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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, September 11, 2009

"Gateway" design gets consumer testing

Prototype gateway signBellevue is testing a possible design for signage and landscaping that would mark major entry points to the city. Residents are being asked to register comments online about a prototype "gateway," a modernist blue and gray boundary marker at the intersection of Northeast First Street and Lake Washington Boulevard.

In 2003 the City Council approved funding for four gateways, each to cost about $8,000. The council is now considering a total of nine boundary markers, though bare-bones Capital Investment Program budgets this year and next could delay construction and installation.

Locations being considered for gateways include the boundaries between Bellevue and several neighboring cities as well as the unincorporated Eastgate neighborhood.

The prototype gateway has been installed at a key intersection along the border with Medina. That was not on the original list of possible gateway locations, but the city saved money by combining with other street improvements being made along Northeast Eighth Street.

The design, including the colors and the font in the word "Bellevue," echo the signage at City Hall, which was dramatically remodeled before the city moved in in 2006, as well as that of many of Bellevue's other newer facilities.

The city is soliciting resident opinions in the Gateway Questionnaire. Four questions cover whether residents like the design under consideration, identify it with Bellevue, can read it from a distance and/or would like other elements included.

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450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Patti Wilma
Phone: 425-452-4114
E-mail: pwilma@bellevuewa.gov

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