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Amazon Signals Interest in Restarting Three-Tower Bellevue Project

As Inc. employees return to the office, the company is signaling it could resume work on its downtown Bellevue developments to make room for the influx of workers, reported the Puget Sound Business Journal.

The Seattle-based tech giant paused development on multiple towers in Bellevue last year, opting to finish work on only Tower 1 in its three-building West Main project and the lower 19 floors of the 42-story 555 Tower. In early May, the company began seeking tenant-improvement permits for the upper 22 floors of the 555 Tower.

Once the company opens Tower 1 and the lower half of the 555 Tower at the end of this year, it will shift 2,000 employees from Seattle to Bellevue.

But the Business Journal reported Amazon isn’t setting a date either to complete the remaining tenant improvement work in the 555 Tower or to resume construction elsewhere in Bellevue. Instead, it’s lining up the permits in case it needs more space after the return of employees at least three days a week.


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