KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Port of Bellingham and Western Washington University have entered into a partnership that guarantees the university a prime spot on the redeveloped waterfront.
WWU has committed to be part of the new waterfront since it was first planned in 2006.
Port Director Rob Fix says similar communities have shown that bringing a university to waterfront developments will help attract other developers.
The Port has agreed to transfer six acres of waterfront land into a shared development entity known as “Western Crossing.”
In exchange, Western will transfer 24 acres of land it owns on Hannegan and Bakerview roads to match the Port’s contribution.
The agreement gives Western until December 2015 to come up with a plan for the land.
The agreement also allows Western to lease additional space in the granary building that the Port is offering for private development.