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Downtown Livability Initiative

Thank you to everyone who came to City Hall on March 9th and visited the Fortin Group display table during the Planning Commission Livability Stake Holder Open House. We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to visit with each of you and share our vision for our properties located in the NW Village district of Downtown Bellevue. Please CLICK HERE to view the information that was displayed on our table. FAR and Development Agreement information is located on our Downtown Livability FAQ page; the Shadow Study is available HERE and is also part our Master Plan page and document.

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For media inquiries, please contact Natalie Price with Allison+Partners.

September 7, 2017 | City of Bellevue
The City Council, back from the summer recess, took another extended look into the Downtown Livability Initiative. Tuesday evening’s meeting marked the fourth in a series of study session discussions on the project; the first comprehensive update t Read More
July 6, 2017 | Puget Sound Business Journal
The new 400 Lincoln Square office tower in Bellevue has another tenant, Bank of America. The bank has leased more than 76,000 square feet in the 31-story building and plans to move in in the second half of 2018, tower developer Kemper Development Read More
July 5, 2017 | Puget Sound Business Journal
Construction on the first phase of Elev8, a four-tower development in downtown Bellevue, is set to break ground this fall, the developer said Wednesday. Read More
July 5, 2017 | Puget Sound Business Journal
An affiliate of Paul Allen’s Vulcan Real Estate is the new owner of a downtown high-rise development property just west of the Bellevue Transit Center, according to public records. The affiliate, Bellevue Investors III LLC, paid just over $2 Read More
June 16, 2017 | Puget Sound Business Journal
Bellevue is an example of how to prep for growth and drive development. When the likes of the Wall Street Journal and New York Times regularly run stories about the robust Seattle-area economy, you know there’s been a paradigm shift. Read More
June 11, 2017 | Q13 Fox
The city has three new hotels opening in the summer of 2017. "The Mercer Slough is a wonderful place for people to take a kayak, we’ve got zip-lining at South Bellevue Park, and we’ve got waterfront access too... Within 15 minutes you can Read More
June 1, 2017 | Bellevue Reporter
Xevo, a leading data analystics company in the automotive and cruise industries, announced that it is moving its headquarters to Downtown Bellevue to accommodate the company’s rapid growth. Read More
May 12, 2017 | The Seattle Times
Bellevue is starting construction on Meydenbauer Bay Park on Lake Washington, a key part of what the city envisions as a grand pedestrian boulevard connecting the lake to downtown and the Eastside Rail Corridor. Read More
May 10, 2017 | Downtown Bellevue Network
Historic inventory lows and new condo projects in the works Read More
April 27, 2017 | GeekWire
Amazon is one of the most valuable companies in the world, and it is getting ready to open a new office in its original hometown of Bellevue, a surprise expansion outside of the Seattle urban core. Read More
April 21, 2017 | Seattle Times
After halting just about all construction during the recession and its aftermath, developers have built more than a dozen new apartment projects in downtown Bellevue over the past four years. And city leaders are preparing for a lot more growth downt Read More
April 11, 2017 | Puget Sound Business Journal
Chicago real estate mogul Sam Zell’s company has updated its plans to build two high-rises in downtown Bellevue. The Bellevue 600 project will occupy the half-block on the north side of the Bellevue Transit Center. Bellevue 600 will have a 4 Read More
April 10, 2017 | Puget Sound Business Journal
Amazon started in founder Jeff Bezos’ Bellevue garage 23 years ago. Today it has about 40,000 employees in Washington state, according to the company. Most of the employees work at the company’s Seattle headquarters. Rumors about Amazon o Read More
April 4, 2017 | Livability.com
Across Lake Washington from Seattle and French for “beautiful view” is Bellevue, which has appeared on the Best Places to Live list four consecutive years and features some of the best public schools in America (along with Bellevue College). A hi Read More
January 12, 2017 | The Washington Post
Amazon.com on Thursday announced plans to create more than 100,000 full-time jobs over the next 18 months, a massive hiring spree that suggests the e-commerce company expects a run of breakneck growth in its retailing operations and lucrative cloud c Read More
