East Park finally sold

City officials hope the third time is a charm for the development of Eastpark as the Bremerton City Council approved the sale of the property to Lyle Homes for $2.1 million on Wednesday night.

Homes is the third potential developer to be given the chance to develop the property that the city received from the Navy in 2002.

Two other potential developers had pulled out of the project, while Homes remained in the mix, said Gary Sexton, Bremerton’s economic development director.

“We have developed a relationship, understanding and confidence zone with Lyle Homes,” Sexton said. “Lyle Homes has been in the process for a significant amount of time and knows the city’s desires and vision for the project.”

Lyle Homes also met all of the city’s criteria including the no due diligence clause, Sexton said.

Jack Welling of Lyle Homes said his company has been involved in the project for a couple of years and knows exactly what this project entails.

“I think we’re really excited about this, and we think we can turn this into a beautiful project,” Welling said.

Lyle has hired Mithun Architects of Seattle to do the design work with Manette resident Richard Bruskrud as the lead architect.

“Dick is very talented, but also has a real dedication to do what is right for Manette,” Welling said.

As the company gets further into the design phase of the project it will meet with local residents to see what they want for the development, Welling said.

However, one disgruntled potential developer addressed the Council with concerns about the selection process.

Chris Kealy, a Tacoma developer, said his company made a $2.6 million offer to acquire the property, which was never brought before the Council.

Sexton, said Kealy’s offer and an offer from Bealko, Inc., were made after the city had selected Lyle for the project.

“We’ve been mystified by the process which this project has gone through,” Kealy said. “It doesn’t seem that the city should pass up $2.6 million under the same criteria.”

Councilman Mike Short, who supported Lyle Homes offer, said the feasibility study and overall planning effort by the city over the last three or four years has some value.

“I think we have a developer that has stayed with the city over a period of two or three years,” Short said. “It

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