

Ext. # 2206

Location: 333 108th Ave NE

Neighborhood: West Bellevue

File Number: 05-128036-LD

Description: Application for Design Review approval to construct an 18-story office building (approximately 348,800 square feet) on a 1.34 acre site with retail at the ground level and 8 levels of below-grade parking for 940 vehicles. The proposal includes associated utilities, site landscaping and a mid-block connection.

Approvals Required: Design Review approval, Concurrency Determination, Threshold Determination and ancillary permits and approvals.

SEPA: Determination of Nonsignificance (DNS) is expected. Refer to page one General Information Regarding Use of Optional DNS Process.

Minimum Comment Period Ends: November 28, 2005, 5 p.m.

Date of Application: October 11, 2005

Completeness Date: October 27, 2005

Applicant Contact: David Schneider, LMN Architects,

206-682-3460

Planner: Carol Saari, 425-452-2731

Planner Email: csaari@ci.bellevue.wa.us




IT'S THE TECHNOLOGY TOWER COMING BACK TO LIFE!!!!!!
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I thought the Tech Tower was going to be 19 floors. Looks like the scrapped the entire plan from before it was halted.
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originally 20. Then they re-did the project rather similarly to the original plan but made it 18.
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Another rendering of the Bellevue 2 towers thingy:

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those buildings are awesome looking....
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More downtown Bellevue builders gambling on spec development
2006-01-08
by Clayton Park
Journal Business Editor

Spec development, as in constructing an office building without pre-lease commitments on the gamble that it will attract tenants upon completion, is the new buzzword among real estate developers in downtown Bellevue.

Developers of at least four different office tower projects proposed for the city's central business district are scrambling to be next in line after Lincoln Square developer Kemper Freeman Jr. to begin construction.

Freeman, who won a major pre-lease commitment this summer from Eddie Bauer, intends to start construction of a new 28-story office tower at Lincoln Square early this year.

Eddie Bauer plans to move its headquarters from Redmond into a 200,000-square-foot office space at the new Eddie Bauer Building at Lincoln Square in the summer of 2007.

Chicago-based Equity Office Properties last month announced plans to break ground next summer for its long-proposed 26-story City Center Plaza tower -- with or without pre-lease commitments from tenants.

Anticipating tenant demand

It's a gambit that can cost a developer dearly if the expected tenant demand for office space turns out to be less than anticipated by the time the building is completed.

In past office development cycles, some developers have wound up losing their buildings to foreclosure. In at least one case, a prominent Seattle developer lost his home when the local office market went bust in the late 1980s.

Patrick Callahan, the senior vice president for Equity who oversees the company's operations in the Pacific Northwest, said the 559,000-square-foot City Center Plaza building is expected to be ready for occupancy in early 2008.

The new office tower will be built next to the Bellevue Transit Center, just east of Equity's 27-story City Center Bellevue building, which was built in 1987 and is slated to be renamed City Center West.

``We're very confident in downtown Bellevue and the Eastside overall,'' Callahan said. ``Certainly Bellevue can support significant development.''

Equity is downtown Bellevue's biggest office landlord, already owning eight buildings in the central business district with a total of 2.5 million square feet of office space -- roughly 40 percent of the market.

Last spec project successful

``The demand (for office space) we're seeing from our customers is very healthy,'' said Callahan, who noted that his company was successful with its last spec project in downtown Bellevue: the KeyCenter building, which opened in 2000, and is now close to 100 percent leased, he said.

Since Equity's announcement in December, three other developers have told the Journal they, too, now are prepared to begin construction next year of the following proposed office tower projects -- if necessary, without pre-lease commitments:

* The Bravern, a mixed-use complex just north of Meydenbauer Center that will include two office buildings -- 24 and 15 stories tall, each with retail space on the lower levels -- and a separate two-story retail building.

The project would offer 497,000 square feet of office space and 248,000 square feet of retail space.

