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.

What’s Going On in Your City

What’s going on in your city?  Take a look at this month’s edition of the City of Bellevue’s Lake to Lake television show highlighting the following:

  • take a tour of the new KidsQuest Children’s Museum
  • update on an important milestone for East Link Light Rail
  • highlights of the city’s supportive employment project
  • the recent  Women in STEM career fair

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S. Bellevue Park & Ride Closure

Sound Transit light railThe south Bellevue Park-and-Ride will be closing  for East Link light rail construction. The site will be used to stage equipment and materials for construction of the light rail track, station and a new 1,500 stall parking garage. The Bellevue park & ride could close as early as January 2017 and will remain closed for up to five years, though Sound Transit and the contractor hope to explore opportunities to reopen the park & ride sooner if possible.

To serve commuters during this closure Sound Transit has opened several new park & ride locations and expanded other lots. Bus routes serving the new park-and-ride lots will connect with many of the same routes and destinations as those currently served at the South Bellevue Location.

No doubt this is going to be inconvenient, but the outcome  –  better and faster transit options for our region  –  will be worth the wait. Plan ahead to deal with the long term closures of both the South Bellevue and Overlake park & ride facilities. Sound Transit and King County Metro have partnered to help commuters find transportation options and earn rewards for taxi, Uber and Lyft discounts, Orca cards, transit vouchers and more.

Visit www.soundtransit.org/Rider-Guide/Parking/plan-ahead-2017-park-and-ride-closures for an interactive map showing the new park & ride locations. Learn about eligibility to earn perks and rewards at justonetrip.org (click on the “resources” tab)

 

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.

Privacy and Disclosure of Baby Cams

video signBaby cams, or nanny cams, are often used in homes to help parents keep track of their children while they’re in another part of the home, away from the house or even keep an eye on pets while at work. When listing your home for sale, what’s the protocol for disclosing that there is a baby cam or other surveillance device in your home?

There is generally an accepted expectation of privacy when visiting someone’s home, whether it be a friend, relative or while touring a home listed for sale. The best decision, as a seller, is to disclose that there is a surveillance device in the home and that buyers and their brokers could be recorded on a baby cam or other type of device. Privacy laws differ state-to-state, so to avoid any possible legal claims, its best to have a conversation with your listing broker before listing your home for sale about the best way to disclose the presence of any video device so that buyers and brokers entering the home are aware of the possibility they will be recorded.

2016 Strong for Condo Sellers

cropped-3618377863_2a84e5553e_o2.jpgWith only 24 resale condos listed for sale in downtown Bellevue (98004 zip code) there are very few choices for buyers ready to purchase.  (Add in the 39 developer owned units still available at Washington Square and the total is barely over 60 in the entire downtown marketplace.)

Inventory is at historic lows, prices are at or near record highs, multiple offers are the norm, high buyer demand continues and there’s no new condo construction in sight . . . this year may well be your best time to sell your home or investment property. Bellevue is continuing to grow, more companies are moving to the city than are leaving, the arts and social scene is thriving, some of the best shopping and dining north of San Francisco can be found in Bellevue and the schools are outstanding. The city has so much to offer for a variety of lifestyles and budgets. Condo prices start in the mid $300,000s (yes, there are affordable condos downtown) and can skyrocket to several million for a view penthouse. Don’t miss the opportunity to maximize your return on investment if you’re ready to make a change, find more space, move up to a view or reinvest in another rental property.