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Waterfront District Request for Proposal
An Exciting Development Opportunity on the Bellingham Waterfront
RFP Cover
In 2013, the Port of Bellingham sought development proposals for a 10.8 acre portion of the Waterfront District. The three parcels in this offering will be zoned mixed-use and are located alongside Downtown Bellingham on Bellingham Bay.

Request for Proposals
This is the first development offering in the 237-acre Waterfront District property.
Responses to the Request for Proposals were due no later than July 10, 2013.

Proposal Responses

The Port received nine responses to its Request for Proposals. Three were for companies interested in being selected as Master Developer for the 10.8 acre area. Three were for companies interested in adaptive re-use of the Granary Building and two were for specific projects. The Port  and an interview team, including leaders from the City, County and Western Washington University, evaluated the proposals and interviewed each of the development proponents.

Exclusive Negotiating Agreement

On February 18, 2014, the Port of Bellingham's Board of Commissioners unanimously approved an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with Harcourt Developments. This agreement authorizes Port staff to enter into a 120-day period of exclusive negotiations. Any potential development or land transaction would require Port Commission approval.
Exclusive Negotiating Agreement Between Port of Bellingham and Harcourt Developments

Here are the responses to the 2013 RFP:
Master Developer Responses:
Harcourt Developments and Tin Rock Development
       Additional Letter from Harcourt Nov. 22, 2013
Williams/Dame & Assoc.
Viking Development (Withdrawn)
Uniting Creatives/Four Pillars (Submitted August 2013)

Granary Building Adaptive Re-Use Responses:
Quay Property Management
Tollhouse Energy Company/Zervas Group
Willson/Blethen & Associates

Single Project Responses:
Bellingham/Whatcom Housing Authority

For more information contact:
Rob Fix
Executive Director
Port of Bellingham

(360) 676-2500

Matt Anderson
Principal & Senior Project Director
Heartland, LLC

(206) 682-2500

Essential Links and Documents for the Development Proposal
waterfront redevelopment property
Property Offered in RFP

Interactive Project View:
DRiVE Google Earth Interactive Project View*

This tool provides project data combined with detailed views and project maps. It can be used with all browsers, but performs best with Firefox.

FTP site address: 

In addition to the Request for Proposals, the Port has assembled numerous reports, maps and documents that provide additional information about the property.

Username:  POBellingham2013
Password: WaterfrontIDO

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