The developer, Bellevue-based Schnitzer Northwest, could begin construction as early as March 1, project manager Tom Woodworth said. The project could be completed as soon as fall 2007.

When Schnitzer initially announced its plans for The Bravern in October, the developer said it intended to start construction next summer, with completion expected in fall 2008.

Woodworth confirmed earlier this month that his company is prepared to begin construction without pre-lease commitments, but added, ``I'm not sure we'll ever have to make that decision. We expect to be substantially leased by the time we commence construction. ... We're talking with major office users.''

* A third and final new office tower is planned at The Summit, an office complex on the southeast corner of Northeast Fourth Street and 108th Avenue Northeast.

The complex already includes the 13-story Puget Sound Energy Building, which opened in 2002, and an 11-story building that was finished in July.

The proposed 15-story, 311,000-square-foot Summit 108 Building (the project's working title) would replace the much smaller six-story Summit Ridge building, which was built in 1971.

Canadian developer Bentall Capital is prepared to begin construction of the new Summit 108 Building as early as this coming June, said Gary Carpenter, the executive vice president who heads Bentall's U.S. operations.

The new building could be ready for occupancy as soon as March 2008, he said.

``At the present time, we believe we will be going spec'' with the project, Carpenter said.

``Any additional office building other than your own is a concern,'' as a developer, Carpenter said. ``Fortunately, the (Bellevue office) market has the strength to absorb it.'' even if it must compete for tenants with several other new buildings, he said.

* The Hines Bellevue Office Tower, an 18-story, 400,000-square-foot office building that is set to start construction in June 2006.

The building, which will include 14,500 square feet of street-level retail space, could be completed as soon as October 2007, said Rob Hollister, a vice president with Houston-based Hines, who oversees the real estate development company's operations in the Pacific Northwest.

Hollister said his project has an advantage over the office building projects proposed by Equity, Schnitzer and Bentall, because the Hines Bellevue Office Tower will be built on the site of the partially started Tech Tower building, which was abandoned in 2001.

``Our hole's already done,'' Hollister said, referring to the unfinished parking garage that will now become part of the new Hines Bellevue Office Tower.

``We do not have a specific pre-leasing requirement'' in order to commence construction, Hollister said. ``We have the ability to go spec, but I don't think we'll need to.

``We'll be the next to market after Kemper,'' Hollister added confidently, referring to Freeman's Eddie Bauer Building, which will have 540,000 square feet of office space and will become part of a complex that also includes a three-level retail mall, a movie theater, condominiums, a Westin hotel, and a five-level underground parking garage.

Only two or three winners?

Several longtime Eastside office market observers have said the coming office development boom in downtown Bellevue will likely turn into a race that will produce only two, maybe three winners -- including the Eddie Bauer Building, which all agree will be most likely the first to open.

But Tom Bohman, an Eastside office broker with Cushman & Wakefield, who previously subscribed to the three-winner race scenario, said he now thinks the possibility exists that the office market could be strong enough to fill all five new office projects.

The reason for his change of mind, Bohman said, is a difference in office market conditions, compared with the last building boom, which occurred in the late 1990s.

With no new office buildings set to be ready for occupancy on the Eastside until at least the summer of 2007, available office space in downtown Bellevue will likely become even more difficult to find as the local economy continues to improve.

Colliers International, a commercial real estate brokerage, recently reported that the office vacancy rate in downtown Bellevue fell to 8.76 percent in the fourth quarter, down from 10.05 percent the previous quarter and nearly 30 percent in 2003.

Office vacancy rate down

The overall office vacancy rate for the Eastside now stands at 9.12 percent, down from 10.97 percent in the third quarter, according to Colliers.

Oscar Oliveira, an Eastside office broker with Colliers, said it's definitely plausible that the looming office development race in downtown Bellevue could result in as many as five winners, but warned that there might be some dark horse contenders entering the fray before all is said and done.

