Anchors Aweigh: Manchester Project Set to Begin

Three years after David Hopkins first conceived of an upscale residential/retail project in Manchester, he’s finally ready to break ground. Demolition on the old Manchester Foods building, site of the new development, will begin this week.
It’s been a long haul for Hopkins and his partner Dawn Gogol, principals of Hoppet Construction Inc. of Gig Harbor. Their plans have been delayed by a citizen appeal and a backlog of projects awaiting approval by the county’s Department of Community Development. And while many Manchester residents have expressed approval of the project, The Anchors at Manchester has been at the center of a hotly contested debate over building height and design standards for the town’s commercial core.
Hopkins said he and Gogol have “worked our butts off” to make The Anchors a showpiece and example for future development in Manchester. The 26,435-square-foot “Cape Cod” style project will have shops and 11 condominiums, ranging in size from 1,400 to 2,500 square feet, and in price from $500,000 to $1.1 million — not exactly the kind of real estate the sleepy little waterfront town with knockout views Mount Rainier has been used to.
“We got excited about this piece of land three years ago when we felt we could have a real impact for design standards in Manchester,” Hopkins said.
The project did get people thinking about design standards, but the impact wasn’t exactly what Hopkins had expected.

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