Brownand Cole to hear concerns

Published on Thu, Apr 20, 2006
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Brown and Cole to hear concerns

Birch Bay area residents concerned about the traffic impacts of a new retail development at Birch Bay–Lynden and Blaine roads are invited to attend a special meeting of the Birch Bay Steering Committee.

Craig Cole of Brown and Cole has accepted an invitation to answer questions about the development’s possible impacts as well as the project’s general concepts. Architect Dave Christensen, is also scheduled to attend.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 24, at the Birch Bay Bible Community Church at 7039 Jackson Road.

Brown and Cole’s two-phase project includes four new buildings, a 45,000-square foot grocery store and a 24,800-square foot retail center during the first phase. The second phase will include five new buildings and 38,200-square foot retail space. A preliminary traffic analysis submitted by Brown and Cole estimated an additional 6,900 vehicle trips per day would be generated by the new development.
The meeting comes after the company appealed a decision by the Whatcom County hearing examiner which would have required Brown and Cole to pay for certain intersection and road improvements or wait until the county did.

im Calhoun, a member of the steering committee who invited Cole to speak, said the meeting is an important chance for residents to speak out their concerns about design guidelines and potential traffic impacts of the project.

“We are not here to attack Brown and Cole,” he said. “But it’s something we need to think about and discuss. Brown and Cole won’t know our preferences if we don’t show up and tell them.”