Bellevue City Council Debates Future Of Hotel & Conference Center

By: Brittany Gunter
By: Brittany Gunter

A big development in Bellevue is on the line. City Council members voted Monday night on whether plans for a hotel and conference center should be put on hold or go forward.

The city of Bellevue has big plans for an empty field off of Highway 370 and 36th Street near the Twin Creek Cinema. They’ve been working for over a year with a developer to put up a Marriott Courtyard hotel and Conference Center, but now two city council members want to put that project on hold.

City Councilman Paul Cook talked about his view at the city council meeting. "My feeling is when the city is planning to make such a large investment of $8 million I feel that it should be put up to a vote to the residents so that they can have input on how the city invests."

Also, City Councilman Steve Carmichael wrote a letter saying he believed the final decision should be up to the citizens. He wasn’t able to attend the meeting.

Other members disagreed, like Carol Blood, and didn’t want to delay the project any further by waiting for an election. "We are elected officials. We are the voices for our constituents. Our constituents have said loud and clear we want effective development,” said Blood.

Many Bellevue citizens also showed up to voice their opinions and they all seemed to want the project to go forward. Paulette Davidson with the Bellevue Medical Center said her patients need a place like this in the community. “Having a hotel with that conference center nearby will be just wonderful for those people and families that really need a home away from home for a long time."

The council ended up voting 4 to 1 to have the plans go forward. Many were happy about the decision and hoped it will be a step in the right direction for Bellevue.

The hotel will have 124 rooms and the conference center will seat 800 to 1,000 people. They are hoping to break ground in the next couple of months. The building is expected to be up and running by 2015.

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