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Big project to start this spring in Bellingham’s Barkley district

A rendering of what the new office building will look like when it is completed next year in the Barkley district. The 50,000-square-foot building will be near Barkley Boulevard, across the street from the movie theater.
A rendering of what the new office building will look like when it is completed next year in the Barkley district. The 50,000-square-foot building will be near Barkley Boulevard, across the street from the movie theater. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

The Barkley district is about to get an influx of office space with a new two-story, 50,000-square-foot building.

Groundbreaking is expected to begin this spring at 1985 Barkley Boulevard across the street from the movie theater, according to a news release from Barkley Company.

The class A building is available for sale or lease, with office suites ranging from 5,000 to 25,000 square feet.

Construction of the office building is in response to demand from companies expressing interest in buying new office space locally, said Neal Swanson of Barkley Company.

Swanson said he expects the building will attract interest from local and regional companies, particularly in the professional services and financial fields. It can also work for high-tech firms, he added.

The building is being constructed on a 2.4-acre lot, which will give contractors plenty of room to lay out equipment. That’s good news for commuters, because it means traffic and nearby buildings should not be impacted much by the construction, Swanson said.

While Barkley Company is focused on this office building project for now, Swanson said the company has other development plans in the works, including a 90-unit high end apartment building and a restaurant/mixed use building near the movie theater. Swanson noted that once development starts happening on the property near the movie theater, Barkley Company will need to put in a parking garage.

For the short-term, Swanson said the company is continuing to look for ways to attract more tenants that add an evening hangout component to the district. Recent new tenants open into the evening include MOD Pizza, Blue Abode Bar and Overflow Taps. It’s part of the overall strategy to have several components in the area, Swanson said.

Dave Gallagher: 360-715-2269, @BhamHeraldBiz

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