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August 7, 2019

Vanessa Blackburn
Communications Director City of Bellingham
(360) 778-8115

Mayor of Bellingham announces third annual City Center Awards

Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville honored three businesses at the third annual Mayor's City Center Awards ceremony at the Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher Building on July 25. The awards showcase and recognize outstanding achievements and exceptional projects that have led to the revitalization of Bellingham's City Center Neighborhood.

Each year the Mayor selects property owners, businesses and/or organizations as awardees based on a set of criteria that includes outstanding restoration, rehabilitation, or renovation of an existing building; creating unique residential and commercial spaces within existing buildings; activating adjacent public spaces; and other actions that improve the quality of life in Bellingham's City Center.

“I am happy to recognize the Cascade Laundry Building, Pickford Film Center, and Black Sheep with the third annual Mayor's City Center Awards," Mayor Kelli Linville said. “The investments of all three projects have improved our downtown's revitalization and honored legacy buildings in our city core."

Major Annouces Third Annual City Center Awards

The 2019 City Center Awards were presented to the following organizations/businesses:

Cascade Laundry Building, 203 - 207 Prospect Street, recognized for:

  • Adaptive reuse of an historic building
  • Façade improvement
  • Creating unique commercial spaces within existing buildings

To learn more about the Cascade Laundry Building, watch this short video.

Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay Street, recognized for:

  • Adaptive use of an historic building
  • Façade improvement
  • Expansion of existing business downtown
  • Community outreach, providing free programs for schools, film festivals, rooftop movies, and use of café by the general public

To learn more about the Pickford Film Center, watch this short video.

Black Sheep, 211 W. Holly Street, recognized for:

  • Expansion of an existing business downtown
  • Activating adjacent public spaces and bringing vitality to the streetscape
  • Creating unique commercial spaces within existing buildings

To learn more about Black Sheep watch this short video.

City staff also surprised the Mayor with the first ever City Center Champion Award for her support of downtown over the past eight years, including her focus on providing public access and development on the waterfront and her support of downtown businesses and property owners.

For more details visit the Mayor's City Center Awards webpage.

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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