April has been a beautiful month with a stretch of warm weather unusual for Poulsbo. And with the warm weather we have seen the City start to come to life with a very busy downtown, our garden stores are packed, and home improvements are full speed ahead.
The City expects a large sum of money to come to us from the American Rescue Plan Act. Staff is carefully studying our options how we can effectively use this revenue source. The plan being presented is to divide the funding into three pieces. The first piece is to hire back staff who left at the beginning of the pandemic when we were facing large revenue shortages. The second is to issue grants to selected non-profits who were hard hit during the pandemic. The third is targeting infrastructure improvements which attract economic development. The City Council is now debating these decisions which we expect to finalize in May. We are still waiting for final guidance from the State of Washington regarding specific steps we must following when we are granted these funds.
Building season is in full swing with several large developments in different stages of completion. Crystal View, a subdivision of 41 single family homes near Raab Park was granted
its final plat status for its first phase, in April. Poulsbo Meadows, 45 single family homes, on the north end of Noll Road, are selling quickly. Blue Heron, 85 lots, on the south end of Noll Road, is in the excavation stage, moving dirt and beginning infrastructure improvements. Clearing and grading permits have also been issued for Calavista, 43 lots, next to the Poulsbo Cemetery on Caldart and Noll Terrace, 31 lots, across the street from Poulsbo Elementary on Noll Road. Poulsbo has a very limited supply of housing. Hopefully, these new subdivisions, with a total of 240 single family homes, will help ease the housing supply shortage.
Below are pictures of Blue Heron construction and the Crystal View neighborhood.
Olhava, College Market Place is also seeing growth with Norland Trails, a 100-unit townhome complex which should enter the rental market this fall. Chinook Construction (who built Arendahl Apartments on Viking Avenue) is working quickly to complete this development in the late fall. Also, in Olhava is the new Fairfield Hotel which should be completed in early summer.
Below are pictures of Norland Trails townhomes construction and the Fairfield Hotel.
The City continues to move forward with the Poulsbo Event and Recreation Center (the PERC). Internal planning is ongoing with an architectural firm selection to begin design. This building, also located in Olhava, is being developed by a steering committee of citizens with large public involvement and in consultation with Western Washington University and Olympic College.
With the purchase of the Nazarene Church on north Viking Avenue, our public works department is beginning the plan for their new home. The newly acquired property will be consolidate with our existing decant center to total about 12 acres. This will allow ample space to consolidate all our equipment and supplies in one location making operations more efficient and lowering costs. The existing public works facility will be vacated within 2 years which will allow the city to look for other uses of this centrally located property adjoining Centennial Park and the Crabtree building.
The Johnson Road Roundabout and Johnson Parkway continues to move forward very quickly. The pedestrian tunnel is 70% completed and very soon you will see the detour shift so construction can begin on the north side of the Roundabout. This project is being constructed by Active Construction Inc., from Tacoma, Washington. ACI is employing three crews which are working in three areas along the project. The first crew is working from Lemolo to Highway 305, constructing the pedestrian pathway to Liberty Bay. The second crew is working on the roundabout construction along with the pedestrian tunnel on Highway 305. A third crew is working on the north end of the new Johnson Parkway where it will intersect with Storhoff/Noll Road near Poulsbo Elementary. ACI recently installed a large stormwater vault at this intersection. Traffic delays can be expected on Tuesday May 4 as Highway 305 will be only open in one lane from 7:00 pm to 6:00 am Wednesday May 5th. Thank you for your patience.
Below is a picture of pedestrian tunnel going under Highway 305.
-Mayor Beck Erickson