After Olympic Property Group presented to the Gig Harbor community a list of development ideas aimed at revamping the Peninsula Shopping Center about a year ago, no immediate action was taken.
But the feedback received from a pair of hour-long presentations had OPG officials feeling good about the potential for development in the nearly 6-acre shopping center along Judson Street in downtown Gig Harbor.
“We got a fair amount of encouragement to keep exploring (options),” Jon Rose, president of OPG, said of last year’s community meetings.
After sorting through community feedback and narrowing down the number of development options, OPG unveiled three different plans for development of the site during a presentation Wednesday night at the Inn at Gig Harbor.
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Each plan features a different mix of residential, commercial and public-use options for the site. All of the plans include the same amount of residential apartment units, 115, and pave the way for the businesses currently housed in the portion of the center which will be redeveloped to relocate into a building east of 7 Seas Brewing. While the post office’s shipping and receiving docks and storage facility would disappear with the redevelopment, Rose said the design could possibly allow for a USPS storefront if there is a demand. Along with the taproom, Columbia Bank and Charlie Barnes Kids will not be displaced as a result of the project, which will redevelop about 3 of the 5.7 acres.
The property has continuously been listed for lease since 2013. In 2011 both grocer QFC and drug store Rexall left the center. In 2015, Ace Hardware closed. The owners of the shopping center wanted to make sure current tenants were not displaced as a result of the development, Rose said.
“The family does not want to leave a bad legacy,” he said.
The plans each call for different heights of the apartment buildings, ranging from two to five stories. All feature underground parking for tenants. Although the building heights rise with each plan, the overall horizontal footprint for the site gets smaller, allowing more space for a town-square-like gathering spot, Rose said.
“The city could easily build a pavilion building — similar to the one Puyallup has — that could be used for meetings, fundraising events or even rented out for weddings and receptions,” Rose said.
One plan paves the way for the city possibly owning nearly 1/3 of the entire site.
For those concerned about sight lines, OPG plans to put out cranes in the shopping center on a Saturday in the coming weeks that will illustrate the different heights of the proposed residential buildings.
“We want to do our best to be very clear about the project,” Rose said.
OPG will host one more public presentation about the project, at 6 p.m. Tuesday (May 3) at the Inn at Gig Harbor, 3211 56th St. NW. For more information on the project, visit pscdf.com.