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Project Background
Changing Economy
For more than 100 years, Bellingham's waterfront served the economic region as a bustling industrial area, a transportation gateway, and a home to many maritime activities. As the local and national economy began to change, many employers went out of business, leaving behind a legacy of vacant and contaminated industrial property on the waterfront. One of Whatcom County's largest employers, Georgia-Pacific, started closing down its pulp, paper, and chemical operations in 1999.

Waterfront Futures Group
In 2003, the port and city appointed the citizen-led Waterfront Futures Group to create a vision for the changing waterfront. During the 18-month project, the community spoke loudly in favor of a new waterfront, calling for the creation of a mixed-use neighborhood that combines commercial, institutional, educational, retail service, and residential uses enveloped in increased quality access to the aquatic environment. In January 2005, the port acquired all 137-acres of Georgia Pacific’s waterfront property to help rebuild the waterfront economy and make the community vision a reality.

Final Waterfront Futures Group Reports
Final Recommendations Powerpoint - this large file has been broken up into multiple, smaller files to make the download easier.

Final Waterfront Vision

Final Framework Plan

Final Display Boards - this large file has been broken up into multiple, smaller files to make the download easier.

Key Project Documents
Environmental Impact Statement
Environmental Insurance Policy
Port/City Partnership Agreements
Property Acquisition Documents
Geotechnical and Foundation Considerations

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