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The Spring District in Bellevue has received LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) certification for mixed-use development, district developers Wright Runstad & Co. and Shorenstein Properties LLC announced today.

“We have maintained a focus on sustainability and environmental stewardship throughout the development of the Spring District,” Greg Johnson, CEO of Wright Runstad, said in a news release. “Our goal since the beginning was to create a vibrant, connected community where sustainability is a central pillar, and where residents can work, live, and play in the heart of the Eastside, while enjoying walkable streets, open spaces and independent shops. Achieving LEED certification is a significant milestone in delivering on this vision.”

Spring District features central to achieving LEED-ND certification are access to transit, with the neighborhood centered around a new East Link light rail station and access to a bus rapid transit station a quarter-mile away; design conducive to walking and biking, including a multipurpose path and cycle track providing a protected bike connection the 42-mile Eastrail and a bike facility near the rail station for bike storage, showering, and changing; public open space with native plants and trees, and bioretention site to filter rain run-off; and lower parking site ratios to encourage alternative and sustainable transportation.

The Spring District has delivered more than 800,000 square feet of LEED-certified buildings, with an additional 650,000 square feet of LEED Silver-targeted projects under construction, and another 530,000 square feet under design and permitting review. Meta, the parent company of Facebook, owns or has lease commitments for almost 2 million square feet of office space in the district.

“A vibrant, thriving community with over 800 residential units, millions of square feet of office and tens of thousands of square feet of retail now flourishes where there used to be only an industrial use site,” Johnson said in the release.