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Port Gamble Redevelopment Plan

Did you know that Port Gamble was at the forefront of the development of the Pacific Northwest's  timber industry and international trade during the second half of the 19th century?  The town was highly populated in the past with a vast number of New England style homes and many businesses which enabled this small town to be self-sustaining during a time when the automobile had yet to be invented.  Its remaining structures and its location on the shore convey its historic character and reveals how it functioned as a company town for nearly 160 years.

The Port Gamble mill was the oldest continuously operating mill in North America.  Due to increasing restrictions on log supply the mill closed permanently in November, 1995.  Since 1995, material handlers and a marine science laboratory have conducted business on the vacant mill site to restore partial viability to an area that once held a massive, bustling industrial operation.

Today, Port Gamble is a National Historic Landmark District, as recognized by the Department of the Interior, and is identified as a Limited Area of More Intense Rural Development (LAMIRD) by Kitsap County.  It is owned and maintained by Olympic Property Group, (OPG) a Pope Resources Company.

Many would prefer the town of Port Gamble to stay as it is today or have the mill site returned to a natural state, but those aren't viable options.  The town has run at a financial loss for decades, and Pope Resources and the former owner of the town have invested millions of dollars into cleaning up the town, forestlands, the mill site and bay.
The time is now for Port Gamble to move into the next chapter of its colorful life.  A final environmental Clean-up Action Plan is nearing completion and a blueprint for the redevelopment of the town is underway.

OPG is collecting information and data on potential redevelopment strategies and has been working diligently to preserve an important piece of our state's heritage since 2006.  On May 24, 2006 OPG held their first open house at Kingston Junior High.  Your concerns were heard and will continue to be taken into consideration as the final plan for the town is created. The final redevelopment plan will be submitted to Kitsap County this year and your input would be very valuable.

OPG makes a practice of listening to the concerns of neighbors and regulatory agencies, and over the next few months is eager to hear ideas on the town's future.


In order to generate conversation there are two plans presented below that largely differ only on the mill site.  Plan A is a mixed-use development that includes homes, shops, hotel and some industry.  Plan B takes the mill site back to the industrial site it has been for almost 160 years.  Please take a moment to share your thoughts, questions and concerns.



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