Development Plans Around Future Costco Continue

The Bellingham Herald reports continued plans being submitted for retail centers around the proposed Costco on Bakerview Road. PMF Investments, who is already planning a 142,000-square-foot retail center west of the new Costco, has now applied for environmental review for an 60,000-square-foot multi-building directly east of the Costco site. The filed paperwork indicates construction on the new buildings would commence in 2015.

Full details on the story can be read online at the Lynden Tribune.

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Additional Retail Center Near Proposed Costco

The Bellingham Herald reported today that an additional retail development has been proposed near the planned Costco site in the Bakerview/Interstate 5 area. PMF Investments, who already has applied for permits to build the 142,000 square-foot Bellingham Retail Center west of Costco, is having a public meeting for a second, 59,000 square-foot project to be called Bellingham Retail Center East.

Read the entire article online at the Bellingham Herald.

Future Shopping Center Plans Moving Along

Plans for a 142,000 square-foot shopping center next to the future Costco location near the Bakerview Road / I-5 interchange are moving along. The shopping center will include six buildings on a 13-acre site west of Costco. Plans have already been submitted on behalf of the developer, PMF Investments of Bellevue.

Read the full story on the BellinghamHerald.com website.

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Map by The Bellingham Herald

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.