Chairman & CEO
Kemper Development Company
Kemper Freeman is the principal owner and hands-on leader of Kemper Development Company which has developed a total of 4 million square feet of real estate in the Bellevue, Washington CBD. This portfolio of real estate called
“The Bellevue Collection” is comprised of Bellevue Square, a super-regional shopping center and two mixed-use projects: Bellevue Place, totaling 1.2 million sf comprised of two office buildings, retail space and a 733 room Hyatt Regency Hotel and Lincoln Square totaling 1.4 million sf comprised of 310,000 sf of retail, a 42 story tower featuring The Westin Bellevue with 337 luxury rooms and meeting space, 148 luxury condominiums on the upper 22 stories, and a 28 story class “A” office building. The three projects are connected via sky bridges.
An expansion of Lincoln Square is currently under construction, with all work to be completed by October 2017. The expansion is a 1.5 million square foot mixed-use project which will include a 245 room W Hotel, 231 luxury apartments,710,000 sf of class “A” office space and 180,000 sf of retail, dining and entertainment space. The former JC Penney store at Bellevue Square has been converted into seven mall shops, and an expansion Bellevue Square will begin in the near future.
Kemper Freeman is a past Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He serves as a Board Member of Overlake Hospital and the Tateuchi Center – Performing Arts Center Eastside. Mr. Freeman has a long history of involvement in political and civic activities. He is a former Washington State Legislator and has served on the boards of numerous business and civic organizations.
In 2002, Kemper announced his intention to donate land valued at over $8 million for The Tateuchi Center to preside. He has continued his father’s legacy by offering retail space inside to Bellevue LifeSpring (formerly Overlake Service League) to house their thrift store for the annual rent of $1.00 since 1947.