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City keeps options open for municipal campus

POULSBO — If the proposed 10th Avenue location for the city’s municipal campus goes the way of the Morris property, the project shouldn’t face another two-year delay.

Even though city officials aren’t anticipating any problems with the site, a list of other potential locations has been created if the need should arise.

“We would keep our heads down and move ahead, but we’re not expecting any roadblocks,” said Public Works Director Jeff Lincoln.

The city’s initial assessment of the site is that it should work, which is why BLRB Architects of Tacoma has been brought in to confirm the city’s study, Lincoln said.

“It may be a matter of compromise in terms of design size and shape, but as long we get our estimated 25,000-square feet, we should be alright,” he explained.

One of the unique aspects of the proposed site is it is sloped, which lends itself to different design elements not associated with flat terrain, said Lincoln.

“It gives us the ability to work with a three- or two-and-a-half level building,” he said. “Things should happen quicker than most people think.”

Current cost estimates for the proposed facility are between $6 million and $6.5 million, but the city requested estimated payments for non-voted bonds for up to $8 million from Martin Nelson and Company in Seattle.

Alternate locations

However, if the worst case scenario happens, at least three other properties have been discussed by city officials, according to documents obtained by the North Kitsap Herald through public records requests.

An examination of city parcels also revealed two additional possible alternatives (see EDS sidebar) should the current proposed site be deemed unsuitable during the 60-day due diligence period.

A 6.61-acre site currently owned by Castle Medical Center of Kailua, Hawaii, at the north end of 7th Avenue was suggested by Public Works Director Jeff Lincoln in an e-mail to Finance Director Nanci Lien in December 2004.

The site is currently valued at $836,040 and has yet to be developed by its owners.

Another potential site, which is also on 10th Avenue, is the 1.24-acre parcel owned by Antone B. Pryor and Young Oak Kim.

The property, which is currently valued at $784,020, has an existing 18,752-square-foot commercial building on it, which has not been assigned a value by the Kitsap County Assessor’s office according to files on the property.

It is currently being developed by Bainbridge Island resident Doug Nelson.

While the existing building could be seen as a potential drawback, the proposed 10th Avenue location also has a building on the premises. Olympic Property Group’s 10,600-square foot building sits on the site and is not part of the ongoing negotiations between the city and OPG for purchase of the site.

Lincoln told the city council on July 27 that while the building is not part of the current negotiations it is possible that the city could purchase it in the future.

OPG also owns an undeveloped 4.72-acre parcel just north of the proposed site that is currently valued at $1.3 million and has no existing buildings.

With the Olhava development gaining speed, city officials had also considered locating the municipal campus where Nelson had originally proposed building a sports complex on a 5.4-acre lot just west of State Route 3 near Snider Field.

The property is owned Pryor and Kim and is currently valued at $783,290, and is expected to be developed for light industrial use.

Land swap numbers

Any land purchase made by the city would in all likelihood involve the possibility of a land swap, which is the option preferred by Lincoln.

With the Marine Science Center property, which has a current land value of $758,610, off limits due to an ongoing effort by the Bight of Poulsbo to resurrect the site and return it to its past prominence, only two city-owned downtown parcels remain: Poulsbo City Hall on Jensen Way and the Poulsbo Police Department on Hostmark Street.

The 1.81-acre parcel of land currently occupied by city hall is valued at $515,570 and the police department property is valued at $416,210, effectively giving the city about $930,000 toward the purchase of land for the proposed municipal campus.

Given the current values of those properties, the city would have to pay Olympic Property an additional $70,000 to cover the differences in the land value between the two city-owned properties and the 10th Avenue site.

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