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Parking Concerns Resurface Near Bellevue Apartments Development


An issue that plagued the development during its planning stages returned to Bellevue city council last week in relation to the Kent Lofts project.

Orleans Development and Ashley Builders are renovating the former Kent Warehouse on Grandview Avenue into sixty-six upscale lofts.

Neighbors on adjacent Lafayette Avenue argued last Wednesday that the construction work is causing parking problems.

“We are having some major parking issues,” said Tammy Nolan, a Lafayette resident. “The construction area already takes up the majority of parking. Residents are getting no relief and there’s no where for us to go. What do we do?”

She said that workers are also chipping paint off the building and it’s falling on cars. Nolan said she fears there is lead in the paint too.

“I’m also concerned with the noise,” she said. “My son is home-schooled and the noise is so bad that we can’t do school during the day. I shouldn’t have to do that.”

She also said she’s concerned that there are going to be two garage entrances on Lafayette side. She also expressed concern over there being only one parking spot per car in the garage, an argument that was used frequently in the build-up to the project's beginning.

“Where are their visitors going to park?”

Nolan also said that no-parking signs have been posted without any notice and there are constant closures of nearby streets, again without any notice.

See previously:

Op-Ed: Kenton Lofts Helps Bellevue See a Better Version of Itself

Kent Lofts Wins Approval to Begin Construction in Bellevue

Bellevue OKs Incentives for Kent Building Development

Photos: See Inside Historic Kent Building Set to Become Lofts

David Baker, who also lives on Lafayette, said that the no-parking signs popped up again on Wednesday after they had been removed previously by Bellevue Police.

“They’re there again?,” Mayor Charlie Cleeves asked.

“Yes, just today,” Baker said.

The mayor and City Administrator Frank Warnock said that those signs were previously placed by Duke Energy and the city contacted them about not giving anyone proper notice.

Cleeves said that he and Warnock typically get complaints once a week about the construction site and have been in touch with the developers who promise to correct any issues.

“It doesn’t last forever, I guess,” Cleeves said.

Councilman Steve Guidugli, said: “If we start fining them, maybe they’ll get the message."

When completed, the Kent Lofts units are expected to rent for $825 to $1,500 per month. Amenities will include green space, a fitness area, storage, and garage parking.

The building’s historic steel windows, soaring ceilings, and concrete floors inspired the industrial chic design scheme. Featuring open concept floor plans, lofty bedrooms and eclectic architectural design, there will be nothing comparable in the Bellevue area.

Written by Melissa Reinert, RCN contributor

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