U-Haul storage center approved in Gorst

U-HAUL LOGOA familiar name in moving is putting down roots in Gorst.

U-Haul recently purchased a storage center inside the triangle formed by the junction of Highway 3 and Highway 16.

Now the county has approved a project to expand the existing facility with a three-story, 50,000-square-foot storage building and attached warehouse.

u-haul.gorstNotice of administrative conditional use permit approval was posted May 18. 

The facility will provide climate-controlled storage and moving vehicle rentals, according to the notice.

Storage facilities seem to be sprouting up all over these days.

Construction on one self storage complex is underway on Randall Way in Silverdale. It’s set to open next winter.

Meanwhile, a Seattle company is considering a three-story facility by Safeway in Poulsbo.

Software glitch forced Doctors Clinic shutdown

logoA software glitch disrupted services Monday at The Doctors Clinic facilities.

TDC President Dr. Randall Moeller said a problem with the operating system installed on the group’s servers prevented staff and physicians from booking appointments or accessing medical records.

“It pretty well shut us down,” Moeller said.

Moeller stressed the computer issue was not the result of any hacking activity and no patient information was compromised.

Many doctors still saw patients Monday and took notes on old-fashioned paper.

The Doctors Clinic was operating normally Tuesday.

Plans submitted for Poulsbo Place assisted living facility

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A developer  filed a site plan review application for a 107-unit assisted living facility on a 2.2-acre property adjacent to the Jensen Way post office.

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The Poulsbo Place II complex also would include 24 independent living apartments and a 4,250 square feet of retail space. A garage under the building would provide 145 parking spaces.

The applicant is David Smith of Central Highland, which developed other portions of the Poulsbo Place master plan area. Rice Fergus Miller is the architect.

A public open house for the project was held in March 2015.

According to the notice of application, the applicant is requesting several amendments to the master plan to accommodate the assisted living facility. The changes require City Council approval.

These include increasing height limitations to allow a 45-foot average elevation for portions of the building, and treating assisted living as a “commercial use” to remain consistent with the land use mix outlined in the master plan.

Comments on the application will be accepted through June 3. See the full notice below for more details and click here to view a set of drawings filed with the city.

Yet another pot store coming to Port Orchard

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How many legal marijuana stores can one town support?

It sure looks like we’ll find out in Port Orchard.

The Liquor and Cannabis Board approved an eighth shop for the Port Orchard area last week (see inset image).

The latest licensee is 21+ Recreational Marijuana, located at 3598 Bethel Road SE.

The address appears to be across the road from Walmart and next door to Legal Marijuana Superstore, a retailer approved back in December. 

The state has issued 17 marijuana retail licenses in Kitsap, bringing the county closer to its allotted cap of 20. 

Two more licenses can be issued in the county at large, and one more can be issued on Bainbridge Island.

The city of Bremerton reached its cap of four retail licenses in April.

Grower approved in Hansville

The board also licensed a marijuana producer and processor in North Kitsap last week.

The Organic Weedman will be located at 7990 NE Ecology Drive near the Hansville transfer station.

Twelve producer/processors and one standalone processor have been licensed in the county thus far.

Housing development approved in Winslow

The City of Bainbridge Island approved a 28-home housing development at the northeast corner of Wyatt Way and Madison Avenue in Winslow.

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Wyatt Cottages will be built on two parcels bordering an apartment complex and the Madison Tot Lot (see the embedded site plan).

Madison Avenue Development and the island’s park district had discussed a land swap that would have relocated the tot lot to the corner of Wyatt and Madison.

That plan was unpopular with park-goers and eventually nixed.

According to documents posted by the city, the park district and developer did agree to an easement which will allow the access road for the development to cross the southwest corner of the park district’s tot lot parcel.

In exchange, the district will be able to use the new driveway for park access.

According to a project narrative filed last year, Wyatt Cottages is designed to be a “low scale, walkable neighborhood of single-family homes.” Each house will have a private garden space and a roof oriented to maximize exposure for solar panels.

Comments on the land use decision will be accepted through May 27.

Plans for three-story self storage building floated in Poulsbo

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Building rendering by Jackson | Main Architecture, via the city of Poulsbo.

A Seattle self storage company is considering building a three-story self storage facility across the street from Safeway in Poulsbo.

self.storageThe city received pre-application materials this month for a 90,000-square-foot complex proposed at 927 NE Lincoln Road, between Highway 305 and 10th Avenue.

Plans include office space and a caretaker apartment. Access would be from Lincoln and 10th.

The applicant is Urban Self Storage of Seattle. A subsidiary of Urban Self Storage bought the 2.6-acre property from Union Bank in 2014 for $545,000, according to county documents.

Company representative Travis Ameche said initial feasibility studies are underway for the Poulsbo site. Urban Self Storage also operates facilities near Keyport and on Bainbridge Island.

A pre-application conference for the Poulsbo proposal is scheduled for May 31.

