Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)


Tower Scuttled in Bellingham

One of the first posts that I wrote in my blog here at Active Rain, nearly two years ago, referred to a high rise residential project planned for the city. You can read that initial article on the Bay View Tower here.

This was a controversial project in Bellingham from day one. Issues, people were arguing about, included (1) the fact it would be a monster of a tall building compared to anything we are accustomed to -- this is not Seattle; (2) the project could block views of the bay.

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Proposed tower

Well, now it looks like this has broken loose into a major and big-money dispute. The city has guidelines, when permits are issued, that specify when a project must be completed. They want progress. In this case, the city pulled the permit because they believed that appropriate time-lines were not being met by developers. Now the project developers claim that action by the city has killed the tower and that they were working on the project all along. Developers are threatening to sue the city for nearly $4 million.

If you want all the scuttlebutt, you can read it here in the Bellingham Herald, the local paper, where it is a main headline.

Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 10 commentsSteven L. Smith • November 16 2008 11:11AM


Wow- I haven't heard about the tower or the controversy surrounding the building process. The tower looks great but it seems a little weird for Bellingham. Thanks for the info- I will look into it and share it with my Bellingham friends and family.

Kind Regards, Nicole Weidauer

The Egerer & Weidauer Team, Keller Williams Realty North Seattle

Posted by Nicole Weidauer (Keller Williams Greater Seattle) over 11 years ago

It is only a matter of time---not about if, but when I am sure

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 11 years ago

Hi Steve

The market and the available of construction funds were more then likely the building as stopped.  

Good luck and success

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 11 years ago

Charlie Bee,

You are biased, being the guy bankrolling it from your large and expanding inspection firm.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 11 years ago

I read that some high rise plans in Little Rock AR were also scuttled.  Money is probably too tight.

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) over 11 years ago


Probably the developers were having some problems that way, slower than they wanted to be and the city lowered the boom.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Well, as long as the tower is not under construction, the only thing lost would be development costs. It seems as if the developers may have had trouble getting funding...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Amazing, I looked into a condo at the towers over a year ago and they claimed to have been 80% reserved.   

Posted by Michael Eisenberg, Bellingham Real Estate Guy (eXp Realty) over 11 years ago

hhhmmm, I wonder if those developers need a loan. hehe That would be right down my alley.

Sean Allen

Posted by Sean Allen, International Financing Solutions (International Financing Solutions ) over 11 years ago

Here it is 2017 and no condo tower!!!

I luv Bellingham!!!

We are not Seattle nor Vancouver!!!!

Posted by Mark Allyn about 3 years ago