Residents have a chance to suggest names for five new Bellevue streets this fall.
The city will build the streets, to include a grand boulevard, in the Bel-Red area as it is transformed from a light industrial district to a transit-oriented development featuring housing, shopping and commerce.
Giving the area a sense of place was one of the goals of the planning effort that resulted in sweeping land use code and zoning changes for Bel-Red in 2009, so the city is breaking with its practice of numbered streets here.
With East Link light rail stations as anchors, the area by 2030 is expected to have vibrant walkable neighborhoods, comprehensive, connected parks and open spaces, reclaimed and enhanced streams and an arts district.
The city will consider all suggestions for street names. The names may be based on the area's industrial past or recall its natural, agricultural and ethnic heritage. Suggested names may also refer to neighborhood landmarks and events, as well as something about the area's future.
The streets to be named are:
- Northeast 15th/16th Street: This street will be a lynchpin and key east-west corridor for Bel-Red, serving cars, pedestrians and cyclists and incorporating a series of environmentally sensitive urban open spaces.
- Two segments each of Northeast 14th and 18th streets: These streets will be "green streets," generally located between stream corridors and trail connections, with an abundance of trees and landscaping to limit stormwater runoff.
Suggestions may be submitted online, and will be accepted until 3 p.m., Nov. 30.
The Transportation Commission will choose names and forward them to the City Council for its approval in late 2012 or early 2013.
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