Bellevue 600

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Bellevue 600
Bellevue TC and Bellevue Corporate Center.jpg
The proposed site of Bellevue 600, as seen from the northeast
General information
StatusUnder construction
TypeOffice and retail
Location600 108th Avenue Northeast
Bellevue, Washington, U.S.
Coordinates47°36′57″N 122°11′42″W / 47.61583°N 122.19500°W / 47.61583; -122.19500Coordinates: 47°36′57″N 122°11′42″W / 47.61583°N 122.19500°W / 47.61583; -122.19500
Construction startedMarch 2021
Estimated completion2024
OwnerAmazon
Height
Architectural600 ft (180 m)
Technical details
Floor count43
Floor area1,036,000 square feet (96,200 m2)
Design and construction
Architecture firmNBBJ
DeveloperAmazon
Structural engineerMagnusson Klemencic Associates
Main contractorSellen Construction
Other information
Parking1,175 spaces

Bellevue 600 is a future high-rise office building developed by Amazon in Bellevue, Washington, United States. It began construction in 2021 and is scheduled to be completed in 2024. The 43-story, 600-foot-tall (180 m) building would join 555 Tower as the tallest building in Bellevue. The project is located in Downtown Bellevue at the intersection of Northeast 6th Street and 110th Avenue Northeast, adjacent to the Bellevue Transit Center and a future Link light rail station. A second phase would construct a 27-story tower to the west, replacing an existing office building.

History[edit]

Bellevue 600 is planned to be located on a block bound to the south by Northeast 6th Street, to the west by 108th Avenue Northeast, and to the east by 110th Avenue Northeast. The Bellevue Corporate Center, a 10-story office building on the southwest corner of the block, was built in 1980 to serve as the regional office of Honeywell.[1][2] A three-story parking garage with 650 stalls was built on the southeast corner of the block and was later joined by a customer service center for the Bellevue Transit Center that opened in 2006.[1][3] The north half of the block is occupied by a church and a surface parking lot, both of which were sold in 2014 and 2015 to a developer planning a three-tower residential complex.[4][5]

In February 2016, Seattle developer Touchstone and Chicago developer Equity Group Investments applied for permits to build a 34-story office building and 41-story hotel with 500 rooms on the south half of the block, which would retain the Bellevue Corporate Center.[6] The master development plan for the project, named "Bellevue 600", was approved by the city government in April 2017 with minor conditions, but Touchstone and Equity did not plan to begin construction.[1] The approved design included a shared podium between the two towers, an underground parking garage with 1,960 stalls, and a pedestrian bridge connecting to a future development on the north side of the block.[1][7]

Equity Commonwealth, a sister company to Equity Group, retained ownership of the Bellevue Corporate Center and the full 3.5-acre (1.4 ha) property and renovated the building in 2016. The property and project rights were sold to Amazon in April 2019 for $194.9 million through a shell corporation named Acorn Development.[8][9] A revised design plan from NBBJ for a 43-story office building was filed for permitting in July 2019, taking advantage of a city zoning change in 2017 that allows buildings with heights of up to 600 feet (180 m).[10] Amazon announced that it plans to begin construction in 2021 and open the building by 2024 as part of a major expansion into Bellevue with 15,000 total employees in the city.[11][12] The Bellevue city government granted planning approval for the first phase of the Bellevue 600 project in January 2021.[13] Construction began in March 2021 with demolition of the parking garage on the site.[14][15]

Design[edit]

The 43-story, 600-foot-tall (180 m) tower would be the tallest building in Bellevue and the tallest to be built by Amazon, surpassing its Seattle campus.[10] It is planned to include 885,000 square feet (82,200 m2) of office space, 121,000 square feet (11,200 m2) of office amenities, and 14,000 square feet (1,300 m2) of retail space, including a potential daycare. The complex would have an underground parking garage with 1,175 stalls that would be shared with a potential 33-story, 430-foot (130 m) tower on the southwest corner of the block.[16][17] A four-story, 16,000-square-foot (1,500 m2) meeting center and public plaza would be located at the southeast corner of the block, facing the Bellevue Downtown light rail station.[11][16] It is designed by Seattle-based NBBJ and is planned to be built by Sellen Construction; both companies previously worked with Amazon on their Seattle campus.[11]

A second tower on the southwest corner of the block, replacing the Bellevue Corporate Center, is also planned as part of the Bellevue 600 project.[11] It was initially proposed as a 33-story, 571-foot (174 m) office building, but was later reduced to 27 stories and 392 feet (119 m).[13] The second tower will have 554,000 square feet (51,500 m2) of office space and 8,000 square feet (740 m2) of retail and exhibition space on the ground floor.[18][19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Miller, Brian (April 10, 2017). "Touchstone gets MDP approval for 600 Bellevue project". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  2. ^ Varney, Val (May 2, 1979). "Honeywell to make regional home here". The Seattle Times. p. H8.
  3. ^ "Around the Eastside: Police substation to open Monday". The Seattle Times. June 23, 2006. p. B3.
  4. ^ Stiles, Marc (March 10, 2015). "Chinese group lays out early plans for big downtown Bellevue property". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  5. ^ Miller, Brian (March 22, 2018). "Plus sells majority stake in Elev8 to Stanford Hotels for $128M". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  6. ^ "Touchstone eyes big project with two towers in Bellevue". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. February 26, 2016. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  7. ^ Stiles, Marc (April 10, 2017). "Bellevue approves Sam Zell's plan for two new downtown towers". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  8. ^ Rosenberg, Mike; Romano, Benjamin (April 24, 2019). "Amazon grabs large downtown Bellevue property next to transit hub". The Seattle Times. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  9. ^ Stiles, Marc (January 4, 2019). "Source: Amazon 'most likely' buyer of prime downtown Bellevue property". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  10. ^ a b Romano, Benjamin (July 2, 2019). "Amazon plans its tallest tower, marking growing presence in Bellevue". The Seattle Times. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  11. ^ a b c d Stiles, Marc (January 29, 2020). "First look: Amazon's Bellevue 600 skyscrapers designed to be gateway". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  12. ^ Romano, Benjamin (February 6, 2020). "Amazon plans for 15,000 employees in Bellevue". The Seattle Times. p. A1. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  13. ^ a b Miller, Brian (January 11, 2021). "Amazon gets the OK for first Bellevue 600 office tower". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved February 23, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ Craigehad, Callie (March 31, 2021). "Construction on Amazon's Bellevue 600 office building begins as company expands presence on Eastside". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved April 1, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ Miller, Brian (March 30, 2021). "Work begins on Amazon's first Bellevue 600 tower". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved April 1, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ a b Miller, Brian (February 7, 2020). "More details emerge for 2-tower Amazon development in Bellevue". Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  17. ^ Stewart, Ashley (July 8, 2019). "Details about Amazon's Bellevue 600 project revealed in public records". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  18. ^ Stiles, Marc (September 11, 2020). "Documents reveal early details of Amazon's Bellevue 600 second tower". Puget Sound Business Journal. Retrieved February 23, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ "Amazon's new tower for the Bellevue skyline". Amazon. April 2, 2021. Retrieved April 2, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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