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Hotel planned in Poulsbo’s College Marketplace

poulsbo-hotelProperty bordering Poulsbo’s Home Depot offers some of the best views in the city, with Liberty Bay and Mount Rainier visible on clear days.

The hilltop site would provide a dramatic setting for a hotel, which, it turns out, is just what a Seattle hospitality company has planned there.

Hotel Concepts is moving ahead with plans for a 110-room hotel on 5 acres in College Marketplace, according to representatives of real estate firm Marcus & Millichap.

Agent Brian Mayer said Hotel Concepts is in the process of selecting an architect and franchise for the project, and plans to move ahead rapidly with permitting. The Poulsbo site offers easy access to Highways 3 and 305, and is situated near to major retailers and an Olympic College branch:

Hotel Concepts isn’t new to Kitsap. The company operates both the Hampton Inn & Suites and Fairfield Inn & Suites in downtown Bremerton. Its full portfolio includes a dozen hotels in the Seattle area and a Holiday Inn Express in Kona, Hawaii.

Hotel Concepts recently purchased more than 60 acres in the College Marketplace master plan area. Land outside of the hotel site is being offered for sale by Marcus & Millichap. The available property includes a mix of parcels zoned for business park, commercial and residential use.

College Marketplace could once again be a hotbed for development in the near future. Housing Kitsap and Central Highland Homes have plans for a residential neighborhood on the hillside, while The YMCA is considering building a facility next to Olympic College.

Starbucks, Sherwin Williams stores approved in Poulsbo

rpi retailPoulsbo has approved plans for a retail complex that will house a Starbucks coffee shop and Sherwin-Williams paint store.

The stores will be constructed on a parcel directly north of CVS, off the intersection of Highway 305 and Hostmark Street (see inset image).

Starbucks will get a 2,000-square-foot shop with drive through. Sherwin-Williams will occupy a 4,000-square-foot space.

The Poulsbo planning director approved the project Aug. 1, according to a notice published by the city.

The applicant is PacLand-Seattle, which initially submitted plans for a coffee shop and restaurant on the site.

CVS sold the 1-acre parcel to Seattle-based RPI Poulsbo LLC. at the end of June for $1.175 million, according to county documents.

Sherwin Williams already signed a 10-year lease agreement with RPI Poulsbo, with a projected start date of May 2017.

I included a little more context in my original post on this project.

Lender foreclosing on Stetson’s Heights development land

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A lender is foreclosing on more than 100 acres of Port Orchard land slated for residential development.

A notice of trustee’s sale was issued May 25 for the Stetson’s Heights property, which includes four parcels west of the Glenwood Road/Sedgwick Road intersection (see inset image).

According to the notice, Stetson Ridge Partners, LLC. of Tacoma owes more than $1.86 million in principal, interest and fees on a loan issued in 2013 by Fratelli’s LLC. of Auburn.

The combined assessed value for the parcels is $1.67 million.

The sale is scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 26 outside Givens Playfield at Tacoma Avenue and Sroufe Street in Port Orchard.

Previous owners of the property submitted a preliminary plat application to the city in 2007 but later requested officials hold off on approval. Stetson Ridge Partners acquired the land in 2013 and submitted a 362-lot, single-family subdivision.

Port Orchard Community Development Director Nick Bond said the city is currently reviewing a new application for the property.

Subdivision, dog training center planned on Bainbridge Island

Planning activity is picking up on Bainbridge this year, with a bevy of land use proposals in various stages of permitting.

Here’s a look at proposals for a residential subdivision and an assistance dog training center:

Winslow Grove subdivision

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The applicant: DeNova Northwest of Kent. They’re also behind the “Ashbury” subdivision between Wyatt and Shepard.

The property:  Four parcels totaling 8.77 acres west of Weaver Road, across from the Rotary Park ball fields (pictured above).

There’s a 1,500-square foot rambler on the main parcel.

The proposal: A subdivision creating 19 residential lots, surrounding a street and cul-de-sac, with access from Weaver (see inset image).

Next steps: The city has posted a notice of application for the project. A SEPA comment period will be open until March 4.

Assistance dog training center

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dog trainingThe applicant: Assistance Dogs of Hawaii, a national non-profit organization

The property: A 4.3-acre vacant parcel at the corner of Bucklin Hill Road and Ridge Lane.

It’s next door to the American Legion hall and across from Hyla Middle School.

The proposal: The project would create two buildings, each about 1,800 square feet.

One building (pictured above) would be a teaching barn to provide training for students and assistance dogs. The other building would house an instructor/caretaker and two students.

Lawns, a courtyard and parking lot are also planned. The development would be tucked in the northwest corner of the property, with access from Ridge Lane (not Bucklin).

Wenzlau Architects is designing the center. You can see more preliminary plans here.

Next steps: The proposal is in the pre-application phase. A public participation meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., March 1 at Waterfront Park Community Center, 370 Brien Drive.

New brand unveiled for home builders association

gI_146212_KBA_Logo_pmsThe Home Builders Association of Kitsap County unveiled a new name and logo earlier this month.

The group has changed its name to the Kitsap Building Association, to better reflect its mix of members from both the residential and commercial construction industries.

The association’s board approved the new brand in January, according to a news release.

“Our name has changed,” Executive Director Teresa Osinski said in the release, “but really, we have always welcomed non-home builders as part of our membership. Anyone involved in construction in Kitsap relies on us for support, advocacy, and community connections. That will never change.”

Poulsbo-based Rockfish Group designed the Kitsap Building Association logo, pictured above.

The full news release is posted below.

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‘Little House’ in Seabeck wins big architecture award

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The Seattle chapter of the American Institute of Architects announced its yearly Award of Honor recipients this week, and a diminutive Seabeck structure was among them.

seabeck.house.2The award-winning home, called “Little House,” was created by mw|works architecture + design of Seattle. Architect Eric Walter of Kingston was part of the design team. 

“This one was particularly enjoyable to work on as it was in my back yard,” he said in an email.

The 1,100-square-foot “cabin” overlooks Hood Canal, with views extending to Dabob Bay and the Olympic Mountains.

It was built on a tiny, existing foundation, according to a project description.

“The small footprint ultimately served as an effective tool to govern the design project,” according to a description provided by mw|works.

“Focus was placed on the essentials and extras were edited out by both desire and necessity. The resulting project hopes to capture the essence of a modern cabin – small in size but much larger than its boundaries.”

seabeck.house.3Skylights let in natural light and large windows looking north and west “pull the landscape and distant view into the space.”

The exterior is of the house is sheathed in “taut oxidized black cedar and blackened cement infill panels.”

A patio serves as a “jumping off point” for a meandering trail down to the water.

The owners are a Houston-based couple who have spent summers in the Seabeck area.

Little House was one of four 2015 Award of Honor recipients named by the Seattle AIA, chosen from among 130 submittals.

You can see the full project description and more images below:

Harper Pier, Reliable Storage expansion among recent building projects approved

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A whole bundle of flashy commercial building projects were approved in the first three months of 2014. Not so many in the second three months.

These were the projects that stood out as we looked over building permits issued in April, May and June this year:

  • Nine permits were issued by Kitsap County for Reliable Storage buildings in the Spring Creek/Mullenix area of South Kitsap. Total valuation: $2.3 million.
  • The county also gave a green light for the reconstruction of Harper Pier (pictured above during demolition), a Port of Bremerton project. Valuation: $458,880.

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