New GIS headquarters in Bellevue includes housing in 6-story complex

Fifteen years after the small downtown Bellevue property at 930 109th Ave. N.E. sold for $1.3 million, GIS Plaza is now under construction, and has risen above ground.

Its long, ill-starred history is belied by what’s taking form today.

The current project, designed by SkB Architects, is a six-story building with residential units, retail and office space. Stacked parking will provide 19 stalls.

GIS International Group, a Redmond-based developer with Russian roots, is building its future headquarters. A retail bay and parking will occupy the first floor (with some parking also below grade). Offices and apartments will go on the second, with more apartments on the third and fourth floors.

Floors five and six were originally to be three large condos — for a total of 13 units. GIS recently said there will be 16 units, so the project appears to have changed somewhat since permits were issued. A roof deck is also planned.

The 6,659-square-foot corner occupies an odd bit of downtown Bellevue real estate, where large blocks are the norm. Essentially an alley, 109th wraps around the site and neighboring Metropolitan condos to the south. GIS Plaza will overlook Northeast 10th Street, facing the library and pocket park. The site is also bounded by 110th Avenue Northeast to the east. It’s basically at the north tip of a long, skinny mini-block.

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