A major waterfront construction project is being planned

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Phil Riise, owner of Seaview Boatyard North in Bellingham, Washington, lifts the tarp on a boat his team was repairing in 2021. The tarp and vacuum are part of a wide range of strategies Seaview Boatyard North uses to comply with State storm water regulations.

The Bellingham Herald

A major construction project on Bellingham’s waterfront is going through the town’s permitting process.

Seaview Boatyard North recently submitted building permit applications to construct a 42,000 square foot boat repair/storage warehouse at its Squalicum port facility. According to the application, the building will be 55 feet tall, so views would be altered but unobstructed into nearby residential areas on the bluff.

The proposed building forms part of the lease agreement with the Port of Bellingham. According to the lease agreement, Seaview must begin construction within six months of the issuance of the building permit, and complete it within 12 months.

“The Port is thrilled to see Seaview Boatyard continue to invest in our local marine trades economy and create family-friendly jobs for Whatcom County residents, Port spokesman Mike Hogan said in an email. -mail. “Seaview’s new dry storage facility will provide convenient storage for small boat owners at the entrance to the San Juan Islands and unlock much-needed recreational mooring opportunities in Squalicum Harbor.”

The building will replace Seaview’s outdoor repair facility. The proposed area of ​​the new building is equal in size to that of the Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher building.

In a telephone interview on Monday August 8, Seaview owner Phil Riise said the company is very excited about the project as there is a strong demand for boat storage and repair.

Riise said he considered it a two-year project. In addition to going through the permitting process, the company wants to be fiscally prudent, so they closely monitor interest rates while securing financing. Along with the building, the company is also considering new equipment that would improve maneuverability when it comes to lifting and moving boats.

“It will be a great facility,” Riise said.

In an October 2021 Bellingham Herald article, Riise spoke about the company’s efforts to ensure pollution does not enter Bellingham Bay, including installing a $500,000 stormwater management system. in 2019.

The company first moved into the Squalicum Port facilities in 2002 and the current facilities house around 40 vessels at a time. Seaview also has operations in Fairhaven.

This story was originally published August 8, 2022 5:00 a.m.

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Dave Gallagher has covered the Whatcom County business community since 1998. Retail, real estate, employment and port redevelopment are some of the topics he covers.

Louisa R. Loomis