Rite Aid approaches new year completion

KINGSTON — Having taken on a new construction company, the Rite Aid development at the corner of Miller Bay Road and State Route 104 has developed new life. The business is now expected to open some time in January 2008, and in the meantime residents can expect minor road delays while improvements to the intersection are made.

The county has been signing off on different inspections as the work picked up again, making trip after trip to ensure the building is fully up to code when opened, said Kitsap County Development Engineering reviewer Doug Frick.

“It looks like it’s moving pretty fast now,” he said. “There are a lot of inspections being approved right now.”

He said the new construction company, Generation Construction Co., LLC, based out of Seattle, replaced Millennium Construction several weeks ago, and since has been doing work on the inside of the building as well as road improvements with Ace Paving. There will be some periods of time, primarily in the evening, when crews will be working on the two roadways, but there will not be complete road closures, said Gundaker Commercial project manager and architect Kevin Broderick. Gundaker Commercial is the developer for the 13-acre Rite Aid complex.

“They’ve got to do improvements,” he said. “They do partial closures to do the improvements at the intersections, but there won’t be any total road closures. They just have to make sure all the improvements are made.”

Construction should wrap up fairly soon, by the beginning of the year, as the project comes to a close and Rite Aid prepares to open in early January, Broderick said. Frick noted the reasons for the first construction company leaving the project were vague, but work had been slowing on the site before Generation Construction crews took over. Broderick said he didn’t know why Millennium Construction left the project.

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