Author Archive: Rebecca Heathcock
Some people think Bellingham’s best food and entertainment destinations have moved to Barkley Village, Bellwether on the Bay or to Fairhaven. But the coolest, edgiest things happening in Bellingham are still going down in the center of town, and especially around Railroad Avenue, where a handful of enterprising business owners are reclaiming the downtown core. Here is a list of the top things to do there.
The City of Bellingham’s Central Business District is about to get bigger thanks to new zoning regulations that officially take effect on September 8, 2014.
The revised zoning regulations are primarily intended to stimulate development in the Central Business District and to increase the range of mixed uses in proposed “Transition Zones” adjacent to the downtown core, located along the west, southeast, and northeast sides of the city center.
The City Council will also be changing the name of the Central Business District to “City Center Neighborhood”. (more…)
The multi-family tax abatement program target area in the City of Bellingham’s downtown core will soon be slightly modified by City Council. The City Center Targeted Area map is being amended to align with the revised Downtown Bellingham Plan boundary.
The multi-family tax exemption program makes 8 and 12-year property tax abatements available to property owners that redevelop multi-family housing in Urban Village zones within the City of Bellingham city limits. The tax exemptions apply only to new residential improvements and the owner continues to pay taxes on the value of the land, any pre-existing units that have not be redeveloped, and any non-residential improvements made to the property. The exemption is in addition to any exemptions received for historical preservation, and if the property is on the historical register, it must preserve all parts of the building deemed historic in order to qualify for the multi-family tax abatement program. (more…)