New commercial building breaks ground
The first new commercial building in recent memory is being built at the corner of 3rd and G streets.
“This is the first new commercial type building in the Blaine downtown area since I have been here (four years) and the first for more years than that,” stated Gary Tomsic, Blaine’s city manager.
The building will be the future home of Whatcom Physical Therapy and Whatcom Fitness, two companies owned by Allan Finston. Currently the two companies are located at 399 H Street.
Tomsic continued, “It will be a wonderful addition to Blaine. We look forward to having this beautiful new building in our central business district.”
Finston said, “We’ve been at the same location for seven and half years. It became pretty obvious that we needed more space.” “We’ve noticed our growth has been consistent year in and year out to the point that we needed to do it.”
The new building will be 5,300 square feet, nearly twice the size of their current location. Both the physical therapy office and the gym will double in size. The new gym will have an 800 square foot weight room and a 400 square foot aerobics room plus 600 square feet for showers and locker rooms.
Along with the new building, the land will have 20 or so on site parking spaces. The on site parking is important for the physical therapy portion of the business with some of the clients needing easier access to the building.
Finston looked at buildings in downtown Blaine, but none fit his needs and floor plan. Two years ago, the property came available and Finston grabbed it. Over the last two years he has worked on finances for the new building and the floor plan with a help of a well-known architecture firm.
“The architecture firm that is doing the plans is Carletti Architects, the same company who is doing the boardwalk,” said FinstonThe project will be completed and ready to move in by mid-November.
Finston is excited about the revitalization of downtown Blaine and being the first new commercial building in years.
“It’s somewhat groundbreaking. My anticipation is that this area will continue to grow.” He continued, “Blaine is in a new phase. I hope we’re at the leading edge of the way. We feel confident enough in the future of the town to make a real commitment.”