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Welcome to the York Neighborhood Association Website!

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The York Neighborhood Association (YNA) exists to preserve and enhance the community and engage citizens in civic affairs. We work to promote a safe, comfortable, and thriving urban neighborhood bordering downtown Bellingham, Washington.

As a neighborhood, we are involved in planning for the future, historic preservation, traffic and pedestrian safety, social events, and park improvements. If you live or work in the York Neighborhood, we hope you’ll get involved!

Use our contact page to subscribe to the YNA List and indicate other interests.

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October 2019 — Take a few minutes on Halloween to check out the former Aloha Motel site, along Samish Way between Otis, Laurel, Abbott, and Maple streets! The Bellingham Housing Authority will be hosting the groundbreaking for the new building which will be constructed over the next year and a half, with leasing to start in early 2021.

This building will house fixed-rent apartments, as well as street-level commercial tenants, and was designed to serve as part of the Samish Way Urban Village Plan (2009). The housing authority will have proprietary interest in this new building, as they will be be among the very first tenants!

The development will be just across Samish Way from the York Neighborhood’s south leg, so it will be part of our community. Come to the groundbreaking to learn more and see the start of community efforts moving forward!

  • York Neighborhood General Membership Meeting

    Date/Time: Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 5:30 gather, 6pm meeting

    Location: Garden Street United Methodist Church, 1326 North Garden Street—basement dining room

    5:30pm—Taco Supper (provided by the YNA Board) plus Pumpkin Decorating Party for the kids!


    • Topic #1: Update on proposed amendment of the neighborhood’s Comprehensive Plan
    • Topic #2: Update on the Aloha Motel rebuild project, by the Bellingham Housing Authority
    • Topic #3: Bellingham Police update


  • York S.T.A.R.s—Saturday Trash and Recyclers

    (Formerly the “York RATS”) pick up litter and cans to keep our neighborhood clean! Join us every other Saturday at 8:30am in front of Nelson’s Market.

  • If you desire to present something to Yorkers:

    If you have a presentation you would like to give or a question to place before Yorkers and neighbors, we would love to hear from you. Please contact our or , and we will discuss opportunities. Please note meeting time can be limited, and contacting us well in advance really helps us allocate time for your topic.