Wrecking ball hits the Serenity House


The Serenity House is no more.

A fixture in the south island community of Lynwood Center for nearly a century, the group home for developmentally disabled adults was torn down Wednesday by the property’s new owner.


Serenity House closed in March after its 17 residents were moved to care facilities and group homes around Kitsap County. The Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority, which owned the 3.4-acre property, could no longer afford to subsidize Serenity’s operating costs, which amounted to about $16,000 a month.

KCCHA abandoned plans to redevelop the property with new assisted-living homes.

Built as a public school in 1914, the 11,000-square-foot facility had fallen into disrepair.

The building also served as a sanitarium and, for the last 40 years, a home for developmentally disabled adults and others in need of full-time care.

KCCHA listed the property in March for $1.95 million. A development company led by island resident Steve Romein purchased the property last month. Romein could not be reached for comment.

The property boasts panoramic views of Rich Passage and sits across the street from the the theater property, which is also owned by Romein.

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  1. Great Ceasar’s Ghost! I just read this obituary on the Notebook, under Shining etcetc’s banner, and it appeared to have been written by Jimmy Olsen, cub reporter for Shining Etc.,and was impressed by the well written and researched piece. Unusual work for Jimmy. Then, at the bottom, I find that it was actually written by Tristan Baurick! Jimmy has always loved an obituary,(the PI,the Mayor’s job,the defeat of the school bond etc.), and I guess he just couldn’t help trying to get in on it. At least he gave credit to Mr. Baurick at the very end, but he should have acknowledged it at the beginning of the piece,lest some of the less informed might think he was finally able to find his way around a keyboard.

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