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Condos to change the face of Bremerton
The folks with the golden shovels may have tossed just a little dirt, but symbolically they may as well have moved a mountain.
The groundbreaking at Harborside Condominiums Friday, July 29 represents a major shift in Bremertons way of life.
I think this is the single most important day in this city other than when the shipyard started, said Bremerton Mayor Cary Bozeman. Great cities are places where people live...in an urban downtown and were gonna become one of those.
Bozeman said he envisioned Bremertons downtown looking more like vibrant European cities, where people live, work and shop in the same place.
The mayor said the Bremerton waterfront of old had often been little more than the place to catch the ferry to Seattle, but no longer.
He spoke to the gathering of city and county government officials and future condominium residents of the new Anthonys restaurant, Kitsap Credit Union building, word-class Harborside Park and 335-slip marina that would be joining the condominium building downtown.
Bremerton Port Commissioner Bill Mahan said the marina will be a two-part project, beginning with new slips on the right side of the USS Turner Joy and in the future, youll see an even bigger marina, expanding on the left side of the ship as well.
Mahan said the port and the city have shared in a unique and positive relationship, working together to support each others projects with the hope that many condo owners will also have boats moored at the new marina.
(Its) gonna change the face of this city phenomenally, Mahan said. I grew up here. Its a wonderful feeling to see this all come back now...and be a part of it.
Bozeman credited Norm McLaughlin of KCCHA for helping him to think big about the project.
He said we cant build anything cheap, were gonna do it right, Bozeman said. We did it right.
Who would have thought people would be buying million dollar condominiums in Bremerton? Mahan asked.
The condominiums will include 78 units ranging from $312,000 to about $1.2 million. Reid Real Estate has been the marketer for the residences.
Jerry Reid, the companys owner, said the condos are a rare commodity.
You can count on one hand the number of luxury waterfront condominiums in urban settings throughout the Puget Sound, Reid said. You have something thats impossible to duplicate anywhere else.