Retail development near Bellingham Costco goes before Planning Commission

The city Planning Commission will review plans to build a retail center next to a proposed Bakerview Road Costco during a public meeting Thursday, March 26.

PMF Investments proposes building “Bellingham Retail Center East,” directly east of the proposed Costco site. The retail center application includes plans for four buildings, totaling about 60,000 square feet at 1240 W. Bakerview Road, just across the street from the Fred Meyer.

Written comments must be sent by March 24 to city planner Steve Sundin at ssundin@cob.org to be included in the record before the meeting. Public comment may be accepted, at the chair’s discretion, at the 7 p.m. meeting in the City Council chambers, 210 Lottie St.

To build the project, three single-family homes will be demolished and 1.03 acres of wetlands will need to be filled on the 6.26-acre site.

The developer plans to purchase 1.23 acres of credits from the Lummi Nation Mitigation Bank to mitigate for filling the category 3 wetlands and to account for impacts to wetlands that extend off the site.

The same developer also is planning a 142,000-square-foot retail center immediately west of the new Costco.

Applications filed with the city say PMF Investments plans to build the east retail center in 2015, to be completed by 2016.

The application, staff report and other documents will be available in the Planning and Community Development Department at City Hall and at cob.org/meetings about one week before the meeting.