January 11, 2017 | Downtown Bellevue Network
After 30 years in downtown Bellevue, University Book Store has announced they will be closing their Bellevue location effective February 15, 2017. In a statement the company references the changing retail environment as a contributing factor to their Read More
January 10, 2017 | City of Bellevue
The City Council will soon have an open seat, after Councilmember Vandana Slatter announced plans to resign during Monday night’s extended study session. Slatter’s pending departure is due to an appointment by the King County Council to r Read More
January 1, 2017 | Seattle Times
One of the remarkable stories of 2016 was the continued growth of downtown Bellevue. While Seattle�s Amazon-fueled construction boom drew most of the attention, Bellevue experienced it�s own surge of new office and apartment buildings. Read More
November 30, 2016 | Seattle Times
As the local condominium market continues its comeback, Bellevue is getting its first condo project since the housing crash last decade. Vancouver, B.C.-based Bosa Development, which recently completed the Insignia condo tower in downtown Seattle, an Read More
November 22, 2016 | Puget Sound Business Journal
Carpenters are breaking out the hammers east of Interstate 405 in Bellevue to start building hundreds of homes in and around the 36-acre Spring District development. Construction started this week on a 279-unit apartment project in the district. Near Read More
November 15, 2016 | Seattle Times
The buildings have soared in value over the last 15 years but sold for a little less than they did just a year ago. Seattle-based Unico Properties has teamed up with an investor on a $193 million purchase of the Civica Commons office buildings in dow Read More
October 31, 2016 | Seattle Times
Maybe there are still some folks who think of Bellevue as the homogeneous, mainly white suburb that it once was. Well, here’s some news that should put that outdated image to rest once and for all. Bellevue has become a majority-minority city, accord Read More
October 28, 2016 | Puget Sound Business Journal
Fresh off of its $31.5 million property acquisition in the heart of downtown Bellevue on Thursday, Lakha Investments said it is planning a high-rise project for the site. Lakha is eyeing a development with a mix of uses for the property at the northw Read More
October 18, 2016 | Puget Sound Business Journal
Bosa Development has paid just over $35 million for a property in downtown Bellevue, according to a deed that King County recorded Monday. The site at 10605 N.E. Eighth St., is part of a larger property where the Rockefeller Group and Bellevue-based Read More
April 8, 2016 | Puget Sound Business Journal
It’s been only a year since a Hong Kong-based real estate development company started buying property by the downtown Bellevue post office, and it already has joined with established Puget Sound area firms to build a new condo tower and mid-ris Read More
April 5, 2016 | Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
Su Development wants to build a 23-story apartment tower and an adjacent seven-story building at 1021 112th Ave. N.E. in downtown Bellevue. Early design review documents show the complex would have a total of 258 units, two levels of retail and five Read More
March 31, 2016 | TripAdvisor
Shopaholics will love Bellevue’s recent influx of upscale shopping complexes. There are over 200 boutique stores and restaurants, multiple department stores and a 16-screen cinema among the skyscrapers and commercial businesses. Scenery-seekers will Read More
March 29, 2016 | Puget Sound Business Journal
Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) on Tuesday said it is moving its headquarters from Kent to Bellevue. The 77-year-old outdoor gear cooperative said it has signed a non-binding letter of intent to develop eight acres of land in the Spring District of Read More
March 18, 2016 | Puget Sound Business Journal
A recent notice in the city of Bellevue’s land-use bulletin spelled out early plans by Seattle developer Touchstone for a two-tower hotel and office project just north of the transit center. The 41-story hotel and 34-story office are planned to go up Read More
March 17, 2016 | Livability.com
While other cities were feeling the crunch of an economic downturn in 2008, Downtown Bellevue, Wash. was experiencing rapid growth and dynamic change. Read More
March 17, 2016 | Puget Sound Business Journal
