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Posted on: February 3, 2022

Port Issues RFP to Redevelop the Historic Boardmill Building

The Port has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to redevelop the historic Boardmill Building on Bellingham's downtown waterfront. Developers/operators are being sought to redevelop the approximately 44,000 square foot building into a hotel and conference center or alternative design concept.

The Boardmill Building is located within Bellingham's downtown commercial core and has westward views of the San Juan Islands. The downtown waterfront has historically been identified with heavy industrial and maritime uses throughout most of Bellingham's history. The Boardmill Building was part of Georgia-Pacific's former Pulp and Paper Mill.

The Port acquired Georgia-Pacific's Pulp and Paper Mill in 2005 as it was shutting down to rebuild the waterfront economy, increase public access to the water, and restore the health of land and water. Bellingham's downtown waterfront is now coming alive with new residential units, container village vendors, community events, a micro-brewery with outside seating areas, a large bike park, the seasonal farmers market, and offices and businesses located within the historic Granary Building.

Any questions related to this solicitation shall be directed to Elliott Smith at (360) 676-2500 or

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