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Pacific Commerce begins tenant search

Each week, The Bellingham Herald profiles an ongoing commercial construction project. This week: Pacific Commerce Center on Pacific Highway.

What is happening?

Faber Brothers Construction has finished construction of the 30,000-square-foot retail center called Pacific Commerce Center. The first of the new tenants, Northwest Hot Spring Spas, has started work and plans to be in its 4,000-square-foot space by March. The company will be moving there from its Iowa Street location.

Where is it?

Next to Wilson’s Furniture, 5080 Pacific Highway.

Who is doing the work?

Bayfield Development Group LLC is the developer; Faber Brothers designed and built the center.

Who is moving in?

While Northwest Hot Spring Spas is the only officially signed tenant, Bayfield is in negotiations with several companies for the other four spaces. David Vargo, pre-construction manager at Faber, said several retail businesses have expressed interest in the spaces, and expects the center to be retail-focused.

What is noteworthy about the project?

The spaces are condominiums, giving smaller businesses a chance to own a space in a retail center. Dan Hyatt, owner at Northwest Hot Spring Spas, said the new space for his business will be much larger. “We considered other locations, but the proximity to the freeway and being next to Wilson Furniture were two features that led us to Pacific Commerce Center,” Hyatt said. The 21-year-old company also has a store in Burlington.



COMING UP

A Bellingham permit application has been approved for a $1 million, two-story office building at 541 W. Bakerview Road for Ebright Enterprises. The contractor is Z Construction.

A Bellingham permit application has been approved at 424 W. Bakerview Road for a $68,250 tenant improvement project for a real estate office, Real Property Management.

A Bellingham permit application has been submitted for a $125,000 remodel project at 2869 W. Maplewood Ave.

The project would add a pharmacy, kennel and surgery room to an existing animal hospital, Maplewood Animal Hospital.

Sources: David Vargo, Dan Hyatt, city of Bellingham building permits.

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