Washington Square


Washington Square


2501 E Street

Bellingham WA






Ownership:   Bellingham Housing Authority
Year Built/Rehabilitated:   1969
Number of Residential Units:   98
Unit Mix:   47 studio / 51 one-bedroom
Square Footage:   studio: 372 s.f. / one-bedroom: 456 s.f.
Population Served:   elderly and/or disabled
Professionally Managed by:   Bellingham Housing Authority


Description of Property:

Located close to downtown this development was totally renovated in the mid 1990's.  Residents can enjoy many indoor activities such as bingo, arts & craft lessons, meal programs or stroll in the beautifully landscaped grounds.  Residents may plant flowers or vegetables in one of the many individual garden planters.  The key-less entry system offers the latest technology in controlled entry systems.  Some upper floor units have views of downtown and Bellingham Bay.

Washington Square was a recipient of ARRA Green Communities Grant funding to update the building envelope, reduce utilities, and incorporate green technologies.  By Fall of 2011, the building uses photovoltaic solar panels to generate roughly 10% of the building's electricity use.

Underground geothermal piping delivers hot water to preheat the boiler water.  High efficiency boilers, new efficient lighting with sensors, and water saving devices were added to decrease utility costs.  Increased ventilation in living spaces and several garden areas were installed to increase the "comfort level" in this community.

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