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Real Estate — Peninsula Roundup
Pace of construction and renovation projects picks up

An artist's rendering of what the completed Bainbridge Island Museum of Art will look like. The museum is scheduled to open in June.Although the recovery in the commercial real estate sector is slow, the past year has seen increased activity in new construction. There are various projects in the works or on the drawing board around the Greater Kitsap Peninsula, as well as numerous tenant improvement projects, which continue to see strong interest.

Below is a roundup of some of the commercial construction activity happening around the West Sound:

Bainbridge Island has been busy with several projects. The Bainbridge Island Museum of the Arts is nearly completed, with a ribbon-cutting scheduled for June 14. The building is slated to become LEED Gold-certified, the first museum in the state to do so. The three-story, 20,000-square foot building includes three galleries and a large archival space and is part of the Island Gateway complex that includes the KidiMu.

Also part of the complex is a retail/commercial building under construction in the spot where Eagle Harbor Market once stood. The building will have retail on the ground level and commercial/office space on top, with a parking garage underground. The steel structure is complete and the metal studding nearly done, with roofing and mechanical systems going in next. Both this building and the museum are designed by Coates Design architects and built by PHC Construction.

In the Lynwood neighborhood of the island, the first phase of the Pleasant Beach Village mixed-use project, designed by Wenzlau Architects, has been completed by Fairbank Construction (see related story). The second phase will begin with site grading this summer. The second phase includes 22 courtyard-style apartments and a community pool. A third phase will eventually add as many as 45 single-family homes.

On the drawing board for the island is a shopping center off High School Road that will be designed in the style of Seattle’s University Village. The eight-acre site will include seven buildings for a total of more than 60,000 square feet and a drug store as the anchor. The project is in the planning stages by Wenzlau, with construction expected next spring.

Harrison Medical Center is also planning a new project on Bainbridge, a medical building at the corner of Madison and State Route 305 that will include 24-hour urgent care and a primary care clinic, as well as itinerant space for lease by physicians. Harrison was in the process of finalizing the land purchase agreement at the end of May and CEO Scott Bosch said they were confident the agreement would go through. The center, designed by Coates, will include 17,000 square feet on two levels. Tim Ryan Construction is expected to start building in the fall.

Another project on the drawing board is the renovation of Town & Country Market sometime early next year, but the store will stay open during construction.

In Kingston, the BJC Group is working on a new home for Puerta Vallarta restaurant at “George’s Corner.” The 6,000-square-foot building is about a month away from completion and will feature unique interior finishes such as metal, concrete countertops and brickwork. The restaurant will be moving into the building from its previous location, which was leased.

Rice Fergus Miller is working on a new home for the Kingston branch of Kitsap Regional Library. The planning is in the early stages. The library is part of the Village Green project, which is also slated to include a community center and a senior housing complex. The Village Green Foundation is still raising capital funds for the center.

RFM is also working on the design of the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort’s expansion, part of a four-phase master plan. The first phase will include the addition of 10,000 square feet of meeting space and another 4,500 square feet of “pre-function” space. Also part of this phase is a new 700-car parking garage, new fine-dining restaurant, remodeling of the Longhouse Buffet, more office space and new walkway/elevator entrance.

Construction is expected to last 18 months and be completed in December 2014. Future phases will add a 100-room, five-story hotel; remodel and expand the casino; and add more meeting space. The entire master plan is scheduled for completion by December 2017.

In Poulsbo, the BJC Group is working on another restaurant, King’s Wok. This will be the second location for the restaurant that is currently in Silverdale. The 6,800-square-foot building is going up in the Oldhava area, near WalMart, with construction anticipated to start in July and be completed in seven months.

Poulsbo’s former DME Auto building, located on Seventh Avenue, will be getting a façade facelift. The vacant building is being redesigned by ADM Architecture to create a multi-tenant layout and help attract new tenants.

