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Harbor Square moving along

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:25PM

Plans to build a “new neighborhood” on the east end of downtown came closer Thursday night, as the Bainbridge Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the mixed-use Harbor Square project. The eight-building complex is planned for the 4.3-acre site immediately north of the ferry terminal, between Ferncliff and Cave avenues on the north side of Winslow Way.

'Stacked flats' coming to Wood Avenue

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:25PM

A site on the west end of downtown Winslow, once proposed to become a hotel, will instead be the site of an apartment and townhome cluster under a plan from in-town development specialist Rod McKenzie.

Life's a beach, and a rocky one

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:25PM

The wayward tide announces its return with brisk knocks against wild formations of rock. For those venturing out to greet it, each footfall brings the crunch of shell shards, or the dull squish of anemones and kelp. A few scattered tidepools hint at the abundance of life hiding beneath its froth. So even with the typically steep asking price for a half-acre parcel at the south end of Rockaway Beach – $585,000 – the designation “waterfront” only tells half the story. Probably less. “I’ve ridden my bike by there a zillion times over 20 years,” said Andy Maron, chair of the city’s Open Space Commission. “Then I went out there at low tide... It’s incredible to see.”

Next school bond levy in the works

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:24PM

The “three R’s” took a back seat to the “three B’s” – building, budget and bond levy – at Tuesday’s school board meeting. Four construction options for local schools, to be funded by a bond levy slated to go before voters next February, were presented by Mike Currie, district facilities director. The proposals – developed over the past year by a capital projects steering committee comprised of district representatives and community members – range from $33.6 million to $44.5 million.

Madison work to move ahead -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:24PM

The city council is unlikely to revisit a plan to put four pedestrian “refuge islands” on Madison Avenue, public works committee members said Monday. The non-decision followed a lengthy meeting with fire officials, who had complained that the islands would hurt the response time of emergency vehicles heading into Winslow.

Harbor Square ready for its close-up

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:24PM

When the Bainbridge Island Planning Commission evaluates a project that will have a significant impact on Bainbridge’s future, one of the elements it will have to weigh is Bainbridge’s past. The Harbor Square project, a mixed-use development planned for the 4.3-acre parcel immediately north of the ferry terminal, will displace the historic Cave House, and preservationist Gerald Elfendahl thinks there must be a better alternative.

Early Sunday ferry run saved

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:24PM

Having evaluated popular response to alternatives A and B, Washington State Ferries have decided to go with “neither of the above.” Instead, when the system makes the first significant revision to the Bainbridge-Seattle ferry schedule in 15 years, it will adopt a different alternative – what you might call Option C – to respond to the feedback it got on the two proferred options. “We have completed a new draft that takes into account what we heard from the public,” WSF spokeswoman Susan Harris said. “We’ve kept the early morning sailing on Sunday, and have a later departure in the evening – 10:55 instead of 10:30.”

Judge denies bail; Lawrence jailed until trial

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:24PM

Kevin Lawrence’s guilt or innocence was not at issue Tuesday afternoon in Seattle federal court. But his credibility was. And it lost badly. As a result, Lawrence will remain in federal custody pending his October trial date on a 64-count fraud indictment. “We’re not going to determine Mr. Lawrence’s guilt or innocence today,” said Magistrate Judge Ricardo Martinez. “One thing I am sure of is that this court cannot rely on anything Mr. Lawrence said. Mr. Lawrence will be detained until trial.”

Lawrence indicted on 64 counts; three associates plead guilty

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:24PM

Following a morning arrest on Bainbridge Island, HMC/Znetix founder Kevin L. Lawrence was arraigned in federal court Thursday afternoon on a 64-count indictment, and if convicted faces a maximum sentence of 560 years behind bars.

Fort Ward park to honor veterans

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:24PM

When the Parade Grounds Park at Fort Ward is dedicated on Aug. 10, the ceremony won’t just be about a place preserved from development. It will also be a group of people who had a significant role in preserving the nation’s freedom – the men and women who worked at the Naval Radio School during World War II.

Council puts subdivisions on hold

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:24PM

In the wake of a state Supreme Court decision striking down one city’s open-space requirements, the Bainbridge Island City Council Wednesday unanimously voted to impose a moratorium on subdivision applications until it can determine how to deal with the new ruling. The moratorium prevents any further work on all applications, including short-plat applications, that are not deemed “complete” as of this coming Monday. The moratorium will last until Dec. 31 unless repealed sooner. A public hearing has been scheduled for Aug. 28.

WSF floats changes to Bainbridge ferry runs

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:24PM

The first major change in 15 years to the Bainbridge-Seattle ferry schedule will let commuters get to their Seattle offices earlier in the morning. But more folks may sleep through their regular sailing – especially if they’ve been to a concert or a Mariners game the night before, because they may be getting home a lot later.

Vintnter touts year-round product sales

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:24PM

Farming is an amenity that adds value to Bainbridge Island, vintner Gerard Bentryn says. “People like to live in beauty,” Bentryn said. “Farming makes their land more valuable.” But land on the island has become so valuable that the existence of farming is threatened. On behalf of the farm community, Bentryn is asking the city for help.

