Despite COVID-related setbacks, the construction industry on the Eastside remains strong. With new apartment complexes, office towers, and transportation improvement plans, communities on the Eastside face an ever-growing need for new development and renovation projects. Here are a few projects to watch.

LYNNWOOD LINK EXTENSION

Construction recently began on the Lynnwood Link light rail extension. This new transit arm will add four new elevated stations, allowing passengers to easily access destinations like Shoreline Stadium and the upcoming Mountlake Terrace Civic Campus (also under construction). After its completion in 2024, passengers at the Lynnwood Transit Center will be a 20-minute ride away from the University of Washington and less than an hour from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Mountlake Terrace Station construction February 9, 2021. Lynnwood Link Extension. Courtesy of Sound Transit.

NEW APARTMENTS ON MAIN STREET

Bellevue’s Surrey on Main will be a six-story, 113,700-square-foot mixed-use residential building with 125 residential units. Amenities will include a rooftop space, lounge, fitness center, and a bicycle storage unit. The residential spaces will consist of studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments with an additional 1,500 square feet allotted for commercial space. Construction is expected to wrap up this summer.

100 MILES OF MOUNTAINS TO SOUND GREENWAY

The 100-mile-long Mountains to Sound Greenway corridor stretches from Seattle to Ellensburg. It has extensive hiking and biking trails for recreation and transportation. A current project will close a 3.6-mile gap in the Bellevue leg of the trail between Factoria Boulevard and Lakemont Boulevard. The current phase, which will add a 12-foot-wide paved bike and pedestrian path between 132nd Avenue SE and 142nd Place SE, began in February and is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

LOOKING AHEAD: BELLEVUE 600

This high-rise office skyscraper, developed by Amazon, will be constructed on a 3.5-acre site along 108th Avenue NE and will stand 43 stories and 600 feet tall. The building design was granted approval in January and construction for the first phase is currently underway. There will be enough space for an estimated 4,200 employees, and the building is expected to be the tallest in Bellevue’s central business district after its projected completion in 2024.