The City of Bainbridge Island is the owner of a 13.83-acre undeveloped property located at the southeast corner of New Brooklyn and Sportsman Club Roads, commonly referred to as the Suzuki property.
In March 2016, the Bainbridge Island City Council established a path to move forward with the development of the Suzuki Property.
The City hired Olympic Property Group (OPG) as lead consultant to take the project through formal site planning and preliminary project approval.
Nov. 20, 2018: A representative from OPG provided an update to City Council on progress of the City's Suzuki property development project. The consultant gave a brief overview on the results of recent consultant studies.
Nov. 28, 2018: OPG hosted a public workshop to share studies and a revised draft site plan at the Council Chamber.
Dec. 10, 2018: The City Council approved a motion Tuesday, Dec. 4 to form a Council Ad Hoc Committee for the Suzuki Project. The Councilmembers who will serve on this committee include: Rasham Nassar, Sarah Blossom and Matt Tirman. It’s expected the Ad Hoc Committee will meet in early January to begin the process to develop a recommendation to the full Council for a new development partner to replace Housing Kitsap. As a result, the next Council Study Session discussion has been postponed from January 15, 2019 to a later date. A date has not yet been selected.
In addition, the video and presentation of the Olympic Property Group's (OPG) Nov. 28 public workshop are now available on the OPG project website.
Learn more about the Suzuki Affordable Housing project on OPG's webpage: https://www.suzukiaffordable.com/
In 2008, a Task Force was formed to discuss potential uses for the Suzuki property. The Suzuki Task Force issued a report with recommendations to the Land Use Committee. This report can be found online (PDF).
In 2014, the City held a Community Workshop to solicit community input on whether and how the property should be sold, and what use should be made of the property.
In 2015, the City issued a Request for Proposals for the possible development of the site. The deadline for submission was November 30, 2015. The following four submissions were received:
- Bainbridge Island Metro Park and Recreation District (PDF)
- Blue Architecture + Interiors (PDF)
- Housing Resources Bainbridge/Housing Kitsap (PDF)
- Olympic Property Group/Davis Studio Architecture + Design (PDF)
Thanks to Bainbridge Community Broadcasting for providing this podcast that includes a brief summary of all of the proposals.
In November 2016, the City Council authorized the City Manager to execute a Professional Services Agreement with Environmental Science Associates (ESA) for an ecological assessment of the Suzuki Property. Click on the following links to view the contract (PDF)and scope of work (PDF) that were included in the Council packet during their November 1 meeting.
The Ecological Assessment (PDF) is available for download.