The Mount Baker neighborhood sits at the northeast corner of the city. It is generally bounded by the city limits to the north and east and I-5 to the west. The southerly boundary meanders along Barkley Drive at the east, then part of the old railroad trail and then back to I-5. Since the neighborhood was first defined by the 1980 City of Bellingham Comprehensive Plan, it has expanded to the north by 640 acres as annexation has occurred.
Recent significant developments in the neighborhood include single family and multi-family residential construction as well as increased commercial activity along Sunset Drive and at Barkley Village. The city has also completed a development plan for Northridge Park.
Over the past several years, many newer homes have been built primarily in the Barkley area. The overall character of the homes in the neighborhood continues to range from older single family homes to 5+ bedroom newer homes to large multi family apartments and condominiums. Current values of single family residences range from as low as $40,000 to over $500,000 with an average of just over $180,000. Construction and plans for future construction of new single family homes and multi family apartments and condominiums are continuing along the Barkley corridor.
Future commercial development will be concentrated around Sunset Square and Barkley Village. In the Lowes development, the Wallgreen store is nearing completion. Wells Fargo is about to start construction of a long anticipated retail banking office. MacDonalds is also planning a new restaurant. In the future, there is expected to be additional office space, another fast food restaurant and a drive through espresso bar. The future of Barkley Village continues to look strong. In addition to Barkley Village's ongoing community support of the mid week farmers market and the Whatcom Hospice Pumpkin Patch, future development will occur as existing facilities are filled and as new businesses come to town and as existing local businesses discover the benefits of opening offices in this area.
The development plans continue for Northridge Park. This park sits at the top of the ridge between Spyglass and Tweed Twenty. The Parks Department is planning to construct a trail system that will run from the end of the existing greenways trails between Tanglewood and Spyglass. These trails will follow both the west and east perimeter of the park and will have exits just north of Spyglass Drive on Chandler Parkway, into the end of Woodside Way, into the end of Carrington Way and out the Dakin Street right of way to McLeod Road. Although it is not certain, the department hopes to begin construction of these trails this fall. Along the western trails, there are plans for three view points that overlook the city, bay and islands. These view points are to have tables and benches so that visitors can pause to eat and enjoy the view. As soon as funding is available, the department also plans to install two small parking/play areas that will be accessible from Carrington Way on the south and Woodside Way on the north. This park promises to be a great place for people from the Mt. Baker neighborhood and elsewhere to go to enjoy the views and to take a peaceful walk through the woods.
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