Walgreens store proposed for Samish Way in Bellingham


BELLINGHAM - Major redevelopment plans are in the works for the former Black Angus building and the Shell gas station on Samish Way.

Centennial American Properties is hosting a community meeting to unveil its plans, which include putting in a Walgreens pharmacy and a second commercial building. The meeting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the Garden Street United Methodist Church at 1326 N. Garden St. The community meeting is a required component of the process before the company can apply for permits.

The proposed plan calls for a 14,490-square-foot Walgreens building on the south end of the property, where the gas station and convenience store sit. It would have a drive-through on the east side of the building.

On the north side of the property a 4,500-square-foot building is proposed, while parking spaces would be installed between and behind the two buildings.

The buildings are proposed to be built right next to the sidewalk. That would fit in with the city's plans for the area, said Sehome Neighborhood Association President Jean Hamilton. She believes putting the buildings closer to the sidewalk would make it more pedestrian friendly and a more inviting place to walk.

"Not having a wilderness of parking from the street would be a good thing," she said.

The project also would redevelop a part of Samish that has been empty for nearly six years. The Black Angus restaurant abruptly closed in August 2008. In 2009 a proposed project by Ebenal General would have put in 12,000 square feet of retail space, some office space and 80 apartment units, but that didn't materialize.

The Walgreens project would remove the Black Angus building for parking spaces, according to the plans.

Walgreens has stores on East Sunset Drive and on Meridian Street in Bellingham. According to the company's website, it has 132 pharmacies in Washington and 8,206 across the U.S.


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