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City, Port policy makers schedule joint waterfront update May 3

Posted: April 26, 2012 11:40:44 AM PDT

City and Port policy makers will hear a status report on waterfront master planning and related waterfront development efforts at a joint meeting planned for May 3, 2012.

The Bellingham City Council and the Port of Bellingham Board of Commissioners have scheduled a joint public meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3 at Bellingham City Hall Council Chambers. The meeting will air live as it is occurring on BTV10 and on the City website, and be posted online for on-demand viewing following the meeting.

At the May 3 meeting, Mayor Kelli Linville, Port Interim Executive Director Rob Fix and other City and Port staff will provide a presentation on waterfront master planning and related waterfront redevelopment efforts. The presentation will describe proposed changes in redevelopment phasing, including adjustments to the 2010 Draft Sub-Area Plan and waterfront site cleanup and preparation steps taken so far.

The presentation also will describe work items completed to date and tasks still remaining before proposed planning documents can be submitted for legislative and public review, expected later in 2012.
 
“The Port and the City are moving forward together on a proposal that emphasizes cleanup, public access and jobs,” Linville said. “The May 3 meeting is a status report to the City Council, Port Commissioners, and the communities we serve. We are making important progress and we still have more to do. People need to know what is happening with this project, including our plans to present a complete, practical and achievable plan to the Bellingham Planning Commission in the coming months.”

Port Commission President Scott Walker said he is pleased at the collaboration between the Port and the City to move forward on waterfront redevelopment.

“Our agencies have made a great deal of progress in planning, site preparations and job creation,” Walker said. “Two early action cleanups are completed, old structures removed, and other similar work well underway. We’ve accommodated two businesses bringing 150 new jobs. Meanwhile, extensive public participation has guided the waterfront master plan, and we’re working now to recalibrate it to reflect community preferences and economic realities. It is important for policy makers and community members to hear an update about our work together as we look toward submitting a proposal for legislative review this year,” he said.

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Media Contacts:
Janice Keller, City of Bellingham, 360-778-8100
Carolyn Casey, Port of Bellingham, 360-676-2500

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