Waterfront District Redevelopment

LyleJansma-GPSite006.jpgThe 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?
  • Check out this short video detailing recent events in the Waterfront District 
  • The Port Commission has signed a Master Development Agreement with Dublin-based Harcourt Developments to start work on the first 18.8 acres on Bellingham's downtown waterfront. 
  • Harcourt will begin construction on the adaptive reuse of the iconic Granary Building in 2016. 
  • The City of Bellingham will begin construction on the first roads and waterfront park in the downtown waterfront area in 2017.
  • The Port has hired Tacoma-based American Construction Company to perform a $30.6 million cleanup of the Whatcom Waterway which is rebuilding marine infrastructure, restoring salmon habitat, and creating a significant number of construction jobs and long-term employment opportunities.  Most of the construction will be complete by March 2016.
  • The Digester Building and Chipper Building were removed in the Fall of 2015 with over 95% of the building materials to be reused or recycled.  The removal of the Digester Building and Chipper Building has opened up new views from downtown to the water and helped prepared the site for future development. 
  • The City completed a New Waterfront Trail in July 2015 which connects Squalicum Harbor to the former GP Aeration Stabilization Basin.  This new trail offers spectacular views of Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands.
  • The City has completed the final master plan for Cornwall Beach Park (17-acres) which will be connected by a proposed over-water walkway from Boulevard Park (10-acres).
  • The Port is targeting family-wage job industries such as Clean Tech and Marine Cargo and Related Construction for recruitment to 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 and the salvage and reuse of industrial icons from the former Georgia Pacific pulp and paper mill.
  • The Port is designing stormwater infrastructure for 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 is working with Western Washington University and potential private investors to develop a strategy for facilities and programming which support Western's future expansion to the Waterfront District.