Overlake Plaza envisions the redevelopment of a 15-acre Sears site into a vibrant mixed-use community for the burgeoning city of Redmond. The project included the challenge of incorporating the city traffic and infrastructure plans, and accommodation for the former department store and surrounding parking lots to be divided into four parcels that will be utilized for residential, outdoor community park areas, retail, and office uses.
At a Glance
Located just a 20-minute drive from downtown Seattle, Redmond is a rapidly growing suburb and home to the Microsoft campus, which sits within walking distance from the project site. An existing highway and future light rail station are a block away, setting the stage for a dynamic mixed-use TOD project. Three residential buildings, creative office, a boutique hotel, and retail make up the main program, while a park and a plaza at a key intersection in the heart of the site softens the lines between street and public space.
Strategically located 1/2 mile from Overlake Rail Station (Opens 2023), the intersections studied in the project vicinity are expected to operate at similar or better levels of service as compared to the Approved Overlake Plan. Part of the challenge included utilization of existing drainage infrastructure that limited location of roadways and buildings. JERDE created a diagonal park to create a strong pedestrian experience and established a combination of residential, business uses and density that reduces environmental impacts and provides an improved quality of life for its residents.