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Chamber discusses Kingston’s future

KINGSTON — The leaders of three major projects in the Little City by the Bay will be meeting with the community to discuss their plans for the future.

The Kingston Chamber of Commerce will hold a special roundtable meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 at the Kingston Cove Yacht Club.

The focus of the session is to see how each of the development projects can positively impact each other, said Chamber President Tom Waggoner. Three projects will be discussed — the proposed high school campus, the White Horse development and Arborwood.

While not yet designed, the site of the high school campus has been proposed to be constructed on property behind Kingston Junior High and Spectrum Community School.

White Horse is a 450-acre development slated to include homes and a golf course, according to the 1996 Environmental Impact Statement Addendum from Kitsap County’s Department of Community Development. At the time, the proposed location for the development was at the intersection of South Kingston Road and Indianola Road.

Arborwood deals with nearly 800 acres in property owned by Olympic Property Group, slated for a Heritage Park. The land is located southwest of Kingston, west of South Kingston Road.

Meeting attendees will include chamber members, Bob Screen of the White Horse property, officials from Olympic Property Group (who own the Arborwood property) and school officials. Fifteen-minute presentations will be made on each project.

The chamber is also asking members of the Department of Community Development, Kitsap Planning Commission and school board members, as well as many chamber members as possible to participate, Waggoner said.

“It’s very exciting to have these future projects happening,” he said, noting it’s beneficial for North Kitsap and the Kingston business district.

It’s important for local businesses to know the significance of what will be taking place down the road, he added.

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