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Bellevue Blitz Roundup: Bellevue Proposition Two Next Steps; Bellevue Way SE Project Moves Forward; Continued Closure of 114th SE and SE 8th.

Posted By Chris Johnson, Friday, December 9, 2016

Bellevue Proposition Two – Next Steps

Last month voters approved Bellevue Proposition Two regarding Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion Relief, by a vote of 54%. The newly adopted 2017-23 CIP does not assume any levy proceeds, so there will likely be a supplemental budget process early in 2017 to allocate these monies.

The Chamber strongly endorsed this ballot measure and has argued in favor of spending $1 million per year on major capital projects which support inter and intra-neighborhood connectivity. We’ll keep you posted, as we hear more from Council on how the public may influence which projects are funded.

Bellevue Way SE Project Moves Forward

Keeping people moving on Bellevue Way SE has long been a top priority of the Bellevue Chamber. Last summer, we received a briefing from Bellevue staff and attended a community open house on early design alternatives.

Now the project is ready for additional public comment. Mark your calendars for the following:

  • Monday, January 9, 2017 – Possible project briefing at Council study session;
  • Thursday, January 19, 2017 – Community Open House;
  • Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – Briefing before Chamber Transportation Committee (7:30 AM).

114th Avenue SE Project and Other Construction Closures

As reported earlier, 114th Ave. SE between SE 6th & SE 8th will remain closed through December 23 and then briefly reopen. Subsequently, the road will close between SE 6th St. and Main St. from December 23 - January 20.

Similarly, the right lane (westbound) on SE 8th will remain closed between 114th SE and 112th SE until approximately mid-January 2017.

We’ll do our best to stay on top of these closures, but be sure to consult the City’s traffic alert page for frequent updates.

Policy Committees Adjourn for the Holidays – Back in January

Following a deep dive into the City of Bellevue’s proposed 2017-18 Operating Budget, Chamber policy committees have adjourned for the holidays. Click here to learn more about the adopted City budget and what else is in store.

 

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Policy Committees Tackle South Bellevue Park and Ride Closure and City Budget

Posted By Chris Johnson, Thursday, November 10, 2016

As reported at Transportation in November, the South Bellevue Park and Ride Lot is scheduled to close for up to five years, beginning in late January 2017. When it reopens, it will have an estimated 1500 parking stalls and will be known as South Bellevue Station.

Beginning this month, we’ll begin provide updates on where to catch the bus, or how to form a van-share or van-pool during the long term closure and conversion to a rail facility. You can also get assistance with a personalized travel plan at Just One Trip.

If you weren’t able to attend Public Affairs on November 10, you can still get up to speed on the City of Bellevue’s Proposed 2017-18 Operating Budget, scheduled to be adopted on December 10. For a deeper dive, review the actual budget language, as well as outcomes and department information at the City’s dedicated budget webpage.

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Bellevue Blitz Roundup: Bellevue Props One and Two Passing; Eastside Men’s Homeless Shelter Update; 114th Avenue SE Project and Other Construction Closures

Posted By Chris Johnson, Thursday, November 10, 2016

Bellevue Propositions One and Two Approved by Voters

In September, the Chamber Board voted to endorse Bellevue Proposition One, relating to fire services and Proposition Two regarding Neighborhood Safety, Connectivity and Congestion Relief. While election results won’t be certified until November 29, both measures lead comfortably beginning election night with Prop 1 at 57% and Prop 2 at 54%.

Eastside Men’s Homeless Shelter Update

Earlier this autumn, we reported that the City of Bellevue was holding two community workshops on the Eastside Men's Shelter and Supportive Housing project, proposed for siting on public land near Eastgate Park and Ride. Council is scheduled to receive an update on the project, including public feedback, at the Extended Council Study Session on November 28.

You can still provide your own input to City staff member Mike McCormick Huentelman at mmhuent@bellevuewa.gov.

114th Avenue SE Project and Other Construction Closures

My favorite back street route to the Chamber office, 114th Avenue SE has been closed between SE 6th and SE 8th for utilities work and is scheduled to reopen on Friday, December 2. You can keep on top of this and other utilities or construction-related closures throughout the winter months here.

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Bellevue Blitz Roundup: Election Night Parties; Sound Transit Business Resource Forum; Firefighters collect food and toys.

Posted By Chris Johnson, Friday, November 4, 2016

Election Night Parties

Does the Election of 2016 seem like the most rancorous in recent history? Perhaps so, but according to scholars, the Election of 1800 set the standard for general nastiness. Consider saying goodbye to the current silly season on a note of levity by attending an election night party - follow the links below for more information:

Washington State Republicans
Washington State Democrats
Town Hall Seattle
Crosscut and KCTS 9

Sound Transit Business Resource Forum at City Hall – Thursday, November 14 at 7:30 AM

Early next year, Sound Transit contractors will begin tunneling under downtown Bellevue. Find out how you can prepare at the Business Resource Forum on November 17 – jointly sponsored by the City of Bellevue and Sound Transit. The Chamber strongly encourages participation in this event.  

Register for the forum online or contact Marie Jensen, East Link Outreach with the City of Bellevue at 425-452-2064 or mjensen@bellevuewa.gov.

Note: We earlier reported the event date as November 17; the correct date is November 14.

Firefighters Collect Food and Toys

The Holiday Season is underway and now is the time to let needy children know that we care. All nine Bellevue fire stations are accepting food and toys for Bellevue families in need from Nov 1 to Dec 5. Gift ideas for younger children include plush animals, toys and gift cards, while sports equipment and clothing are appropriate for all ages. Gifts will be collected through December 23, but consider donating prior to the December 13 Crossroads Youth Holiday Party.

