New City of Bellevue Website

City of BEllevue logoI visit the City of Bellevue website frequently. Its a great resource for finding out what’s going on in the city. The City recently launched its new website (https://bellevuewa.gov/). Its more interactive, easier to navigate and mobile friendly. The new site makes it easy to search for just about anything you need to know about Bellevue:

  • demographic information
  • events and news releases
  • parks & recreation
  • traffic
  • jobs
  • doing business in Bellevue
  • public safety
  • resident resources
  • city government  – City Council meeting schedules, agendas and information
  • emergency/extreme weather information
  • MyBellevue customer service app for reporting issues and requesting service/repairs

    The website is translated into the five top languages spoken in Bellevue and there’s real time information about emergency and severe weather issues. Take a look at the new site. A few bugs are still being worked out  –  the City would love to have your input.

Amazon Expanding to Bellevue

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Centre 425 (NBBJ) rendering by Neoscape

After a 20 year absence, Amazon is returning to its Eastside roots as it prepares to occupy the recently completed Centre 425 office building in downtown Bellevue. Amazon employees are scheduled to move into the 354,000 SF space this summer. The initial plan is to move about 1,000 people into the new office with the potential for growth in the future.

Amazon currently employs 40,000 people in Washington State with many working in several buildings in Seattle’s South Lake Union and Denny Triangle neighborhoods. As the company continues to grow, it is anticipated the move to Centre 425 won’t be the last Eastside location for Amazon.

Centre 425, located at the corner of NE 4th Street and 106th Avenue NE, will once again be home to a Bank of America branch. B of A originally occupied the street level retail space in the former building and moved to temporary quarters during construction.

Bellevue Picked for White House Smart Cities Project

The City of Bellevue is one of several cities selected to work with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Global City Teams Challenge as a lead city in Smart City design in the US. The White House announced in September that Bellevue had been selected to work with NIST, its collaborators and other community and technology partners to develop a pilot Smart City dashboard, a citywide digital platform that would better connect its systems, departments, employees and residents. The dashboard would allow for making better use of existing data and gathering new data for future planning and provide the city with greater effectiveness and efficiency in operating individual departments and communicating across departments (integrating smart lighting, parking, water and other systems). The Smart City program would eventually be available to all cities allowing them to replicate the online tool for improved service delivery.

Bellevue also received one of our Replicable Smart City Technologies grants from NIST that enables 11 cities and communities to work together on innovative smart city solutions.

As Bellevue continues to grow citywide systems and services must continue to improve to meet the needs and demands of a growing population. Bellevue is committed to becoming a leader in Smart City design and implementation in its effort to enhance the daily lives of its residents, businesses, employees and visitors.

Other lead cities in the White House Smart Cities program include Atlanta, GA, Columbus OH, Kansas City, KS, Kansas City, MO, Newport News, VA and Portland OR. For more information on the Smart Cities project visit the City of Bellevue website at www.ci.bellevue.wa.us.

 

Amazon and Downtown Bellevue

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Rumors have been circulating for weeks about Amazon’s search for office space in downtown Bellevue. The Puget Sound Business Journal reported today that Amazon is leasing Centre 425, the 16 story office building under construction at NE 4th Street and 106th Avenue NE.

Amazon was started 22 years ago in founder Jeff Bezos’ Bellevue garage. Looks like Amazon will come full circle and return to its roots.

Fight Homelessness One Tackle at a Time

As Realtors® we do more than just assist clients in buying and selling homes. Many of us, at the local, state and national level, are involved in supporting non-profit organizations that provide services and support to families and children in need. Windermere has recently partnered with the Seattle Seahawks as the official real estate company of the Seahawks. More important . . . this partnership will enable us to do even more for our communities through our new #tacklehomelessness campaign. For every home game tackle the Seahawks make, Windermere is donating $100 to YouthCare, a non-profit organization that provides services and support to homeless youth.

Its going to be a great season, for so many reasons. Just in case you need a little help getting ready for the coming season, click the link below. GO HAWKS!

Windermere & Seahawks

Bellevue Ben & Jerry’s

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Image courtesy of Flickr    Thomas Hawk

The long awaited Ben & Jerry’s shop is open at Bellevue Square in the former Baskin-Robbins space. The shop will be dishing up ice cream and non-dairy treats offered by the scoop (or two) and by the pint for take-home enjoyment.

Don’t wait for the next 80 degree day (and undoubtedly long lines) to visit and welcome Ben & Jerry’s to Bellevue.

New Downtown Bellevue Post Office

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Courtesy of Flickr/Bart Maguire

The new downtown Bellevue post office won’t be in downtown Bellevue.

Replacement of the existing tired and outdated Bellevue post office is long overdue. While several potential downtown locations were mentioned in recent years, the site selected for the new “downtown” Bellevue post office will be east of I-405. Interior renovation is nearly complete on an existing building located at the southwest corner of Bel-Red Road and 124th Avenue NE. Though a bit of an eyesore, I’m definitely going to miss the convenience of having a post office within the central business district.