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Ohio-based development company wants to build 60,000-square-foot shopping center on High School Road

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A bird's eye view of the proposed development at High School Road and Highway 305 shows a new bank at the lower right corner, with retail buildings in the center, and a potential health care office building at upper left.
— image credit: Wenzlau Architects drawing / Courtesy the city of Bainbridge Island

An Ohio-based company that builds shopping centers has been in talks with Bainbridge Island city officials on a proposal to develop a retail center and medical office building at Highway 305 and NE High School Road.

Visconsi Companies of Pepper Pike, Ohio has submitted preliminary plans that include six new retail buildings, a bank and a health care office building on the property.

Five of the six retail buildings would be 5,000 square feet in size; the sixth structure would cover nearly 1.5 acres with a 15,645-square-foot building, parking spaces, a drive-through, sidewalks and other amenities.

The proposed bank is 3,300 square feet in size; the medical building would be two stories high and include 8,000-square-feet of space on both floors.

The total amount of building space is nearly 60,000 square feet, according to a conceptual site layout plan.

The preliminary plan also calls for nearly 300 parking spaces, and includes a pathway through the project and the potential for public space within the interior of the development. The bank would front NE High School Road, and access to the development on the northeast corner of Highway 305/High School Road would be via a new road just west of the existing Kitsap Bank.

Representatives from Visconsi Companies have met with the city's Design Review Board for initial feedback on the project.

A development application has not yet been submitted to the city, however.

Visconsi Companies' forte is community shopping centers, and the firm has completed more than 80 projects across the country that include Walgreens drug store locations.

The company's current projects, according to the firm's website, include new Staples stores in Iowa City, Iowa and Woodbury, Minn.; a Home Depot in Ashland, Ohio; and a Super Walmart and Sam's Club in Bismark, N.D.

According to an email in the project file at city hall, the company has prospective tenants for the development. Those are not detailed in the company's submittals to the city.

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