COBI Chooses Developer for Suzuki Land

From the Kitsap Sun:

“The Bainbridge Island City Council voted 5-2 to move forward in developing the Suzuki property with Olympic Property Group, one of four groups that submitted proposals.

Olympic Property Group is working with Housing Kitsap, Housing Resources Bainbridge and Friends of the Farm to create a proposal for city-owned land at Sportsman Club and New Brooklyn roads. The proposed development the group presented to the council and public is called the Suzuki Farm.

The council’s decision to work with Olympic Property Group comes after months of public and council debate on whether to use the land as a park, for affordable housing or to leave it undeveloped.

The Suzuki Farm plan includes 52 housing units, with 18 affordable homes. The development also includes a community center, Boys & Girls Club, rain garden, orchard and farm. Building the Boys & Girls Club would require a separate fundraising effort, led by the club.

The Suzuki Farm proposal calls for preserving 6 acres and potentially enlarging a pond on the property. It would include 14 to 123 parking spaces, depending on the size of the community center.

Under the proposal, the 13.83-acre property would be purchased for $2.4 million. The city has said it will use proceeds from the sale to fund a new police station.

City Manager Doug Schulze will begin discussions with the developers on a final plan, which could differ from the proposal submitted to the city.

Councilmen Ron Peltier and Kol Medina voted against selecting Olympic Property Group.

Peltier noted that the Suzuki Farm offered less affordable housing than other proposals. The New Brooklyn Glen development offered about 60 affordable town houses in a mixed-use development, while Blue Architects offered a 60-unit, all-affordable housing option.

Peltier said he was “mystified” as to why the council would work with the Suzuki Farm developers.

Councilwoman Sarah Blossom said she was not a fan of the Suzuki Farm proposal and the amount of affordable housing offered, but added that Olympic Property Group has a history of community engagement.

Earlier in Tuesday’s meeting, Medina made a motion to preserve Suzuki without development beyond what a park would have. It was voted down 4-3, with Peltier, Medina and Blossom in favor.

Councilman Michael Scott said he believed a balance could be struck between preserving environmental aspects of the property and developing affordable housing.

 

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