Amazon to bring 10,000 more jobs to Bellevue

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BELLEVUE, Wash. — Amazon says it will bring another 10,000 jobs to Bellevue over the next few years.

Last February, Amazon announced plans to create 15,000 jobs in Bellevue, and said it has made good progress in hiring staff. Friday’s announcement is for an additional 10,000 positions.

To make room for the positions, the company has secured an additional 2 million square feet of office space downtown.

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Two new office projects are already under construction in Bellevue’s Central District, where Amazon will lease properties from Vulcan at the 555 Tower and West Main buildings.

The 555 Tower is a 42-story high-rise office tower with 967,500 square feet of office space and 28,400 square feet of retail space at 555 108th Avenue NE.

West Main, is the full block on the north side of Main Street between 105th and 106th Avenues NE, formerly the Bellevue Plaza shopping center. It will contain three 16- to 17‑story towers totaling 1,036,000 square feet of office space plus 33,000 square feet of ground floor retail space.

Construction on both projects started earlier this year and are expected to be completed in 2023.

Amazon says the projects will provide the community with new amenities such as public parks and retail space.

Both sites are walking distance from the future Bellevue Downtown Station, where the East Link Extension for Sound Transit is scheduled to open in three years.