In other Poulsbo development news, ambitious plans for a Best Western hotel near Central Market have been dropped due to challenges, the architect for the project confirmed this week.

Petco store proposed in Port Orchard

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A national pet store chain has sniffed out a location in Port Orchard.

City planners are reviewing permit applications for a 11,500-square foot Petco at the southwest corner of Vallair Court and Bethel Road.

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The applicant is PacLand, a development firm with offices in Seattle.

The pet store and parking lot would occupy two vacant parcels owned by Seattle-based Port Orchard Retail, LLC.

The property is located across Vallair from Taco Time (see inset image). Customers would access the store from Vallair.

The city issued a mitigated determination of non-significance for the project and will take comments on environmental concerns through Friday. The full notice is posted below.

Petco has stores in Bremerton and Poulsbo.

Port Orchard Petco Mdns by Tad Sooter

Forever 21 open at Trails; Jersey Mike’s on its way

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Forever 21 opened over the weekend in The Trails at Silverdale shopping center, one of several businesses expected to join in the Greaves Way development this year.

The apparel retailer was previously located in Kitsap Mall.

Jersey Mike’s Subs could be next to debut. The sandwich chain lists a June 1 opening date for its Silverdale store.

You can see all my Trails updates here.

Commercial real estate roundup: Bainbridge development sells for $17 million

hildebrandA Bainbridge Island mixed-use development and a Port Orchard Walgreens building were among the prominent commercial properties that changed hands during a busy first quarter of 2016.

All told, 102 commercial parcels sold in January, February and March for a combined $111.1 million, according to county assessor’s records. 

Sales of large apartment complexes, including Santa Fe Ridge, Bremerton Gardens and Admiral Manor, accounted a large portion of that total. I detailed those sales in a recent rundown of apartment transactions.

Below is a look at some of the notable commercial sales of the year so far, plus a couple from the end of December that didn’t make my last roundup.

Madison Square, Bainbridge — $17.5 million

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Sale date: March 9

Assessed value: $13.9 million

Sold by: Madison Square LLC. to LBG Bainbridge LLC.

Description: Seven tax parcels on Hildebrand Lane, south of the Island Village shopping complex. Buildings include a mix of retail, office and apartments.

Notes: The seller is a corporation headed by islander Michael Burns. LBG Bainbridge LLC is a subsidiary of Lord Baltimore Group Ltd., and lists a Vancouver, B.C. mailing address.

The same buyer also purchased the adjacent Camelia apartments for $4.6 million this year, and bought a commercial cluster in Poulsbo which I describe below, all from Burns.

Liberty Center, Poulsbo — $5.93 million

liberty.centerSale date: March 9

Assessed value: $5 million

Sold by: Liberty Centre LLC. to LBG Bainbridge LLC.

Description: Three buildings with a combined 30,000 square feet of space on 2 acres on the northeast corner of Liberty Road and Highway 305.

Notes: See notes above. Major tenants include John L. Scott and Key Bank.

Grow apartments, Bainbridge — $5.2 million

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Sale date: Feb. 4

Assessed value: $973,560

Sold by: Bainbridge Community Development to Clarke Properties LLC.

Description: Two tax parcels at the southeast corner of Wyatt Way and Grow Avenue where the “Cooper” rental apartments were constructed as part of the Grow Community project.

Three-story, 10-unit buildings were slated for each parcel, according to city planning documents.

Walgreens building, Port Orchard — $5.18 million

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Sale date: Feb. 11

Assessed value: $3.26 million

Sold by: McCandless Port Orchard LLC. to Lease Fund II LLC.

Description: A 15,000-square-foot pharmacy building on 1.8 acres at the northeast corner of Lund Avenue and Bethel Road.

Notes: Across the street from the Bethel Junction shopping center, which also sold recently.
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Real estate update: More homes came on the market in April

ferncliff01_23090926_ver1.0_640_480Kitsap’s depleted inventory of homes for sale received a much needed injection of new listings in April.

A total of 568 new listings were added last month, 71 more than were added in April 2015, according to Northwest Multiple Listing Service. The influx raised the total number of active listings from 566 in March to 655 in April.

0411_KitsapIndicator_MonthsSupply_KSThough surely welcome, the added listings did little to ease the tight market.

The inventory of available homes remained 22 percent lower than in April 2015, and 56 percent lower than in April 2012.

Sales were steady last month, with 584 transactions pending, up 5 percent from the previous year. The county’s median home price hovered at $270,000, up 7 percent year-over-year.

The months supply of homes (the number of months it would take to sell off all the homes for sale if no new listings were added) eased slightly to 1.83 months.

A market is generally considered balanced when it has a supply of four to six months. Kitsap’s market still strongly favors sellers.

Here’s a graphical look at Kitsap real estate trends:

And here’s a map showing April real estate stats by submarket. Wave your clicker each MLS area for details. Drop me a note if there are other stats you’d like to see included: