The two-story brick building that went up over the winter at 310 E. Magnolia St., next to Schweinhaus Biergarten, is almost finished. Michael Schacht, founder of Schacht Law, plans to move his law office in once the building is completed in May, he said.
Schacht owns the site and his master plan for it includes moving the two houses southeast of the new building, facing North Forest Street, to construct two mixed-use buildings with storefronts at street level and apartments above. He hopes to get started on that in the next five years, he said.
Schacht said the future buildings will be similar to the one that’s under construction now, and his goal is to match the look of other downtown buildings.
“We’re just trying to make something that doesn’t look out of place,” he said. “If you look up Magnolia from Cornwall I don’t think that building stands out as something being brand new.”
The parking lot for the new building is designed so that it could accommodate a parking structure, he said.
Schacht Law will move from its office at 2801 Meridian St., into the top floor of the building. Garnaas Arvid, an accounting firm that shares Schacht Law’s current office, is also moving to the building.
The space has extra room to accommodate either a tenant or future growth for the law firm.
Oliver Lazenby, associate editor of The Bellingham Business Journal, can be reached at 360-647-8805, Ext. 5052, or firstname.lastname@example.org.