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

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.

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).