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City Center Neighborhood

Gateway to the Central Business District

The City Center Neighborhood is the dominant cultural, civic, financial and service center of Bellingham.

The City Center is a collection of smaller "neighborhoods," each of which has distinct features that reflect historical land uses, topography and geographic location. For example, the Old Town area was shaped by the economics of the port of Bellingham, while the Downtown Core has a long-standing tradition of general retail. Railroad Avenue has a unique identity as well, which in part comes from the very wide street that reflects the existence of a rail line earlier in the City's history. 

The Waterfront District historically supported industrial uses and commercial fishing. It includes Squalicum Harbor Marina, Zuanich Point Park and commercial/industrial areas primarily managed by the Port of Bellingham. The City and the Port have recently joined forces to create a redevelopment plan for 137 industrial waterfront acres acquired by the Port with homes, shops, offices and light industry, as well as parks and promenades, a healthy shoreline habitat along Bellingham Bay, and a new marina.


Historic Resource Survey and Inventory Project

In 2012, the City of Bellingham received a $10,000 grant from the State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) to complete a survey and inventory of historic resources in the CBD Neighborhood. The project involved completing inventory forms (reconnaissance level) for and taking photographs of approximately 450 properties in the CBD Neighborhood, as well as portions of the Sehome and Sunnyland neighborhoods.

CBD Historic Resource Survey & Inventory Summary Report (2,690K PDF)
CBD Historic Resource Survey & Inventory Summary Report - Table 1: List of Surveyed Properties (4,526K PDF)
Project Overview Presentation - April 10, 2012 (1,582K PDF)
Consultant Presentation - April 10, 2012 (2,655K PDF)
Project Map

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