Parks, greenways, LED lights, light rail, green buildings - several exciting projects are getting underway throughout Bellevue. The City held a "Spring Forward" expo in the Spring of 2013 to summarize what these are. You will find a write up of these projects here.
Here are a few favorites:
This project will construct a new 12,000 square foot theater facility in Crossroads Community Park. The project is being developed in cooperation with the Bellevue Youth Theatre Foundation, who is raising $1 million in support of the new facility. The new theater will include a flexible black box theater that can be configured to accommodate between 110 and 150 seats. Support facilities include a box office, lobby, "green room," rehearsal space, storage and outdoor theater capabilities. The new theater will be located adjacent to the Crossroads Community Center, allowing the two facilities to share existing parking and programming opportunities. The new facility will be integrated into the park with a green roof providing a natural insulator, resulting in significant energy savings while limiting the impact of storm water runoff. The facility will be fully accessible and designed to meet the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification standards.
This continues an ongoing partnership with the Bellevue Botanical Society, who is completing a $5million capital campaign to support the growth of the gardens. The project is designed to meet the US Green Building Council - LEED standards.
The Downtown Livability initiative is a targeted review of specific regulations that guide downtown development and land use activity. The objectives of this work are to: better achieve the vision for downtown as a vibrant, mixed-use center; enhance the pedestrian environment; improve the area as a residential setting; enhance the identity and character of downtown neighborhoods; and incorporate elements from the Downtown Transportation Plan Update and the East Link design work currently underway
The 3.6-mile trail being studied would close a gap in the Greenway between Factoria Boulevard and Lakemont Boulevard. In 2013, the City will beginning the final design on the Greenway Trail between Factoria Blvd SE and 150 Ave SE. The design will follow the layout and recommendations made in the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trail Design Study which was completed in 2012
The existing 9-foot diameter Coal Creek Parkway Culvert is in poor condition and needs to be replaced. In order to reliably pass major storm flows and debris, and to provide fish passage and habitat, this project will replace the deteriorating corrugated metal culvert with a large open-bottom concrete box culvert. The 39-foot wide bridge will include a walkway along the south wall of the culvert for hikers in Coal Creek Park to safely cross under the Parkway. 16-inch and 20-inch fuel pipe lines, which currently sandwich the existing culvert, will need to be relocated to construct the new bridge. The pipe line relocation work will require close coordination, which includes several phases of construction over a two-year period. Another constraint on the schedule is a permit limitation that will only allow summer season work within Coal Creek