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Vast property on Samish Crest is headache for developers, but haven for local hikers

Bellingham thirsts for housing, yet this vacant land has sat untouched for decades

People walk to a bench on the Samish Crest with a view of Bellingham in the background.
People walk to a bench on Samish Hill with a view of Bellingham in the background on Tuesday, April 9. The knoll is in the center of a proposed 111-acre development, Samish Heights, stymied by infrastructure delays — much to the delight of local recreationalists. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)
By Julia Tellman Local News Reporter
In a city increasingly desperate for more housing, a large swath of undeveloped private land on Bell

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