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Rebuilding and revisioning Poplars

The Poplars sign that was once on the building now sits in a storage room as construction continues on turning the former motel into low-income senior housing. - Photo by Kassie Korich
The Poplars sign that was once on the building now sits in a storage room as construction continues on turning the former motel into low-income senior housing.
— image credit: Photo by Kassie Korich

Billows of construction dust, doorways cut into walls and lines of extra toilets and sinks — it’s the necessary groundwork for the transformation of the former Poplars Motel into low-income senior housing.

The Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority (KCCHA) purchased the Silverdale Way motel, built in 1969, in September 2004 from owners Bob and Melissa Olson for $2.75 million. After owning the motel for 32 years, the Olsons officially closed their doors in October 2004 and turned the keys over to KCCHA the following month.

The housing authority is now turning the 50 motel units into 21 one-bedroom apartments and 10 studio units with construction expected to be completed by February 2006. The six-room managers’ unit also will be turned into senior living space, making for a total of 32 units.

“Construction is underway, we’re opening up some of the walls and making doorways,” said Darryl Olson, development director for KCCHA.

Not only will the motel be used for low-income senior housing, but possibly for replacement housing for West Park tenants, according to Olson.

The project, which is now at a cost of a little more than $1 million, is in its third month of construction and is being paid for with tax-exempt municipal bonds.

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