In any event, Bohman said, ``It's going to be an exciting time'' in downtown Bellevue this year. ``You'll see a lot of action.''
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The pse building is finally fenced off. Looks like that ugly ass building will be down or in the process before February. Bellevues about to get a lot taller.
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And boom. Demolition has begun.
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Just another tidbit on the Bravern project. . .

The Bravern
Brian A. Lee
http://westernrebusiness.com/articles/FEB06/cover1.html


Schnitzer Northwest will break ground
this summer on $400 million The Bravern
in Bellevue, Washington. The development
will feature two cutting-edge office towers
connected by 130,000 square feet of
signature retail and prime dining locations.


The Bravern, a $400 million mixed-use development, will break ground in Bellevue, Washington, this summer. Developer Schnitzer Northwest is mixing together market knowledge and extensive research with charming and functional office and retail designs to create what is being called the gateway to Bellevue.

Located at the interchange of Interstate 405 and NE 8th St., The Bravern will feature two Class A office buildings connected by an elaborate retail village. Innovative and comfortable office space will make it a place people want to work at while upscale retail and destination dining configured stylishly around an open-air plaza will attract consumers from day to night.

“The additional office space will enable Bellevue to become home to more businesses that are seeking an urban, work/live environment on the east side of Seattle,” says Tom Woodworth, senior investment director for Schnitzer Northwest, which was founded in 1997. “Not only will the project bring office and retail space, it will bring a distinction and personality to downtown Bellevue.”

The Bravern Office Commons will comprise a 13-floor building and a 23-floor building, totaling 745,000 square feet of modern space with a hospitality-inspired décor. Both structures will have their own “Great Room,” fireplace, meeting rooms, valet and concierge. A subterranean garage will accommodate 1,860 cars. And, of course, the estimated daytime population of 3,700 won't have to go far to find a bite to eat or run a shopping errand.

The Shops at The Bravern will consist of 130,000 square feet of signature retail — “unique shops that deviate from the mall atmosphere,” says Woodworth — and quality restaurant locations, including upscale brands and boutiques not yet found in Bellevue. The retail village will be accentuated with individualized storefronts and extensive landscaping. Visitors may take advantage of valet parking at The Bravern's grand arrival court; a 70-space surface parking lot is also available, making parking easy for shoppers and diners.

“Every detail of The Bravern was conceived and tested with customer input to determine what the consumer is looking for in an office and retail setting,” says Woodworth. “The Bravern presents a level of service that caters to the unmet needs of the east side audience.”

Schnitzer has a successful office model to go by — the 305,000-square-foot Class A Civica Office Commons, the company's other major Bellevue development that was sold in 2005. Seattle-based Callison Architecture Inc. provided the design work for The Bravern, which will open in fall 2008.
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Bellevue is kicking everyones ass. In washington. With the exception of Seattle. But really. Who expects bellevue to outdo seattle.
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Just found this site, looks like a great place to share info on all the new stuff going on.

Here are some more renderings of new projects in Bellevue that I have been gathering in case anyone is interested. Some of them are not that great, but they are the only ones I have been able to find:

4 Bellevue Center



City Center Plaza



Tech Tower (is this still called the "Tech Tower"?)



The Summit



Washington Square



This project I actually haven't been able to get much info on:
Avalon on the Square


Does anyone have any good info on this? I looks like it will be a cool project in a great location. About the only thing I can find out is that it will be about 350 apartments and there will be a Safeway below.

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Well, that last project, the avalon safeway, is under construction now.
I was just about to do a full listin of all upcoming projects so pardon me if i borrow a few pics.
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Yeah, I heard that it started, but I haven't been to downtown Bellevue for a while to check it out.
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Bellevue Construction and approved list 06'

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Is the Hanover BRE tower going to be condos?
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Seems like the focus of urban dense construction has shifted from Seattle to Bellevue.
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^It hasn't so much 'shifted' than 'spread', Seattle's developments are more urban oriented than Bellevue's.
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