Final environmental review of new Whatcom County jail released

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDNovember 7, 2013 

Public concerns over a new Whatcom County jail and sheriff's office proposed for Ferndale have been addressed in the final version of an environmental review of the jail, released late Thursday afternoon, Nov. 7.

County and Ferndale officials responsible for the review made minor changes to the text after a month-long public comment period that concluded last month. The main project alternatives remain the same: build a jail at the corner of LaBounty Drive and Sunset Avenue in one of two configurations, or continue to maintain two jail sites in Bellingham. The latter "no action" alternative is not considered feasible by county officials because the current jail is overcrowded and in disrepair.

The "final environmental impact statement" can be found at whatcomcounty.us/jailsiting and cityofferndale.org/jail.

To download a copy of the final EIS, click here (PDF, 18.5 MB).

The County Council will be briefed on the final review at a meeting at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the courthouse, 311 Grand Ave., Bellingham.

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