Aroundthe City

Published on Thu, Aug 31, 2006
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Blaine City Council voted unanimously to approve a $24,000 joint contract that, if approved by the Port of Bellingham, would hire architect Dave Christianson to design a redevelopment plan for Blaine’s wharf district.

The plan is a component of the city of Blaine’s comprehensive plan for the Marine Drive/port area and would tie the wharf area to Blaine’s central business district using a number of different “creative land use options,” Blaine community development director Terry Galvin said.

One of those options includes the development of a public park at the end of Milhollin Drive near the boat launch that would be connected to Blaine’s boardwalk by a pedestrian bridge.

“It’s got beautiful southern exposure,” Galvin said. “When we’re done, you should be able to walk down the pedestrian bridge from the boardwalk, down to the park and catch a ferry to Semiahmoo or just the end of the wharf district.”

The plan will help city officials revise the city’s zoning and land use regulations for that area to facilitate economic revitalization.

“The goal is to get something that both the port and the city agree on and that can be implemented together for mutual benefit of the community and the port,” he said. “We’ve experienced some really good relationships with the port and the cooperation between the port and the city has never been better, so we both want to take advantage of that to create something that could be really exciting for the city of Blaine and enhance the central business area.”

Port commissioners are scheduled to review the plan next week, Galvin said. If approved, they will sign an interlocal agreement, with $18,000 funded by the port and $6,000 by the city. Galvin said a completed version of the plan will be released in November followed by a public hearing in early 2007.

Sex offender moves to Blaine
Blaine police have issued a sex offender information bulletin, which are issued by the police when a convicted sex offender registers his address with local authorities as called for by state law.

Currently, there are 13 registered sex offenders living within the city of Blaine; two of whom are level III offenders considered at high risk to re-offend. There are 494 sex offenders living within Whatcom County as a whole.

For more information about this and other information bulletin, contact Blaine police at 322 H Street or by calling 332-6769.

Delays expected in Birch Point Road construction
A section of Birch Point Road southeast of Selder Road will be temporarily closed this month to install new sewer lines to the Birch Point area.

Blaine public works director Steve Banham said the construction is planned for later this month and should be expected to last three to four weeks.

During that time, traffic will be routed onto Selder Road north onto a temporary road that will connect to Semiahmoo Parkway. Traffic will then be routed back to Birch Point Road.

The temporary road will eventually be replaced by a connector road, which is planned for construction by Bellingham developer Fred Bovenkamp, in concurrence with his Horizons development.

For more information, contact Banham at Blaine public works at 332-8820 or Roger McCarthy at Whatcom County Planning and Development Services at 676-6730.