It’s not anyone’s fault, really, but for as dynamic as South Lake Union is, the neighborhood can be a bore. Many of the new buildings look the same...the neighborhood suffers from two things. First, there’s a lack of open space. The Read More
March 16, 2016 | Puget Sound Business Journal
A Bellevue real estate company is the latest investor to stake a claim in a property near a future light rail station. PMF Investments on Tuesday paid $42.7 million for the Sheraton Bellevue Hotel, a large, highly visible property at 100 112th Ave. Read More
March 10, 2016 | SeattlePi
Phase one would include roughly 1,200 parking spaces as well as ground-level retail and outdoor open spaces, according to the design packet. Read More
March 7, 2016 | Seattle Times
The median price of single-family homes sold in King County hit a new all-time high last month — $514,975 — amid record-low inventory, heralding even more intense bidding wars ahead in the typically busy spring home-buying season. Read More
March 4, 2016 | Puget Sound Business Journal
It’s a game of tech musical chairs in Bellevue office complexes these days. According to Colliers, the office vacancy rate is more than 12 percent, or a staggering 50 percent higher than it was at the beginning of 2015. Colliers predicts the vacancy Read More
March 3, 2016 | Puget Sound Business Journal
Bellevue hasn’t seen anything like the massive four-tower project that a Chinese company is proposing. Plus Investment USA on Thursday said it has submitted designs to the city for Bellevue International Plaza, which is on the south side of No Read More
March 2, 2016 | Puget Sound Business Journal
Investment firm Stifel Nicolaus will move into 400 Lincoln Square, a 31-story office tower that’s under construction in downtown Bellevue. Stifel Nicolaus has signed a lease for 14,500 square feet of space on the 20th floor of 450-foot tall to Read More
March 1, 2016 | Livability.com
Separated from Seattle by Lake Washington, but just a 25-minute drive away, the city of Bellevue offers residents with a small-town vibe and a large assortment of entertainment options. Major media outlets have recognized Bellevue schools as being am Read More
January 28, 2016 | Puget Sound Business Journal
A California company plans to turn a four-story parking garage in downtown Bellevue into a 21-story apartment tower. Officials of the development company, KBS Realty Advisors of Newport Beach, were not immediately available to discuss the project at Read More
December 11, 2015 | Puget Sound Business Journal
A busy construction zone in downtown Bellevue will get busier when ground is broken for a 19-story apartment tower, perhaps as soon as next spring. A local real estate developer, CD Heritage, is planning the project on a half-acre, mid-block site at Read More
May 11, 2015 | Fortin Group / Bellevue Chamber of Commerce
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February 20, 2015 | Puget Sound Business Journal
Washington State Wine Awards names 15 champions from restaurant of the year to best hotel. "The winners of the Washington State Wine Awards perform a vital role in shaping Washington State as both a favored destination and a favored home for those wh Read More
January 12, 2015 | Seattle Times
Young professionals, many with families, are living in downtown Bellevue. The median age has dropped from 57 in 2000 to 34 today. And there are so many children that the Bellevue School Board voted recently to build an elementary school to serve down Read More
December 3, 2014 | Seattle Times
The budget commits $30 million to design and build part of Spring Boulevard, a new arterial that will connect downtown Bellevue to the Spring District project in the Bel-Red Corridor. Property taxes will rise; the owner of a $500,000 home would pay a Read More
September 3, 2014 | Seattle Times
J.C. Penney to leave Bellevue Square by November. Kemper Development plans to redesign space for smaller specialty stores. After 55 years in Bellevue Square, J.C. Penney is shutting its doors. Its last day of operation will be on or about Nov. 1. Read More
June 30, 2014 | Puget Sound Business Journal
Three-quarters of an acre next to Expedia’s headquarters in downtown Bellevue has sold for $13.5 million, according to a document filed Monday with King County. Records show that an affiliate of Goldsmith Land Investments sold the property at 3 Read More
June 13, 2014 | Puget Sound Business Journal
Schnitzer West’s plans for a 16-story tower in downtown Bellevue moved forward this week with the demolition of a pawn shop two blocks from the tower site. Seattle-based Schnitzer will build a new branch for Bank of America, which needs to move from Read More
