The Port of Bellingham and the City of Bellingham are working together to redevelop a 237 acre site adjacent to the current downtown that was formerly a pulp and tissue mill. After many years of planning, activities are proceeding rapidly. The Port has signed an agreement with a master developer, Harcourt Developments, which is currently reconstructing an old picturesque granary into a mixed use retail and office center that will serve as a gateway to the district. Additional office and residential spaces are in the works. The City is building streets, utilities, and parks, with creation of Waypoint Park slated to commence in 2017. Environmental cleanup is proceeding elsewhere on the site. After completion of cleanup, construction will begin on the largest waterfront park, the 17-acre Cornwall Beach Park. Trails and bikeways will provide transportation links throughout the area. Work will commence in late 2017 on the first of two main arterials throughoutt the Waterfront site -- Granary Avenue and Laurel Street.
Portions of the waterfront are being retained for commercial and industrial use. Notable new developments include a new manufacturing facility for boat builder All American Marine, and solar manufacturer Itek Energy, recently purchased by and operating as Silfab Solar, has purchased a 48,000 square foot warehouse where it has substantially expanded its local manufacturing operations.