Rents rising as vacancy rates drop

Filed on 30. Jun, 2006 in Contents

Downtown, Bakerview, Barkley all bursting at the seams even as new projects come on-line Statistics show city rents are rising as vacancy rates drop. According to a recent study by Windermere commercial real estate agent Bill Henshaw, most vacancy rates per commercial/retail/industrial type were under the 5 percent norm, meaning that supply was tight and [...]

Tower projects ‘new animals’ for city

Filed on 30. Jun, 2006 in Contents

Interest sky-high for trio of downtown towers, but how will they change the city core’s status quo? The Bay View Tower project is one of three controversial downtown towers now proposed (illustration courtesy Zervas Group). by Heidi Schiller    After tossing the idea around at parties, Will Honea and other investors began seriously considering the Bay View [...]

Top properties & building permits

Filed on 30. Jun, 2006 in Contents

Meetings Business & Liquor licenses Top properties& building permits Building permitsThe following building permits have been issued recently. Permits include all commercial projects above $10,000, as well as residential homes valued above $250,000. Accepted 2010 Taylor Ave., $700,000 to construct 11 unit apartment with 17 off-street parking stalls. Owner: Gacek Family LP. Applicant: Ted Gacek. [...]

Callaloo-jah! Caribbean food is here!

Filed on 30. Jun, 2006 in Contents

     As a former resident of St. John in U.S. Virgin Islands, it was with great glee that I entered Callaloo, the Caribbean-food eatery on State Street, on a balmy Saturday night last month.   I miss my island fare, and walking up the block to Callaloo and smelling those odors was almost like stepping off the [...]

WHAT IF?

Filed on 30. Jun, 2006 in Contents

Revisiting the downtown mallProject would have changed the face of the downtown and likely rendered Bellis Fair a moot point — but at what cost? A proposed downtown mall, as seen in this rendering, would have altered the face of present-day Bellingham. A California-based development company proposed to build a two-story, enclosed mall with three [...]

The kings and queens of ‘painless extraction’

Filed on 30. Jun, 2006 in Contents

Pullin’ teeth in Bellingham’s early days was no picnic Bellingham’s Painless Parker staff poses at the Commercial Street entrance to the upstairs dental parlor, c. 1918. Julia Scarseth stands at the center, wearing an assistant’s cap. Jeff Jewel   Most people would find the idea of “painless dentistry” to be an oxymoron, yet Bellingham’s first dentists promised [...]

A world of difference

Filed on 30. Jun, 2006 in Contents

Doing business internationally can net opportunities abroad — and help to shape yourbusiness philosophy Troy Muljat, an associate broker, developer, and appraiser in Bellingham, traveled to Indonesia with a Christian nonprofit group to help aid the poor this past spring. He is pictured there with some Indonesian children. Muljat said such trips change his outlook [...]

New life for Lincoln Street site

Filed on 30. Jun, 2006 in Contents

Plans for the 950 Lincoln St. project include three buildings and an interior motor court accessible by driving underneath Building One. The mixed-use project will include 55 residential condo units and 3,560 square feet of commercial space.     After surveying the Bellingham scene, Canadian developer Jim Laing set his sights on the underdeveloped Lincoln Street/Lakeway Drive [...]

Towers will reduce sprawl, promote healthy downtown

Filed on 30. Jun, 2006 in Contents

    Change.   It’s a word that, for some people, elicits shouts of glee and wonderment at the expectations of what is on the horizon. New. Better. Improved.   For others, the exact opposite is true: no change, no how, under no circumstances. This is the way we like it, and darnit, we want to keep it this way.   The problem [...]

De-coding Buffett-Gates and the other ‘heavy hitters’

Filed on 30. Jun, 2006 in Contents

    The philanthropic story of the year and maybe even forever is Warren Buffett’s gift of over $30 billion to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, thereby doubling over time the assets of the largest foundation in the world. When the second-wealthiest man in America gives away about 85% of his wealth to the foundation run [...]

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