February 28, 2023

170 units planned for Bellingham’s Barkley Village

A/E Editor
Renderings by MG2 [enlarge]

The Manning will have two mid-rise apartment buildings and five 2,400-square-foot townhomes.

Developer the Talbot Group is planning a new 170-unit mixed-use multifamily project at its 250-acre Barkley Village urban community in Bellingham.

The development will be built at 2401 Rimland Drive on what was formerly the site of a YMCA Early Learning Center. MG2 is designing the project which is called The Manning. The Manning will consist of two midrise apartment buildings and five 2,400-square-foot townhomes, for a total of 170 units.

A separate 4,000-square-foot retail building is also planned at the South West corner of the project.

The full-block development will cover the location of the current YMCA facility and a portion of an existing driving range. The apartment buildings and townhomes will share a central landscaped courtyard podium located on top of a two-level below-grade parking garage with 230 stalls. Early renderings shown the townhomes bifurcating the multi-family structures.

The proposed unit mix is one bedroom, one bedroom plus den, and two bedrooms. The apartments will be market-rate rentals and the townhomes will be for sale. The apartment buildings will be clad with metal, brick, and hardiepanel. The townhomes and retail building will be clad in wood.

The project is pursuing the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes certification. Sustainable features include solar arrays.

Residents will share a landscaped central courtyard.

The Manning is currently in design development. Construction is expected to begin by late summer 2023 and finish in spring 2025. Exxel Pacific is the general contractor. The project will also include development of a new private roadway infrastructure around the perimeter of the parcel.

The displaced YMCA Early Learning Center is relocating to the ground level of the nearby Trailview Apartments building, which opened at Barkley Village in December. That project is the community’s first affordable housing development and was developed by Mercy Housing. The center is expected to open there in March.

Elsewhere in Barkley Village, construction is underway on a new nature themed pocket play park. The new public park, which is expected to open this summer, will feature locally-sourced boulders, logs, and other natural materials reimagined as climbing towers, balance logs, swings, water pumps, and giant rock mounds for interactive play.

The Talbot Group began developing Barkley Village in 1996. The community has a mix of housing, retail, office and civic uses.

“The Manning project further advances the vision for the overall Barkley Village master plan: a compact, mixed-use neighborhood center rooted in intelligent urban design, which will include pedestrian-friendly streets, sustainable building construction, and a network of connected parks, trails and open spaces,” Stowe Talbot, president of the Talbot Group, told the DJC.

Emma Hinchliffe can be reached by email or by phone at (206) 622-8272.