Bellevue city officials and Mercury Builders’ representatives broke ground today on The Frontier District, an expansive project that will modernize and transform Olde Towne Bellevue into a thriving anchor of commerce and entertainment.
The phased revitalization project begins with the unveiling of Mercury Builders’ The Bridge Flats in the Frontier District: 53 luxury residential units with 18,000 square feet of first-floor condominium space for retail and business tenants located along the north side of Mission Avenue between Washington and Jefferson Streets.
The Frontier District – reflective of Bellevue as the First City of Nebraska – will also feature a new streetscape: strolling walkways, abundant common areas, lush landscaping and attractive streetscaping. The area will be designed to serve residents by attracting new business ventures and inspiring enriching community engagement projects as well as more mixed-use apartment/retail buildings.
The Bridge Flats provides first glimpse of the transformative renovation of downtown Bellevue – the Frontier District will preserve the Olde Towne neighborhood’s charm and history while reimagining its future as a centralized hub in Nebraska’s fastest-growing city.
“We’re thrilled to announce the Frontier District and unveil The Bridge Flats to debut our ambitious plans to rejuvenate downtown Bellevue,” Bellevue Mayor Rusty Hike said. “We’re committed to serving this city by investing in projects that incentivize businesses and spark growth so we can continue to make Bellevue Your Home to Thrive.”
The Bridge Flats, a $12.3 million construction project, will provide affordable living options to help meet the needs of a growing community. The luxury apartment building will feature a landscaped and furnished courtyard, outdoor kitchen and grill station, as well as green space for activities like Bocce ball and yoga. Redeveloped front facades for businesses on the south side of Mission Avenue also are included in the project plans, which will give the Frontier District a more uniform look. Additional public parking will be integrated.
“We’re excited for the opportunity to launch the Bridge Flats, working with city leaders, the business community and Bellevue residents to create a vibrant place that will make The Frontier District an attraction for years to come,” said Jeff Gehring, co-owner of Mercury Builders and Construction.
The Frontier District, spanning Mission Avenue, will create a contemporary feel and provide metropolitan amenities that align with the city’s exponential growth.
“The Frontier District will make the downtown area much more competitive with other developments we have seen in recent years,” said Jim Ristow, Bellevue City Administrator. “Businesses are showing strong interest in the project and are really attracted to the vision of the Frontier District.”
Located just west of the recently renovated American Heroes Park and the iconic Bellevue Bridge and sitting just minutes from Offutt Air Force Base and the Premier Sports Village youth sports complex to the south, The Frontier District is poised to emerge as a can’t-miss destination that delivers on Bellevue’s strategic plan for downtown redevelopment.
In addition to Mercury Builders, the Bridge Flats development team includes Perry Reid Properties, Perry Reid Construction, Moffett Investment Group, CMBA Architects, TD2 Engineering & Surveying, E & A Consulting Group and ETI-Engineering.