Proposed project would redevelop Liberty Bay Auto property

Liberty Bay Village Pre-App Package_reducedA Poulsbo property owner is considering a plan to redevelop a car dealership property at the head of Liberty Bay with a mix of shops and homes.

liberty.bay.villageThe city received a pre-application submittal in June for a project called Liberty Bay Village, which would replace Liberty Bay Auto and a neighboring commercial building with a mixed-use development.

In a project narrative attached to the submittal, architect Charlie Wenzlau said the project was designed to complement a planned extension to the city’s waterfront boardwalk.

Wenzlau submitted the pre-application package on behalf of Dean Church, who owns the Liberty Bay Auto dealership, the 1.8-acre Liberty Bay Auto property and a 1.6-acre parcel to the south, which is home to a dance studio and auto glass shop.

A pre-application conference with city staff is scheduled for July 19. The pre-app process allows developers to get feedback on the feasibility of a project before filing a formal permit application.

liberty bay photoIn an email Tuesday, Church said he would be available to comment on the proposal later this week, and stressed it was a long-range vision for the property.

Liberty Bay Village would incorporate a landscape buffer along the boardwalk, a pocket park and a “central plaza with shoreline access.”

A cluster of retail buildings would be constructed on the Liberty Bay Auto property, with potential for apartments above. Two, two-story residential buildings are planned for the southern parcel. A line of “carriage” houses would add more homes along the east edge of the site.

Overall, the project would create 35,600 square feet of residential space and 14,400 square feet of commercial space, served by 72 parking stalls.

“We believe the project has the opportunity to provide a prominent anchor to the northern end of the boardwalk and enhance this intersection which serves as a gateway to Old Town Poulsbo,” Wenzlau wrote in the proposal.

Click here to see the full pre-application submittal.

Housing Kitsap projects

Also on July 19, the city will hold pre-application conferences for two Housing Kitsap projects.

The county housing authority is collaborating with Sound West Group on the “NK Help Campus” proposal, which would bring a mixed-use development with apartments and commercial space to Viking Avenue property neighboring North Kitsap Fishline. 

And Housing Kitsap is working with Central Highland Homes on a “College Park” proposal for single-family homes and an apartment building near Olympic College Poulsbo. 

One thought on “Proposed project would redevelop Liberty Bay Auto property

  1. This sure makes sense and would help create a postive introduction to Poulsbo and visible to thousands of people everyday!

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