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Kitsap Sun: Bainbridge Boom Overwhelms Sewers

From Rachel Seymour at the Kitsap Sun:

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — Bainbridge Island’s sewer system is struggling to keep up as development booms on the island.

New sewer connections have been postponed on the south end, halting development on commercial and residential projects.

The new pool at Pleasant Beach Village in Lynwood brought the city’s sewer capacity issues to the forefront in May, said Barry Loveless, the city’s public works director. Alarms sounded at the pump station in Lynwood, alerting the city to capacity problems shortly after the pool opened.

Now, city officials are working with the Pleasant Beach Village to modify the pool’s mitigation and improve short-term sewer capacity on the south end of the island.

Upgrades to the Lynwood area pump station, which could require building a new station, are needed to handle long-term capacity for new development.

A new pump station could cost the city $400,000, Loveless said.

Upgrades to the pump station might not start until the end of 2016, and be completed in 2017.

Another pump station near Woodward Elementary School also needs an upgrade to handle additional capacity. Several developments are planned in the area, including individual art studios and the home of Bainbridge Artisans Resource Network’s two-story, 25,000-square-foot building.

The city-owned Suzuki property at Sportsman Club and New Brooklyn roads also is in the neighborhood. The city has requested proposals for the property with the potential to develop it.

Councilwoman Sarah Blossom voiced concern with the city’s 2016 sewer plan in light of the sewer capacity change during the past few months.

“There is not capacity, despite what the plan says,” she said last week during a City Council meeting.

“At this time, no one can get sewer. … That seems to be pretty significant.”

Loveless said Wednesday that the sewer plan is based on anticipated development and estimations, which can be more difficult with commercial property than single-family homes.

“We are moving as fast as we can to come up with a solution,” Loveless said.

The city is hiring consultants to study the south-end sewer system to see what specific improvements need to be made. The study is expected to start next month and be finished by the end of the year.

The city had planned the study and pump station upgrades in the future, although the current capacity issues pushed the tasks up.

The drastic hit on sewer capacity could affect projects for two major developers in the south end. Pleasant Beach Village is looking to expand its existing inn by 12 to 15 rooms and construct seven new buildings that will be divided into 14 town homes, said Kelly MacDonald, of Pleasant Beach Village.

A new Lynwood development, The Roost, also is looking to connect to the sewer system for 18 residential homes in its first phase of development. Half of the homes, which are expected to be finished next summer or fall, have been reserved, said Belinda Thornburg, Indigo Architecture & Interiors co-owner.

The mixed residential and business development across from Lynwood Center is being designed and developed by the owners of Indigo Architecture & Interiors.

Portions of Indigo’s permits are on hold until sewer capacity changes can be made to accommodate the pool.

While Loveless said updates to the outdoor pool should be finished before the next pool season, MacDonald said Pleasant Beach Village hopes to resolve the issue in the next few weeks.

Even with changes at the pool, there might not be enough capacity for both Indigo and Pleasant Beach Village’s plans until pump station upgrades are complete.

The city will know more once consultants have finished their study, Loveless said.

In the meantime, the city is working on an accommodation and liability agreement with Indigo, Loveless said, which could allow permitting and work to move forward before mitigation at the pool is finished.

Indigo and Pleasant Beach Village also have long-term development plans that could be affected by sewer capacity.

The Roost has a proposed hotel and rooftop restaurant following completion of its residential homes, while Pleasant Beach Village has plans for apartments and single-family homes.

When those homes or apartments are built and how many there will be depend on the market, MacDonald said.

City Manager Doug Schulze told the council this month that sewer system work throughout the island had been postponed during the economic downturn, leading to its current state.

“We are still delaying maintenance to systems and at some point that catches up with you,” he said. “And we are trying to dig out from those problems that were created during the recession.”

Fun, Free, and Festive!

Snowflakes…Just in time for Christmas in the Country

Christmas in the Country

Friday & Saturday, from 10am-5pm  & Sunday from 11am-5pm

From free pony rides and Santa Visits to venues featuring arts & crafts from local artists, music and savory foods, there’s sure to be something to please everyone in the family. Two new locations have been added to this year’s tour at St Barnabas Church on Wyatt Way and The Marketplace in historic Lynwood Center. For the full tour map and info on venues, click here.


The Beach House at Pleasant Beach is now open for dinner on Sundays from 5-9:30pm! We can’t think of a better way to wind down the weekend. Click here to visit their website to peruse the menu and make a reservation.

Fill your Saturday with some beautiful blooms!

Go see Lexy at Castaways Floral in The Marketplace at Pleasant Beach Village.

For directions and business hours click here.

The BoatHouse Coffee House at Pleasant Beach Opens

Yet another great place to hang during these great summer days……

The BoatHouse Coffee House is now open! Come on in for delicious coffee and Island chat! For the first week or so, The BoatHouse will be open until 6pm. After that, they will be open in the evenings; the perfect spot for after-dinner coffee on the South Side!

More Marketplace vendor news coming soon…

Get more updates about Pleasant Beach Village happenings here by liking their Facebook page!

Pleasant Beach Village Ad in Bainbridge Review

What a weekend to visit and enjoy the outdoor atmosphere……

Our ad in today’s Bainbridge Review highlights the exciting happenings in Pleasant Beach Village. Click the link here to check it out!

The Beach House at Pleasant Beach

Matt & Erin from The Beach House are giving our Facebook peeps a special look at their new restaurant. They are wrapping up their second week and the reviews have been glowing. If you haven’t been by to see them yet, these photos are sure to inspire a visit! The Beach House is open for dinner, Tuesday through Saturday from 5-10pm.

To make a reservation, visit their new website at:


New Frozen Live-Culture Yogurt Spot Opens in Lynwood Center

Island Cool, a self-serve frozen yogurt shop also in the Pleasant Beach Village, just opened. The yogurt contains live & active cultures, so it’s not just yummy, it’s nutritious!  To learn more about Joe Raquer and his new business click here.