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County considers buying Hansville property
HANSVILLE Two unique pieces of property, one with a long history as a popular fishing area, are up for sale and Kitsap County is hoping to set its hook into the opportunity to purchase them for recreational uses.
But not without getting support from the environmentally-minded folks of Hansville first.
North End Commissioner Chris Endresen and Kitsap County parks planner Joseph Coppo met with residents Feb. 17 to see whether they would be willing to assist the county in buying the land.
About 50 people showed up, and for the most part, urged the county employees to research the idea of purchasing Captains Landing (formerly known as Forbes Landing), located at the Hansville Road/Twin Spits Road 90-degree turn and Hawks Hole, adjacent to the southern tip of the Hansville Greenway Trails, for conservation and public use.
The county has been interested in Captains Landing for roughly a decade. The waterfront property is primarily owned by the Razore family of Seattle and is about 2 to 3 acres in size. Coppo estimated the cost of the property to be about $1.5 million.
The good news about (Captains Landing) is that the property owner would like to see it in public ownership, Endresen said. Coppo suggested the site be used as a trailhead for the Greenway Trails and as public access to the waterfront.
Hawks Hole is owned by Olympic Resource Management but is held by the Trust For Public Lands, a non-profit group that assists in the acquisition of lands for conservation. The minimum the county can purchase is 150 acres and the maximum purchase is 500 acres.
For Hawks Hole, the cost would range from $700,000 for the 150 acres to about $2 million for 500 acres, Coppo said.
Ken Shawcroft of the Hansville Greenway Trails Committee explained how two trails could run through the Hawks property and lead to waterfront access at the hairpin turn on Hood Canal Drive.
However, no designs have been created and nothing is definite at this point, Coppo explained.
Before doing anything, there would be a major community planning process, Endresen added.
Residents were interested in learning how they could assist in preserving these green and waterfront spaces.
Endresen said she envisions the Hansville effort to be similar to the work of the Indianola Land Trust group, which worked with the county and residents several years ago to raise money to purchase 80 acres of Indianola land for conservation.
The next step will be to look at the property appraisal numbers and create a time frame in which the community could raise money, Endresen said.
Hansville resident Steve Bauer said the opportunity to purchase the waterfront property for the public to enjoy is tremendous.
This is dirt cheap, he said. I think we would make a real serious mistake if we dont choose this.
Point-No-Point resident Casey Jones agreed.
This is really about the long-term accessibility to this fantastic treasure and I think we should do what we can, he said.