The Spring District, a 36 acre environmentally sustainable, transit-oriented, mixed-use urban neighborhood has started Phase 1 on the old Safeway Distribution Center site in the Bel-Red Corridor. Specifically designed to help tech companies attract and retain the world’s best talent, the development is centered on a future light rail station which will connect Microsoft, to the east, and downtown Seattle, to the west. The 16 city blocks will feature commercial, educational and residential projects, including hotels, restaurants and diverse local shops.
A three-story, 100,000 square foot building will begin construction in 2016 for the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), a graduate academic institute focused on technology innovation, created by a partnering of the University of Washington and the Tsinghua University of Beijing, and supported by Microsoft. Students will begin classes in the building in the fall of 2017.
Residential developer, Security Properties, began development of a block of five mixed-use residential buildings on 2.5 acres in June 2015. The buildings will offer a total of 309 apartment units, a fitness center, ground floor retail and underground parking.
The construction of a new urban park was completed in June 2015. When completed, The Spring District urban neighborhood will have over 5.3 million square feet of space in buildings ranging from three to 12 stories with supporting retail amenities.
Located at the intersection of SR-520 and I-405, the site offers easy access to Bellevue, Redmond, Seattle, SeaTac Airport and the surrounding communities. Light rail, pedestrian, bicycle, vehicular and mass-transit connections will give The Spring District occupants a range of transportation choices.
The urban neighborhood has views of the Cascade Mountains, downtown Bellevue, Lake Washington, Seattle, the Olympic Mountains and Mt. Rainier.
The Spring District is being designed to meet the LEED-Neighborhood Development standards.