Library director to meet with broker about Birch Bay property

By Oliver Lazenby

During a January 17 meeting, the Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) board of trustees asked executive director Christine Perkins to meet with the real estate broker for the Vogt property, a property at 7986 Birch Bay Drive that could become a Birch Bay WCLS branch.

Gary and Cindy Lou Vogt, offered the property as a library last September for $750,000. WCLS started investigating Birch Bay’s need for a library and that specific location shortly after, and has spent $50,000 on a thorough site analysis of the property. The Vogt’s originally hoped to make a deal by the end of this month.

Trustees directed Perkins to meet with the real estate broker after a half-hour executive session for discussing real estate.

Pat Jerns, the Vogt’s real estate broker, said he plans to meet with Perkins sometime around the end of January after she gets back from a conference, but he doesn’t know what exactly they will discuss.

“We have no details relevant to that yet,” Jerns said. “WCLS is moving forward in a professional and organized manner and we’re doing what we can to assist them when they ask us. Things like this don’t happen over night.”

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