The Bremerton beat interrupts your regularly
scheduled day to bring you six updates about downtown
1. Apartments progress: The $9 million apartment project known
as The 606 is
starting to grow upward. Work on the 71-unit complex, branded
by its developers as “upscale,” began in November near the corner
of Burwell Street and Park Avenue. As you can see (above), the
stick work on floor one is coming together. The apartments are
slated to be completed in September.
Another apartment complex, above the Manette Bridge, is slated
to begin construction as well. Wes Larson, managing partner of
Sound West Group, said they’re hoping to break ground in March
on the $15 million Spyglass Hill project, which will add
another 80 units downtown.
2. Demolition looms: While those go up, one
downtown Bremerton building will come down. The old storefront at
262 Burwell Street, seen at right above, will be demolished in the
next few months. “Sooner rather than later,” said Vic Ulsh of
Bradley Scott real estate, who represents the Bremer Trust that
owns the structure.
The building has some “structural concerns,” Ulsh said, and
needs to come down. It will be interesting to see what will happen
within the space. (One thing it cannot become, under city rules, is
There’s a chance the building next to it (to the left) might be
torn down as well. They were both once occupied by the Department
of Veterans Affairs.
And of course, there’s also the big building on the corner: the
old Bremer-Wyckoff building remains vacant.
3. Carpenter building sells: The Pacific Northwest Regional
Council of Carpenters sold their building at 632 Fifth
Street in November for $100,000. The 12,800 square-foot building
was assessed at $464,000 but I believe had been vacant for some
time. The buyer, Bremerton Investment Property LLC, lists a
Bellevue address. I’ve attempted to touch base with the company
agent but have yet to hear back. I’ll keep you posted.
4. Brewery develops: Wobbly Hopps
brewery continues its trek to open in downtown Bremerton, albeit at
a different location. The owners, Jon and Sheree Jankowski had
originally filed a liquor license application this week to place a
microbrewery and taproom at 555 Pacific Ave (the Tim Ryan
building), according to Tad Sooter’s
Minding your Business blog. But plans have changed and now, it
appears they’ve started the process to open at 260 Fourth Street,
next to the old Roxy Theater. The building is owned by the Rice
Fergus Building Partnership.
They’re not the only microbreweries here or considering coming
here. As Sooter points out
on his blog:
Another brewer is eyeing space in the same area. Jesse
Wilson, an assistant brewer at Port Townsend Brewing is
running an ongoing Kickstarter campaign to open a “LoveCraft”
microbrewery in downtown Bremerton.
Bremerton is not bereft of beer makers – Silver City
Brewery and Manette’s Der Blokken Brewery both have
strong support in their own corners of town. But momentum seems to
be growing for a brewery in the downtown business district.
5. Retail possibilities: At 275 Fourth
Street, a new permit’s been taken out to clear space inside. Once
home to the offices of The Doctor’s Clinic, it has been vacant for
some time now. The idea is to make the building, owned by The
Bremer Trust, more marketable as a retail space. “You look up and
down Fourth Street, and there’s momentum toward retail,” Ulsh
6. A new sign: You may have noticed Tuesday
that the building once known as “D4” at Fifth and Pacific is
officially no more. Crews put up a sign on the building to show off
the company that recently moved in: General Dynamics. The company
$33 million in contracts for work on the USS Nimitz, which just
arrived from Everett. So I don’t think they’re going anywhere