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West Park could get jumpstart

A proposal from the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority could jump start West Park redevelopment if it is approved by the Bremerton City Council.

The Council’s operations committee met Monday to discuss a proposed ordinance authorizing KCCHA to exercise public development authority powers.

“One of my concerns is that I personally don’t want to see us do what has been done in the past where we relocate poverty groups from one area to another,” said Councilman Mike Short.

A development standard needs to be established to avoid creating areas like Anderson Cove and West Park, Short said.

“I think West Park has come a long way from from where it was,” said Councilwoman Carol Arends. “I don’t think owner/renter actually matters as long as standards are upheld.”

One of the things the city needs to do is have affordable rentals that low income families can afford, Arends said.

“The primary benefit from my perspective is that we will be able to use new market tax credits more creatively in a larger area,” said Roger Waid, KCCHA’s deputy director.

The tax credits will generate jobs that will benefit the city and benefit the hous

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