One more municipal campus possibility to consider

POULSBO — Along the arduous road leading to the city council’s split decision to move ahead with the proposed $14.7 million municipal campus project, questions were raised about making a decision during the election season.

Some council members, including Councilwomen Connie Lord and Kathryn Quade, advocated a four-month delay but were opposed by the majority of the council as the project came to a vote Nov. 16, eight days after Quade was elected mayor.

Six weeks after the vote, the Creekside Center located at the north end of 7th Avenue was officially put on the market as the Navy moved out at the end of 2005.

“It’s basically the top level you can get for office space and it has a lot of parking,” said Jerry Knipe, a broker for Sunrise Realty Advisors, which is handling the marketing and sale of the building.

The building has 42,636 square feet of office space with an elevator and has 202 parking spaces as well.

“It is for sale and it has all new carpets and paint inside and out,” Knipe said.

The building, which was built in 1994, also has high tech T-3 lines, fiber optic potential through Sprint and between 200 and 250 phone lines, he said.

“It’s in very good shape and size-wise, price-wise, it’s a great deal,” Knipe said, noting that he had talked with the city about the building.

Mayor Kathryn Quade said Knipe made a presentation to her after she took office in January, but while there were rumors about the property being available earlier, nothing was made official until after the council’s decision to move ahead on the 10th Avenue property.

Any analysis or consideration of a property other than the 10th Avenue property would have to be approved by the city council, Quade added.

The listed sale price for the building is $7.6 million and the 6.61-acre site, currently owned by Castle Medical Center of Kailua, Hawaii, north of it is also for sale.

That site is currently valued at $836,040. It has yet to be developed by its owners and could possibly be purchased for use as an urban park or police station location.

A breakdown of both the proposed 10th Avenue municipal campus location and the Creekside Center showed the following:

• Total square footage: Creekside

Center — 42,636; Municipal Campus

— 29,326

• Total cost: Creekside Center — $7.6

million; Municipal Campus — $7.9

million (building only), $10.1 million

with land purchase

• Parking spaces: Creekside Center

— 202; Municipal Campus — 118

• Cost per square foot: Creekside

Center — $179; Municipal Campus

— $269 (building only), $344 with land


Even though the municipal campus project is moving ahead, the short plat has yet to be approved by the planning commission and city engineer. Until that is done, the purchase of the 10th Avenue property cannot be completed.

Additionally, no permit applications had been submitted for the project as of Feb. 17.

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