Projects Past: The Fountain Coffeehouse and Wine Bistro

Client:Jill Holmes
Location:Fountain District
Jurisdiction:City of Bellingham

Property:vacant fast food restaurant
Project Description:Remodel for new coffeehouse/wine bistro, Conditional Use Permit required for alcohol service.

Details:The Fountain is a Coffeehouse & Wine Bistro located by the historic Fountain District, at the intersection of Meridian, Broadway and Girard Streets in the Fountain District. The site was the previous location of a Kentucky Fried Chicken drive-thru restaurant. The owner has remodeled the existing structure and created a neighborhood coffeehouse and wine bistro. The zoning for the property is neighborhood commercial, which allows restaurants, but requires a Conditional Use Permit for alcohol service. A Conditional Use Permit requires approval by the City of Bellingham Hearing Examiner.


AVT Consulting managed the Conditional Use Permit process for the service of alcohol, preparing the application and conducting the neighborhood meeting and the public hearing. The permit was approved and The Fountain is currently operating seven days a week serving coffee, tasty snacks, food and wine.