By Steve Guntli
Developer Ken Imus has begun construction on a new shopping and dining plaza at Peace Portal Drive and F Street, and he’s bringing a Fairhaven staple along with him.
Imus earned acclaim for revitalizing the Fairhaven district of Bellingham, beginning in the 1970s. His company, Jacaranda Land Development, owns several properties along Peace Portal Drive. He has long advocated for Blaine’s potential as a tourist destination.
Workers broke ground on the new plaza at Peace Portal Drive and F Street on October 15. The project will add several important amenities to downtown Blaine.
“This project will have public restrooms, some space for little shops and maybe a little seafood restaurant in the back,” Imus said.
Imus owns several vintage double-decker busses, one of which is rented out to the iconic Fairhaven Fish and Chips restaurant. Imus said he plans to place a similar double-decker restaurant in the new development. Kathleen Hill, a designer who has worked on several projects with Imus, estimates the project will be finished by next spring.
Earlier this year, Imus announced he would be remodeling the former Goff’s Department Store building on Peace Portal Drive. That building will house retail shops on the ground level and condos on the upper levels. Crews began stripping the façade off the building over the summer.
This article was updated to clarify a piece of information. While Imus owns the bus and property in which Fairhaven Fish and Chips are located, he does not hold any rights to the Fairhaven Fish and Chips corporate name.