What they said then:
In June 2006, The BBJ reported that developer Fred Bovenkamp was proposing two projects in Old Town.
Harborgate, located 1401 F St. on the site of the former Hempler’s BB Meat & Sausage Company, was to be a three-story mixed use building with 27 condos and ground floor commercial space.
Old Town Village, located on Bancroft Street between D and E streets, was going to have two mixed use buildings of no more than four stories tall, with 75 condos, office space and a plaza.
Then, in the November 2007 BBJ, after the city released a draft of the sub-area plan for Old Town in October 2007, Bovenkamp said he was considering resubmitting the plans for Harborgate to take advantage of the new floor-area-ratio system and the increased height limits outlined in the plan.
What they say now:
After the Old Town sub-area plan received approval from the Bellingham City Council earlier this year, Bovenkamp redesigned his plans for Harborgate and is now seeking financing for the project.
The redesigned building will now be seven stories tall, five floors of residential over two floors of structured parking and commercial space. It will keep its original “retro-metro” look, but instead of the original 27 condos it will have 63 loft-style apartment units and 6,000 square feet of commercial space.
Assuming the financing comes through, Bovenkamp said he hopes to resubmit plans to the city this year and begin preliminary site construction in the spring.
Bovenkamp has also signed a letter of intent with a Seattle-based senior housing developer to build an upscale assisted living project with 85 to 100 units at his Old Town Village site on Bancroft Street. This project is still awaiting preliminary designs.