June 11, 2014 | Puget Sound Business Journal
Trammell Crow Co. officials on Wednesday said they’ve started construction on the 19-story 929 Office Tower in downtown Bellevue. The 462,000-square-foot project at 929 108th Ave. N.E. is scheduled to open in December 2015. Read More
June 10, 2014 | Puget Sound Business Journal
Kemper Development will formally break ground Wednesday on the massive expansion of its Bellevue Collection. The timing is a case of under promising and over delivering. The 10:30 a.m. ceremony just south of the Bellevue Art Museum, 510 Bellevue Way Read More
April 1, 2014 | Seattle Business Magazine
Get ready for the new downtown Bellevue. The cool downtown Bellevue. The downtown Bellevue that doesn’t need to define itself as a subset of its across-the-lake big sister, Seattle. Read More
December 14, 2013 | Seattle Times
It’s better to measure growth by quality: Higher numbers of students completing high school and going on to college, venture capital, wages, Ph.D.s per capita, people moving out of poverty, etc. And, lowering your carbon footprint. Read More
October 15, 2013 | LIVABILITY.COM
Bellevue’s natural beauty is hard to miss. But this park-like city is about more than the Cascade Mountains and surrounding lakes. Nationally recognized schools and a host of arts and farm festivals feed mind and body, while the city’s ri Read More
October 7, 2013 | Bellevue Reporter
Bellevue Galleria, a 204,000-square-foot shopping and office complex, just west of the downtown transit center, sold on Friday for $87.6 million... Read More
August 16, 2013 | Bellevue Reporter
Kemper Development has submitted design plans for the expansion of Bellevue Square’s Southeast corner. If approved, the mixed-use project will include a three-story retail podium, three residential towers 17 stories in height and five levels of Read More
August 2, 2013 | Seattle Times
QFC plans a $7.2 million remodel and expansion of the store near its Bellevue headquarters. Read More
July 10, 2013 | Overlake Medical Center Healthy Outlook
A dedicated supporter of Overlake, Brittany Barker is passionate about giving back. Read More
July 7, 2013 | Q13 Fox News Seattle
Right now, there are 11 major projects in the planning phase, five in the pipeline, and four already under construction, such as a 21-story apartment complex on 106th Avenue Northeast. Read More
June 7, 2013 | Puget Sound Business Journal
Commercial real estate company Trammell Crow has a contract to buy a downtown Bellevue property where it’s planning a 19-story office project. Read More
June 6, 2013 | Bellevue Chamber of Commerce
Our 2013 Best of the Eastside Top Corporate Citizens are the perfect reflection of why the Eastside is one of the top places in the country to live and launch your business. We are fortunate to have these terrific companies located on the Eastside. T Read More
May 20, 2013 | Seattle Times
Kemper Development wants to build 2 million square feet of additional retail, office, hotel and residential space covering more than a block of prime real estate at Northeast Fourth Street and Bellevue Way Northeast. Read More
April 15, 2013 | City of Bellevue
Join City of Bellevue staff for guided walking tours as part of the ongoing Downtown Livability Initiative. Staff will be seeking input as the Land Use Code for Downtown is updated. The tours will explore the evolution of Downtown as a place for jobs Read More
April 2, 2013 | Seattle Times
During the Sarkozy years, Bellevue went through a spectacular growth spurt as firms like Microsoft, Expedia and Symetra Financial took marquee spots in skyscrapers and The Bravern and Lincoln Square changed the retail landscape. Read More
March 19, 2013 | Puget Sound Business Journal
It was a night of records and firsts for this particular gala: the $1.1 million raised for the 53-year-old event was the most the Ball has taken in since 2006... Read More
February 5, 2013 | City of Bellevue
The City of Bellevue is undergoing a Downtown Livability initiative which is a targeted review of specific regulations that guide downtown development and land use activity. Learn more here Read More
January 29, 2013 | Bellevue Reporter
A new lease at the One Bellevue Center building in downtown Bellevue, will double eBay’s current office space in Read More
January 8, 2013 | Puget Sound Business Journal
Rockefeller Group, SRO announce mega project for downtown Bellevue Read More
January 4, 2013 | Puget Sound Business Journal
Puget Sound Business Journal-Jan 4, 2013 Pedestrians navigate busy traffic and long city blocks in downtown Bellevue at Northeast Fourth Street and 105th Avenue Northeast. Read More