Bellingham market plans two-story space to grow recreational pot

The owner of a small market wants to build a two-story building for growing and processing recreational pot at 4564 Meridian St.

Surjit Singh is planning a 15,192-square-foot space for a tier 3 operation. It would be located behind his existing business, Intercontinental Foods, in Bellingham.

Tier 3 is the category for the largest growing operations allowed by the state.

Singh said he was getting involved in the recreational pot industry “because it’s a business.”

He hoped to be able to start construction within two months.

“It depends on the permit from the city and how long they take,” he said.

The state hasn’t yet granted Singh his grower or processor license.

Singh has applied for a planned development permit, an environment review and a permit for critical areas such as wetlands. The public has until 5 p.m. Sept. 24 to submit written comments on the project.

Send written comments and requests for information to city of Bellingham planner Ryan Nelson at; 360-778-8368; or the Planning and Community Development Department at City Hall, 210 Lottie St., Bellingham, WA 98225.

Meanwhile, the Washington state Liquor Control Board has given growing and processing licenses to two more businesses in Whatcom County.

One went to Stone Mountain for a tier 1 operation at 916 Kentucky St. in Bellingham. The applicants were Nathaniel Stenberg, Teresa Neff and Benjamin Howard.

“We look forward to working with and supporting the local community of Bellingham,” Stenberg said.

The other was Northwest Organic Nursery for its tier 3 business at 6283 Noon Road, Suite A, near Everson. The applicants were Julian, Alexander and Teresa Pfister, as well as Max Twitchell.

The state created three tiers for growers based on square footage. Tier 1 was originally for operations smaller than 2,000 square feet; tier 2 was 2,000 to 10,000 square feet; and tier 3 was 10,000 to 30,000 square feet.

But because so many applied for licenses to grow pot, the state decided in February to cap producers at 70 percent of the maximum growing space for which they applied.