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December 5, 2023
In downtown Bellevue, construction is still several years off for Bosa Development's three planned 27-story condominium towers, now dubbed Main & Bellevue.
Amanat Architect of Vancouver, B.C., is again Bosa's architect, with a plan that hasn't yet entered design review.
Nor is demolition an imminent prospect at 102 Bellevue Way N.E., on a 3-acre corner site that will also need environmental remediation — after the state Department of Ecology approves a such a plan. (It was once home to a gas station and dry cleaner.) Eventually to be scraped are various old retail structures, now home to Starbucks, FedEx Office and other tenants.
Recent city filings from Amanat provide some new numbers and details for the project. It's likely to require future SEPA review, given its size — over 1 million square feet, including retail and underground parking.
Accordingly, Bosa intends a phased approach to the big project, which would also deliver the 455 condos gradually, instead of in one big glut. That would also allow some time for the market to absorb the 365 condos now selling at Avenue Bellevue, a few blocks to the north. And, Bosa has started the sales effort on its nearby Park Row condo project (with 143 units); that will certainly start before Main & Bellevue.
The latter's two phases, north and south, will be separated by an east-west connector with plazas leading from Bellevue Way to 105th Avenue Northeast, a de facto alley. Phase I, to the north, is to have one tower with 148 condos. About 6,000 square feet of retail/commercial space is planned for the podium, along with amenities.
To the east of that tower, on 105th, will be a large plaza. It'll also have a prominent garage entry structure, almost an amenity building, with sculptural elements. That also faces the connector, with its seating and public art elements. (All the project's open space, public and private, will total around 24,670 square feet.)
Phase II, to the south on Main, would add two more towers with 307 more condos. As with the north tower, there would be relatively few units per floor — mostly in a range from four to seven units of varying size. (Penthouses aren't yet detailed.) Early representative numbers include a two-bedroom with 1,085 square feet; and a one-bedroom with 800 square feet.
Many units would have balconies, and the podium levels also have lots of terraces for owners, among other amenities.
The two south towers would be offset slightly, to improve views. The neighbors to the east are the three new office towers of West Main, from Vulcan Real Estate.
The south podium would have about 16,000 square feet for restaurants, retail and commercial use. Three levels of underground parking for the entire complex, for owners and shoppers, would have 811 stalls.
Amanat carves away various facets at the podium levels, creating overhangs over some entryway. Over the southwest corner of the Phase II podium (at Main) the architect says, “a folded, angled roof form is proposed above the residential amenity lounge. High boutique retail spaces with signature glass treatment facades are proposed along Main Street to distinguish it from other retail spaces around this project.”
For all three towers, “Vertical aluminum fins in contrasting colors break the facade into different proportions.”
Bosa acquired the site two years ago for over $127 million. When all's said and done, several years from now, Bosa will have developed an entire block, with its prior One88 condos — also designed by Amanat — immediately north of Main & Bellevue.
Brian Miller can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (206) 219-6517.