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Landmark Lawyer

Melody McCutcheon worked on the Bullitt Center and helped the Sorrento Hotel achieve historic status

Melody McCutcheon often finds herself with one foot in the future and one in the past. The Seattle land-use and environmental attorney works on paradigm-altering projects such as the Bullitt Center on Capitol Hill. Billed as the world’s greenest office building, it showcases cutting-edge methods of conserving resources. She also helps secure landmark status for historic buildings, like the 1909 Italian Renaissance-style Sorrento Hotel on First Hill. “Everyone was saying, ‘You mean …

Bellingham Boosters

Efforts to transform a pulp mill into a waterfront gem have consumed a decade (so far) of legal navigations by Frank Chmelik and Jon Sitkin

You might say Frank Chmelik and Jon Sitkin have a nose for innovative dealmaking. Chmelik, Sitkin & Davis in Bellingham has spent the last decade helping its client, the Port of Bellingham, spin polluted property into golden opportunity. In 2001, when Georgia-Pacific Corp. shut down its industrial pulp mill on Bellingham’s waterfront, the city faced a grim specter. The process of bleaching toilet paper and paper towels had left several zones of the 137-acre property contaminated with …

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