Artist rendering of Marina Square c/o Sound West Group. Article released November 2022.
For the last few years, pedestrians along Washington Avenue, and those arriving by ferry, have observed major construction between 2nd Street and Burwell Street. As the six (6) story project, Marina Square, nears completion, Experience Kitsap took a recent tour of the complex guided by Cameron Wilson and Tom Davis of Olympus Property Partners, the Property Management Extension of Sound West Group.
Built as a combination of living spaces and commercial/retail spaces, much planning has gone into accommodating those ends. For example, multiple entry ways: from Washington Avenue directly into retail outlets and a plaza; side entries to accommodate various types of tenants and various uses. The sides of the buildings were built with a saw tooth design so as to allow water views for nearly all of the side apartments. Apartment sizes for the two buildings range from 290 to 1,141 square feet, rental prices being determined based on size and configuration, and whether or not units are furnished.
The North Tower offers traditional units for luxury living. Various configurations contain up-to-date full-size appliances and the majority of balconies face Sinclair Inlet. Floors have built-in storage, and residents are allowed scheduled access to a loading bay to facilitate move-ins and move-outs. Underground parking and EV charging spaces are provided at a premium.
The South Tower offers smaller units, as well as short term rentals with no maximum for stays - just a thirty (30) day minimum. Kitchen layouts, appliances and laundry facilities are determined accordingly.
More about the outside: There are plans for a restaurant that will face the boardwalk, while the plaza will allow for public access as will the area between the development and the waterfront. More than just pretty, the plaza will hold the weight of a fire truck in case of need. About pretty, the lower roof deck is planted with sedum - roughly 6,000 square feet of trays, while other drought resistant plants, from Pacific Plants in Oregon, will be planted throughout the plaza.
Per Tom, "The unique design of the shoreline landscape and hardscape kept public engagement and use at its forefront. Gary Sexton, a local legend who had a hand in the nearby Harborside Fountain Park, worked alongside Sound West Group's landscape architect, Fischer Bouma Partnership, to ensure the waterfront was created to allow for multiple uses."
Certified Landscape Architect Jeff Bouma of Bainbridge Island's Fischer Bouma Partnership says, "From the NW corner to the SE corner, where you can access the dock, there is quite a bit of grade change and you can get to the points and not encounter a step. Very accessible site, both functionally and open to the public to enjoy. The waterfront was designed to have a lot of small ‘people places’ to allow for gathering, along with terraces, seat walls and benches. Circulation was challenging, but we made it work and found places for people to enjoy the view." Jeff adds, "The shoreline bank will be planted between now and spring of next year with native plants including vine maples."
Sound West Group is a Bremerton-based real estate company involved in acquisition, development, construction, brokerage, and property management. Some of their previous projects include repurposing the building at 252 4th Street to include the B Flats Apartments; remodeling the mixed retail building at 423 Pacific Avenue; development of the Spyglass Hill Apartments at 646 Highland Avenue as well as restoration efforts of Bremerton's Roxy Theatre.