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The Kitsap Sun has posted an article tonight saying that the City of Bainbridge Island has released the most recent appraisal on the Suzuki property. The appraisal, done in 2013, found that the 13.83 acre property was worth $2 million. Previously released appraisals, done in 2007 and 2008, valued the property at $3.52 million and $5.4 million, respectively, according to the Sun.

The $5.4 million value from the 2008 appraisal has raised concerns among some community members, who have questioned whether the City is considering a sale of the property at a substantial loss. The current proposals being discussed at a series of public meetings at City Hall include an offer from the Bainbridge Island Parks department for a transfer to Parks, for no money. The other three offers range from $2.4 million to $2.6 million.

According to the Sun, the property was assessed by Kitsap County in 2014, at $492,490.

Read the article here.

 

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Last night the four proposals for the Suzuki property debuted before the Council and a good sized crowd at City Hall. The written proposals have been available on the City’s website for weeks, but this was the first of the scheduled three public meetings to review the proposals. Each applicant had a half-hour for an oral presentation, followed by questions from Council members. At times the presentations sounded like oral term papers, where presenters made sure to highlight all the required elements of the assignment: Mixed housing, green construction, affordability, open space, community gardens, buffers, connectivity, safe routes to school, compatibility with neighborhood character, experienced development team. Check, check and check.

Oh yes, and a decent offering price. Presenters did not talk much about their offers for the land, other than to note that the price might have to be adjusted if significant traffic mitigation or other plan modification was required by the City. Offers ranged from zero to $2.6 million.

First up was the Bainbridge Parks Department. Board president Tom Swolgaard devoted less than ten minutes to the very simple proposal: if the City gives the land to the Parks Department, the use of the land will be determined by a community planning process, similar to that being used for the recently acquired Sakai property. Swolgaard said Parks’ interest in the property arose because the department had been asked by various members of the community to submit a proposal. But, he said, they are “not proposing any specific use at this time.”

The Parks Department is offering only a transfer of the property, with no payment, on the theory that the same taxpayers fund both the City and the Parks Department.

The Parks proposal is here.

Next was a presentation by Blue Architecture. Theirs was the only proposal that provided for permanent affordability for all housing on the property. The Blue plan calls for clustered housing, surrounding a grassy courtyard, on the flatter portion of the property, on the north-eastern side. The presenter, architect Bob Guyt, said Blue’s proposal had the smallest footprint of any of the housing proposals. Much of the property would be left in its natural state, perhaps with a system of trails running through it, which could be deeded back to the City or the school district. Only a third of the site would be developed, and 75% of the land would be open space. The pond would be undisturbed, as would the old growth trees on site. (more…)

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The City of Bainbridge Island is hosting a series of public meetings to review and discuss the four proposals for the use of the city-owned Suzuki property.

According to a city press release:

“The first meeting will occur on Tuesday, January 26, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber, and will be a three-hour special study session of the City Council. Each applicant will have the opportunity to give a half hour presentation, followed by approximately fifteen minutes for questions from Councilmembers. This meeting is open to the public and will be televised, but public comment will not be taken that evening.

“The second meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 9, in the Council Chamber, and will include both an open house and presentation component. The Open House will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be an opportunity for community members to visit with the applicants in a less formal setting. At 7:00 p.m. each applicant will give a fifteen minute formal presentation. After the presentations, there will be a question and answer period moderated by the City’s Community Engagement Specialist. The meeting will conclude with another short Open House segment to allow for additional conversation with the applicants. (more…)

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photo-76In front of a standing-room-only crowd at City Hall, the Planning Commission voted unanimously Thursday night to recommend denial of permits for the Visconsi development proposal on High School Road. The Commissions’s findings and recommendation now go to the Hearing Examiner for review.

The crowd listened quietly as Commissioner Maradel Gale read the Planning Commission’s findings and analysis. At the conclusion of her remarks, and again after the Commission took the vote, there was enthusiastic applause.

The Visconsi team, including architect Charlie Wenzlau, sat near the front of the room, but did not comment during the meeting.

The Commission based its decision in large part on the safety problems presented by the proposed development, particularly pedestrian hazards, problems with ingress and egress into the property, and traffic impact on the surrounding neighborhood. (more…)

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This article is from Estately, a real estate sales blog. A little taunting for those unfortunates who don’t live here yet.

13 Reasons You Should NEVER Move to Bainbridge Island

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At first glance, Bainbridge Island appears to be a fantastic place to live. It has beautiful scenery, great schools, low crime, friendly people, and it’s only a short ferry ride from Seattle. It’s no wonder so many people want to move there. However, few people know of the horrors that come with Bainbridge Island living. If you, or someone you love, are considering moving to Bainbridge Island, you’d best read this and then get back on the ferry and return to the mainland.

SEA LIONS THAT BARK ALL NIGHT

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Looking to move out of the city for some peace and quiet? Maybe to a little island where you can hear the waves gently lapping at the shore? Well, hope you like the sounds of flatulent sea lions barking all hours of the night from their offshore buoys. BARK! BARK! BARK! BARK! It’s like living across the street from a sea lion frat house during rush week.

YOUR NOVEL WILL REMAIN UNPUBLISHED

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Even if you corner him at the bakery, even if you beg and plead, local PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author David Guterson isn’t going to read your novel. In fact, the likelihood of him offering feedback on your vampire-themed thriller is equal to the likelihood of snow falling on cedars in Hell. (more…)

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Submitted by Bruce Weiland, bpweiland@comcast.net

The Citizens Park Task Force is an informal group of community volunteers who have come together for a single purpose — to convert the ugly vacant lot on the corner of Highway 305 and Winslow Way into an attractive and welcoming gateway to Bainbridge Island.  Our vision is to make this former Unocal gas station site into a source of pride for our entire community.

In connection with this campaign, we are committed to four key principals:

(A) No public funds will be spent to create this park;

(B) Every step of the project will be subject to the approval of the City and Kitsap Transit (the current owners of the parcel), and the Parks and Recreation District (the future managers of the park);

(C) the design of the park will integrate broad public input and ideas; and

(D) the park will be environmentally safe and responsible. (more…)

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Did you know that Bainbridge Island has multiple “villages”? That when it rains here, it doesn’t stop people from “doing stuff” because we pull out our “umbrellas and galoshes”?  That even in today’s limping real estate market, Bainbridge is still considered a desirable place to buy property, “particularly for second home owners”? I read all this and more today in the New York Times “Great Homes and Destinations” section. 

The article, complete with the usual adjectives about our island—charming, tranquil, rural—describes a distinctly East-Coast-summer-house kind of island that has only a little in common with the place I call home. But the new Bainbridge might have already passed me by, if it’s true, as the article reports, that one third of the homes here are occupied only on weekends and holidays. (Note to NY Times—us charming full-timers call ’em “boots.” And umbrellas are for out-of-towners and wussies.)

Read the article/real estate ad and weep (or invest, as your inclination may be): (more…)

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