Grant Awarded to Build Road to Costco

The Washington state Transportation Improvement Board announced a $2.25 million grant to build an east-west road to run behind the new 160,000 square foot Costco on West Bakerview. Though the retailer has not yet applied for permits, an east-west road to connect Northwest and Pacific Highway would be a potential second access point to the store. In addition to providing additional access to the shopping center where Costco would go, there are as many as 500 homes which would be built off the new road. The City of Bellingham does not plan to build the new road, to be called Mahogany Avenue, until 2016. The entire project cost is estimated at $7.81 million. The city approved vacation of an “unnamed east west right-of-way generally located north of West Bakerview Road between Artic Avenue and Pacific Highway” on November 18, 2013.

Read more details in an article by Ralph Schwartz of the Bellingham Herald.

Costco Closer to Agreement with City of Bellingham

If there is to be a new Costco shopping center off West Bakerview, the company has agreed to pay its share of the costs for a 13-acre stormwater treatment area which would also service up to 500 future homes. The funding would be an addition to the $2.5 million the Whatcom County Council has yet to approve for the project. Interestingly, Schwartz reports, County Council members’ hesitation on the funding has been decreasing as council members look to ways to deal with the traffic impact. See interactive map online.

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Read the complete story by Ralph Schwartz in the Bellingham Herald online.