Community meetings have come and gone for the potential redevelopment of the Peninsula Shopping Center. Now, Olympic Property Group is sifting through the list of feedback-generated ideas.
OPG created an online discussion forum and hosted two public meetings regarding the redevelopment of the shopping center on Judson Street. The final public meeting was May 7.
The Peninsula Shopping Center was built in the 1950s and over the years has hosted businesses such as grocers, hardware stores, banks and restaurants. However, many of the main tenants didn’t stay, including QFC and Ace Hardware.
A potential overhaul of the space would likely be a mix of residential and commercial use, according to the public meetings hosted by OPG.
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Before going to the city, the developers decided to run plans by the community and ask for new ideas.
Ideas came in from public comments, emails and comment cards. OPG has posted comments on its special forum website, pscdf.com. Input runs the gamut, from requests for a pet adoption center to bowling alley to a town square green space.
“When you throw the net wide like that, it’s a good thing,” said John Chadwell, vice president of land development for OPG.
However, in the coming weeks those ideas will need to be pared down; some are not feasible in the space available.
There are current tenants in the shopping center as well. The conversation has mainly concerned the post office and 7 Seas Brewing, but tenants such as Tokyo Teriyaki and Mizu Steakhouse will also be affected by the move.
Currently, the shopping center is only allowing short-term leases, Chadwell said, but in the layouts preferred by OPG there is space for current businesses to move in.
“We obviously have to be careful about overcommitting to someone,” Chadwell said. “In general, our hope is to not be telling anyone ‘You have to leave.’”
At the conclusion of the two public forums, Chadwell said the ownership group and OPG feel the public process was a success.
“We do feel good about it,” he said. “We think it’s absolutely the best way to go through (the process).”
Up next, OPG will choose a time for an internal meeting to sort through ideas and prepare a site plan.