Projects on the Horizon

Everson: Lincoln Street Improvements
Description of Proposal:
City of Everson Lincoln Street Improvements Phase 2. This project includes construction of an approximately 1,100-foot extension of Lincoln Street from S. Washington Street to Blair Drive, including sidewalks, a bike lane and related stormwater management facilities.
Proponent: City of Everson Public Works Department
Location of Proposal: Lincoln Street right-of-way between S. Washington Street and Blair Drive. Project is located in the NW ¼ of the NE ¼ of Section 31, Township 40 North, Range 04 East of W.M. within the City of Everson, Washington.
Determination: The lead agency has determined that this proposal does not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. This decision was made after review of a completed environmental checklist and other information on file with the lead agency. This information is available to the public upon request.
Comment Period: Comments must be received by February 6, 2018. A change in determination may be made upon the addition of new or conflicting information presented to the SEPA Official within the 14-day review period.
Questions should be directed to the responsible official: John Perry, Mayor, SEPA Official, 111 W. Main St., P.O. Box 315, Everson, WA 98247. Ph.: (360) 966-3411


Roeder Ave Improvements
The Bellingham City Council will hold a public hearing on February 12, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, Washington, to take public comment on the following:
In summer 2018, Public Works will be repairing and resurfacing the asphalt on Roeder Avenue between Squalicum Parkway and C Street. As part of the project, Public Works proposes to remove on-street parking on Roeder Avenue to install 5-foot-wide marked and buffered bicycle lanes, as recommended by the Bicycle Master Plan. Public Works also proposes to establish a common proactive traffic control and parking plan for special event parking to support community celebrations, seasonal festivals, and athletic events.
Detailed information can be found five days prior to the meeting at
Staff Contact: Chad Schulhauser, (360) 778-7910,
Anyone wishing to comment is invited to attend, or send comments to the Council Office, 210 Lottie Street, or to be received prior to 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, to be included in the agenda packet. Comment received after that will be distributed to Council, but not included in the published packet. INDICATE IN THE SUBJECT LINE THE NAME OF THE PUBLIC HEARING.


Bellingham: Cornwall Avenue Landfill Cleanup
Ecology schedules a public meeting and extends comment period for Cornwall Avenue Landfill Cleanup Site
In December 2017, the Department of Ecology invited the public to comment on an engineering design report for the cleanup of a portion of the Cornwall Avenue Landfill cleanup site on the Bellingham waterfront. The report provides the preliminary design for isolating contamination and controlling landfill gas. The report has been available for public review since December 18.
Ecology has received requests for more information and has scheduled a public meeting.
We have also extended the comment period through Thursday, February 22.
Public Meeting February 15, 6-8 pm Ecology Office at New location next to Squalicum Creek Park: 913 Squalicum Way, Unit 101 Bellingham, WA 98225
The documents are available at: Ecology’s website:
Ecology’s Bellingham office: 913 Squalicum Way, Unit 101 Bellingham, WA 98225, call: 360-255-4400 for appointment
Ecology’s Bellevue office, 3190 160th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA 98008-5452; 425-649-7190
Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Avenue, Bellingham WA; 360-778-7323
To submit comments:
Mark Adams Site Manager WA Department of Ecology Toxics Cleanup Program 3190 160th Avenue SE Bellevue, WA 98008-5452 Phone: 425-649-7107 Email:

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Awarded: MPR Addition & Renovation Coupeville

Location: Coupeville

Engineer’s Estimate:  $1,104,726 to $1, 221,012

Awarded to: P&L Contractors Inc, (360) 675-6674, 2780 Goldie Rd # C, Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Award Amount: $1,244,650.00

Generals Bidding: 3

Project description:

Civil work to include: Civil work to include but not limited to a temporary erosion control plan, grading and utility plan, and a drainage report meeting the Town of Coupeville Municipal Code and the 2014 Stormwater Management Manual for Western Washington by the Department of Ecology.

Low Impact Development (LID) Best Management Practices (BMPs) are evaluated per the requirements and designed using an infiltration rate provided by the geotechnical engineer. Two infiltration trenches have been located on the north-west side of the existing gym for the stormwater control. Some of the existing pavement is planned to remain with an overlay to match new grades shown on the civil drawings.

The new sewer from the new bathrooms will be routed north to the existing sanitary line serving the northern building. The invert of this existing sewer will need to be located prior to sewer connection and the existing utilities will need to be verified for any conflicts. The grading and utility plan shows connections to existing on-site utilities for the building addition including stormwater, water, and sewer based on the survey and as-built provided. The grading and utility plan will also show proposed walkways, extents of pavement, trenching, and grading.

