Bellingham Waterfront Redevelopment
Up until a few years ago, Bellingham’s waterfront was dominated by the Georgia Pacific pulp mill. Sometimes smelly, always an eyesore, it was nevertheless one of Bellingham’s largest employers.
In 2003, the Port of Bellingham and the City partnered in taking over the site and created a visionary plan for 11 miles of Bellingham’s waterfront.
After tons of research and public input, a plan was developed that includes a new, much need marina, a combination of marine industrial uses, residential, community and commericial uses.
Shipyards, city landfills, timber ponds, food processors, pulp mills and paper plants have left behind toxic chemicals and waste. Obviously, there is quite a bit of environmental clean-up required, including the big industrial lagoon that Georgia Pacific used for waste water treatment that will become the new marina.
The overall plan is really exciting and will give Bellingham’s waterfront back to the community. An extensive trail system is planned that will connect to the downtown to Fairhaven existing trail. The new “clean ocean” marina is a completely new design that has never been built before. It’s expected to be completed in the next 10 years.
A new downtown marina will have viewpoints and public water access points. This will connect to miles and miles of trails, a kayak beach, and a series of waterfront parks.
There will be residential areas with spectacular views and close proximity to dining and shopping. Even Western Washington University will have a presence there with a waterfront campus expansion of Huxley College of the Environment.
There are a lot of eyes on this project. The plan is for “green” development with the project being selected as a pilot project for new Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) standards, which are being developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.
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