New-Target-Bellevue-Downtown-StoreThe City Council held two public hearings on June 23 to facilitate the construction of a Target store in the Wilburton commercial district, east of downtown Bellevue.

During the first hearing, the council considered a land use code amendment for areas zoned as community business within the Wilburton area. The amendment would allow larger retail buildings of more than 100,000 square feet as well as taller buildings of up to 75 feet within a specific section of 116th Avenue Northeast.

The second hearing was about a development agreement between Target and the city that requires standards for signage, building design, and streetscape design, according to a press statement.

The council will hold a final vote on the land use code amendment and development agreement at its July 7 city council meeting. If approved, Target Corp. may begin construction of the 150,000-square-foot building this summer. The new store could open as early as 2015.