The Millworks is envisioned as an affordable place for people to live, work and enjoy our stunning waterfront. The Whatcom Community Foundation is working with local partners, including Mercy Housing and RMC Architects, to develop this community benefit project at Laurel Street and Cornwall Avenue, the gateway to the new Waterfront District. The project features a food campus, which connects local producers with buyers, while integrating public assets such as a center for employee ownership, childcare facilities and around 70 units of workforce housing and potentially healthcare services. Combined, these elements will play a crucial role in the waterfront redevelopment, supporting economic growth and fostering prosperity on multiple fronts.
Inspired by the national rise of local food hubs, which connect small to mid-sized producers with local buyers, The Millworks’ local food campus combines a myriad of food-related businesses, organizations and activities to generate natural synergies that create jobs and fuel economic growth, foster innovation and improve community health and wellness. Elements include:
- Food hub to increase access to fresh, local foods and support regional farms.
- Commercial kitchen and business incubation to facilitate local-food entrepreneurship.
- Food truck & cart arcade activating a community gathering space and sales venue for food businesses.
- Workforce training for high school students and adults in transition.
- Event space that showcases the local food scene.
- Co-working space creating affordable officing for food and ag businesses.