A “for sale” sign
went up last week at a coveted waterfront property
overlooking Bremerton Marina.
The 1.6-acre parcel, owned by the Port of Bremerton,
was listed by CBRE for $5 million. The land is also
available for lease.
bought the property from Kitsap Consolidated Housing
Authority in 2009 for $3.5 million.
The hillside parcel provides parking for marina tenants and
the port turns a profit renting additional parking stalls. But
with views of Sinclair Inlet and easy access to the ferry, the
has long been ogled by developers as a potential site for a
hotel, apartments or condos.
Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent made her preference clear in an
interview last fall.
“I’m hoping we can have a third hotel,” Lent said. “Because of
our expanded conference center, and the vitality of our city, we
could accommodate another hotel.”
The trick for the port will be finding a way to lease or
sell the land while maintaining parking for
the growing number of marina tenants. Boaters use about
half of the 120 parking spaces in the busy summer months.
If the early onset of summer weather had you
salivating over the “boats” section of Craigslist
last spring, you definitely weren’t alone.
Kitsap residents went on a bit of a boat buying
spree in the second quarter of the year, snapping
up 717 vessels, according to
numbers posted by Washington Sea Grant.
That was a 14 percent increase from the same period of 2014, and
a 31 percent jump from five years ago.
As you can see from the chart, more county residents are
springing for new boats, which is good news for local
hit hard during the recession.
A number factors are likely propelling the recent surge
in boat sales, including the improving economy,
low fuel prices and, of course, the sunshine.
Who wouldn’t give this guy
$20,000? Smithshyre farm in Poulsbo.
Kitsap Bank announced 16 semifinalists its
$20,000 edg3 FUND
competition Wednesday, and the list includes six
Nearly 60 businesses applied, according to a new
release from the bank.
It just so happens we’ve written about all the
local semifinalists at one time or another. Here’s the
list of Kitsap hopefuls, with links to our stories:
Woodshop, Bainbridge Island ( Kitsap
Soap, Bremerton ( Kitsap
Poulsbo ( KPBJ
Lisa Stirrett Glass Art Studio, Silverdale ( Kitsap
Boutique, Bremerton ( Kitsap
Smithshyre, Poulsbo ( KPBJ
story and Meegan Reid photo above)
A public vote will help narrow the field of
contenders September. Five finalists will give
presentations during a live event Nov. 12
Conference Center in Bremerton, and the winner will be
announced the same day.
The edg3 FUND contest recognizes businesses that
contribute to their communities economically, socially and
See the rest of the semifinalists below:
A developer plans to build a four-building, 92-unit
apartment complex on Poulsbo’s Viking Avenue.
The “Arendal on Viking” apartments would be located on 7.55
acres southeast of the intersection with Highway 305,
according to the city planner assigned to the project.
Residents would access the complex via a single driveway
from Viking. Parking would be mostly surface level, with some
spaces underneath buildings. A clubhouse is included in the
The applicant is Viking Avenue Properties, LLC., headed by Kelly
Clark of Kingston. A pre-application meeting was held July 21.
Formal permit applications have not yet been filed.
Apartments are in high demand across Kitsap, with
large complexes reporting a 3 percent vacancy rate in the second
quarter of 2015. The Bainbridge/Poulsbo
submarket saw apartment rents increase by more than 10 percent
in the past year.
See an interactive graphic
apartment rental trends here.
Federal has added a third Kitsap County location with
the opening of a Bainbridge Island branch.
The new branch is located next to Starbucks at 337 High School
Road NE. A grand opening ribbon cutting will be held at 1:30 p.m.
Monday, followed by an ice cream social from noon to 3 p.m.
Washington Federal will offer full-service
ATMs and regular banking and mortgage services on the
island. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9
a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.
Manager Cherrie Cibene said Washington Federal had a large
number of customers on the island served by the Poulsbo
“They were asking for us to be out here,” Cibene
Washington Federal has locations on
Highway 305 in Poulsbo and
Highway 303 in East Bremerton. Founded in Ballard in 1917, the
bank operates more than 200 offices in eight western
For more information on the Bainbridge branch, call
Customers who stopped to grab a six-pack last weekend
Safeway left empty handed.
the alcohol aisle shrouded in black plastic. An orange
sign warned the store’s liquor license had been suspended from Aug.
