Put mixed-used retail and senior housing in the old Red Apple shopping center currently for sale. Add a central plaza with lots of benches and a senior center. The only senior center in Bellevue is way up at the north end. We've got elderly people who can't drive down here, too!
Bellevue offers a diversity of housing types and densities, reflecting the variety of need in the community and Bellevue's changing demographics. The city has options for families with children, couples, singles and seniors. Some of these options are innovative, such as transit-oriented development, cottages and other small-lot single family housing and accessory dwelling units. Bellevue's support of regional efforts to create affordable housing is paying off, working to ensure that people who work in Bellevue can afford to live here.
However, in the face of diminishing undeveloped land, rising development costs and high housing values, additional methods will be needed to increase the supply of affordable housing - particularly for elderly residents on fixed incomes and for workers in lower paying service jobs.
What is your BEST IDEA for helping to make housing choices available for people of all economic levels?
I would like to see Bellevue have a wide range of people of different incomes, and not just cater towards the wealthy. Have a balance of housing for high income, moderate and low income families. Let the contractors who want to build moderate and low income housing into the market. It is completely out of balance right now. Provide affordable housing for everyone.
Require that any new mixed-use development include housing options for the same demographic percentages in the local district. High rises in downtown should be attainable to minimum wage earners in percentages equal to the demographic.