Progress continues on North End developments

KINGSTON — Though some residents in Kingston, and its outlying areas, are hoping the area will forever stay rural, developments have been springing up all over the North End recently. Some developers have held public meetings during the past few years, allowing residents to comment on the proposed construction.

While several projects have been stalled in the permitting process, others are preparing to begin construction. Here is an update on where each project is at, and what to expect in the future.

Rite Aid, Kingston

The work on this structure has become more visible in the last few months as the frame and walls have taken shape. It is uncertain when the building will be completed, as several components still need to be addressed in order to garner approval from Kitsap County building inspectors, said Kitsap County Development Engineering reviewer Doug Frick.

“I know all the different pieces are coming together, but how soon that will happen, I don’t know,” he said. “Obviously, they are at the point where that all could move pretty quick. They still have to build all of the parking and the driveways.”

There are several other steps that must take place before Rite Aid will open to the public, including erosion control measures and grading for the parking and access roads, Frick said.

Other businesses have watched the construction at the 13-acre property at the intersection of Highway 104 and Miller Bay Road with interest. Poulsbo-based Mike’s Car Wash and Detail owner Mike Brooks is among them and said his request for permits is on hold until improvements have been made to the site. Namely, he said he is waiting for road improvements.

“We’ve got our (Site Development Activity Permit) approved,” he said. “The improvements, that’s all we’re waiting for.”

Cherry Hill, Kingston

Almost 10-acres west of Kingsview Loop and north of Colonial Heights, apartments are in the process of becoming the Cherry Hill development. Kitsap County Department of Community Development planner Jeff Smith said late August brought an approval from the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners for the “right of way vacation of Central Avenue to be exchanged with right of way to be created through the plat that includes an easement for a cul-de-sac on the property north of the project for fire protection.”

The final vacation order will not be given until the plats for Cherry Hill are finalized and approved and are recorded, Smith said.

“The street can provide future access to lots to north and a trail connection with approval of the property owner with the easement,” he said.

Local property owner Bill Arness has appealed the development in court, but there are no new developments or verdict announcements.

Apple Tree Point, Kingston

Clearing at the Lindvog Road and Berry Street Apple Tree Point development began mid-June, and a Site Development Activity Permit has been issued for the first phase of the plat, Smith said.

“This includes but not limited to road construction, stormwater improvements and two trails, one (at) Lindvog and the other goes due south to 272nd (Place),” he said.

When completed, the 126-acre development will have 106 units, Phase I will bring 34 lots on 17 acres, with six acres set aside for open space.

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