13 through Aug. 18.
How did one of Bremerton’s busiest grocery stores get its liquor
license temporarily pulled?
Through a series of missteps, according to a spokesman for the
Liquor and Cannabis
It began in June, when the Safeway was cited for selling alcohol
to a minor during a
Because it was the store’s first citation in the past two
years, management was given the
a $500 fine or five-day suspension (repeat offenders
are automatically suspended).
Naturally, the store chose to pay the fine.
The problem, according to the Liquor and Cannabis spokesman, was
Safeway failed to deliver a check to the board within the
20 days allotted for payment. Missing the deadline triggered a
five-day suspension and the orange signs went up.
How unusual is it for a store to get its liquor license
suspended? Pretty unusual, it turns out.
In the past 12 months the Callow Safeway was the only store
in Kitsap County to have a suspension handed down.
A second recreational marijuana store has been approved inside
Bremerton city limits.
The new store is called
Destination Highway 420 ( not
to be confused with HWY 420). It’s located at 1225 Hollis
Street next to Los Cabos Grill in East Bremerton.
The state’s newly-renamed
Liquor and Cannabis Board approved the
store Thursday. Destination Highway 420 will hold a soft opening
Destination Highway 420 joins
Pacific Cannabis Company,
opened on Callow Avenue earlier this summer. A third
Bremerton store at 11th and Callow is in the approval pipeline.
The aforementioned HWY 420 was the first store to open in the
Bremerton area. It
set up shop on Charleston Beach Road last October, just outside
The addition of Destination Highway 420 brings Kitsap’s count of
recreational marijuana shops to seven (you can expand the map above
or click here to see all the locations).
Retail sales got off to a fast start in Kitsap in 2015.
Taxable sales in the county were up 8.1 percent in the first
quarter of the year, compared with the same period of 2014,
according to the Department of Revenue. That was just shy
of the 9 percent growth recorded statewide.
Retail trade sales (sales made by stores, dealerships and
other sellers of goods) were up 8.2 percent in Kitsap,
outpacing statewide growth.
Retail trade sales in Kitsap are now higher than they were
before the recession. Sales in other industries, like construction,
manufacturing, and hospitality, are still catching up.
After years spent spearheading projects for Bremerton’s
Rice Fergus Miller, two architects
drew up plans for their own firm this year.
The architects are Robert Guyt and Matt King. The firm,
which launched about a month ago, is called
Architecture + Interiors.
Guyt said he and King were ready to “chart their own course,”
and felt the timing was right with the economy recovering and
development picking up.
The architects are pursuing a variety of projects on both
sides of Puget Sound. King is based in Seattle, while Guyt
works out of Bremerton.
Hospitality is Guyt’s specialty. He led design of the
Clearwater Casino Resort hotel and conference
center expansion, as well as the
Spyglass Hill apartments in Bremerton.
King headed the health care studio at Rice Fergus Miller. His
Harrison Medical Center’s Silverdale orthopedic hospital, and
other facilities completed for Harrison, Overlake
Hospital and Harborview Medical Center.
The duo often partnered on projects, incorporating design
concepts from both industries.
Guyt said they plan to grow their new practice
“We want to be measured,” he said, “because our intention is to
be around for a long time.”
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Kitsap is in line for
another new Starbucks store.
The Poulsbo planning department recently approved
an 8,500-square-foot retail building and 2,700-square-foot car
wash on Olhava Way, across from Walmart.
A Starbucks store with drive-thru will occupy about
2,000-square feet of the retail building, according to a
10-year lease agreement recorded with the county last week.
Starbucks already has a store in the College Marketplace commercial
so this could be another case of relocation.
The new Bucklin Hill
The Seattle-based coffee giant has been busy in Kitsap
new Kitsap Way store last year, followed by
a new Bucklin Hill location in July. Another Starbucks
construction on Highway 104 in Kingston. All of the new
stores have drive-thrus.
The site plan for the Olhava Way development lists AT&T and
Desert Sun Tanning as additional tenants for the retail space. Like
Starbucks, Desert Sun has an existing College Marketplace
There is already a big wrinkle for the development plans. A
large swath of vacant land in College Marketplace, including the
two Olhava Way parcels proposed for the retail and car wash
set to be auctioned in a foreclosure sale in October.
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