The Seattle P-I ran an article on Monday providing additional details about how Kemper Freeman, Bellevue’s most influential businessman will go about providing upgrades to his current properties and upcoming projects. The most noticeable upgrades will be a major interior and exterior renovation of Bellevue Square, 351 additional rooms to Bellevue’s Hyatt Regency hotel, and building an extension to Bellevue Square to accommodate upscale fashion boutique shops.
The article states that Freeman declined to disclose tenants names for the future boutique shops, but envisions that Bellevue will be on par with luxury shopping locations similar to Fifth Avenue in New York, Newbury Street in Boston or Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills with these additions.
Renovations for Bellevue Square begin in August. The lighting, flooring, seating, and major entrances are reported to have an urban garden theme. The construction will not affect shoppers during the regular mall hours. Work will take place between the hours of 9:30pm – 9:30am. During Bellevue Square’s busy holiday season, construction will take a hiatus from November and begin again after the new year in January.