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 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.
The Port has hired Tacoma-based American Construction Company to perform a $30.6 million cleanup of the Whatcom Waterway. The project will rebuild existing marine infrastructure, restore habitat, and create a significant number of construction jobs and long-term employment opportunities. Most of the construction will be complete by March 2016.
The Port has hired a contractor to take down the Digester Building and Chipper Building with over 95% of the building materials to be reused or recycled. Removing the Digester Building and Chipper Building will open up new views from downtown to the water and further prepare the site for future development.
The City finished building a New Waterfront Trail in July 2015 connecting Squalicum Harbor to the former GP Aeration Stabilization Basin. The new waterfront trail will offer 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 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 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.