The City of Bellingham is excited to continue progress on projects that provide public access and support the redevelopment of our historic waterfront district. The site, located west of downtown, has been in a state of transition from its long history as an active industrial site to a new mixed-use neighborhood. Over the past several years, the City of Bellingham and the Port of Bellingham have joined together to transform this vacant brownsfield site into a thriving urban neighborhood with a variety of housing, employment, institutional and recreational uses.
"Our community is making investments that provide public access to our waterfront
and build the infrastructure needed to support the housing and jobs our community needs."
-- Mayor Kelli Linville
Over $60 million in environmental cleanup efforts has removed over 110,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil and sediment.
New All-American Marine manufacturing facility will bring 75 skilled trade jobs to the Waterfront.
Upgraded marine trade infrastructure includes a new barge terminal, loading ramp and 250-ton crane.
Construction and expansion of a Silfab facility, North America's largest solar panel manufacturer. This will bring over 100 clean energy jobs to Bellingham.
Waypoint Park is open! The park provides the first public access to the former GP Mill site.
Construction is nearly complete on the Granary Building. Bellingham Yoga Collective has moved in as the first tenant to occupy the building since GP closed in 2007.
- Construction on new roads, sidewalks, utilities and Bellingham's first Cycle Track is underway.
- A clean energy district heating and cooling system will connect all new buildings. The system is more efficient and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
Ram Construction continues to stream a live camera feed
of the Laurel/Granary street construction and Waypoint Park, including time-lapse images.
Located at the end of Central Avenue and next to the Granary Building, this one-acre park includes a new beach, playground, waterfront trail, industrial art and nearshore habitat. Total costs for Waypoint Park including the Central Pier were $3.8 million. We can’t wait for the citizens of Bellingham to enjoy this park as much as we have loved building it.
When the waterfront district is fully implemented, the community will have another 33 acres of upland parks and six acres of public beach in the waterfront district, which will provide visitors and residents with a variety of waterfront access opportunities.
Granary Avenue and Laurel Street
The Granary Avenue and Laurel Street project involves the construction of a new roadway through the site and includes bicycle and pedestrian facilities, parking, public and franchise utilities, landscaping and street lighting. At a cost of $10.9 million, these streets will provide further public access through the waterfront area, facilitate the opening of the Granary Building and connect to Waypoint Park.
These waterfront streets will establish new connections to our city center and provide the infrastructure needed to further develop the district.
Waterfront Historic Resources Plan
Many Community members and other stakeholders have expressed interest in the retention and/or reuse of equipment remaining from the pulp and tissue mill processes. These features can help reinforce the unique character of the Waterfront District, providing visual connections from the surrounding neighborhoods and opportunities for historic interpretation, artwork and wayfinding.
The City of Bellingham partnered with the Port of Bellingham to develop Waterfront Historic Resources Plan. These recommendations showcase how the remaining buildings, icons and smaller features could be linked into a cohesive story and visual concept as the site redevelops.
In December 2013 the Bellingham City Council approved the Waterfront District Subarea Plan and related development regulations. Together, these planning tools will guide private development and public improvements, and help prioritize city investment in the development of the waterfront.