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More apartments proposed in Bellingham, including the waterfront

There’s going to be a public meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday to talk about a new project on Bellwether Way.
There’s going to be a public meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday to talk about a new project on Bellwether Way. The Bellingham Herald file

Plans are in the works to add some apartment living with a waterfront view, as well as more units near Western Washington University.

There’s going to be a public meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday to talk about a new project on Bellwether Way. The proposal is for a four-story, mixed-used apartment building with 45 units and 4,500 square feet of ground-level commercial space.

The meeting is being hosted by Radim Blazej of Caron Architecture at the Hotel Bellwether, in the Admiral Garden Room.

The Cohanim family of Seattle is building the mixed-use structure on an undeveloped space at 20 Bellwether Way. The Cohanims bought three buildings19, 21 and 23 Bellwether Way – in late 2015. The family has developed several commercial and residential projects in the Pacific Northwest since the 1970s, including converting the Palladian apartment building in Belltown into a hotel in late 2014.

A residential component is always something contemplated during the development of Bellwether Way, said Shirley McFearin, director of real estate for the Port of Bellingham. She said developers are planning to build luxury apartments and it’s something the Port supports because they would provide the 24-hour activity that residents bring to an area.

A public meeting also has been scheduled to discuss a proposed three-story, 10-unit apartment structure that would be built at 936 21st St., south of Western Washington University. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the Fairhaven Public Library fireplace room at 1117 12th St.

Between the proposed projects that are going through the public process and the 277 units already approved by the city this year, more than 1,000 apartment units could potentially arrive in the coming year or two in Bellingham. Many of those units are in one project, a 426-unit, 10-story building called CityScape, which is proposed for the north part of Bellingham near Costco.

Dave Gallagher: 360-715-2269, @BhamHeraldBiz

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