Two businesses are ready to open in Wintergreen
Walk, a new High School Road shopping center
that stirred controversy on Bainbridge island.
A 14,500-square-foot Walgreens pharmacy will
debut at 8 a.m. Friday. A 3,300-square-foot Key Bank
branch opens at 9 a.m. Monday.
Wintergreen Walk encompasses eight acres on the northeast corner
of Highway 305 and High School Road.
Key Bank, which was
previously located behind McDonald’s on the south side of High
School Road, now occupies a prominent place above the
Walgreens is tucked behind. Both buildings feature drive
Key Bank Manager Jon Phelps said the new branch shows the bank’s
commitment to the Bainbridge.
“We didn’t want to be one of the banks that pulled up roots and
moved off the island,” he said. “We’re here to stay.”
Wintergreen Walk is being constructed in phases, and
could eventually offer
60,000 square feet of leasable space for restaurants,
retail and medical offices, spread across seven buildings.
Headed by Visconsi Companies, a midwest development firm, the
incited backlash from its inception.
Islanders held protests on street corners, decrying what they
saw as unnecessary suburban sprawl. In August 2014 a teenaged
protestor climbed 70 feet into a Douglas fir and camped for 40
draw attention to the development plans.
In the end, the trees came down and construction moved ahead.
The city issued the first building permits in March.
Watch for a full story in the Monday Kitsap Sun and Nov.
Larry Steagall photo