Architectural work to include: The scope of the architectural work includes but not limited to the construction of a new multipurpose gym facility adjacent to the existing multipurpose building at Coupeville Elementary School. Architectural work consists of construction of new wood stud walls with gypsum board, doors, relites, casework, toilet partitions and accessories. Exterior walls are wood framed with brick veneer wainscot and horizontal siding. The new multipurpose addition will contain a gymnasium, toilet rooms and a space for concessions. The new multipurpose room will have a new single-ply (PVC) membrane roof separated from the existing roof with an expansion joint. A seismic expansion joint will separate the new building from the addition. Equipment such as basketball hoops and floor stripping is included.

Structural work to include: The installation of new strip and pad footings and a slab-on-grade (and associated soil prep), construction of wood stud bearing and shear walls which feature built-up stud pack columns and built-in glulam columns at key locations. The roof structural work includes wood Ijoists and open web steel joists with wood sheathing and CLT , respectively. In addition, the structural roof elements include a canopy mounted to the wall. Also included is the installation of a large steel truss on the northside of the new addition (gridline C) spanning the entire length of the building, which supports the north ends of the main roof OWSJ.

Mechanical work to include:

  1. Division 21 Fire protection work includes the fire riser with connection to the water main, wet pipe valve and appertuences, distribution piping, sprinkler heads, etc., to protect the existing Multipurpose Building and the Multipurpose Addition.
  2. Division 22 Plumbing work includes soil, waste, and vent system to serve the plumbing fixtures, plumbing fixtures, post existing water softener domestic water system service piping, pre-water softener service piping to hose bib, post water softener piping distribution and connection to fixtures, plumbing fixtures, water heaters and commissioning of plumbing systems
  3. Division 23 work includes general provisions, basic materials and methods, testing, adjusting and balancing, commissioning of mechanical systems, Owner’s systems training, O&M Manuals, air distribution systems, air distribution accessories, exhaust fans, and packaged rooftop air to air heat pump.

Electrical work to include:

  1. Division 26 Electrical work includes general provisions, basic materials and methods, testing, commissioning of electrical systems, Owner’s systems training, O&M Manuals, lighting, electrical devices, panelboards, disconnect switches, connection to mechanical equipment, circuit breakers, and fuses.
  2. Division 27 Telecommunication work includes patch panels, horizontal cabling, workstation devices, intercom cabling and devices, and clock system.
  3. Division 28 Fire alarm work includes new devices that are to be connected to the existing fire alarm system.



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Construction of Two New Mini Storage Buildings

Of Lynden Notice of Public Meeting For Design Review

On December 19, 2017, the Design Review Board of the City of Lynden, received an application from JWR Design, on behalf of MC Brothers, regarding the property described below:


COMMONLY DESCRIBED AS: 2225 Mercedes Drive, Lynden, WA

To allow the construction of two new mini storage buildings to be located within the CSL zone at the above noted location.

A public meeting with the Lynden Design Review Board has been scheduled for February 6, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Any persons wishing to comment on the application or the proposal may do so by submitting their written comments to Korene Samec, Planner, 300 4th Street, Lynden 98264, by January 31, 2018, or by attending the public meeting to be held at 5:00 p.m. February 6, 2018, at Lynden City Hall Annex located at 205 4th Street in Lynden.

Persons with questions regarding the project may contact the Planning Department at (360) 354-5532.

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Awarded: Mahogany Ave Improvements

Location: Bellingham
Engineer’s Estimate: $6,470,232.00
Awarded to: Strider Construction, (360) 380-1234. 4721 Northwest Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226
Award Amount: $5,554,501.47
Generals Bidding: 6
UDBE COA Goal: 19%

Project description: Improvements consist of constructing approximately 3200 linear feet of new roadway between the Pacific Highway and Northwest Avenue and widening and overlaying approximately 1000 linear feet of Northwest Avenue. The project includes installation of curb & gutter, sidewalk, planter strips, modular block walls, hand rails, a box culvert, approximately 3600 linear feet of sanitary sewer pipe, approximately 5500 linear feet of force main sanitary sewer pipe, approximately 3500 linear feet of storm sewer pipe, approximately 4500 linear feet of water main pipe, street lighting, two signal systems – Mahogany & Arctic and Mahogany & Northwest, landscaping, street tree installation, and various other items in the bid package.

