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Old March 12th, 2015, 02:42 AM   #121
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I can see the logic in having this particular graduate school set amidst the largest concentration of tech firms in the state, although I too think being set in the University District might help jumpstart more quality development.
Makes more sense to be near Amazon with its start up culture than near well-established behemoths past their prime. I root for Microsoft but they aren't really celebrated for their innovation these days, though they've gone through a small turnaround in that department as of late.
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I'd bet a huge sum of money that behind closed doors they give zero ****s about protests to the upzone. UW owns that neighborhood and NIMBYs aren't going to get in their way.
Let's hope...I have to educate people every damn day in the U District.
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Old March 13th, 2015, 04:22 AM   #123
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Here in California the University isn't subject to city zoning laws, plus it can eminent domain anything it wants to. Does anyone know if the same applies to UW?
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Makes more sense to be near Amazon with its start up culture than near well-established behemoths past their prime. I root for Microsoft but they aren't really celebrated for their innovation these days, though they've gone through a small turnaround in that department as of late.
Maybe if Amazon put time and money into collaboration with leading tech universities like UW, UW would be more inclined to put collaborative projects near them.
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Old March 24th, 2015, 05:57 AM   #125
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March 23, 2015

Security Properties wants to start Spring District housing next month
By NAT LEVY
Journal Staff Reporter

Security Properties is on track to start construction of the first housing project in the 36-acre Spring District in Bellevue within a month.

The developer is awaiting permits to build an underground parking garage that will be shared by five apartment buildings. Once that is done, Security Properties will start two apartment buildings.

The five buildings Security Properties is planning will range from three to nine stories and have a total of 305 units.

Michael Nanney of Security Properties said they will be built in phases and open one at a time, over about two years.

The developer is calling the five-building complex “sparc” because it will be the spark that sets off the Spring District. Sparc is also the name of an early microprocessor made by Sun Microsystems in the 1980s.

The team is the same for all five buildings. GGLO is the architect, and Walsh Construction Co. is the general contractor. Other members are Triad Associates, Bumgardner and Cary Kopczynski & Co.

Wright Runstad & Co. and Shorenstein Properties are developing the Spring District.

Security Properties could double down on the Spring District. It has an option to buy an 84,000-square-foot parcel east of sparc, and Security Properties estimates it could build up to 250 units on that site. The developer will set up a pre-application meeting with the city of Bellevue in a few weeks to begin planning that project.

Sparc will have 13,000 square feet of retail in one building. The space has been leased, but Security Properties did not name the tenant.

The sparc site is on the southwest corner of the Spring District, about 35 feet above the intersection of 120th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 12th Street. That elevation means every unit will have views of downtown Bellevue and Mount Rainier.

Nanney said at one of the first project meetings with the city in Bellevue City Hall, the team spotted the Safeway distribution center, which used to be on the site. Nanney said that was an “epiphany moment” when the team realized all the apartments would have great views.

There will be a hillclimb from the intersection to the apartment buildings. Staircases will have several levels of plazas leading to the main public plaza and apartment buildings. There will be a bike runnel on one side of the staircase, which allows people to push bikes up the steps. The other side will have stormwater filtration.

Apartments will be built on only about half of Security Properties' site. The rest will be open space, and construction is underway on a two-acre park in the district.

“It's going to be very inviting to come out of your unit and spend time on the site itself and meet people,” Nanney said.

There will also be a gym, rooftop lounge with a demonstration kitchen, resident WiFi cafe, and a bike club and repair center.

Security Properties' John Marasco said potential tenants could include tech employees — working at or near Microsoft — and medical employees working at Overlake Hospital Medical Center.

Security Properties has already done one project that targets medical professionals: [email protected]11th in the University District. The first units there are expected to open in May, and the complex is designed partially for employees of Seattle Children's and University of Washington School of Medicine. While planning that project, Security Properties asked employees what they wanted. That feedback lead Security Properties to add some three-bedroom units in the Spring District as well as more two-bedroom units and larger units in general.

Marasco has been tracking the Spring District for some time. He said he worked on an Urban Land Institute task force focused on the Bel-Red area, before zoning in the neighborhood was finalized.

Marasco said the neighborhood plan and the chance to work with Wright Runstad and Shorenstein Properties was what interested his firm.

“I liked it because it was a neighborhood being master planned very close to (downtown), that was going to include access to the light rail system, and that access is very limited on the Eastside.”

The $2.3 billion Spring District could have up to 5.3 million square feet of offices, retail, housing and parks.

Wright Runstad's first phase will be two office buildings totaling 491,120 square feet. NBBJ is designing the office buildings, and Howard S. Wright Cos. is the general contractor.
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Old May 7th, 2015, 05:51 PM   #126
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A brewery planned?

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June 10, 2015

Spring District apartments starting
By JOURNAL STAFF

Security Properties broke ground this week on its first two apartment buildings in the 36-acre Spring District in Bellevue.

