Growth tasks all through Blaine | The Northern Gentle

By Grace McCarthy

Blaine noticed a booming yr for housing improvement in 2022.

There was greater than sufficient to maintain metropolis employees busy, from the announcement of the proposed Semiahmoo Highlands improvement that may carry as much as 480 residential models to development of The Ridge at Harbor Hills.

Town acquired $376,000 in income from constructing allow charges in 2022, which is $100,000 greater than 2021 and $200,000 greater than 2020. Building was valued at practically $45.6 million final yr. 

Town permitted practically 3 times as many residential constructing permits as its annual common over the previous decade, at over 150 permits in 2022, stated Stacie Pratschner, director of the town’s Neighborhood Growth Companies Division (CDS). Growth of The Ridge at Harbor Hills considerably introduced up the variety of permits, which the town makes use of to gauge the variety of new housing models being constructed.

“It was fairly a change from the averages we’ve seen for a few 10-year interval,” Pratschner stated. The closest the town’s seen to those numbers was proper earlier than the 2008 recession when there have been about 70 residential unit permits issued, she stated.

Final January, the town started utilizing a listening to examiner, as a substitute of planning fee, to evaluate purposes reminiscent of conditional use permits and preliminary plat purposes earlier than being thought of by metropolis council. Town additionally digitized its allow consumption, which Pratschner stated accommodated development.

CDS is projecting conservative income from constructing allow charges in 2023, which Pratschner stated is a theme all through the town funds. Division employees are estimating numbers will probably be near 2019.

From east to west, listed below are a number of the main improvement tasks, proposed and in development.

Grandis Pond

Grandis Pond is a housing mission east of Harvey Street that’s anticipated to have 387 houses in its first subdivision and 1,000 houses throughout the subsequent 20 years. The mission may have seven subdivisions made up of single-family, cottage houses, duplexes and fourplexes. Grandis Pond additionally has an space for a hearth station and 48,000 sq. ft of business house. 

Developer Ken Hertz, president of Bellingham-based Blossom Administration, stated he hopes development might begin in 2024 after infrastructure is put in. Hertz has been working with the town of Blaine and east Blaine builders Skip and Katie Jansen to acquire funding to put in the infrastructure by way of tax-increment financing (TIF) and an Financial Growth Funding Program grant and low-interest mortgage mixture by way of Whatcom County. TIF would enable the town to borrow cash from anticipated will increase in property tax revenues from a delegated space in east Blaine to pay for water, sewer and avenue development. 

The mission has been stalled for a number of years because of the lack of infrastructure, which can be a part of the explanation Harbor Customized Growth (HCD) has delayed closing the sale to buy Grandis Pond, Hertz stated. HCD, a Gig-Harbor based mostly actual property firm, entered a contract to buy Grandis Pond for $14 million in December 2021. The contract expires on the finish of 2023, Hertz stated, including that sale conferences stay optimistic.

“East Blaine improvement goes to be an enormous asset to your complete county as a result of there’s only a few items of property accessible with utilities, exterior of the flood plain and out of doors of the agriculture space,” Hertz stated. “It is a prime location in Whatcom County and northwest Washington.”

East Harbor Hills 

Grandis Pond will connect with East Harbor Hills after which The Ridge at Harbor Hills by way of Harbor Hills Parkway. Blaine builders Skip and Katie Jansen, of JIJ Company, are growing each East Harbor Hills and The Ridge. 

The builders are nonetheless engaged on engineering and entitlements for the 144-acre property, which is east of Harvey Street and north of H Avenue Street. The realm is zoned for 600 houses however Skip Skip Jansen stated he wasn’t certain they’d attain that density due to wetlands. 

The Jansens wish to embody a big manufactured dwelling park in East Harbor Hills to create extra inexpensive housing choices. Earlier than proposing the mission to the town, they want the zoning to be modified, which has spurred backlash from east Blaine residents. The mission continues to be far out and would in the end want metropolis council approval. 

Skip Jansen stated he anticipates East Harbor Hills could possibly be constructed by 2030. 