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By | 2018-01-19T15:49:01+00:00 January 19th, 2018|General|Comments Off on Awarded: Mahogany Ave Improvements

Permit Report for 1/4/18

4-Story Mixed-Use Building
Location: 20 Bellwether Way
Cost of Construction: $5,103,034.
Owner: Cohanim Bellwether D, LLC
Contractor: TBD
Application Date: 12/27/2017
Issued By: City of Bellingham
Permit# BLD2017-1227
WCR Permit Report Listed On: 1/4/18

Siding Replacement – Condos
Location: 600 S State St
Cost of Construction: $1,200,000.00
Owner: Not Given
Contractor: Credo Construction (360)676-1904
Permit Issued Date: 2/27/2017
Issued By: City of Bellingahm
Permit# BLD2017-0949
WCR Permit Report Listed On: 1/4/18

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Permits & How We Get Them

We received as phone call the other day asking where we get the Island County permits and could they have the web address so they could get them themselves. When I told them most of our permits are not online our customer was silent for a moment and then said, “You mean you drive around and pick them up?” To which I replied “Yes, for most of them we do.”

Here is how our permit process works:

Every Tuesday Elizabeth gets in her car and drives to Whatcom County, City of Mt Vernon, City of Burlington, and Anacortes. On alternating weeks, she goes to  Whidbey Island for City of Oak Harbor and Island County permits or Lynden. Some of the places we hand write them and some, like Island County, which also charges us a per page fee.

Monthly we receive City of Sedro Woolley permits. Up until a couple months ago, she had to drive there and write them all down.

Ferndale permits are also suppose to be monthly, but we have to wait until they upload them and sometimes they are several months behind. Calling and asking when they will be uploaded does not help. They are snarky about it.

Skagit County permits we get online weekly.

City of Bellingham emails them to us weekly.

It costs WCR about $20,000 a year to gather and enter permits for publishing on Thursday.

Also, we get other permits from Newspapers. Sometimes these don’t seem to show up during our pick-up process which we label as WCRNEWS. Like this one:

3 Story Apartment Building – A NOTICE OF APPLICATION
APPLICATION: Site Plan SIT-17-05
APPLICATION: Landscape PLN-17-10
APPLICATION: Transportation Concurrency TRC-17-09
PROJECT PROPOSAL AND LOCATION: A formal site plan (SIT-17-05) and associated applications for the proposed construction of a 13,875 square foot, three story, 11 unit apartment building. The 11 units will consist of one, two and three bedroom units. The application and associated documents were submitted on Mr. Al Taylor, Taylor Design Architects for KG Lang Construction, property owner. The project location is 245 SE Ely Street, Building A. This project was previously reviewed and approved in 2006 / 2007. Mirabella Square building B was constructed and finaled at that time. The site plan approval for building A has expired.
DETERMINATION OF COMPLETENESS: The above applications submitted on October 12, December 5, December 12 and December 18, 2017 by Mr. Al Taylor, Taylor Design Architects for AHA Investments, property owners have been determined complete for the purpose of reviewing on December 18, 2017.
APPLICABLE REGULATIONS AND REVIEW CRITERIA: The above applications will be reviewed for compliance with the Oak Harbor Comprehensive Plan (Nov. 2014), Municipal Code. This may not be a comprehensive list of the applicable regulations and review criteria against which this application will be reviewed.
PUBLIC HEARING NOT REQUIRED: A Public Hearing is not required for this project.
ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTS AND/OR STUDIES APPLICABLE TO THIS PROJECT: The SEPA environmental checklist (SEP-06-00017) was issued a determination of non-significance on January 10, 2007.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: If you have questions regarding this application, please contact the Development Services Department at (360) 279-4510, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday. To make written comments on this application, please mail or hand-deliver specific comments to: City of Oak Harbor, Development Services Department, 865 SE Barrington Drive, Oak Harbor, WA 98277, no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 10, 2018
To receive notification of the decision on this proposal, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope and request a Notification of Decision for Site plan SIT-17-05 from the City of Oak Harbor, Development Services Department, 865 SE Barrington Drive, Oak Harbor, WA 98277.
Lisa Bebee Permit Coordinator

Have any questions? Please contact us. We love to be of service.


By | 2018-01-11T15:09:18+00:00 January 11th, 2018|General|Comments Off on Permits & How We Get Them

Awarded: SR 9 East Junction Intersection Improvements

Location: Deming

Engineer’s Estimate: $893,158.50

Awarded to: Colacurcio Brothers, Inc. – $989,557.80

Generals Bidding: 12

Subcontractors Bidding: 8

UDBE COA Goal: 21%

Project Description: WSDOT will build a roundabout at the intersection of SR 542/Mount Baker Highway and the eastern leg of SR 9 to improve safety and reduce severe crashes.

Improvement of SR 542, MP 14.36 to 14.73, and SR 9, MP 79.28 to 79.62, in Whatcom County, include constructing a roundabout, HMA paving, pavement marking, drainage, electrical, illumination, signing, erosion control, traffic control, and other work.

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By | 2018-01-05T12:12:52+00:00 January 5th, 2018|General|Comments Off on Awarded: SR 9 East Junction Intersection Improvements