College of the Environment Graduate and Undergraduate Publications

Date Permissions Signed


College Affiliation

Huxley College of the Environment

Date of Award

Fall 2009

Document Type

Environmental Impact Assessment

Department or Program Affiliation

Department of Environmental Studies


Environmental Studies

First Advisor

Abel, Troy D.


The Squalicum Lofts development is currently under construction in the 900 block of Squalicum Parkway, in the Columbia neighborhood of Bellingham, Washington. The property is located within the Bellingham city limits and is zoned Industrial. The Squalicum Lofts project is being constructed on an approximately 7-acre parcel of land and adjacent properties include single family residential homes to the west of the site and Squalicum Creek Park to the north. The homes adjacent to the site are located approximately 40-feet above the site on a bluff and lie within the Columbia Neighborhood. The park is on the same building elevation and is planned to include three playing fields. The project manager, Mike Allsop, originally designed a live/play/work development for this site that would have met the prerequisites and credits within LEED ND. In order for that project to be realized the site would have needed to be rezoned as mix-use to accommodate the residential component. However, there was opposition from the surrounding neighbors who preferred that the lot remain zoned for industrial use only, thus the project was redesigned to be purely retail, warehouse, and office space. The City of Bellingham purchased a parcel of land that surrounds the site to the north and east for the development of Squalicum Creek Park, which is currently under construction. Squalicum Creek is located adjacent to Squalicum Parkway, and crosses under Squalicum Parkway at the front of the site. Currently two of the four proposed buildings are under construction. Building A is 13,200 square feet while the larger Building B is 45,000 square feet. The two additional structures, Building C and Building D, will be located behind Buildings A and B at a future date. Building C will be 45,000 square feet and Building D will be 22,000 square feet. The primary use for these buildings will be retail, storage and warehouse space. Building B will house the offices of Allsop Incorporated.




Real estate development--Washington (State)--Bellingham, Land use--Environmental aspects--Washington (State)--Bellingham, Environmental impact analysis--Washington (State)--Bellingham


Western Washington University

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Subject – LCSH

Real estate development--Washington (State)--Bellingham; Land use--Environmental aspects--Washington (State)--Bellingham; Environmental impact analysis--Washington (State)--Bellingham

Geographic Coverage

Bellingham (Wash.)




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