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Old April 1st, 2008, 06:50 AM   #1
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BELLEVUE | Lincoln Square II | Two Towers, 31 and 42 Stories

So I was at Crate & Barrel today so I thought I'd go upstairs to check the Kemper office to see if there was any new info about their upcoming projects. I found this rendering of Lincoln Square II and took a picture with my really crappy camera phone. You can't tell from the pic but the office tower, the one on the right, is going to have a huge spire that looks as if its at least 50 feet tall. The tower itself is already 450 feet so with the spire this will be Bellevue's new tallest. There was also a site plan of LSII and the retail portion under the office tower said "Future department store", presumably the future site of Saks. With Safeway vacating their current store in about 3 months, I'm expecting to hear some formal announcements on Lincoln Square II soon. Kemper had said before that he wanted the retail portion to open in time for the 2010 holiday season so this project may start as early as this summer.

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Old April 1st, 2008, 04:09 PM   #2
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Exciting news! Keep us posted, please.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 05:47 PM   #3
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Maybe by then the city will up the height limit to 600.... well I can dream right? If we don't then soon we will have 5? towers at almost the same height, and then no wedding cake...
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Old April 1st, 2008, 08:41 PM   #4
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Makes me wonder after Lincoln II what high rises Kemper might be planning. Wonder what other properties he has in Bellevue and if any of them are where he can build tall. .....just a thought
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Old April 1st, 2008, 08:54 PM   #5
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April Fools ?
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Old April 1st, 2008, 10:23 PM   #6
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Yay, a spire!
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Old April 1st, 2008, 11:29 PM   #7
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Who owns the northwest corner of Bellevue Way and NE 8th St.? Tragically under utilized.
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 04:16 AM   #8
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Flat top skyline with a stick at the end?

I hope for the best!
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 05:42 AM   #9
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Yeah I don't like stick spires...I prefer ones that are more decorative and designed into the building, rather than an afterthought of just placing an antenna on the roof.
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Who owns the northwest corner of Bellevue Way and NE 8th St.? Tragically under utilized.
Not sure but I wouldn't be surprised if Kemper eventually bought that site to expand his empire. He still has to develop the rest of the Bellevue Place block along with the backside of the mall along 100th ave so it might be another decade or so.
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I found these renderings off the architect's (Sclater) website. The spire that I saw in the Kemper office is missing from these..





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Great find!

But really, it's just . . . Lincoln Square with more colors. *shrugs*
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BTW that 3rd pic doesn't really seem to go in anywhere with the first 2.
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BTW that 3rd pic doesn't really seem to go in anywhere with the first 2.
Its looking across the intersection of 4th and Bellevue Way excelt that blue glass is now white. Notice the skybridge toward the end of it.
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Yeah that's what I figured, but the tower at the corner looks way different, and the side of the structure along 4th looks way different. So one of them is probably an earlier rendering.
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 11:58 PM   #16
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Well, they're alright. I like the trees on the podium.
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 12:25 AM   #17
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Is one tower office and the other a condo/hotel tower like Lincoln Square?
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 01:20 AM   #18
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I like them. More unique then Lincon Square 1
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Is one tower office and the other a condo/hotel tower like Lincoln Square?
Yes. The tower along NE 4th is a 31 story office tower and the skinnier tower next to BAM is a 42 story hotel/condo. The hotel component is significantly smaller than Lincoln Square I, 120 rooms compared to 350+ at the Westin so I'm anticipating an upscale boutique operator.

I found this ad for the office space. Says it'll be available October 2010. You can sorta see the spire on the office tower in the picture.

http://www.officespace.com/osoweb/Bl...ick&NoFooter=1
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 05:18 PM   #20
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i hate the office portion
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