Three more views on city hall’s location

POULSBO — In examining the last three of the five proposals submitted for Little Norway’s long-awaited city hall project, there are few similarities, but each has its unique details that could sway the final decision.

The Pioneer Property Group, Egis Real Estate Services and Strandloof Properties, LLC have enlisted the efforts of local architects, contractors and engineers to flesh out the details of their proposals and circumvent the uproar over the lack of local involvement in the last city hall effort. Beyond that their differences are as plain as chocolate and vanilla.


Property Group

Even though Pioneer Property Group is based out of Seattle, it is backed by four Kitsap County firms to provide everything from landscape design to a local architecture perspective, actual construction and engineering work.

Among the quartet are Wayne LaMont of LaMont Design, Inc., who aided in the downtown city hall movement, Kingston’s Larson Casteel Company, Bainbridge Island-based MJR Constructors and longtime Poulsbo engineering firm A.D.A. Engineers.

At the core of the group’s proposal is to place the new 30,000-square-foot city hall building on the Front Street side of the King Olav parking lot. The existing site would then become a mixed use building with residential and retail spaces; a museum would also be worked into the site.

The plan includes a two-level parking garage with a total of 174 spaces, which is about 54 more spaces than currently exist in the King Olav lot.

A town park would connect city hall to the mixed-use building and the museum as part of the three-phased construction effort.

When it comes to actual dollars for the project, the city hall building is estimated at $9.3 million, the parking garage at $7 million and the mixed-use building at $11.7 million for a total cost of $28 million.

Egis Real

Estate Services

With Egis Real Estate Services as the lead, Grein & Co., Mithun and Tim Ryan Construction have formed a development team dubbed the Poulsbo City Hall Group.

Unlike the other four teams, the PCHG has plans to building on the existing city hall site on Jensen Way instead of relocating the structure.

“Poulsbo City Hall Group (PCHG) has analyzed two downtown sites in response to the city’s request for proposals for a new City Hall,” the team wrote. “The best of these two is the existing city hall site.”

On the site, the team’s proposal is for a two-story 30,000- square-foot building over a below grade parking structure with 75 parking stalls.

While some proposals included a museum space, the PCHG stated that was not possible because of numerous issues including space constraints.

The group also stated that incorporating the King Olav parking lot into a mixed use project could allow for a larger, more complex and exciting project for downtown, but it chose to focus solely on the city hall project.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $18.6 million.

Strandloof Properties, LLC

The proposal from Strandloof Properties, LLC brings in some familiar faces including Miles Yanick and Company and Tim Ryan Construction to a plan that is strikingly different from the others.

Instead of building city hall on the north end of downtown, the group has focused on the existing Masonic Lodge at the intersection of Hostmark Street and 3rd Avenue and the existing police department headquarters building.

“We propose that the new city hall be located on the current Warren G. Harding Masonic Lodge No. 160 site,” the group states. “We further propose using the existing police station department site for the construction of a multi-level open parking structure and possibly, the Poulsbo Historical Museum.”

The city hall building would meet the 30,000 square feet requirement and the parking garage would contain 250 spaces, with 75 being reserved for the city’s use.

The two structures would be connected by a covered pedestrian bridge over Hostmark Street.

“The bridge can become a regional landmark in urban design, setting the city apart from other towns in the area and providing a ‘welcome’ symbol to Poulsbo,” the group wrote.

When it comes to the actual dollars and cents of the proposal, the three-story city hall building is estimated at $13.1 million, the parking garage and pedestrian bridge at $7.8 million.

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