NO to Bellevue Technology Center Development
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In 1970 Joni Mitchell wrote the song “Big Yellow Taxi” warning us all to preserve nature and the precious trees needed to keep our air clean. In 1972 Bellevue heeded her warning and implemented an agreement to preserve open spaces, protect trees surrounding specific properties as well as provide a buffer for the surrounding residential neighborhoods from further development.
Recently, KBS Capital Markets Group (KBS), a real estate investment trust headquartered in Newport Beach, CA, filed an amendment to modify Bellevue's 20-year Comprehensive Plan by adding language which would open the door to unspecified, significant development of the Bellevue Technology Center (BTC) property. It would override an agreement that has protected the site for over 45 years.
The BTC site was initially developed in 1972 based on a Planned Unit Development (PUD) designed to limit the square footage in office space built on the site. Based on the PUD this site is fully developed and cannot be built out further. KBS is seeking to void the agreements with the citizens and the City of Bellevue so they can maximize development on the site.
While no specifics have been filed with the current application, prior applications included conceptual plans that would triple the amount of square footage built on the site. More buildings will result in cutting down trees, reducing open space, and will increase traffic congestion. Most importantly, if the PUD is eliminated and the property is rezoned, the developer or any future owner can submit even more aggressive plans.
KBS knew these restrictions were in place when they purchased the site in 2012 but believe they have the power to override the will of the people of this community and to entice the City of Bellevue to revise these restrictions so they can develop as they please.
Let’s protect our natural spaces and avoid having to create “tree museums” for our children. Sign this petition demanding the City uphold and respect the past decisions and agreements that protect the BTC site and express your opposition to KBS’ current application (City Project #17-104627-AC).
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