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An eyesore of a building owned by City of Bremerton is no more

This old Bremerton Parks Department storage shed was torn down last month without much fanfare. - Kevan Moore
This old Bremerton Parks Department storage shed was torn down last month without much fanfare.
— image credit: Kevan Moore

Last month, without much fanfare, Bremerton’s parks department tore down a listing and dilapidated storage shed on Lebo Boulevard across from its headquarters.

The building, whose roof was either covered with moss or had holes exposing its insides to the elements, had been an eyesore for years and had not gone unnoticed by residents, building inspectors and code compliance officers.

Prior to the Dec. 10-11 demolition, Jeannie Vaughn, a building code expert with the city, said she and city code enforcement expert Janet Lunceford, were both worried about the structure.

“It is a building of concern,” Vaughn said shortly before it was torn down. “Janet and I have both been to that building. I think I’ve been to it three or four years ago and it was in pretty bad shape then.”

Bremerton Parks Director Wyn Birkenthal said that the building had been used to store fertilizer, planting soil, sand, tractor attachments and some small watercraft.

“The older building was not weatherproof and in poor structural shape, as it sits on waterfront park property that will eventually will have a higher and better use (than storage),” said Birkenthal. “I wanted to demolish it rather than repair it.”

All of the stuff that was previously kept in the building has now been moved to the ground floor of the staff headquarters of Public Works on Oyster Bay. The new home for the equipment and materials used to be a garage, so the ceiling height made conversion back to storage low cost.

The old storage shed was taken down by parks crews and while final figures are being worked out, Birkenthal estimates it cost between $15,000 and $20,000. Getting the job done included obtaining a demolition and asbestos inspection; dump fees; reconstruction of a fence to secure the yard; and the rental of a pallet jack.

“The old shed had two canoes and a kayak once used for small craft skills recreation programs,” Birkenthal said. “Two are in the basement of Sheridan Center, one is stored at the pool and can be used by the YMCA for safety classes. The Parks motor boat used to install buoys and docks has been moved from the old shed to the covered storage yard at Oyster Bay.”

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