Waterfront District

Waterfront Redevelopment 

The City of Bellingham is excited to break ground on two important projects that will provide public access and support the redevelopment of our 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.

Projects underway include two new streets, Granary Avenue and Laurel Street, and Waypoint Park. These projects are anticipated to end construction in November 2018, and we can’t wait for you to join us in celebrating these long-awaited gathering places.

"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

Video filmed in April 2017, prior to any redevelopment. 


Waypoint Park

Located at the end of Central Avenue and next to the Granary Building, this one-acre park will include a new beach, playground, waterfront trail, acid ball industrial art and nearshore habitat. 

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. 

The City is constructing the first phase of Waypoint Park at a cost of $4.7 million. We can’t wait for the citizens of Bellingham to enjoy this park as much as we have loved building it.

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. 

These waterfront streets will establish new connections to our city center and provide the infrastructure needed to further develop the district.  

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.

Subarea Plan

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. 


Related Documents

Live waterfront camera

Ram Construction has mounted a live camera feed of the Laurel/Granary street construction and Waypoint Park construction, including time-lapse images. To access the live feed, click here.

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