City sells 3-acre airport parcel for $750,000

Published on Wed, Mar 9, 2011 by By Tara Nelson

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Blaine residents could see three acres of airport land developed into an $1.1 million 11,000-square foot distribution facility within the next few months.

In their last regular meeting, Blaine City Council approved a specific binding site plan with Mercer Distribution Services, a Fife-based company, to buy and develop three acres of airport land on Boblett Street just east of Yorky’s gas station.

Plans include an 11,250-square foot distribution center as well as a customs examination facility for trucks going across the border, said Blaine city manager Gary Tomsic. Much of Mercer’s business involves cross-border transport.

“It’s good news to get one of these parcels sold,” Tomsic said. “I think the activity there could get other people interested in that site as well.”

The facility will initially employ four to six people.

Tomsic said he’s had discussions with several other companies in Washington and lower mainland B.C. who have expressed interest in two, 4-acre and 3-acre parcels on the former airport site.

“There’s a surprising amount of interest in those properties south of Boblett Road, especially given the current economic climate. We’re hopeful that will sell by the end of this year.”

He said the key to the development of the airport property was the construction of the new Boblett connector and the soon to be constructed Boblett Court, which will provide access for the Mercer project and for two other 3-acre parcels.

“The port of Bellingham was generous in helping fund the engineering and design of the two projects,” Tomsic said.

Credo Construction will host a groundbreaking ceremony at 11:30 a.m. today, March 10 at the former airport property. Construction will begin in April.