Monthly Archives: September 2016

Commercial real estate roundup: South Kitsap timberland sells for $9M

b0012744021-852179A massive swath of South Kitsap changed hands this summer.

In June a buyer paid $9.25 million to McCormick Land Company for nearly 2,000 acres of timberland south of McCormick Woods.

The deal highlighted a busy spring and summer for commercial land transactions in Kitsap County. Below is a roundup of other high-profile sales recorded from April through July, with details from assessor’s documents and additional research.

This list doesn’t include the $20 million sale of the Silverdale Ridge apartments, which I reported on earlier this year.

Keep in mind these are property transactions, and the businesses occupying these properties may not have changed hands.

McCormick timberland — $9.25 million

Sale date: June 22

Sold by: McCormick Land Company LLC to Bar MH Timber WA LLC.

Description: More than 1,800 acres of timberland divided into 166 tax parcels, located south of McCormick Woods and east of Bremerton National Airport.

Notes:  McCormick Land Company also recently sold off its residential development land surrounding McCormick Woods.

I’m working to get in touch with the buyers of the timberland to find out what their plans are.

Best Western, Bainbridge Island — $7.25 million

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Sale date: June 29

Assessed value: About $4 million

Sold by: Bainbridge Island Commons LLC. to BB Hotel LLC.

Description: A four story, 51-room hotel on 2.7 acres at 350 NE High School Road.

Notes:  BB Hotel LLC. has a Honolulu mailing address. Continue reading

Hitchcock’s pizzeria spinoff opens in November

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Chefs Brendan McGill, right, and Brandon Thompson

A popup pizzeria on Bainbridge Island will become a permanent restaurant in November.

Bruciato, a gourmet pizza popup created by Hitchcock chef Brendan McGill and partner Brandon Thompson, is taking over a renovated space in the former Winslow Hardware building.

687697According to a news release, the 2,000-square-foot restaurant will provide seating for 75, with another 15 spots at the bar.

The interior design showcases exposed beams and metal that “recall the building’s history,” and white marble that “lightens it up a bit.”

Bruciato will feature wood-fired Neapolitan “pizze” and more modern pies, with an emphasis on authenticity. Dough will be mixed by hand, tomatoes imported from Italy and salami cured in house.

0307_ksap_hitchcock3Seafood, salads and antipasti will round out the menu. The bar will serve Italian and American spirits, wine and beer.

The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and stay ope until 1:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Bruciato isn’t the only new eatery McGill has in the works. He plans to open a Café Hitchcock north of Seattle’s Pioneer Square in early 2017.

Check Bruciato’s Facebook page for updates on the Bainbridge opening.

U-Haul closes Port Orchard store

soh_uhaul_logoU-Haul closed its Port Orchard location on Sept. 8, just a few months after it opened.

The Olney Avenue U-Haul store shut down because the company was unable to obtain an extension on its contract to purchase the property and its lease ended, according to a news release.

The store had been providing truck and trailer rentals, as well as moving supplies.

South Kitsap residents won’t have to travel far to find U-Haul trucks. The moving and storage giant operates stores in Gorst and Bremerton, and works with several independent dealers in the area.

The county recently approved plans for a large U-Haul self storage center in Gorst.

Suquamish Tribe completes casino expansion

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The Suquamish Tribe put finishing touches this summer on a three-year expansion and renovation of Clearwater Casino Resort. 

Mark Lindquist Campaign KickoffThe project launched in 2013 when lead contractor Korsmo Construction began work on a 700-stall parking garage attached to the casino.

Additional phases included the creation of a 98-room hotel towera fine dining restaurant and café, three commercial kitchens, a sports bar and lounge, a renovated buffet and service area, 3,500 square feet of  non-smoking gaming space, and improvements to the existing gaming floor.

Construction wrapped up at the end of August with the upgrades to the main entrance, according to a news release from Korsmo. Work finished a month ahead of schedule.

Purpose Boutique opening at The Trails

unnamedBremerton-based Purpose Boutique will open a store at The Trails at Silverdale on Monday, becoming the first Kitsap-based business to join the Greaves Way shopping center.

“We could not be more excited for our launch in Silverdale which will create new opportunities for our customers who want to shop and at the same time, change lives around the world,” Purpose CEO Christie Johnson said in a news release.

“We are dedicated to being a business that gives back to the global community and we feel very welcomed at the Trails.”

Purpose, which sells apparel and accessories for “women of all shapes, styles and backgrounds,” first opened in Bremerton in 2013 and added a Kirkland store in 2014. The boutique donates a portion of its sales to charities that combat human trafficking.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for noon on Sept. 30, followed by a grand opening celebration Oct. 1.

sierratradingpost-logoThe Trails also will welcome a discount outdoor gear store and burger joint this fall.

