Something doing at the Port.  That is what Kingston North Kitsap Rotary Club members learned at their Nov 10 noon meeting.  The speakers were Mary McClure, Port of Kingston Commissioner, and Keith Gurnee of the Gplanz group out of California.  With a long career in planning and architecture of seaside communities, Gurnee has been engaged by the Port of Kingston to help with Port development and economic development for Kingston.  

    McClure shared the Port’s purpose is economic development and economic vitality of the community.  That properties owned by the Port are stepping stones to economic development.  The discovery process of what to do began with 45 community interviews to determine community uses, such as water related, events, and park enjoyment, and business community uses, such as restaurants and lodging.  Out of those interviews, the big takeaway was “do something!”  

    Gurnee’s firm has developed two alternatives for consideration.  Both include some mix of lodging, restaurant, sports bar, and retail use, with an emphasis on community uses and visitor uses.  The site of such development would be the current tent pad at the Port and an area adjacent that backs up to the retaining wall on Washington Street.  

    Next steps include a market feasibility analysis, community outreach and reaction, and finalizing what it will look like.  Rotarians were advised to look on the Port’s website in the near future for information as plans proceed.