Waterfront District Redevelopment

LyleJansma-GPSite006.jpgThe Waterfront District
The Port and City of Bellingham are redeveloping 237 acres on Bellingham's central waterfront that was formerly a pulp and tissue manufacturing facility. A Master Plan has been approved to create a vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood with new parks and trails and thousands of new jobs. This large land area won't change overnight; it will be redeveloped in phases over the next 40-50 years of investment and development before the project is completely finished.

What's Happening Now?
  • The Port Commission has signed a Master Development Agreement with Dublin-based Harcourt Developments to start work on the first 18.8 acres on Bellingham's downtown waterfront. 
  • The City is building a New Waterfront Trail connecting Squalicum Harbor to the former GP Aeration Stabilization Basin. Opening in July 2015, the new waterfront trail will offer spectacular views of Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands.
  • The City has completed the final master plan for Cornwall Beach Park (17-acres) which will be connected by a proposed over-water walkway from Boulevard Park (10-acres).
  • The Port is working with private investors to ensure the adaptive reuse of the iconic Granary Building is one of the first "new" commercial buildings on the waterfront.
  • The Port is targeting family-wage job industries such as Clean Tech and Marine Cargo and Related Construction for recruitment to the Waterfront District.
  • The Port is working with the City to complete the design of roads and parks to support the First Phase of Development in the Waterfront District.
  • The Port is working with the Department of Ecology to clean-up contaminated property at six state-listed cleanup sites in the Waterfront District .
  • The Port is working with the City to promote a range of sustainable strategies including the development of district specific utilities and the salvage and reuse of industrial icons from the former Georgia Pacific pulp and paper mill.
  • The Port is designing stormwater infrastructure for the Shipping Terminal and Marine Trades Area to support working waterfront operations, to protect the environment and to recruit job-creating industrial users.
  • The Port is working with Western Washington University and potential private investors to develop a strategy for facilities and programming which support Western's future expansion to the Waterfront District.