Monthly Archives: July 2016

Meeting scheduled for new Bainbridge school campus

madrona.schoolNeighbors can get an early look at plans for a new private school campus on Bainbridge Island this month.

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Site location. Click to enlarge.

A public participation meeting for Madrona School‘s planned facility at 11478 North Madison Ave. will be held from 6:30-8 p .m., July 18 at City Hall Council Chambers.

The K-8 Waldorf school currently shares space with Eagle Harbor Congregational Church in Winslow. About 130 students attend the school each year, according to its website.

Madrona’s new campus will be constructed on a 1.3-acre property just north of the intersection with NE Valley Road (see the inset image above).

Plans for the complex include classrooms, assembly space, offices, a playfield, 39-parking spaces, stormwater infrastructure and on-site septic, according to pre-application materials submitted to the city in June. An existing single-family residence, barn and sheds will be demolished.

The public participation meeting is a mandatory step in the city’s permitting process.

Navy Federal opens Poulsbo branch

Navy Federal Poulsbo
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Navy Federal Credit Union expanded its presence in Kitsap this week with the opening of a branch inside the Poulsbo Walmart.

The branch will serve about 5,000 members, according to a news release.

The Poulsbo location is Navy Federal’s third in Kitsap, joining branches in Bremerton and Silverdale.

“We have found a special home here in the Kitsap County,” Poulsbo branch manager Harold Hartley said in the release. “And our team prides itself on the excellent level of service we provide our members every day.”

Navy Federal made a $1,000 donation to the U.S. Submarine Veterans Charitable Foundation as part of the opening celebration.

Navy Federal Credit Union is the world’s largest credit union with more than $76 billion in assets, 6 million members, 286 branches, and a workforce of over 14,000 employees worldwide, according to the release.

Proposed project would redevelop Liberty Bay Auto property

Liberty Bay Village Pre-App Package_reducedA 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 homes.

liberty.bay.villageThe 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 waterfront boardwalk.

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 application.

liberty bay photoIn 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 property.

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

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.

“We believe the project has the opportunity to provide a prominent anchor to the northern end of the boardwalk and enhance this intersection which serves as a gateway to Old Town Poulsbo,” Wenzlau wrote in the proposal.

Click here to see the full pre-application submittal.

Housing Kitsap projects

Also on July 19, the city will hold pre-application conferences for two Housing Kitsap projects.

The county housing authority is collaborating with Sound West Group on the “NK Help Campus” proposal, which would bring a mixed-use development with apartments and commercial space to Viking Avenue property neighboring North Kitsap Fishline. 

And Housing Kitsap is working with Central Highland Homes on a “College Park” proposal for single-family homes and an apartment building near Olympic College Poulsbo. 

These 14 stores in Kitsap have medical marijuana endorsements

The state’s medical marijuana overhaul law took effect Friday, meaning unlicensed dispensaries in Kitsap should by now be shuttered.

Medical marijuana patients have the option of registering for a state database, which allows them to buy products from recreational marijuana stores without paying the heavy sales tax, among other benefits.

B0014002263--432412To sell to those patients, recreational marijuana stores must obtain a special endorsement from the state.

As of Tuesday, 14 of Kitsap County’s 17 licensed retail stores had received the endorsement, according to Liquor and Cannabis Board records.

Click here for a statewide map of locations.

The Suquamish Tribe’s Agate Dreams store also will begin serving medical marijuana patients later this month, a store employee said Friday.

The state scrambled to get the medical marijuana patient database operational in time for the July 1 deadline. The database went live Friday, but the Department of Health warned some stores may not be ready to input patient information or issue “recognition” cards.

In addition to sales tax-free purchases, these are the other benefits provided to patients who register for the medical marijuana database:

  • Purchase up to three times the current legal limit for recreational users.
  • Purchase high-THC infused products.
  • Grow more than four plants in their residence.
  • Have full protection from arrest, prosecution, and legal penalties, although patients will still have an affirmative defense.

Boat sales are back in a big way

20080627-173841-pic-90777257_5695367_ver1.0_640_480It’s hard to beat boat sales as an indicator of luxury spending.

Boats are typically expensive to buy, expensive to maintain, and expensive to use. In short, owning a boat is a great way to dispose of disposable income.

With the exception of live-aboards, maritime professionals and remote island dwellers, very few boat owners can claim to really need their boats.

Like sales of many other luxury goods, boat sales took a dive during the recession. Droves of underwater boat owners literally walked away from their vessels.

20070619-190929-pic-800119525_5727290_ver1.0_640_480Now the boating industry is rising from the depths. Boat sales seemed to turn a corner in 2013, as I noted  in a story a couple of springs ago.

Sales continued to grow during the past two years, likely buoyed by the improving economy, falling gas prices and long, hot summers.

Puget Sound Business Journal reported this week that more than a quarter of Washington households own a boat, and sales in the state jumped 24 percent in 2015.

harbor3_18647849_ver1.0_640_480We don’t have access to boat sales as a dollar amount here in Kitsap, but we do know how many vessels were sold to people who keep their boats in the county, thanks to data from Washington Sea Grant and the Northwest Marine Trade Association.

By their count, total boat sales for Kitsap increased 21 percent between 2010 (when activity bottomed out) and 2015. The rebound of new boats sales was more dramatic, jumping 102 percent over the same period.

New vessels accounted for 12 percent of Kitsap boat sales in 2015. The data include all power boats and sailboats with titles (so no kayaks or paddle boards).

Here’s a graphic showing boat sales for Kitsap since 2009: