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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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This is great news for farmers, gardeners, environmentalists and people who eat!

Greetings, Friend of Local Food, farmers,  and Permaculture,

We would like to invite you to our first organizational meeting to create a local Tilth chapter we are calling Kitsap Tilth: Permatilth in Action.

The meeting will be Thursday, April 26th 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  It will be at OfficeXPats, on the 2nd floor of the Pavilion Building, 403 Madison Ave No, Bainbridge Island.

Our mission will be aligned with other chapters within the Washington Tilth Association.  For example, Seattle Tilth’s Mission is: inspires and educates people to grow food organically, conserve natural resources and support local food systems i order to cultivate a healthy urban environment and community. Washington Tilth’s Mission is “to provide support for and promotion of biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture”.  (more…)

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A pile of dirt. Lumber. Bags of compost. Galvanized steel tubs. Nothing, really, but a hodge podge on a lawn.

_MG_0166But then, the trucks and cars arrive. High school students, retirees, moms with their kids, drill-wielding dads. A man in a wheelchair, another with a cane. Someone fires up a barbecue and turns on some music. It’s a party. Little kids play on the swings and supervise the grownups. Big kids haul dirt in wheelbarrows and hammer lumber to make raised beds. Men drill holes in the tubs, fill them with gravel, dirt and compost. In two hours, nothing really becomes something wonderful. The Island Terrace apartment complex has a community garden.

On Saturday, a dozen Bainbridge High School students from the amazing Camp Siberia program provided muscle, equipment and good humor. Other hardworking friends of the project included Debbi Lester and her father-in-law, Richard Vancil (husband of Councilor Debbie Vancil, who checked in on the work too), my husband Dan Mallove, Councilwoman and farmer extraordinaire Hilary Franz and her son Nathaniel. Island Terrace manager Renee’ Levesque organized the tenant-gardeners, who not only worked on the garden, but fed the crew a tasty barbecue potluck. A special shout-out to Helen Loleas who put together the potluck and rounded up donations from local businesses. There are pictures of the fun and a couple of Youtube videos (courtesy of Debbi Lester) after the jump.

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There’s more good food news on Bainbridge Island. On May 23, a group of islanders will host a soup kitchen on Madrone Lane (across from Mora Iced Cream). The meal will feature music and art as part of the nourishment. Take a look at the kitchen’s blog, “Soup Kitchen: Promoting Good Things with Free Food.” 

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p1160200UPDATED: On Saturday, May 9 at 11 a.m. with some earth, sunlight and your help, a little magic will happen on Bainbridge Island. 

A group of volunteers are putting in an organic community garden at Island Terrace apartments, the island’s only low income housing for all ages, located at the corner of High School Road and Ferncliff. And we need your labor, skills, and donations of materials and cash. 

The idea grew out of a community garden meeting in March, sponsored by Sustainable Bainbridge. With the enthusiastic support of Renee’ Levesque, the manager of Island Terrace, Kathy Cooper of Housing Resources Board, Chuck Estin, Debbi Lester, and Island Terrace residents, we’re ready for the May 9 work party. 

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