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Key Peninsula nonprofit moves ahead with housing goals

Mustard Seed volunteers Barb Schoos, left, and Kathy Bailey talk Tuesday morning at the Key Center-based nonprofit.
Mustard Seed volunteers Barb Schoos, left, and Kathy Bailey talk Tuesday morning at the Key Center-based nonprofit. Staff photographer

For those that want to age in place on the Key Peninsula, there may soon be a housing option closer to home.

The Mustard Seed Project is planning a development of 10 one- and two-bedroom cottages for seniors on the Key Peninsula. The development will have a central commons with an office, meeting spaces and a cafe.

It’s been a long-time goal for the nonprofit, which works with seniors on the peninsula by providing resources, services and, most notably, free transportation for seniors.

The project will be the subject of an informal meeting from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Blend Wine Shop, 8914 KPN, Lakebay. The project manager and the architect will be at the meeting to answer questions and receive public input before beginning the concept design work.

A generous donation by Mustard Seed Project supporter Lois Crandall allowed the nonprofit to hire a housing consultant for a preliminary study. The study found a need for housing and determined that building the development is economically feasible.

“There are days where I am completely amazed by all we have done since we presented the results of our feasibility study last November, and equally amazed by all that remains to be done,” said Edie Morgan, The Mustard Seed Project’s founder and executive director.

Board president Sara Thompson said the nonprofit has received a pre-development loan to fund the next steps. A project management team is on board and working to secure a site for the housing development. An architecture firm has also been hired to design a concept plan.

The development team is investigating the actual cost of the project. A capital campaign is in the future, once a budget is set.

Architectural firm Rice Fergus Miller, based in Bremerton, will take on the project. Chief architect Steve Rice has ties to the Key Peninsula, growing up in Minter and developing a love for architecture while watching his family home be built. The firm has been involved with other senior housing projects in the county.

Karen Miller: 253-358-4155

karen.miller@gateline.com

@gateway_karen

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