Cloudvue project clears SEPA hurdle in Bellevue
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Cloudvue project clears SEPA hurdle in Bellevue

July 2, 2021

In this perspective, looking south across Eighth, there’s a public plaza between the three towers — seen here in more of a massing study than a final design.

Real Estate Editor

One of the biggest but slowest development plans in downtown Bellevue is currently proceeding under the moniker of Cloudvue. The 4.6-acre property is most identified with the old First Congregational Church, at 10855 N.E. Eighth St. Most of the site is now parking. It’s immediately north of Amazon’s Bellevue 600 towers, and steps from Bellevue Downtown station, where light rail service will begin in 2023.

The city recently issued a SEPA determination of non-significance for Cloudvue’s proposed trio of high-rise towers. The appeal period ends July 15. The planning and land assembly date back to 2014, under different ownership.

Stanford Hotels of San Francisco is the majority owner; Plus Investment still owns a stake after selling the land three years ago for $128 million.

ZGF Architects and Weber Thompson are designing the towers at Cloudvue, which could include about 1.8 million square feet of offices, 538 residential units, a 177-room hotel, 50,000 square feet of retail/commercial and restaurant space, with 2,487 underground parking stalls. All those numbers are likely to slide a little as the towers’ design evolves.

The two office towers, by ZGF, would go on the northeast and northwest corners, facing Eighth. The hotel/residential tower, from Weber Thompson, would be pushed south. All three would be about 600 feet tall.

MZA Architecture and landscape architect Geyer Coburn Hutchins are preparing the master plan. The towers are going through separate design review. Navix is the civil engineer. DCI and Associated Earth Sciences are also working on the project. (Update: Magnusson Klemencic Associates says it’s the structural engineer.) Stanford’s owner’s rep is Ted Silence of MGAC. There are no clues yet about a general contractor.

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