Bellingham Waterfront design retrospective on display at Friday Art Walk

Local groups will present an overview of the last 14 years of waterfront planning.

Current and past planning documents and designs for Bellingham’s Georgia-Pacific waterfront will be on display from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. during Bellingham’s Art Walk on Friday, May 1.

The event, called “Bellingham Waterfront Planning from 2001 to Today,” is at 1415 Cornwall Ave., in a vacant space that was the Dakota Art Store’s old location.

Local architects and planners, along with the Northwest Washington chapter of the American Institute of Architects (NWAIA) put together the event. It is not sponsored by the city or port.

The exhibit will include planning documents from the NWAIA Design Assistance Team, Waterfront Futures Group, Waterfront Advisory Group, City of Bellingham, Western Washington University, Bellingham Bay Foundation, John Blethen & Friends, Architects Waterfront Evaluation Team, Harcourt Developments, and concerned local citizens, according to a NWAIA news letter.

“I hope people come out to take a look at designs from the past and get excited about the waterfront as we start transitioning into finally building,” said John Blethen, who helped put together the event and submitted a development plan for the waterfront with Dave Christensen, local architect and NWAIA board president, in 2008.

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