Also in the works is a new Safeway on Lincoln Road off SR?305. Previous buildings on the site, including the former headquarters of Olympic Property Group, have been demolished. The 59,000-square-foot store, which will have a gas station, is expected to open by December.

In Silverdale, the largest new construction project is nearly completed by Andersen Construction. Harrison Medical Center’s new orthopaedic hospital, adjacent to the Silverdale hospital campus, is scheduled to open in mid-September. Installation of medical equipment will begin in late August. The hospital, designed by Rice Fergus Miller, will have 54,000 square feet of space, four large orthopaedic operating rooms and 16 pre/post-surgery bays on the first floor; 24 single-patient rooms on the second floor; a rooftop rehab trail and various amenities geared specifically for orhtopaedic patients and procedures. The third floor is being built out for a future expansion, which will include 26 patient rooms.

Another medical project in Silverdale is the expansion of Retina Center NW, designed by Indigo and being built by Tim Ryan Construction. The 3,200-square-foot expansion will be done in June.

Other tenant improvement projects in Silverdale include an All Star Lanes major facelift (the bowling alley will remain open through construction), which BJC Construction expects to finish in August; and the upcoming renovation of a 4,000-square-foot building that will house a new Cobalt Mortgage branch, an ADM Architecture project currently in permitting stage.

In Bremerton, the 10,000-square-foot Salvation Army headquarters on Sixth Avenue will be gutted and completely redone, with another 13,000 square feet on two floors added to the ’70s building. Hecker Architects and Fairbank Construction are working to add a hygiene center and other service areas and to upgrade the exterior. Construction is likely to start in the fall and last about a year, with the Salvation Army HQ to be moved temporarily.

The former Dodge dealership on Auto Center Way has become the headquarters for Skookum Contract Services. Rice Fergus Miller and Tim Ryan Construction are working on a 16,000-square-foot expansion of the office space (into what used to be the old shop). The project is in permitting.

Downtown Bremerton is adding more apartments. Lorax Partners of Seattle, which developed Bremerton Harborside, is adding four floors on top of the city’s Burwell/Fourth Street parking garage (one side of which has the new SEEfilm Cinema on top). Described as the only vertical urban apartment living and unique for Kitsap County, the building will include 71 units ranging from studios to two bedrooms, expected to be available in 2015.

Another downtown apartment project, Spyglass Hill, is just beginning the design review and permitting process. It’s planned for the 600 block of Washington Avenue, just south of the Manette Bridge. Sound West Group is the developer and its in-house partner, FPH?Construction, will build the five-story structure that will have 80 apartments with views over the water.

The Sydney complex of eight apartment buildings is nearing completion in Port Orchard. The 106-unit development built by Rush Cos. of Gig Harbor is behind a small commercial center at the northwest corner of Sidney and Sedgwick roads.Port Orchard has new apartments under construction. Rush Cos. is nearing the completion on The Sydney, 106 units in eight three-story buildings off Sedgwick Road. The initial phase will be done in June and the rest in August. The garden-style, higher-end apartments will include one — to three-bedroom units.

Across the street, Rush will be breaking ground in June on The Sinclair, another 126 units that will be similar in style but also include studio apartments.

The second phase of Kitsap Community Resources’ Port Orchard project is also nearly complete. The first phase was the construction of a new center that opened in September, and the second is the addition of Jackson Village, 10 affordable homes now under construction. Both are Wenzlau/Fairbank projects. The homes are cottage style and will have a common playground area shared with the KCR admin building.

A couple of upcoming Port Orchard projects include the expansion/tenant improvement of a vacant space in the High Point Shopping Center by the Bethel roundabout, and a major renovation of the Kitsap Regional Library’s Port Orchard branch.

In Gig Harbor, Ship to Shore will soon have a new downtown storefront, doubling its current space. Miles Yanick & Co. is designing a new 7,000-square-foot building next to Arabella’s Landing. The project has a site plan and is in early permitting stages, with construction expected to start by the end of the year and be finished in time for a summer 2014 opening.

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