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Bellingham waterfront gets a face-lift

Project to rebuild Bellingham's downtown waterfront explained

This promotional video explains city and Port of Bellingham plans to redevelop 74 acres of downtown Bellingham's waterfront that once was home to a Georgia-Pacific West pulp and tissue mill.
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This promotional video explains city and Port of Bellingham plans to redevelop 74 acres of downtown Bellingham's waterfront that once was home to a Georgia-Pacific West pulp and tissue mill.

By late summer, the downtown waterfront should look a little more appealing, as work to cap the contaminated site with new fill material should be complete.

RAM Construction started work on the $2 million project this week, Port of Bellingham staff announced Friday, July 8.

The company will regrade more than 20 acres of the former Georgia-Pacific Corp. pulp and tissue mill property with fill, giving it a uniform, crushed rock surface, according to the port.

The new surface will act as a barrier between contamination and people, eventually allowing for public access on the site and preparing it for development.

The project will be paid for with a combination of state cleanup money and the port’s environmental insurance policy, and is being completed under oversight from the state Department of Ecology.

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