Shopping center proposed near new Bellingham Costco

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDOctober 28, 2013 

BELLINGHAM - A new Costco store isn't the only big project slated for the area near Bakerview Road and Interstate 5.

The warehouse retailer is expected to have a next-door neighbor - a 142,000-square-foot shopping center immediately to the west, at 4084 Pacific Highway.

Before the developer, PMF Investments of Bellevue, submits applications for what it calls the Bellingham Retail Center, the public will have a chance to learn about the project. The developer is holding a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Hampton Inn Bellingham-Airport, 3985 Bennett Drive.

Much of the 13-acre property where the proposed retail center would be located is undeveloped. Pace's Salvage is on the front portion of the site.

A preliminary plan shows six commercial buildings to be built in two phases, and 713 parking spaces. The proposed Costco, across Bakerview Road from Fred Meyer, would be 160,000 square feet with 800 parking spaces.

The Costco, the Bellingham Retail Center, proposed hotels and other projects on Bakerview Road and by the airport will generate considerable traffic on an already busy Interstate 5 crossing.

A traffic study is underway for the retail center and will include the impact on traffic of Costco, hotels and any other developments "in the pipeline," said city Public Works Director Ted Carlson.

Potential shopping center tenants typically aren't known at this stage. The six buildings range in size from 8,000 to 35,000 square feet. A PMF Investment representative did not return a call seeking comment.

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Source: City of Bellingham

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