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Hotel/condo complex replacing Sinclair Building

Another step has been taken in the march toward a very different and much- improved Bremerton downtown waterfront.

Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority (KCCHA) has announced a partnership with developer Alan Lurie to build a six-story hotel and condominium complex where the Sinclair Building currently stands on Washington Avenue.

The hotel will feature 114 rooms with concierge services to potentially be made available to residents of the neighboring Harborside Condominiums which are currently under construction.

It is a deal that has been in the works for some time.

“We started planning the waterfront with Harborside at least three years ago. We’re presently completing Phase I, including the 78 units (at Harborside),” said Roger Waid, deputy executive director for KCCHA. “For some time, we’ve been trying to find a private developer for this particular project which is part of Phase II. We’ve been talking for about a year with different developers.

“(Laurie) has developed a large number of boutique-type hotels throughout the country as well as condominiums. We want to keep the quality of development at the highest level there downtown.”

Laurie’s resumé of such hotels includes El Encanto Hotel and Garden Villas overlooking the Pacific in Santa Barbara, as well as the Mission Hills Hotel also in California.

The developer has a Bremerton link, helping to build the Bremerton Gardens Apartments in Manette more than half a century ago.

“Bremerton has all the elements I look for – the views are fantastic and the progress Bremerton has already made to redevelop the city is outstanding,” Lurie said in a press release. “I realized that now was the time to develop here.”

Waid said design work will get underway soon for a 300-car garage which will be underneath the hotel and condominium towers.

“We hope to complete that within the next year with construction on (the hotel and condos) to begin just a few months afterward,” he said. “All in all, it’s about a two and a half year time frame (for full completion of the project).”

Waid is pleased to see the project moving along.

“It’s a continuing part of the effort to gain the interest of private money and private developers in downtown,” he said.

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