There are a number of opportunities to strengthen this experience for the pedestrian visitor. Tourists come to Old Town for its historic and to get closer to the water, since this is the historic port area of Bellingham.Old Town should be developed to capitalize on its historic and maritime character. If there are other areas in Old Town withissues, the City may need to either assist private property owners with testing and clean-up efforts, or purchase the property to access public funds that are available for such activities.
This area within Old Town includes the Sash-n-Door building, the lumberyards behind it, and the to the north.The area may have historic significance and contributes to the Building Inspection character of Old Town. A corner tower on a building, for example, could serve as a reference point here.If the Northwest Discovery Center or a similar use were to locate in this area, it would be connected to these other tourist resources.The Civic Center area has evolved with a vaguely organized concept. The County offices, City offices, Library, and Post Office all need additional off-street parking spaces.
Bridges and trailheads could help to highlight the location of this resource. A special exists within the Civic Center in planning to meet the future needs of the County and City governments.The County owns a significant amount of the block just to the south of the County Courthouse.In addition, a joint venture development with the City,
County and a r is a possibility that should be explored.There is a fair amount of senior housing in the neighborhood adjacent to this site. Also, with the growing population of will eventually be needed.One alternative might be to develop an expanded Senior Center with adjacent on this site and develop aCenter at another site.