By John Stark
If you didn’t get an invite to the walk-though tour of the Granary Building on the Bellingham waterfront a few weeks ago, you can check out video of that tour on the Save The Granary website.
The website also contains a wealth of information about the building and links to recent news reports here and elsewhere.
The 1928 structure is again in the spotlight as Port of Bellingham officials prepare to release a “request for proposals” that will invite developers to submit plans for redevelopment of the Granary Building as well as 10 adjoining waterfront acres that were a part of the Georgia-Pacific Corp. pulp and tissue mill before the port took over G-P’s entire 137-acre site in 2005.
During the Tuesday, Oct. 2 port commission meeting, interim Executive Director Rob Fix told Granary backers that the port would be receptive to proposals for renovating and reusing the Granary as a stand-alone project. A developer would not be required to take on the entire 10 acres in order to make a deal for the Granary.
Advocates for saving the Granary have said they think the project could be profitable for a private developer without a public subsidy, and port commissioners have said they are not interested in providing a subsidy. Until recently, port officials had planned to demolish the building.