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Serenity property sells, new owner looks to create home for the developmentally disabled

Serenity House, the historic south-end facility that once housed developmentally disabled adults, has been sold.

The 3.37-acre property, owned by the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority (KCCHA), was sold for $1.5 million on May 7, said KCCHA Executive Director Debbie Broughton.

She said the funds would go back to the state Housing Trust Fund, which awarded $1.5 million to KCCHA to keep developmentally disabled adult care on the island.

The closure of the facility in March left a gaping hole in disabled services on Bainbridge and scattered a close-knit Serenity community of adults and staff. Now all but two of Serenity House's 18 residents have been relocated off island.

The property was bought by Romerkoff Serenity LLC, which is run partly by Lynwood Center owner Steve Romein.

"We've been talking off and on for the last year about buying the site," he said.

According to Romein, there are plans to build a new developmentally disabled adult center on the property, which would serve some of the displaced Serenity residents.

"We're trying to do something ASAP," he said. "If you know the area... (some old Serenity residents) are taking the bus two, three times a week back to Lynwood. So our intent in buying this property is to help out so we can keep them as part of our community."

Romein, said that he has no long-term plans for the property yet, adding that local businesses are already working around a major development on the east side of Lynwood Center Road.

However, he wants to fast-track a new developmentally disabled adult facility on the property.

Mayor Darlene Kordonowy, who has worked on the project as a KCCHA board member, said the Serenity House building would likely be demolished soon and that there is a search on for a nonprofit organization to take on the responsibilities of a new developmentally disabled adult care home.

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