Suzuki Affordable Housing Project

The City owns a 14-acre property, commonly referred to as the Suzuki property, at the intersection of New Brooklyn Road and Sportsman Club Road.  The City intends to develop the site for affordable housing.  The goals for the project were identified in Resolution No. 2018-03.

In 2018, the City entered into a professional services agreement with Olympic Property Group (OPG) as lead consultant to take the project through formal site planning and preliminary project approval.

Learn more about the Suzuki Affordable Housing project on OPG’s webpage: https://www.suzukiaffordable.com/

Recent Updates

Jan. 7, 2020 City Council Study Session (Video): The City Council agreed to schedule additional discussion on the Suzuki affordable housing project for a future study session.  At that time, Council plans to review the goals for the project that were captured in  Resolution 2018-03 and will discuss what current goals should be.  Currently, this next discussion is scheduled for the Council study session on March 3, 2020.

Nov. 19, 2019 City Council Study Session (Video): The City Council discussed whether to revisit the selected site plan for the Suzuki property affordable housing project and agreed to consider additional analysis on a lower number of housing units at the Dec. 10 meeting.  Subsequently, at the Dec. 3 Council meeting, the Council agreed to delay additional discussion of this topic until the new Council members were seated in 2020.

Nov. 5, 2019 City Council  (Video): The City Council scheduled time for additional discussion on potential options for the project site plan for a future meeting.

Oct. 1, 2019 City Council Study Session (Video): The City Council reviewed the project plans and agreed to seek changes to the City’s Housing Design Demonstration Projects (HDDP) to allow the Suzuki project to apply for HDDP incentives. Currently, HDDP is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2019.  The proposed changes include extending the HDDP program through 2021 and removing a requirement that HDDP projects must be 100% affordable. 

The Planning Commission is reviewing the requested changes to HDDP and will provide a recommendation to City Council in Nov., 2019.

The City Council also authorized the City Manager to move forward with the process to formally "surplus" the Suzuki property in the coming weeks. This is the procedure used by public agencies, like the City, to transfer ownership of real property and other assets.  The first step would be to hold a public hearing on whether to surplus the Suzuki property. Additional steps include the approval of a formal surplus resolution and the completion of an appraisal to determine the property’s value. A memo outlining the steps in the surplus process was provided to the Council as part of the Oct. 1 meeting materials.

Aug. 27, 2019 City Council Business Meeting (Video): The City Council approved a site plan that includes approximately 100 affordable housing units for the Suzuki property (60 rental units, 39 units for sale and 1 management unit).  

The 60 rental units would be designated as “affordable,” or pricing at or below 120% of area median income (AMI).  The 39 for sale units would be sold at below-market prices, through the use of a community land trust structure, and the price for these units would not exceed 140% of AMI.

August 6, 2019 City Council Study Session (Video): The Council reviewed the HRB/Bridge feasibility study and discussed various options for the project ranging from 30 to 100 housing units. The Council agreed to schedule time at the August 27 Business Meeting to consider formal approval of either Option 4 (91 units) or the "Alternative" option (100 units).

February 5, 2019 City Council Study Session (Video): The Ad Hoc Committee presented its recommendations and the full Council discussed options for next steps. At that meeting, the Council approved asking HRB to conduct a feasibility study to asses financing options for the project for a range of scenarios from 30 - 90 units. HRB engaged Bridge Housing Corporation (Bridge) to complete this work. The City authorized up to $49,500 to HRB to conduct this study. At that time, the City also requested that OPG pause their work on site development until the completion of the feasibility study.

Dec. 4, 2018 City Council Study Session (Video): The City Council approved a motion  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.

Nov. 28, 2018 Public Workshop: OPG hosted a public workshop to share studies and a revised draft site plan at the Council Chamber.

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.

Nov. 20, 2018 City Council Study Session (Video): 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.

Background

In 2015, the City issued a Request for Proposals for the possible development of the City-owned Suzuki property. The deadline for submission was November 30, 2015. The following four submissions were received:

On March 15, 2016 (Agenda Packet), the Bainbridge Island City Council established a path to move forward with the development of the Suzuki Property.

On November 1, 2016 (Agenda Packet), 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.

Thanks to Bainbridge Community Broadcasting for providing this podcast that includes a brief summary of all of the proposals.
Letter to the Community from City Manager Doug Schulze (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 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).