The Ridge at Harbor Hills 

Metropolis council is anticipated to contemplate the ultimate plat utility for the second section of The Ridge at Harbor Hills, previously referred to as East Maple Ridge, within the subsequent few months, in line with the town. The second section would carry one other 78 residential tons to the 88-acre property, which has a complete of whole 350 models deliberate.

The Ridge broke floor early final yr and has greater than a dozen houses occupied, Skip Jansen stated. Over 100 persons are engaged on growing and establishing the property’s single-family and multi-family models. 

Skip Jansen stated the title modified to The Ridge to emphasise its excessive elevation after the November 2021 flooding. The property has a path community, metropolis park and 24,000-square-foot house for future business improvement.

Skip Jansen expects The Ridge to be full on the finish of 2025.

Lincoln Mews

Building is anticipated to start out this spring on Lincoln Mews, a 53-unit townhouse mission at H Avenue and Odell Street, stated Blair Murray, developer and proprietor of Tin Rock Growth. The 4.7-acre mission may have duplexes, triplexes and indifferent dwelling models in addition to car entry on Ludwick Avenue.

Blaine listening to examiner Rajeev Majumdar permitted Lincoln Mews’s conditional use allow in August 2022. The mission’s first section will embody a stormwater pond and infrastructure for the primary 16 models. Murray stated Lincoln Mews is anticipated to be full by 2026.

Gateway property

Taco Bell opened in December 2022 and McDonald’s is anticipated to open by Might, Jason White, vp of selling at White-Leasure Growth Firm, informed The Northern Gentle earlier this month. White-Leasure has three tons remaining to be offered on the Gateway property on the outdated airport web site. 

Pratschner stated the town would have a preapplication assembly with O’Reilly Auto Components and a automobile wash might probably go there as nicely. “They’ll seemingly be establishing themselves there fairly quickly,” Pratschner stated of O’Reilly. 

Household Care Community (FCN) president and CEO Dr. Rodney Anderson was not accessible after a number of makes an attempt for an interview. A FCN spokesperson stated in an e-mail that FCN will proceed to work with its contractor and hopes to have an estimated timeline later this yr. FCN bought the two.5-acre property from the town in June 2021 after a number of delays due to the pandemic. Dr. Anderson stated final August that the clinic was anticipated to have a handful of major care medical doctors however rising development prices put the pressing care and X-ray in query. 

Fashionable mixed-use constructing

Windermere Actual Property dealer Jen Freeman, who’s growing the trendy mixed-use constructing on H and third streets, stated she couldn’t give an estimate on when development can be completed or who the primary ground tenant can be. The primary ground may have a 1,000-square-foot business unit and the highest two flooring will probably be a residential unit. The constructing was one of many first to be reviewed beneath the town of Blaine’s 2018 downtown design code.

Martin Avenue buildings

Town is reviewing a proposal for 3 buildings on the nook of Martin and 4th streets. The buildings will probably be two tales every, with one constructing having a 1,120 ft of business house and the opposite two having one-bedroom duplexes. Pratschner stated she anticipated development might begin throughout the subsequent month. Blaine resident Doug Dahl, who’s growing the property, stated he doesn’t have any tenants lined up but. 

Georgia Avenue triplexes

Two triplexes are being constructed on the nook of Georgia Avenue and Mitchell Avenue. The properties, which began development two months in the past, needs to be completed in one other three months, stated Blaine actual property agent Ron Freeman, who’s representing the builders. The buildings have basements and two flooring above floor. 

Peace Portal condominiums 

Metropolis council is slated to contemplate six condominiums immediately south of the Georgia Avenue triplexes, on the nook of Peace Portal Drive and Mitchell Avenue. If permitted by council, the condos will embody parking and utility enhancements north of the property. The listening to examiner permitted the mission’s conditional use allow on January 4. 

Semiahmoo Highlands

Semiahmoo Highlands developer Wayne Swandt stated he anticipates submitting the PUD and preliminary plat utility to the town and Whatcom County in March. Swandt stated specializing in stormwater administration points and housing market considerations delayed submitting the purposes that he had meant to submit final Might.

