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The Port of Bellingham owns and operates the 629-slip Blaine Marina and 6.3 acres of marine industrial property alongside the marina. Efforts are underway to plan for environmental cleanup, infrastructure improvements, and business development for the marine industrial properties.
Next Tuesday (Sept. 20) Port Commissioners will begin their work-study session at 2 p.m. with a tour of the port’s Blaine Industrial Area. The public is welcome to take part in the tour, which will begin at the public parking area of the Blaine Harbor Shipyard Industrial Area, just before the public pier and east of the Star Fish Company (301 Marine Drive).
Following the tour, at 3 p.m., the work-study meeting will move to the Blaine Boating Center, 235 Marine Drive, where staff will present additional information about the Blaine projects. The meeting will begin with time for public comments.
Port staff is preparing a professional services agreement for the first phase of the Blaine industrial area planning and analysis, which the Commission will consider at its Oct. 4 business meeting.
“Before voting on this contract, it will be helpful for the commission to tour the property and really understand the concerns and opportunities for the Blaine industrial area,” said Port Commissioner Jim Jorgensen, who lives in Blaine. “We are inviting community members to join us on the tour and at the commission meeting afterward.”
Also on the Sept. 20 agenda is an update on the joint Port/City project to widen and upgrade a section of Marine Drive in Blaine as well as an update on the 2012 Port Strategic Budget.