Brownand Cole release plans for store

Published on Thu, Aug 17, 2006 by ack Kintner

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Brown and Cole release plans for store

By Jack Kintner

Brown & Cole of Bellingham and Mayflower Equities have applied for a major development permit to construct Birch Bay Center, a two-phased commercial development at 4565 Birch Bay-Lynden Road.
Phase 1 involves four buildings, including a 45,000-square foot grocery store. Phase 2 includes five more buildings totaling 38,200-square feet of retail space and associated parking. Brown & Cole’s Cost Cutter Market in Blaine is slightly under 40,000-square feet.

The property in question is near the southwest corner of the Blaine and Birch Bay-Lynden roads intersection. Last April hearings were held over potential traffic problems in the area from an estimated 6,900 additional vehicle trips per day generated by the stores.

Initially the applicants appealed the determination that they would have to pay for road improvements as a part of the project, but they withdrew the appeal last month, clearing the way for a public hearing on Wednesday, September 6, at 2:15 p.m., in the council chambers, Whatcom County Courthouse, 311 Grand Avenue in Bellingham. As the project requires a major development permit, county hearing examiner Michael Bobbink will make a recommendation that ultimately will be approved or denied by the Whatcom County Council.

The file on this matter is available for review from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Planning and Development Services Department, 5280 Northwest Drive, Bellingham.