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ARCO station and ampm store proposed in Poulsbo

arcoAn ARCO fuel station and ampm convenience store could join the Sonic Drive-In at the corner of Viking Avenue and Highway 305.

A site plan review application has been filed for a 3,180-square-foot store, a nine-pump service station and 1,152-square-foot car wash on the 2-acre site, according to a notice distributed by the city Friday.

The station would be served by two underground storage tanks. Plans include parking for 11 vehicles.

BP West Coast Products submitted the permit application for the 22003 Viking Ave. property.

The city will accept comments on the application through Dec. 23. See the full notice below for details.

91-unit apartment complex approved in Poulsbo

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A street-level view of one Arendal apartment building

Poulsbo has given the green light to a 91-unit apartment complex planned for Viking Avenue. 

arendal.siteThe Arendal Apartments will be built on 7.6 acres just south of the intersection with Highway 305 and up the road from Fish Park. A wetland occupies the east side of the property.

Apartments will be divided among four buildings, each with between 11,000 to 12,000 square feet of floor space, according to a notice of decision issued by the city Thursday.

Plans include 174 parking spaces. About a quarter of the spaces will be under buildings. Access will be from a single entrance on Viking Avenue.

A club house, playground, barbecue area, bicycle storage and dog park are also planned.

The applicant for the project is Viking Avenue Properties, LLC., headed by Kelly Clark of Kingston.

You can read the full notice of decision below, and find a detailed staff report here (big PDF file).

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Application submitted for Viking Way apartments

Arendal_NOA_wmapspDevelopers are moving ahead with plans for a 91-unit apartment complex on Viking Way in Poulsbo.

A site plan permit application for “Arendal on Viking” was filed with the city Monday.

Plans show four apartment buildings spaced across the 7.6 acre property, which lies east of Viking Way, just south of the Highway 305 intersection.

The complex will be served by 184 parking spaces, with access off Viking. Planned amenities include a clubhouse, barbecue area, bicycle storage and a dog park.

According to the notice of application, there is a category 3 wetland on the property, and the developer is proposing a 25 percent buffer reduction.

The applicant is Viking Avenue Properties, LLC., headed by Kelly Clark of Kingston.

Public comments on the project will be taken through April 5, and can be sent to 200 NE Moe Street,  Poulsbo, WA 98370 or plan&econ@cityofpoulsbo.com. Plans can be viewed at City Hall.

The full notice of application is posted below: Continue reading

Receivership ends for Courtesy Auto properties

A painful but potentially rejuvenating process has come to an end on Poulsbo’s Viking Avenue.

A Kitsap County Superior Court judge approved a motion June 26 terminating receivership for the former Courtesy Auto Group properties.

All told, six parcels formerly owned by the Hern family have been sold since 2013, fetching about $4.6 million.

The properties were home to a number of Courtesy Auto dealerships, forming the core of Poulsbo’s once-bustling automotive corridor.

Union Bank successfully petitioned the court to appoint a receiver for the properties in 2011, seeking repayment of a $10 million loan made by Frontier Bank to the Herns in 2009. Union Bank took over the loan after Frontier failed in 2010. 

Here’s a look at the Courtesy Auto properties sold and what businesses are there now:

1. Chevrolet building — $1.4 million

imgresSold on: April 10, 2013

Sold to: Christina and Scott Hensrude

Current assessed value: $1.09 million

Description: 1.43 acres with a 16,350-square-foot showroom at 19873 Viking Ave. NW, on the southwest corner of Edvard Street and Viking.

Now home to: Abra Auto Body and Glass.

2. Suzuki building — $375,000

427335_3418875_ver1.0_640_480Sold on: Sept. 23, 2013

Sold to: Janice and Kevin Krieger, and Lisa and Steven Stirrett

Current assessed value: $239,100

Description: One-third acre with a 1,600-square-foot showroom at 19568 Viking Ave., across from the Food Mart and Los Cazadores.

Now home to: smoke shop and hookah lounge called Up In Smoke. Continue reading

Mora Iced Creamery opening new factory

Mora Iced Creamery owner Jerry Perez in the new production facility that is under construction in Poulsbo on Friday, March 27, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Mora Iced Creamery owner Jerry Perez in the new production facility. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)

Update: Apparently the ribbon cutting ceremony is invite-only. Apologies to anyone who put it on their calendar. 

After 10 years in business, Mora Iced Creamery is ready to go big.

The small-batch, artisnal ice cream maker will debut a new Poulsbo factory on Saturday.

At 10,000-square-feet, the facility isn’t huge. It is, however, a significant step in the evolution of the company.

Mora plans to begin offering franchises this summer, with the aim of creating 40 to 50 new locations over the next five years. The Viking Avenue factory will help Mora keep up with demand from new shops, while supplying wholesale to grocery stores and restaurants.

Mora’s original Bainbridge Island production facility could only meet the needs of the three shops in Poulsbo, Kingston and Winslow.

The Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal recently wrote about Mora’s expansion plans. You can find that story here.

Sound Brewery expanding, but not to Courtesy Ford

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Poulsbo’s Sound Brewery is expanding on Viking Avenue, but not into the landmark Courtesy Ford building.

General manager Mark Hood said the brewery was unable to reach terms with Courtesy Ford owners after four months of negotiation. Price was not the issue he said, declining to elaborate.

blog.brewery.2Instead of growing into the former car dealership, Sound Brewery will install a new, “high-tech” brewhouse in a 5,800-square-foot building across from Bovela Lane. The tasting room will remain at the brewery’s Bovela location, Hood said.

Sound Brewery will migrate production across to the new brewhouse over the next two years, while upgrading the existing tasting room. The company isn’t done searching for a larger location, Hood said.

“We’ll continue looking for other options in the area that will allow us to better serve our local customers, who’ve really made this expansion possible, and necessary,” Hood said.

Sound Brewery opened in 2011, the largest of a bevy of new brewhouses in North Kitsap.

Courtesy Ford closed in 2011.  The 40,000-square-foot building and 4-acre property are listed for $2.35 million. Recently Kitsap Children’s Musical Theatre has used the building for rehearsal space.

(Meegan Reid photos)