Newdevelopments abound

Published on Thu, May 18, 2006 by eg Olson

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New developments abound

By Meg Olson

Blaine planners are reviewing five new projects that will add 116 housing units and 41,000 square feet of industrial space to Blaine.
“Every one of them is scheduled for this summer,” Blaine community development director Terry Galvin told city council May 8 during his monthly review of major developments.

Three of the projects are on Peace Portal Drive and Galvin suggested that while staff was not recommending full major development reviews before council for these projects, council could choose the closer scrutiny if they felt it was warranted. “These properties are a critical part of Peace Portal,” he said.

Developers McNamee and Garfinkle have applied for a conditional use permit to build a three-story, 11-unit condominium project at 1600 Peace Portal Drive. On the corner of Peace Portal Drive and Mitchell Street, the Three Knots at Land’s End project would create 12 condominium units and three townhouse units in another three-story structure.

At the corner of Bayview Avenue and Peace Portal Drive the Brickyard Cottages project by TNAMNT, LLC is asking for a mixed residential plat mixed residential uses – 20 zero lot-line paired homes and three duplex units.

“In every one of these cases the developers have tried to find ways to minimize view impacts,” Galvin said. The projects are all in the residential/office zone adjacent to the recently rezoned downtown neighborhoods and there was concern during the review of recent changes to the comprehensive plan about a “wall of condos” blocking off all views of the harbor from central Blaine.

Council member Bonnie Onyon asked if there were design standards for that zone, as there are now in the central business district and three central Blaine residential neighborhoods.

“There are not design standards in the residential/office zone but each of these projects voluntarily adopted some design elements similar to the Harborside building,” Galvin said. The proposed Harborside project at H Street and Peace Portal Way has not yet been built.

A fourth residential development, Carnoustie in Semiahmoo, would create 18 single-family detached homes, five duplexes and nine four-plexes on a 16.25 acre property.

Local warehousing and border services company TC Trading will be building a new facility on Boblett Street.

Council members agreed not to require major development reviews for the three projects.