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Making a park ‘n’ ride more appealing

KINGSTON — The idea of incorporating a park ‘n’ ride lot into a community park setting may seem foreign to some but not to local developer Behzad Mostofi.

From his perspective, such a combination of developments would help solve commuter parking issues as well as create a public gathering place.

Mostofi, the president of Silverdale-based Construction Management Northwest, Inc., presented the idea for the corner of State Route 104 and Lindvog Road to the Kingston Citizens Advisory Committee Wednesday night. The proposal is in addition to his bigger project, the 7-acre Kingston Station development that he hopes to build off Lindvog Road.

Kingston Station, which Mostofi hopes to break ground on next spring, includes two three-story buildings, with upscale businesses on the first floor and two-story townhouses on top, plus a gazebo for public use.

The project, which was first developed in 2001, was based on how Mostofi has witnessed Kingston grow and where it is going in terms of development and population. The construction of a bigger wastewater treatment plant, and until recently, passenger-only ferry service to Seattle were factors in his decision making process. County population studies have projected that Kingston will add 3,000 people by 2025.

The concept and look of the project are similar to what residents at a community workshop hosted by KCAC in June said they want Kingston to look like, said KCAC co-chair Betsy Cooper.

“I think we’re lucky to have this project in your hands,” member Cindi Dudley told Mostofi.

While he was developing the Kingston Station project, Mostofi was also keeping his eye on the property to the north, which consists of a 4-acre parcel owned by the Washington State Department of Transportation and a two-acre parcel, owned by Kitsap County Public Works. The two make up the corner of Lindvog Road and State Route 104.

There has been talk of turning the undeveloped DOT property into a park ‘n’ ride, Mostofi said, while others have mentioned they want to see it become a community park.

Mostofi said he is of the latter mindset, but recognizes Kingston’s parking needs and has proposed creating a park ‘n’ ride/green space development at the site.

“(Kitsap Transit Executive Director Dick Hayes) said ‘It’s never been done’ and I said, ‘Let’s do it,’” Mostofi said.

While it’s merely a conceptual idea, Mostofi showed excitement about the project’s potential Wednesday evening.

Cars would enter the park ‘n’ ride lot from SR 104 and exit only via Lindvog Road. The primary purpose of the design is for safety, Mostofi said, noting he doesn’t want another Gunderson/Bond Road intersection.

The park would include kiosk-sized businesses, benches and picnic tables, while incorporating footpaths to allow connectivity to green spaces, such as the Kingston Skate Park and Village Green. The idea of the park is to keep the park ‘n’ ride safe and as aesthetically pleasing as possible.

“So it just doesn’t turn into a junk yard,” Mostofi said.

KCAC member and Kingston Parks Trails and Open Space committee member Walt Elliott noted that there is a community-wide goal to keep the area as green as possible. By retaining the trees on the corner on Lindvog and SR 104, it provides a warm welcome to those entering Kingston.

“I think this resonates very well with what the community is planning,” Elliott said.

While Public Works owns the county right of way on the county parcel, county commissioner Chris Endresen said there could be some issues created in dealing with those rights, “but it’s such a win-win situation,” Mostofi said.

Endresen said even though there is no money in any department’s capital budget for a development like this, it is possible to get funding through grants and programs.

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