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Birch Bay waterway plan stalls as park plan moves forward

Birch Bay waterway plan stalls as park plan moves forward

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KGMI News Reporting
By Tracy Ellis

BIRCH BAY, Wash. – Plans for beach restoration, a berm and a walkway in Birch Bay hit a snag.

Negotiations with the firm chosen to serve as the consultant for the project fell apart.

Now Whatcom County must search for a new consultant.

The project has been in the planning stages for decades.

It includes a berm to protect the roadway and properties from water during storms and a pathway from Lora Lane to Cedar Avenue so people don’t have to walk on the road.

The county still hopes to begin construction in the spring of 2016.

Meanwhile, a new park could become a reality in Birch Bay.

The Whatcom County Council approved the idea of exploring the purchase of a park.

County staffers are looking at land and a package of funding for a park and community center.

The council directed the Whatcom County Executive to move as soon as possible to appropriate up to $9,000 for an appraisal to tie up a specific piece of property.

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