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Proposals sought for project to rejuvenate Blaine’s downtown

BLAINE, Wash. — City of Blaine Community Development Services Department has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for revitalizing 5 city blocks and fixing Peace Portal Drive, the downtown’s main thoroughfare.

According to the RFP, the goal of the project “is to rejuvenate Blaine’s downtown and spur economic development by revitalizing five city blocks and fixing our main thoroughfare, Peace Portal Drive. The project includes pedestrian-oriented amenities to reinforce downtown as both the heart of the community and a tourism destination.”

The project includes the following elements.

  • replace aging benches and trash cans
  • adds recycling receptacles
  • new flower planters
  • new street furniture
  • new bike racks
  • construct 2 gateway arches to historic downtown
  • replace aging and uneven sidewalks
  • create continuous sidewalks (eliminating gaps)
  • remove some street trees that contributed to uneven sidewalks and buckling

Proposals are due at 5pm on February 25th and it is hoped the contract can be awarded at the March 14th City of Blaine Council Meeting.

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4 Comments

  1. Cyndy Wilson January 31, 2022

    Yes…beautification 😄
    You build..they will come 😋😎

  2. A concerned resident January 31, 2022

    This is a good start, but Blaine needs to attract Influencers who will drive interest in Blaine….. you need a destination business for them to be impressed with. Drayton Harbour Oysters and Edaleen Dairy are a great start…..we need a great bakery!

  3. rick February 2, 2022

    How about renovating the train station and asking Amtrak to add a Cascades stop? That train station could also house a really quaint breakfast/lunch spot.

  4. Kristine Bolt February 2, 2022

    Adding a Amtrak stop would be wonderful. We have the train station so let’s use it !

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