BelRed Transformation

The BelRed Corridor is a 900-acre area stretching from State Route 520 on the north to Bel-Red Road on the south, and from Interstate 405 east to 148th Avenue Northeast. story map

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The corridor includes:

  • 27 percent of the city's commercial and industrially-zoned land
  • More than 50 percent of all land in the city zoned for light industrial use
  • Approximately 20 percent of the city's total employment 
  • More than 2,000 businesses

While BelRed is a major employment area, some large employers have moved or reduced operations in recent years. Between 2005 and 2009, the city worked with businesses, residents and other stakeholders to determine a new role for BelRed. 

Sound Transit's East Link light rail line is under construction and slated to begin operation in 2023. It will pass through BelRed, connecting downtown Seattle, downtown Bellevue and the Overlake area in Redmond. Two stations will be in BelRed, providing  opportunities for transit-related development nearby. 

The City of Bellevue is preparing for the future in BelRed with several road improvement projects, partly funded by a low-interest federal loan. Video. By 2030, the BelRed area is expected to generate:

  • 10,000 new jobs and 5,000 new housing units
  • Transit-oriented developments around light rail stations
  • Restored streams and ecological functions
  • Better local and regional transportation connections
  • New parks, trails, bike paths and other amenities
  • Significant economic development

The BelRed Vision is: “To develop a sustainable urban development pattern that dramatically reshapes the future of BelRed while allowing the area to transition gracefully from its past.”

For information regarding the land use vision for BelRed, see the Planning Department webpage.


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