Community organization wants a woodshop for all

The Bainbridge Island Community Woodshop, a local non-profit organization, is kicking off a series of meetings starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Senior Center Commons followed by a public meeting on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall to discuss building a community woodshop on the former gravel pit area at the Johnson Farm.

City taxpayers purchased the property in 2001 to be used for various purposes including small-scale agriculture, education programs, public open space and affordable housing.

The woodshop would use about 1.3 acres of the 14.5-acre property on Fletcher Bay Road. The site is no longer suitable for farming.

The concept for a Bainbridge Island Community Woodshop began in late 2008, and the all-volunteer organization behind the woodshop has doubled since 2008 with nearly 100 members.

The woodshop has offered classes through the park district and launched a community-service program to provide woodworking repairs, but is still looking for a site to create a community workshop.

The shop would offer classes, likely through the parks district, and would be available outside of class time for members.

The shop, bathrooms and a small conference room would total approximately 4,500 square feet. The parking lot and bathrooms would be accessible to other users of the farm.

A preliminary site plan and sketches are available on the City’s website at (click on the calendar on November 15, 2010 for the link to the materials).

The meetings will provide the community with a chance to discuss the project, give feedback and ask questions.

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