Museum move fund drive under way

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:24PM

History unfolds at its own pace. A capital campaign called History on the Move, though, may speed up the process for the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum. Historical society members are gearing up to relocate the museum facility to Winslow from Strawberry Hill Park as soon as it’s physically and financially possible. “I think a lot of people are excited about it, and not just the membership,” said Joan Piper, historical society executive director. “People in Winslow really want us to come.”

Fall elections draw little interest

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:24PM

As election years go, this one figures to be quiet on Bainbridge Island, at least until November. Incumbent Congressman Jay Inslee has, at least nominally, drawn a Democratic opponent, meaning he won’t officially have the party’s nomination in Washington’s First Congressional District until after the Sept. 17 primary.

Habitat homes finally find their footing

  • Jul 24, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 4:24PM

Kathy Duprey kneels by what will be the southwest wall of her new home. With a stick, she inscribes her children’s names in the fresh concrete that forms the house’s footing, and presses a shell and other small, symbolic objects into the material.

Costs of growth come into slow focus

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:23PM

The city spends more than $2.8 million on building and development services each year, and recovers less than half of that amount in the form of fees. Can the city recoup more? And if so, should it? “If there is a reasonable basis for including the costs, then it comes down to a policy decision,” consultant Tracey Dunlap told a meeting last week of the city council finance committee and the mayor’s task force on permitting costs.

Neighbors take up the cause of maple

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:23PM

Having waitressed on both sides of the street, Diane Hornick has long admired the mature Japanese maple at Ericksen Avenue and Winslow Way – and the passing of seasons as heralded in its leaves. “I see that tree change colors every year, and it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen,” said Hornick, a veteran of the erstwhile Doogal’s eatery now working at Streamliner Diner. “I’d adopt it for my house, let me tell you – in a heartbeat.”

Shelter's where the wild things are

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:23PM

Sandy Fletcher is used to having a tiger – or in this case, a turtle – by the tail. The director of the Island Wildlife Shelter hefts the fierce, 14-pound reptile with practiced hands – one carefully ensconced in an oven mitt. “Watch out, she can reach you,” she warns. “They have very long necks.”

Cemetery still marred by hate

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:23PM

Bees dart among flowers at Port Blakely Cemetery, while a hawk circles high above in the July sun. Toppled gravestones, though, mar the scene, bearing witness still to last summer’s vandalism. It was last July that a painted swastika was discovered near the cemetery entrance, with two gravestones overturned in the Jewish section. In mid-August, vandals damaged 70 grave sites.

South-end sewers get needed funding

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:23PM

After two hours of sometimes heated discussion, the Bainbridge City Council Wednesday took another small step towards permitting sewers to go into four south-end neighborhoods. The council approved a $120,000 consulting contract for preliminary engineering work. But the issue that prompted a vocal debate – exactly who should pay – was reserved for another day, and will be revisited after the study is done. “It will be easier to talk about the cost issues when we have a better idea of what the costs actually are,” council chair Michael Pollock said.

Park M&O levy upped -- News Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:23PM

The Bainbridge Island Park Board will take public comment Thursday on its upcoming maintenance and operations levy. The levy is slated to appear on the Sept. 17 primary ballot; at issue this week is the levy amount, which has changed since a first attempt failed at the polls in February. As proposed, the two-year, $4.92 million levy would support park district operations for 2003-2004. The levy amount has been upped from the previous levy amount of $4.8 million.

Family hopes to preserve homestead farm

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:23PM

The fields have lain fallow for years. But the short trek to an inviting tree perched at meadow’s edge still yields a small crop of island-grown goodness: cherries. “Just like pie cherries are supposed to taste,” says Edith Ostrom, sampling the fruit from the homestead on which she grew up so many decades ago. “They’re not sweet.” And that was just fine for Ostrom, her daughter Brita and other family members who visited the North Madison Avenue farm Friday. It was the sort of warm summer afternoon for which cherry-pickin’ was perfect. Family members believe there’s still great potential in the fertile soil – and in the 19-acre property itself, most of which they hope to sell to the city through the new Open Space Commission.

Too many plans, too little time

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:23PM

Having listened to city staff and citizens, the city council tonight will adopt a list of goals and objectives for the year 2003 that it hopes are specific enough to guide next year’s budget. That may be an exercise in subtraction, not addition. “The present list contains much more than can be done next year,” Mayor Darlene Kordonowy said. “The council will have to identify the priorities. If they don’t, then the staff and the administration will have to make the choices.”

Tighter security under way on ferries

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 4:23PM

While state troopers won’t search vehicles waiting to board ferries, they will randomly ride the boats and patrol terminals as an enhanced security measure. “Their presence is a deterrent,” Washington State Ferries spokesperson Susan Harris said Tuesday. “They choose a day, time and vessel to ride. Today, they are at Colman Dock.”

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