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George’s Corner is growing with the times

KINGSTON — One of the latest proposed construction projects in Kingston could result in a bigger version of an existing restaurant.

A request for a one-story 7,000-square-foot restaurant, serving up to 260 people and located within George’s Corner, was put to the Kitsap County Department of Community Development last October by the applicant Andrade Sergio, who operates the Kingston and Port Orchard Puerto Vallarta restaurants.

The property is the green space south of the existing Puerto Vallarta restaurant in George’s Corner and adjacent to the Kingston Business Park, facing State Route 104.

The request by Sergio is basically a project proposal, in which the applicant makes an informal request for a new development and the county comments on it, said DCD planner Jeff Smith.

The 1.69-acre property is zoned neighborhood commercial.

“It’s permitted within the zone,” Smith said, “but (Sergio has) to be cognizant for the requirements of the Local Area of More Intensive Rural Development).”

LAMIRD is a land-planning tool established by the state’s Growth Management Act and used in the county’s comprehensive plan, restricting commercial development in a rural area. It is used in rural areas that have been historically developed at higher densities than currently allowed, such as George’s Corner.

Smith said LAMIRD requirements the developer would have to follow include making the exterior similar to that of other buildings in the development, which is a natural Northwest look.

Sergio was not available for comment.

Progress on the development of Rite Aid, proposed to be built across the street, on the corner of Miller Bay Road and State Route 104, is on hold, pending clarification of the master plan from the project managers. However, the subdividing of the property, which will allow small businesses to move into the development, was approved by the county in December, Smith said. The total acreage of the corner development is 13 acres.

As for housing projects, plans for the nearly 10-acre Cherry Hill plat, located just west of Kingsview Loop and north of Colonial Heights apartments, are currently on hold as the lots within the property are reconfigured and wetland buffers are drawn up. The county is awaiting another submittal of the plans from the developers, Cherry Hill LLC, to address its concerns about the project, Smith said. The applicant is requesting the property be subdivided into two divisions, with a total of 52 lots.

The first division would be for single-family homes and the second development would be for townhomes.

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