Approval near for 154 apartments for seniors in Bellingham

Developers are about to get the green light to construct a four-story apartment building for seniors, between Telegraph and McLeod roads east of Meridian Street.

Permits are almost ready for the Inland Group of Spokane Valley to build Affinity at Bellingham, 154 apartments for people 55 and older.

Inland Group spokesman Darin Davidson said on Tuesday, Sept. 16, the company hopes to break ground on Oct. 15.

The developer submitted a separate application to the city, on Sept. 8, to build a 2,900-square-foot building for commercial businesses on the same property. Commerce must be included with the residential development, according to the zoning code for the properties off Meridian Street.

A medical or professional office is the most likely tenant, Davidson said.

“Several parties are expressing current interest in the building for that use,” he said.

Bellingham city planner Steve Sundin said on Monday, Sept. 15, the city will be ready “imminently” to grant Inland Group a permit to clear and level the 7.8 acres that had been the site of a mobile-home park until 2008. Land clearing and grading prior to the start of construction should take three or four weeks, Sundin said.

According to plans filed at the Bellingham permit center, apartments will range from 495-square-foot studios to two-bedroom apartments as large as 1,195 square feet. Rents will start at $1,200 a month, according to an Affinity press release. The project includes a saltwater swimming pool, theater, spa and pub.

Information on Affinity developments for “active adults” in other cities is on the Inland Group’s website, inlandconstruction.com.