After much public input at its business meeting last week, the Bainbridge Island City Council narrowly approved a site plan for the Suzuki property that includes approximately 100 affordable housing units.
Most of the new housing, a total of 60 units, will be rental properties. Another 39 homes will be for sale, and the final residence will be a management unit.
City officials have been discussing the development of the 14-acre property, located at the intersection of New Brooklyn Road and Sportsman Club Road, for years.
The decision on the number of units passed 4-3, with Councilman Kol Medina, Councilwoman Rasham Nassar and Councilman Ron Peltier voting “no.”
Last week’s decision followed a study session in early August, where councilmembers reviewed a feasibility study presented by Housing Resources Bainbridge and discussed various options for the scale of the project.
Now that a preferred site plan has been selected, Olympic Property Group will continue work on site development tasks.
The remaining council decisions will be to select a stormwater treatment approach, to select an ownership approach for the project, to select a development partner, to decide whether to donate more than 50 percent of the property’s value to the project, and to complete the process to formally surplus the property and transfer ownership.