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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Council Roundup: Draft plan for Meydenbauer Park done

Also,  new road projects approved, park planned for Eastgate, study of Eastgate office corridor launched and two parcels acquired for open space

Meydenbauer BayA draft master plan for the new waterfront park to be developed on Meydenbauer Bay was presented to the Bellevue City Council Monday.

Using waterfront properties acquired over the years, the city plans to create a new 10-acre park featuring almost a quarter mile of shoreline between Meydenbauer Beach Park and the Bellevue Marina at Meydenbauer Bay.

The Meydenbauer Bay Park and Land Use Plan also includes proposed zoning changes to encourage new and improved walkways and plazas connecting the new park with downtown.

A council-appointed steering committee guided the drafting of the plan, and its recommendations are going with the plan to the Parks & Community Services Board. After the Parks Board reviews the plan and adds its recommendations, the plan is expected to go to the City Council for review and adoption this spring. 

An approved master plan will allow the city to pursue outside funding and complete detailed design of individual phases. No construction funding or construction schedule has been identified.
 
Feedback: Robin Cole, Parks & Community Services Department, 425- 452-6195 or Rcole@bellevuewa.gov, or Mike Bergstrom, Planning & Community Development Project Manager, 425- 452-6866 or Mbergstrom@bellevuewa.gov

New road projects approved
Council members created three new, high-priority transportation projects designed to accommodate future growth in the downtown, Wilburton and Bel-Red areas.

Together, the three projects are known as Wilburton Connections, named for the area east of Interstate 405 where they are located.

To provide information, answer questions and hear what the public thinks of the projects, an open house is planned from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 2, on the first-floor concourse of City Hall.  

The council allocated $13.2 million to help pay for the projects. The money comes through fund transfers and from acceptance of a $2.6 million federal grant. The three projects are:

  • 120th Avenue Northeast Widening, from Northeast Fourth to Northeast Eighth Street ($8.6 million);
  • Northeast Fourth Street Extension, from 116th to 120th Avenue Northeast ($3.6 million); and
  • Northeast Sixth Street Extension, from I-405 to 120th Avenue Northeast ($1 million for pre-design work only).

The projects currently are in various stages of design, with construction of the first improvement, 120th Avenue Northeast, not scheduled to begin until 2011.

Feedback: Tresa Berg, Transportation Public Involvement Manager, 425-452-4638 or tberg@bellevuewa.gov

New park planned for Eastgate
Following a 20-month planning process, the Parks & Community Services Board has recommended approval of a master plan for a new, 27-acre park in the Eastgate business district, possibly to be called "Bellevue Airfield Park."

The new park, at 2997 160th Ave. SE, would feature: lighted, synthetic-turf areas for two soccer/lacrosse fields and three Little League fields; accessible picnic facilities and parking; two children's play areas; and restrooms.

To respond to the community's desire for more and better off-leash areas, the Parks Board  recommends some of the funding for the Eastgate Park be dedicated to the expansion of the off-leash area now at Robinswood Park to at least five acres.

When environmental review is completed, the council will consider the park master plan, along with a name for the park, for adoption. 

Feedback: Glenn Kost, Parks Planning Manager, 425-452-5258, gkost@bellevuewa.gov

Review of Eastgate/I-90 corridor launched
Council members approved conducting a land use and transportation study of the Eastgate commercial area along Interstate 90, home to numerous office buildings and other businesses that account for about 18 percent of Bellevue's jobs.
 
The study will help guide the area's development, including improvements to the road system. Slated for completion in the first half of 2011, plans call for extensive public involvement over the coming months.

The main study area focuses on the commercial office and retail properties lining I-90, generally bounded by I-405 to the west, 161st Avenue Southeast to the east, Southeast 26h Street to the north and Southeast 38th Street to the south. Eastgate Corridor Study

Feedback: Mike Bergstrom, Planning and Community Development Project Manager, 425-452-6866 and  mbergstrom@bellevuewa.gov; or Franz Loewenherz, Transportation Project Manager, 425-452-4077 or floewenherz@bellevuewa.gov

Two parcels acquired for open space
The council approved the acquisition of two parcels of land for preservation as open space.

One parcel – seven acres located between city-owned open spaces at Richards Valley and Kelsey Creek – provides excellent habitat and water quality benefits and features views of heavily forested hillsides. 

The second parcel, in the Newport Hills area, is approximately 4.79 acres and features a natural area along Southeast 60th Street. The property is next to land owned by the Bellevue School District (the site of the former Eastside Catholic High School).

Together, the properties cost $3.3 million, with funding coming from the King County Conservation Futures Fund, the 2007 King County Parks Levy and the 2008 Bellevue Parks & Natural Areas Levy. 

Feedback: Lorrie Peterson, Parks Property Manager, 425-456-4355 or lpeterson@bellevuewa.gov

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