UPDATE: I added a link to the Mentor’s letter below
There’ve been more twists and turns in the Poulsbo City Hall
Yesterday, the Mentor group pulled out of the three-way contest
to partner with the city to build a new hall, parking garage and
their own private developments.
If you want to read the Mentor’s letter,click here for PAGE 1 and click here for PAGE 2.
They cited concerns about the city’s ability to afford the
That’s big question number one.
(The Mentors also dropped their cooperation with the Kitsap
County Consolidated Housing Authority. KCCHA had proposed a hotel
on the former Nilsen’s site, which the Mentors own. KCCHA Executive
Director Norm McLoughlin says the housing authority’s had
discussions about building the hotel on the current city hall site
with a conference center they plan there, too.)
So, now that the city’s left with two options (Pioneer Property
Group is the other.),
big question number two is whether either of the plans will get the
four votes (It’s a 7-person council) it needs.
Big question number two.
Councilman Rudolph talked about a feeling that there should be
consensus on the council before going forward with any plan
Given the way the votes have gone on this issue so far, I’d say
that’s a pretty tall order.
There was a third story last night. The heat. You can rest
assured the city hasn’t thrown away millions on a Texas-size AC
unit for the current city hall, which used to be a fire
Last night’s sweaty marathon of a meeting (Went till 10:30) was
a prime example of why they’re going through all this to get a new
It was hot. It was crowded. People stood outside. Those inside
fanned themselves, chugged the water the city provided and tugged
at their clothes (me too) in futile attempts to get just a wee bit
cooler. Fans, those on the ceiling and extras brought in, did
little to quell the oppressive heat.
The clock died at 10 p.m.
“This building is a travesty,” Councilman Ed Stern said.