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County wins $1 million grant for YMCA center

By PAUL BALCERAK

Staff writer

Kitsap County is one step closer to realizing the dream of a state-of-the-art community campus. The county secured a $1 million grant last week to help with the construction of a Silverdale YMCA center that would be the centerpiece of the campus.

“It’s a big momentum builder for us,” Kitsap County Commissioner Josh Brown said, adding that getting the center built is his “top priority.”

The center project, in its entirety, is expected to cost up to $12 million.

The county is hoping to split that cost by entering into a partnership with the Bremerton and Tacoma YMCA centers. Ideally, Kitsap County would foot half the bill and the partnership would take care of the other half.

The next few months will be spent trying to hash out the details of that partnership.

“We’ve been working on trying to have some sort of community activity center since a study was commissioned here in 1998,” Brown said. “We’ve done our homework ... Now it’s a matter of getting it done.”

In the meantime, the county will continue to pursue grants and charitable donations to raise more money.

The Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority also will be in the process of conducting a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review and an archaeological review in the next few months. Both have to be completed by March 31 as per the grant requirements.

There is currently no timeline for completion of the project.

A concept design of the Central Kitsap Community Campus was presented to the CK Community Council in March 2007. The design included plans for a renovated library and a new sheriff’s office as well as a senior center and teen center.

“I think the (YMCA) project is gonna build momentum for other projects to get done,” Brown said.

The price tag for the entire project could eventually wind up in the range of $50 to $100 million.

The $1 million grant came from the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Stormwater Management Implementation Grant Program for 2008. The program awarded grants based on three areas of storm water management; retrofits to existing storm water projects, removal of non-storm water discharges into municipal storm sewer systems and demonstration of low-impact development storm water management projects, according to a letter from the Dept. of Ecology.

Comments for or against the construction of a Silverdale YMCA center can be sent to the state Dept. of Ecology’s Water Quality Program through Friday.

Send letters to:

Patricia Broomer

Department of Ecology

Water Quality Program

P.O. Box 47600

Olympia, WA 98504-7600

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