Hebert Research of Bellevue, Wa., conducted research with 606 Bellevue businesses across three sections of the city  and 611 individuals to determine the impact of construction of the Sound Transit East Link project on business revenue, operations and consumer purchasing behavior. The research was conducted between Sept. 19 and Oct. 12, 2011.
Revenues in Bellevue’s Central Business District have a high probablility of declining by more than $229 Million annually based on a projected decrease in customer visits during construction.
Assessment of the total impact considers nearly one-third of Bellevue households (50,355 total – 2010 U.S. Census) will make one less visit per month in each of four categories: shopping, dining, enjoying entertainment and using professional services in the CBD. Impact is based on results of 417 residents surveyed.
Nearly one-third (31.7%) of Bellevue residents in the research reported they will visit the Central Business District less frequently during construction. In addition, 3.4% said they will increase their visits, creating a net reduction of 28.3% in annual visits. The research found a resident makes an average of 165 trips to the Central Business District per year for shopping, dining, entertainment and professional services. Average amount spent per visit is $97.34. By calculating one less visit per month for each of the four activities noted, the total economic value of the “missed visits” is more than $1.8 million for individuals surveyed.
Other Key Findings:
IV. Total employment loss is projected at 7,239 jobs – an effect of decreased revenue (2,684 jobs) and moved/closed businesses (4,555 jobs) – over an estimated four-year construction period. The total tax losses are projected at more than $3 million over four years.
V. Total economic impact of East Link construction is calculated at more than $1.4 billion over four years based upon total annual impact on revenue plus the total impact of businesses relocating or closing.
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