New shopping center to go into Cordata

 

A local developer is planning to build a new retail and office center called Whatcom Plaza on the northeast corner of Kellogg Road and Cordata Parkway, near Best Buy.

Developers Keith and Barbara Troske would like the three-building, 22,000-square-foot center to attract businesses that would benefit from its proximity to Whatcom Community College, such as bookstores and coffee shops, as well as banks and restaurants.

Located on 1.9 acres, the development will include two one-story buildings and one two-story building. It will feature about thirteen 1,200- to 1,500-square-foot units, depending on the tenants’ needs, Keith Troske said. He said the center would be similar to Blossom Commons, located nearby on Kellogg Road, and he is already in discussions with several possible tenants.

The developers are in the process of submitting Whatcom Plaza’s designs to the Cordata Design Review Committee for approval before they can apply for building permits. The project is slated to go in front of the board Oct. 18.

Planner Kathy Bell, who is on the Cordata Design Review Committee, said she has not seen the plans for the project yet and could not comment on whether there were any issues with the site or building design.

Keith Troske said he hopes to apply for building permits this fall and begin construction of the project in spring 2008. He hopes to complete the center by fall of 2008 or early 2009.

The project’s architect, Fred Wagner of Grinstad & Wagner, said Whatcom Plaza would have a modern-contemporary style with an off-white stucco exterior and black awnings.

Keith Troske said he has not selected a contractor for the project yet, but is in discussions with several.

Whatcom Plaza won’t be Keith Troske’s first commercial project in Whatcom County. He has also developed The Sands Condominiums in Birch Bay and a warehouse-condominium project in Bellingham called Irongate Storage.

The Whatcom Plaza site is located across the street from where local developer Fred Bovenkamp recently purchased eight acres of land from Trillium Corp. for $6.5 million. Bovenkamp is planning to build a LEED-certified retail center there in the next five years.

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