Seattle, WA, USA
As one of five designated metropolitan centers under the central Puget Sound region’s growth strategy, Vision 2040, Bellevue is working to use its urban land efficiently, and to integrate land use and transportation planning consistent with the regional vision. In this light, the City developed the Bel-Red Plan through a broad-based community involvement process.
The plan addresses the departure of many large employers that have been moving out of Bellevue’s light industrial district. While employment in Bellevue as a whole increased by 18 percent, it dropped in the Bel-Red Corridor by 6 percent between 1995 and 2003. In late 2005, the city began working with businesses and residents to determine future land uses in the corridor, as well as the area's role in the city's overall growth and economic development. A long-term plan through 2030 for the future of the Bel-Red corridor area was developed which included bringing a light-rail line through the corridor and into Redmond. This rail line has spurred a change in the area’s land-use patterns due to the new transportation capacity.
The city signed an agreement with real estate developer Wright Runstad, to develop new concepts. Wright Runstad turned to NBBJ to master plan a mixed use development, Spring District, on 36 acres. The plan includes up to 3 million square feet of office space, and will incorporate a future light rail station at its center. In addition, the site will incorporate sustainable strategies such as above grade storm water treatment, water storage and re-use, green roofs and an extensive pedestrian network to encourage transit use.
The Spring District sets out to be the catalyst for sustainable neighborhood development with animated, narrow, pedestrian friendly streets and a network of parks will connect all facets of the neighborhood. Other design elements include faceted curtain wall features to reflect and refract sunlight saving energy costs, rain gardens to infiltrate storm water runoff, stack ventilation, reduced AC/low mechanical system requirements, and highly energy efficient LED lighting to reduce electrical consumption.
Phase One construction is slated to begin as early as Spring 2013.
Seattle Times, "Developers Plant Seeds for Spring District growth in Bellevue,” June 13, 2012