By Jack Stubbs
The Bellevue Club, an athletic and social club in the Greater Seattle Area, has plans in the works to expand its already sizable footprint in Bellevue’s downtown core. The organization, on April 28, submitted a pre-development services application to the City for two residential towers comprising 262 luxury condominiums.
The two-tower project, called the Bellevue Club Residences, is located at Bellevue Club’s location at 11200 Southeast Sixth St.
The development will be designed by Bellevue-based architecture firm DAHLIN Group, which places an emphasis on creating multi-faceted projects that fit into their surrounding context in a holistic way, according to the firm’s website.
In addition to the 262 condominiums, the project will comprise approximately 1,100 parking spaces for residences and club members, along with 87,000 square feet of high-end
amenity spaces to add to the 250,000 square feet of world-class fitness facilities, according to the pre-development application.
No expansion of the Bellevue Club’s 66-key hotel is planned as part of the Bellevue Club Residences project – though the hope is that it will add a new dimension to the existing character of the establishment, adding to the features that “already define the Bellevue Club as a celebrated gathering place in the region. This will truly mark the Bellevue club as the place to be in the Pacific Northwest,” the proposal states.
“The Bellevue Club is the premier athletic and social club where the innovative, illustrious, and industrious members of Seattle’s Eastside reinvigorate, relax and reconnect. Now it will be a place where its members can reside as well.”
As with many developments in dense urban areas, the hope is that the development will be able to effectively leverage its location.
The project is located in the East Main Transit Oriented Development District, which was adopted in February 2022 to encourage more intense, mixed-use development near the new East Main Light Rail Station, the proposal notes. The Code allows for high-rise development to occur on the project site, significantly increasing its development capacity.
The East Main Station sits between Surrey Downs Park and downtown Bellevue along 112th Ave. SE. From East Main Street, riders can reach downtown Bellevue in three minutes and downtown Seattle in 22 minutes, according to Sound Transit’s website.
The towers themselves will be 16 stories – or approximately 240 feet tall – and 60 feet apart from each other. The development will be built on an existing surface parking lot, and will include a six-story podium with club and residence parking, residential amenities and a wellness spa. There will also be a fitness center, an activity lawn and a pedestrian promenade for outdoor events.
The project is just one mile south of where another residential endeavor is underway, the preliminary plans for which were recently submitted by Bosa Development.
Located at 102 Bellevue Way NE, the approximately 431-unit project is slated to be south of Bosa’s One88 development, which is a 21-story condominium property in the city’s downtown. According to city records, the project is proposed to be phased at an approximate east-west line just north of the existing OrangeTheory Fitness building.
The first phase to the north would consist of one residential tower with ground level retail as well as above- and below-grade parking. The second phase would include two more residential towers connected at the south with ground level retail and below-grade parking. A pedestrian connection is proposed to be enhanced with public gathering spaces.