 

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Policy Committees to Meet During Election Week

Posted By Chris Johnson, Friday, November 4, 2016

The South Bellevue Park and Ride Lot is scheduled to close in January, for conversion to a light rail station. Would like to know where to park and catch the bus during the projected five year closure? Begin Election Day by dropping by Transportation on Tuesday, November 8 at 7:30 AM.

Public Affairs will get an in-depth look at Bellevue’s proposed 2017-18 Operating Budget on Thursday, November 10. As always, we’ll meet at 12 Noon in the Chamber’s Microsoft Business Center.

Tags:  South Bellevue Park and Ride Lot; Bellevue Chamber 

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Bellevue Blitz Roundup: Last Call for Utilities Business Customer Forum; Enliven Wilburton Event; Men’s Homeless Shelter Forum

Posted By Chris Johnson, Friday, October 21, 2016

Last Call for Utilities Business Customer Service Forum

Did you miss our Public Affairs briefing on Bellevue Utilities’ proposed budget? A Business Customer Service Forum is set for Thursday, October 27, 7:30 AM at City Hall.

Enlivening Wilburton Event

From Bellevue’s Grand Connection project to the Eastside Rail Corridor Regional Trail, change is coming to Wilburton. Sign up now for Enlivening Wilburton: Trailside Café on Tuesday, November 1, 5 – 7 PM and see how redevelopment can “activate” a dynamic community space.

Men’s Homeless Shelter Forum

Last month we shared information regarding the possible siting of a permanent Eastside Men’s Homeless Shelter and Supportive Housing Facility in Eastgate. The community is invited to provide input on this proposal at a final workshop on Thursday, October 27, 7 – 9 PM. Congregations for the Homeless (CFH) has been displaced from its previous Winter Emergency Shelter location, so the need is particularly acute.

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Policy Committees Busy Through End of the Year

Posted By Chris Johnson, Friday, October 21, 2016

Transportation Committee

Are you looking for a way to jump start General Election Day? Join us Tuesday, November 8 at 7:30 AM for an update on the five year closure of the South Bellevue Park and Ride. We’ll follow that up with a briefing on design concepts for the Bellevue Way SE project on Tuesday, December 13, also at 7:30 AM at the Chamber office.

Public Affairs Committee

Get an in-depth look at Bellevue’s proposed 2017-18 Operating Budget on Thursday, November 10 and a briefing on Low Impact Development (LID) Principles on Thursday, December 8. As always, we’ll meet 12 Noon in the Chamber’s Microsoft Business Center.

 

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Chamber Board Endorses Bellevue Propositions One and Two

Posted By Chris Johnson, Monday, October 10, 2016
Updated: Friday, October 7, 2016

The Chamber Board has voted to endorse Bellevue Proposition One, relating to fire services and Proposition Two regarding neighborhood safety, connectivity and congestion relief.

Both propositions are twenty year property tax measures and combined, would authorize an additional property tax rate of up to 27.5 cents per $1,000 in assessed value. Projected yield would be $13 million per year or $260 million total over the life of the two levies.

While the Chamber is cautious about supporting property tax increases, the Board sees keeping up with demand for fire protection and congestion relief as important competitive advantages in attracting and retaining business across all sectors. Read the Chamber’s press release here.

Before voting, learn more about proposed fire station ten and other major fire projects, and check out an interactive map of potential transportation investments.

To get involved in the campaign or donate, visit the Yes for a Safer Bellevue website.

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Policy Committees Turn Attention to Budget Review

Posted By Chris Johnson, Monday, October 10, 2016
Updated: Friday, October 7, 2016

First up will be Public Affairs on Thursday, October 13, 12 Noon at the Chamber office. We’ll receive a full briefing on Bellevue Utilities rates and capital projects from Utilities Director Nav Otal. This will be a great chance to ask questions of Utilities staff, prior to the Bellevue Utilities Business Customer Forum on October 27, 7:30 – 9:30 AM.

Stay tuned for a special meeting later in late October or early November, for details on the General Capital and Operating Budgets.

Transportation will meet on Tuesday, October 18 at 7:30 AM, one week later than usual. We’ll find out which projects are included in the City’s proposed 2017-23 CIP. The budget will be released to Council the night before, so ink will be barely dry when we convene Tuesday morning.

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Bellevue Blitz Roundup: Bellevue Utilities Business Customer Forum; Fire Station Ten Community Meeting; Construction Closures on 110th NE

Posted By Chris Johnson, Monday, October 10, 2016
Updated: Friday, October 7, 2016

Bellevue Utilities Business Customer Service Forum

Are you are curious about advanced meter reading, how rates or set or what utilities capital investments are planned for the future? Register online today for the Business Customer Service Forum on Thursday, October 27, 7:30 AM at Bellevue City Hall.

And here’s some late breaking news. As of our publication deadline today, the Bellevue Environmental Services Commission has announced a public hearing regarding the proposed 2017-18 Bellevue Utilities Budget and Rates. The hearing will occur on Thursday, October 20, 6:30 p.m., Oct. 20, at City Hall in conference room 1E-113.

Fire Station Ten Community Meeting

Building a new Fire Station Ten is a top priority for Bellevue Prop One. Fortunately, land purchase is funded in the 2015-21 CIP and a site selection process is underway. For more information, attend a Community Meeting on Tuesday, October 18, 6:30-8 PM at the Bellevue Public Safety Training Center, 1838 116th Ave. NE.

Construction Closures on 110th NE

Over the summer months, travelers to Skyline Tower and City Hall have experienced intermittent closures on 110th NE, between NE 4th and NE 6th. For the next three weeks, contractors will install monitoring equipment, in preparation for Sound Transit tunneling to begin later this year. Check out maps and additional details at the East Link project web page.

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