The City of Bellevue has approved plans to build a conference and event center near 36th Street and Highway 370.
The proposed Bellevue Conference and Event Center would be big enough to hold at least 1000 people. It would also be connected to a multi-story hotel with approximately 150 rooms.
The development would sit on a vacant piece of land along Raynor Parkway near the Twin Creek Cinema. A Culver's restaurant is open for business just east of the proposed site.
Steve Johnson with Twin Creek Development is leading the project. He says the conference center and the hotel will meet an important need in Bellevue.
“We appreciate it when the public sector and the private sector -- that's us as a developer, hotel developer, and the city -- can come together with a development plan that is going to help make Bellevue a better place and serve the needs of the community,” said Johnson.
Karray's Cafe serves breakfast and lunch only a couple blocks away from the proposed development. Owner Karen Stockton hopes it will bring in plenty of hungry customers.
“We are excited. We're very excited,” she said. “I think it will bring in a lot of new jobs, get the construction back up to where it needs to be. The economy is going in the right direction. I hope it will help us out a little bit down here with people being hungry and wanting to eat.”
The City of Belleuve expects to pay about $5 to $7 million for the conference and event center. The hotel, which would be privately owned, would cost about $15 to $18 million.
The developer hopes to have the project done some time in 2014.