A plan to build 90 apartment units in five buildings at 36th Street and Capehart Road got the go-ahead Thursday evening from the Bellevue Planning Commission.
The approval, which constitutes a recommendation to the Bellevue City Council, came after a lengthy discussion of how the complex would align with a redesigned 36th Street and how it might impact plans to build a Catholic church directly to the north.
The Rev. Ron Wasikowski, pastor at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, voiced concern that the southbound right-in access off 36th Street, and the accompany right-out access, would cause traffic to use the St. Matthew School parking lot to turn around.
He said some motorists already do that, and it presents a danger to the elementary and middle school children who attend St. Matthew.
Doug Hill, representing Brent Clatterbuck, who is building the complex, said a full-access intersection with the complex is planned at the point where the apartment property line meets the church’s property line.
He said a road to be built from the apartment would be wide enough to accommodate traffic wishing to access a future church building directly to the north.
That road would be built concurrent with the widening of 36th Street, which is expected to begin in 2015.
The apartments will be equipped with a swimming pool, and outdoor lounge area and a workout space. Plans also call for a trail to connect to a proposed trail system in the area.