Semiahmoo Highlands is a 353-acre property on Semiahmoo Parkway, northwest of Horizon at Semiahmoo, that may have a couple of hundred houses with a neighborhood middle. The mission was initially about 480 models however Swandt stated he modified the mission for fewer models after the housing market and resident considerations. Building on the 65 tons within the first section might begin on the finish of the yr on the earliest, Swandt stated.

Over 100 individuals attended a Semiahmoo Highlands group assembly final March and voiced concern about stormwater administration and infrastructure. 

“There have been quite a few issues we took under consideration based mostly on the general public assembly we had and modifications out there that made us take one other have a look at our product combine,” Swandt stated. “We pulled again to take an extended have a look at it and concentrate on stormwater points, ensuring what we’re doing is communicated to our neighbors and involving them in our analytical work.”

Horizon at Semiahmoo

About 10 houses are full and one other 16 are beneath development in Horizon at Semiahmoo, stated Jennifer Lang, director of selling for HCD, the Gig Harbor-based actual property firm growing the 149-acre subdivision. Two houses are already occupied and one other two may have residents by April.

Horizon improvement spurred after years of staying idle when HCD bought the housing improvement between Semiahmoo Parkway and Birch Bay Drive in July 2021. Multi-family housing allowed HCD to double the event’s beforehand anticipated residences to over 540 models, between 140 single-family houses and about 400 multi-family models in triplexes and fourplexes. 

Horizon has opened its park with a bocce ball court docket and one other park with horseshoe pits. The north gate on Semiahmoo Parkway is anticipated to be put in this spring and the gate off Birch Level Street will probably be put in later. 

HCD doesn’t have an estimate on when development could possibly be full, Lang stated. 


HCD can be growing Inverness, a 37-acre subdivision subsequent to the Semiahmoo Golf Course that’s slated to have 63 single-family tons. After holding a group assembly final June, HCD submitted its deliberate unit improvement and preliminary plat utility to the town of Blaine. A public listening to is anticipated to happen within the subsequent couple of months however hasn’t been scheduled, Pratschner stated. 

The gated subdivision is deliberate to have public utilities and a non-public stormwater pond. It is going to want visitors, wildlife and stormwater research, amongst different necessities, in line with the town. 


Luxurious Semiahmoo subdivision Muirfield has three of its 10 custom-designed houses beneath development. Developer Denise Macris stated the mannequin dwelling will probably be full March 1 and she or he expects to have the remaining houses constructed on the finish of 2023 or in 2024. The million-dollar houses, that are on practically 5 acres on the westside of Semiahmoo Parkway, are nonetheless being offered.  


Eleven of the 29 single-family houses in Woodberry have been constructed, developer Brady Mayson stated. Woodberry is a 10-acre subdivision on Semiahmoo Parkway, simply south of Hearth Station 62. Mayson stated he hopes to have the remaining 18 tons with houses constructed and offered within the subsequent 1.5 years. Six houses have offered since development began final spring.  

“I’m happy about what has occurred currently as a result of there was some extent when the rates of interest went up once we had no gross sales and little or no exercise,” Mayson stated. “We had a couple of gross sales during the last month, so it appears as if persons are adjusting to the newer surroundings with increased rates of interest and are extra comfy with the economic system.”

Sea Smoke

Twenty-three houses in Sea Smoke are both completed or beneath development, stated Swandt, who can be growing Sea Smoke on the nook of Semiahmoo Drive and Semiahmoo Parkway.

Building on the neighborhood’s first section needs to be full by the tip of 2023. The primary section may have 40 residential models, principally single-family houses, 12 shared-wall houses and 4 duplexes, Swandt stated. Town is reviewing an utility for eight extra single-family houses. 

About 120 residences are permitted within the neighborhood however Swandt stated it hasn’t been determined what number of will probably be single-family houses, condominiums or townhomes. A business house can be zoned for the mission, however he isn’t certain what might go in there, or if it might be residential, or a combination.

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