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Harbourside residents target inn proposal

Plans for the inn and condo facility at the corner of Parfitt Way and Wood Avenue have riled neighbors who live near the site. - Courtesy of Sean Parker
Plans for the inn and condo facility at the corner of Parfitt Way and Wood Avenue have riled neighbors who live near the site.
— image credit: Courtesy of Sean Parker

Members of the Harbourside Condominium Owner’s Association (HCOA) are revving up for another battle over a development in the Parfitt Way area.

At issue are plans for an inn and condo building on the southeast corner of Parfitt Way and Wood Avenue, a property that is owned by relatives of the late Junkoh Harui.

The development, Parfitt Inn and Gardens, would include a 16-room boutique inn, 12 residential condominiums and a below-ground parking garage on a 22,344-square-foot parcel. The building would share a boundary line with the Harbourside Condominium development.

Neighbors in the area feel the density and scale of Parfitt Inn and Gardens would adversely affect the neighborhood and their nearby homes.

“It’s totally out of character,” said HCOA member Dick Daniel. “Frankly speaking, it’s just going to be too big and too much.”

The Harbourside group has already fought and won a development dispute in the Parfitt Way area, blocking an expansion of the Harbour Public House to accommodate for a family restaurant.

The architect for Parfitt Inn and Gardens, Sean Parker, believes the proposed building conforms to existing code and should be a non-issue.

“In this case, everything we’re doing is allowed by law,” Parker said. “This area is zoned to have the densest properties on the island and it’s odd when people are surprised that (buildings) are dense.”

Last week, proposals for the development were shown to members of the Bainbridge Island Planning Commission, which heard an assortment of residents argue against the plans.

Due to the amount of public comment and questions, a continuation of the planning commission hearing is scheduled for March 26 at 7 p.m.

At that hearing, city staff will present a report with suggestions on how the building could be tailored to address some of the issues community members have raised.

Two members of the seven-member planning commission, Gary Pettersen and Maradel Gale, have recused themselves from discussing the Parfitt building due to their home’s proximity to the up-and-coming development.

If the plans for the building go through as proposed, the project would break ground in the spring of 2010 at the earliest, with a projected build time of 12 to 18 months, Parker said.

Daniel said HCOA has enlisted legal help to help them fight that outcome.

“We need help with all the legal aspects, what can and can’t be done,” he said. “This thing isn’t going to end early, no matter which direction it goes.”

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