The Bellingham Herald reports that “Planning & Community Development Director Tim Stewart will leave the city to take a job with the city of Mercer Island.” Chief lures on our part for Stewart seemed to be a shorter commute (Stewart lives in Seattle) and a higher salary.
Open letter to our new Director of Development Services:
Welcome! We’re really glad you’ve come. Downtown Mercer Island is a hodgepodge of development with a few great businesses (Bennett’s, Island Books, Six Walls, Cellar 46) but no real walking section. Even the Starbucks is known for its drive through!
Our prime real estate in the middle of downtown is dominated by banks and real estate agents, neither of which are fun to browse on a Saturday afternoon. We could learn a lot from Fairhaven and other parts of Bellingham. Please help.
P.S. Please bring us a killer brewpub like Boundary Bay too.
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