Don and Sally Korthuis are the applicants for Front Street Station
LYNDEN — An application to the Planning Commission proposes a five-building Front Street Station business park on the west edge of town.
The project of Don and Sally Korthuis would be the first foray into extensive Commercial Services-Regional zoning west of Duffner Creek that has stayed relatively inactive for many years.
A business park is permitted in the zone when a development agreement is reached with the city via the Planning Commission, covering topics such as parking and outdoor storage, said Planning Director Heidi Gudde.
In the case of Front Street Station, some warehousing and wholesaling is also envisioned, adding another element of conditional approval, according to city zoning code.
The whole package for an overall 125,210-square-foot business park comes to the Planning Commision’s 7:30 p.m. meeting on Thursday, Oct. 24, in City Hall Annex, 205 Fourth St.
Steve Moore, Realtor for the Korthuises, said in an email that once Conditional Use Permit approval is gained, he is ready to begin marketing the project.
The project proposes a mix of retail, service and light industrial uses in leasable space of 80 to 92 feet in depth in the five buildings. Drawings show each unit having office, restroom and reception space up front, then at least three times that much space for operations and storage behind.
“In addition to having traditional retail spaces, the park is expected to provide incubator space for startup business, office and warehouse type spaces for service providers, and potentially a location where Canadian companies can establish a U.S. presence,” elaborates Gudde.
A s to the process, the Planning Commission role is to review and make sure the development agreement addresses impacts on surrounding properties with the goal of mitigating the more industrial-like uses, she said.
A number of Lynden code changes in early 2018 boosted what can be done in business zoning. They included increasing the number of permitted commercial uses, facilitating the creation of business parks, and potentially decreasing the retail floor area required of businesses, according to City Council paperwork at the time.