The Waterfront District
The Port and City of Bellingham are redeveloping 237 acres on Bellingham's central waterfront that was formerly a pulp and tissue manufacturing facility. A Master Plan has been approved to create a vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood with new parks and trails and thousands of new jobs. This large land area won't change overnight; it will be redeveloped in phases over the next 40-50 years of investment and development before the project is completely finished.
What's Happening Now
The Port is negotiating an agreement with private investor Harcourt Developments to become the Master Developer for the first development offering in the Waterfront District, a 10.8 acre portion alongside downtown Bellingham on Bellingham Bay.
The Port is working with the City to complete the design of roads and parks to support the first phase of development in the Waterfront District.
The Port is working with the Department of Ecology to clean-up contaminated property at six state-listed cleanup sites in the Waterfront District.
The Port is working with the City to promote a range of sustainable strategies including the development of district specific utilities, the salvage and reuse of industrial icons from the former Georgia Pacific pulp and paper mill, and the adaptive reuse of the Granary Building.
The City completed the preliminary master plan for Cornwall Beach Park (17-acres) which will be connected by a proposed over-water walkway from Boulevard Park (10-acres).
What's Happening in 2015?
The City will build a temporary waterfront trail from Bellwether on the Bay (TM) to the Aeration Stabilization Basin.
The Port will develop a marketing plan to attract and recruit target job-creating industries to the Waterfront District.
The Port will build stormwater infrastructure at the Shipping Terminal and Marine Trades Area to support working waterfront operations, to protect the environment and to recruit job-creating industrial users.
The Port will work with Western Washington University and potential private investors to develop a strategy for facilities and programming which support Western's expansion to the Waterfront District.
The Port will continue to work with the Department of Ecology to develop and implement cleanup plans for state-listed sites in the Waterfront District which support the planned land uses.