Port of Bellingham to consider possible Fairhaven projects

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 30, 2014 

BELLINGHAM - The Port of Bellingham Commission soon could adopt a list of projects that would improve piers and buildings in the Fairhaven Marine Industrial Park as port staff works to update a comprehensive plan for that area.

A few of the projects that could be added to the plan include expanded boat fabrication facilities for All American Marine, demolition of a pier near Fairhaven Shipyard that needs replacing, and demolition of small buildings that could be combined into a larger facility.

The port staff plans to recommend combining any proposed building projects, which would carry a cost in the tens of millions, with required cleanup projects, said Sylvia Goodwin, port planning director.

If the commission votes to approve the list of projects, there would be no immediate cost, as each project would need to be approved at a later date.

"We may or may not fund any or all of these projects, which are all consistent with city zoning, shorelines, and the Fairhaven neighborhood plan," Goodwin said.

There will be a public hearing on the proposed amendment to the Fairhaven Comprehensive Scheme of Harbor Improvements during the port meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, at the port office, 1801 Roeder Ave. There will not be a vote until the commission's July 15 meeting.

The current plan for Fairhaven was last updated in December 2008 but did not include a specific list of projects, Goodwin said.

To view details about the proposed amendment to the plan, go to portofbellingham.com, hover over "Port Commission" on the menu on the left side of the home page and select "Commission Meeting Agendas." The amendment is linked within the agenda for July 1.

Reach Samantha Wohlfeil at 360-715-2274 or Samantha.Wohlfeil@bellinghamherald.com.

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