By Ryan Wynne
Two years after Keith Troske started building Whatcom Plaza, the units are filling in. In fact, the plaza has only one vacant space at this point.
The two-building complex with about 16,000 square feet of retail space is kitty-corner to Whatcom Community College, at the corner of Cordata Parkway and Kellogg Road, and Troske said it was the location that made the 1.8 acre lot an attractive buy.
“The traffic count is phenomenal there,” he said — it averages 26,000 cars per day.
There are also three tenants getting ready to open. Maincoon, a perogi restaurant will open soon. Something Different Salon will relocate from its current location on Guide Meridian Road early next year, Troske said. And Ginger Boat owner Ji Lee will open another restaurant, called Goji Fusion Bistro, in a large corner unit. The restaurant will not have the same menu as Ginger Boat, though, Troske said.
The variety of tenants may grow further when Troske moves ahead with phase two of the project, which consists of a third building. The building is just a foundation at this point, but Troske said he wants to eventually turn it into a 27-unit apartment complex with affordable studio apartments.
The building was originally intended as more commercial space, but Troske said more student housing is needed in the area, so he changed his plans. Phase two will likely remain just a plan for a while, though.
“You know, I would like to start it tomorrow, but it’s just a matter of when financing is available,” Troske said.