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Longwell Company Plans 201-Unit Multifamily Building in Bellevue’s Bel-Red Corridor

Amity Court, The Longwell Company, Clark Barnes, Bellevue, Seattle, Bel-Red

By Kate Snyder

As Bellevue’s Bel-Red corridor continues to grow, another residential project is slated for the city’s east side.

A Bellevue-based developer has submitted a proposal to construct an eight-story and 201-unit multifamily residential building in the city’s Bel-Red neighborhood.

Located at 14400 NE Bel-Red Road, the project, called Amity Court, is being developed by an entity affiliated with The Longwell Company, and public records list the architect as Clark Barnes, based in Seattle. According to city records, a pre-application conference has been submitted and is under review by city officials.

The site is 43,200 square feet, according to public documents, and construction would include the demolition of an existing two-story building. In total, the proposed square footage for the project is 228,921 square feet with plans for 150 parking spaces.

With a contemporary design that employs natural wood, concrete, glass, steel, metal panel and synthetic exterior panel systems, natural and high-quality building materials will be used and neutral colors will be the focus, according to the project proposal.

The project will include a variety of interior and exterior amenities, such as a top-floor terrace, courtyard spaces with abundant landscaping, and common spaces with open floor plans, according to the project’s design records. Residential units will have large windows for natural light.

Per the proposal, the building’s site location would take advantage of the area’s surrounding views, and an exterior entry plaza will provide pedestrian access from Bel-Red Road as well as connect the project to the main two-story lobby and courtyard. A pocket park and pedestrian path will act as a buffer between the residential area and Bel-Red Road, according to the proposal, along with giving surrounding community members a safe and inviting environment to gather.

“The glass at the ground floor will provide a high degree of transparency creating a visual

connection between the open space along BelRed Road and the landscaped areas in the courtyard,” the proposal states.

According to Google Maps, the site’s neighbors include the Bellevue Family YMCA and Highland Park to the west and various medical and office buildings to the east and south.

Bel-Red has been increasingly looked to as a prime development hub in recent years. Last year, Clarion Partners bought an existing autobody shop for $16.65 million in a deal that was designed to allow future development of the site, according to previous reporting by The Registry. Also in 2021, Vulcan Inc. announced its acquisition of a 1.4-acre multifamily development site at 1600 132nd Ave. NE for $18 million.

Founded in 1992, The Longwell Company is a real estate investment firm “with a vision to pursue long term apartment investment [and] create and manage a superior living environment that exceeds the expectations and enhance quality of life,” according to the company’s website.

Clark Barnes was founded in 1993 as Clark Design Group and rebranded in 2017 to its current title, according to the firm’s website.