Anyone that has caught a glimpse of the cranes and new construction jutting up along the Bellevue skyline knows the city is growing by leaps and bounds. Meanwhile, across town in the Bel-Red Corridor between 120th Ave NE and 124 Ave NE, construction already is beginning for Bellevue’s newest up-and-coming area, the Spring District.

The city estimates substantial growth in the downtown area alone, with more than 18,000 new residents and 24,000 new members of the workforce within the next 13 years, and the Spring District, with its proximity to downtown, will help boost that growth.

The District will feature commercial and residential spaces, including hotels, retail shops, and restaurants. Already in permitting is the Spring District Brewpub, a ground floor 9,000-square-foot brewery and restaurant that will feature a sizable beer garden overlooking the district’s park.

Additionally, the Spring District also will be home to Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), the new educational collaboration between the University of Washington, Microsoft, and China’s Tsinghua University.

Construction is still in the early phase (one of three phases) which is being developed on the eastern and southernmost blocks and will include office and residential buildings, and a park. Later phases will move construction north toward Sound Transit’s proposed East Link expansion, which will connect the district with Microsoft, Seattle, and the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Video courtesy of the Broderick Group.