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 Preservation Incentives

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The City of Bellingham encourages preservation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings and offers financial and other incentives to help property owners accomplish these goals.

Free Informational Sessions were held in May, 2013 offering information on the financial incentive, code and zoning flexibility available to historic and existing buildings.

Special Valuation

This Special Valuation program would allow eligible properties a ten year property tax reduction on the upgraded historic building. The following applications can be submitted for any building that meets the specified regulations. 

Adaptive Reuse

Historic buildings were built to last, and often outlive their original purposes. Adaptive reuse can create new uses for old buildings while retaining their historic features.

One example of adaptive reuse is the historic Fairhaven Fire Station No. 2 (pictured below). This "bungalow-style" structure is located at 1314 Harris Avenue and was built in 1927.

 Fairhaven Firehouse               Fairhaven Firehouse

City Council voted in 2002 to surplus the out-dated fire station with the ultimate goal of adaptive reuse.

In 2006, the Fairhaven Fire Station became home to a performing arts center, a cafe, and some offices. Through adaptive reuse, it continues the tradition of neighborhood scale and character.

Building Code Flexibility

Contact the Building Official for more information.

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