Sierra Trading Post is slated to open in October. Silverdale will be the first Washington location for Sierra, which does most its business online.

The Habit Burger Grill is expected to open in November, adding a sixth dining option to the development. The California-based fast-casual chain has one other restaurant in Washington.

Salad-to-go shop expanding to Silverdale

Barely seven months after opening in Poulsbo, owners of a salad-to-go shop are planning a second location in Silverdale.

b0012681003-278298Greens On Your Way founder Jenn Fredericksen signed a lease Friday on the  9517 Silverdale Way space recently vacated by Genuine Burgers. 

Fredericksen plans to sell her grab-and-go gourmet salads at the shop, along with wraps, pita sandwiches, soups, smoothies and espresso.

The new location could open in October.

“Hopefully Silverdale will be a good spot for us,” Fredericksen said.

Fredericksen, who also owns latte stands in North Kitsap, opened the first Greens On Your Way in February on Poulsbo’s Viking Avenue.

b0012681071-45912The business applies the coffee stand model to fresh-made salads, allowing drivers to grab packaged greens on the go. The shop encourages customers to pre-order their salads online, further streamlining sales.

Fredericksen said the concept caught on in Poulsbo, despite the shop being located on the edge of town.

“The feedback has been great,” she said.

The Silverdale Way space doesn’t have a drive-thru, but Fredericksen said two parking stalls will be designated as drive up spaces, where customers can have salads delivered to their car window.

You can check the Greens On Your Way Facebook page for updates.

Opening date set for DICK’S Sporting Goods in Silverdale

dicksDICK’S Sporting Goods plans to open its Silverdale store by the end of the month.

DICK’S will hold “preview days” on Sept. 28 and 29, followed by a grand opening celebration Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, according to a post the store’s website.

Former Seahawks quarterback Dave Krieg will appear at the store from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 1. You can click here to see additional grand opening promotions.

The athletic and outdoor gear retailer is setting up shop in a 45,000-square-foot space on the west side of Kitsap Mall. About 30,000 square feet was added to the mall’s footprint to accommodate the store.

DICK’S recently announced it would hire about 70 employees to staff the Silverdale location.

This is the first DICK’S store west of Puget Sound.

Genuine Burgers calls it quits in Silverdale

b0012681623-683837Silverdale’s Genuine Burgers was a bold culinary experiment.

The restaurant served traditional fast-food fare with a slow-food philosophy, making nearly everything on its menu — the burgers, buns, milkshakes, fries, even ketchup  — from scratch each day.

b0012681629-651327The staff ground grass-fed beef each morning for the fresh burger patties, which were cooked a full 15 minutes on lower heat to avoid drying out the meat.

“We do things a little bit differently here,” owner Stephen Foster-Shaner told the Kitsap Sun’s Terri Gleich in an interview earlier this year.

The experiment didn’t work out in the end.

Foster-Shaner closed Genuine Burgers on Sunday citing a multitude of factors:

You can read our February profile of Genuine Burgers here.

Application filed for Poulsbo storage facility

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A self storage company is moving ahead with plans for a four-story facility near Safeway in Poulsbo.

self.storageSite plan and critical area permit applications were filed for a 90,000-square-foot facility to be constructed on 2.55 acres at the southwest corner of Lincoln Road and 10th Avenue, according to a notice published this month by the city.

The hillside site is situated just east of Highway 305 and south of Safeway.

Two floors of the building would be above ground on the east (uphill side of the property), with two stories below ground.

All four stories would be above ground on the west (downhill) side.

Customers would access the facility from Lincoln Road and 10th Avenue.

A 100-foot buffer would protect the south fork of Dogfish Creek on the southwest corner of the property.

The applicant is Urban Self Storage of Seattle, which also operates facilities near Keyport and on Bainbridge Island. A subsidiary of Urban Self Storage bought the Poulsbo property from Union Bank in 2014 for $545,000, according to county documents.

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

NOA PoulsboHeatedStorage by Tad Sooter on Scribd

Local food market adding Kingston location

kitsapfreshlogoKitsap Fresh is adding a Kingston location, just in time for the fall harvest.

The local food co-op, which allows members to order online from local farms and pickup produce from a central distribution hub, will celebrate the launch of a new pickup site at Downpour Brewing in Kingston from 4-7 p.m. on Sept. 28.

Prospective members can learn more about Kitsap Fresh at the event, which will also feature live music and specials on beer growlers.

Kingston is the third location for Kitsap Fresh, which also has pickup spots in Poulsbo and Bremerton. More are planned. 

Downpour is located at 10991 NE State Hwy 104, next to The Cup & Muffin.