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