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Monday, November 27, 2006

Comment period open for major project

BELLINGHAM

Now's the time to express your opinion on a major project proposed for a 200-acre parcel in Bellingham.

Residents have until Dec. 12 to file comments with the state Executive Office of Environmental Affairs on the Shoppes at Bellingham, a retail and office development slated for land between North Main Street and Interstate 495.

According to the environmental notification form filed by W/S Development Associates, the plans call first for a shopping center comprised of about 80 stores, while the second phase of development will create about 600,000 square feet of office space.

More than 80 acres of the site will remain open space. The environmental impacts include creation of about 65 acres of impervious surface, alteration of wetlands and creation of about 145,000 gallons of wastewater per day.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

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