They will have a total of 79 units, and should open late next year or in early 2017.

Security Properties is planning five buildings in all, with a total of 309 units and 305 parking spaces.

They will range from three to nine stories and be built in phases, with units opening over about two years. This image shows the largest building: a nine-story, 100-unit structure due to open in mid 2017.

The developer calls the five-building complex Sparc, and says it will be the spark that sets off the Spring District. Sparc is also the name of an early microprocessor made by Sun Microsystems in the 1980s.

Sparc will have about 14,000 square feet of retail. The space has been leased, Security Properties said, but it did not name the tenant.

Security Properties has an option to buy an 84,000-square-foot parcel in the Spring District east of Sparc where it could build another 250 units.

Sparc will occupy about half of Security Properties' land and the rest will be open space.

Construction also is underway on a two-acre park in the district.

John Marasco of Security Properties said in a press release, “While the architecture is edgy and urban, spectacular mountain and lake views and significant open spaces will help people build community and enjoy the outdoors.”

Amenities in Sparc will include a gym; rooftop lounge with a demonstration kitchen, outdoor deck and putting green; a WiFi cafe for residents; and a bike club and repair center.

There will be a hillclimb linking the apartments to the intersection of 120th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 12th Street. Stairways will have several plazas leading to the main public plaza and the apartments. A bike runnel on one side of the stairway will allow people to push bikes up the steps. The other side of the steps will have stormwater filtration.

USAA Real Estate Co. is Security Properties' equity partner. This project is Security Properties' first with USAA and its first on the Eastside.

The team is the same for all five buildings. GGLO is the architect, and Walsh Construction Co. is the general contractor. Other members are Triad Associates, Bumgardner, Cary Kopczynski & Co., Madrona Ridge Residential and Urban Relations.

Wright Runstad & Co. and Shorenstein Properties are developing the Spring District. The $2.3 billion neighborhood will be built around a future Sound Transit light rail station and could have up to 5.3 million square feet of offices, retail, housing and parks.
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Old June 11th, 2015, 08:03 AM   #128
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June 10, 2015

Spring District apartments starting
By JOURNAL STAFF

Security Properties broke ground this week on its first two apartment buildings in the 36-acre Spring District in Bellevue.

They will have a total of 79 units, and should open late next year or in early 2017.
Though the building is puny, ancient Chinese cliché wisdom says that a journey of ten thousand miles begins with a single step. Which is what this apartment hopefully is.

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Old June 19th, 2015, 01:08 AM   #129
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Big news for the Spring District.

http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/b...w.html?ana=twt
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Old June 19th, 2015, 01:11 AM   #130
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Having a stop along the future light-rail line that will run from near Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond to Seattle was important in the siting decision, Smith added. In Seattle, riders will be able to transfer to trains that will run to the UW.
They won't have to transfer.
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Old June 19th, 2015, 01:13 AM   #131
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They won't have to transfer.
They would have to transfer at the ID station to get on the Central Link to UW.
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Old June 19th, 2015, 01:15 AM   #132
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No they won't. East Link will run from Northgate via UW and downtown Seattle to eventually Redmond. It's interlined with Central Link.

If they want to go Spring District to Seatac Airport, then yes, theż transfer at ID.
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Old June 19th, 2015, 01:19 AM   #133
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No they won't. East Link will run from Northgate via UW and downtown Seattle to eventually Redmond. It's interlined with Central Link.

If they want to go Spring District to Seatac Airport, then yes, theż transfer at ID.
Oh I didn't know that. I just assumed it started and terminated at the ID station. Thanks for pointing that out.
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They would have to transfer at the ID station to get on the Central Link to UW.
Wrong
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Old June 19th, 2015, 03:47 AM   #135
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No they won't. East Link will run from Northgate via UW and downtown Seattle to eventually Redmond. It's interlined with Central Link.

If they want to go Spring District to Seatac Airport, then yes, theż transfer at ID.
I believe rush hour trains were originally going to run all the way to Lynnwood and non-rush hour trains to Northgate, but now all trains are going to run all the way to Lynnwood. At least that's my understanding of the current plans.
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Old June 19th, 2015, 04:45 AM   #136
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Spring district web site (w/ construction cam): http://www.thespringdistrict.com/

I guess that was linked before (on page 3) but some new updates on it.

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I really wish these buildings were at least twice if not 3x taller!
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Old June 19th, 2015, 08:43 AM   #138
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Yeah it was fairly short-sighted of them to assume an area thats basically equidistant*
from the microsoft campus and bellevue downtown could be such low density.

I wanted to think of Spring like the "Mercer Island" of Eastside neighborhoods, but its becoming less a reality.

*Commuting-wise
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Old July 9th, 2015, 01:35 AM   #139
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I drove by the Spring District site this morning and the crane has already been lifted.

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Phase II residential was in the permit bulletin last week for anyone who wants to read the PDF. Nothing life-changing there, good to see more phases get in motion.

3 buildings: one 9-story and two 6-story.
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