Roughly two weeks ago, the relocation of the existing businesses in the east half of Redmond Center was completed, making way for demolition. During the time in between, the demolition of this portion of the center has been mostly completed, with only cleanup work remaining on the site. With the exception of Niko Teriyaki (which won’t be reopening until the new building under construction on Redmond Way is completed) the businesses from this portion of the center have now been relocated. VitaminLife has moved just a couple of spaces over, into the portion of the former Lakeside Drug store vacated during the remodel and change to Pharmaca. Hill’s Barber Shop is currently found in the Redmond Mall just across the street from the now demolished former location that they have occupied since 1965. I can’t be 100% certain of this, but I believe that this is a temporary location for them, since there appears to be a space in the new building that looks to be just about the right size for a barber shop. Hair FX has also been moved into a temporary location in the Redmond Shopping Square next to the Mailbox, and will also presumably be returning to Redmond Center when construction is completed. Redmond Shopping Square itself will soon be facing the wrecking ball, as the City of Redmond plans to expand 161st Avenue NE through its property to join up with the new Bear Creek Parkway extension, but that’s another post that will come later.
The photos you see here were taken last week, as demolition of the old building was in progress. The facades you see here were the result of a facelift of the center that took place in the early part of this decade which accompanied the redevelopment of the center’s west half and the construction of the Staples store. As of yesterday, everything but the rubble was gone from this site.
Meanwhile, back on Redmond Way, construction work continues on the new building. Here, you can see concrete forms for what appears to be the new building’s foundation through the fence. Given the tight deadlines on this project (the sign on Niko’s door after they closed down indicated that occupancy of the new building is expected by late July or early August) I would expect this to begin going up rather quickly. Behind this, you can see yet another block of condos going up in an unrelated development. There is also road construction work going on in this part of town, making it a not-so-great place to be trying to drive through right now if you can help it.
Although Redmond still has a long way to go if it ever wants to catch up to downtown Bellevue (and I suspect that Redmond doesn’t have any intention of even attempting to do so) there seems to be a lot of change happening in downtown Redmond right now. Over the next couple of weeks, I plan to look at a couple of other projects going on in Redmond, and discuss how they might impact the town’s residents. Watch for this coming soon.