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Plans have changed for a major apartment project on Bellingham’s south side

An artist rendering updating the a new commercial/residential project at 3125 Old Fairhaven Parkway, near Interstate 5. The new construction proposed is a four-story, 76-unit apartment building.
An artist rendering updating the a new commercial/residential project at 3125 Old Fairhaven Parkway, near Interstate 5. The new construction proposed is a four-story, 76-unit apartment building. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Plans have changed for a major residential project in south Bellingham, but it’ll still mean plenty of apartments.

Arbour North Architecture submitted an updated plan for 3125 Old Fairhaven Parkway, near Interstate 5. The updated plan calls for a multi-story, 76-unit apartment building with interior parking. The existing retail building will remain and be in front of the proposed apartments, split into smaller spaces, according to the updated rendering.

A large courtyard will be on the south side of the residential building, which has a proposed name Fairhaven Plaza Apartments.

“The new residential design will provide a varied and interesting building with design elements like the Fairhaven core,” according to an application submitted to the city.

The project is currently in the design review permit phase. Comments and requests for information can be emailed to City Planner Brian Smart at bsmart@cob.org. Comments are due May 7.

A proposal submitted a year ago called for four stories to be built on top of the retail building, adding about 80 apartment units.

The existing retail building was constructed in 1995 as an Albertsons grocery store. A couple of other grocery stores have occupied it through the years before CHS Northwest took over the space in 2012. The company closed that store in 2018.

Dave Gallagher has covered the Whatcom County business community since 1998. Retail, real estate, jobs and port redevelopment are among the topics he covers.
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