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Project Profile

Objective /
Open a coffeehouse and wine bistro in a remodeled fast food restaurant, with drive-thru and alcohol service.

Obstacles /
Property is located in neighborhood commercial zone; alcohol service is a conditional use in this zone. Conditional use permit is required; the process includes public meeting and public hearing.

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Project Profile

Objective /
Demolition of three homes, consolidation of the underlying lots and, the development of a multi-family building.

Obstacles /
First permitted as a four-story mixed use building, the project redesign required a Planned Permit, two Variance requests, a Design Review Application and a Building Permit Application.

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Project Profile

Objective /
Remodel and repair a dilapidated dock on Chuckanut Bay in Bellingham, WA.

Obstacles /
The existing float and dock were deteriorating rapidly. The owner had acquired existing shoreline permit from previous owner, and the repair required a number of local, state and federal permits.

Who is AVT Consulting?

AVT is a consulting firm specializing in:

Development consulting, project management and permit processing. AVT offers professional and competent representation for land use development and planning projects.

  • »Residential subdivisions
  • »Commercial & industrial development
  • »Mixed use & urban infill projects
  • »Environmental & shoreline permits
  • »Pro formas & feasibility studies

Project Spotlight

119 W. Chestnut St. - Chestnut Flats

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  • Flax Properties / David Hovde
  • Downtown Bellingham
  • .5 acre
  • City of Bellingham, WA

Description:   Remodel and conversion of a downtown commercial building into a 37-unit, 4-story multi-family apartment building.


Key information for project planning

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