Hammers and saws to be sounding off in Kingston this year

KINGSTON — The sounds of construction and spring will be sounding through the Kingston air soon — birds’ singing will mingle with drills, hammering and boards being moved into place. Several projects planned for the North End will be popping up with the flowers, and Kingston residents have been curious as to what each building will become.

They can wonder no longer, as several project planners and Kitsap County officials have provided a list and details about each project.

There have been many questions about a large yellow building nearing completion on State Route 104 near Savage Plants, just outside of Kingston. Department of Community Development planner Jeff Smith said the structure is a single-family unit with wheelchair accessible living quarters.

The house is 7,396 square feet and zoned rural residential, he said. It’s possible someone will have an office out of the house, but probably not a full business. The facade of the house facing the highway was raising questions, as it looked like a potential office site.

“The plans do show some area for home offices,” said DCD assistant director of permitting Jeff Rowe-Hornbaker. “I can definitely see why people are curious if it’s going to be a business.”

Another project catching eyes is located next to the Kingston American Marine Bank, visible from SR 104 and Lindvog Road. It turns out the structure will be the new home for Windermere, Rowe-Hornbaker said, which took over Shamrock Realty in August 2006 and officially moved to Kingston.

“As far as the building opening, it looks like we’re shooting for fall,” said Windermere owner and designated broker Carter Dotson. “The building we’re in now we’re leasing, so I don’t know what will happen to it after we leave.”

The foundation for the new structure has been poured, and the framework should be going up later this week, he said. They worked to have the architecture look similar to American Marine Bank, so the two structures match up.

Other projects residents will soon notice include Port of Kingston refurbishing, Rite Aid at George’s Corner and the Belmont Building, which at last check in September 2006, was still in the permitting phase. The Belmont Building is being constructed by Rick Lanning and his company, Homeland Construction, and designed by Bainbridge Island’s BC&J Architecture, Planning and Construction Management architect Peter Brachvogel. Both worked on the two new buildings on SR 104 near the ferry terminals.

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