Oct 29 2007
Chatham development creates partnership with Hansville trails
By Rebecca Pirtle
Olympic Property Group is moving ahead with another project that ties into its regional trails network unveiled last summer. OPG kicked off the Chatham residential development south of Hansville with a barbecue Sept. 28 to showcase the site and its trails, and introduce the Rural Lifestyles Project.
“We’re celebrating two things,” OPG President Jon Rose said. “A new addition to the Hansville community, and a new partnership with the Hansville community.”
With Chatham, Rose said, OPG is “furthering the goals and reach of the community” while at the same time” creating value for this neighborhood.” In addition to numerous realtors and builders, Kitsap County Commissioner Steve Bauer and members of the Greater Hansville Advisory Council and Hansville Greenway also attended the event.
The 152 acre site off Hansville Road just north of 360th Street is divided into 19 properties ranging in size from 2.9 to 10.3 acres, with most of the lots close to 10 acres. Prices on the lots run from $185,000 to $275,000, according to Chatham Project Manager Brandon Bird. The big selling point that OPG is using, and which benefits the Greater Hansville area, is the proposed addition of 9,000 feet to the Hansville Greenway public trails, which PG would donate, that will run on an easement through seven of the lots.
“We’re kind of freaks about trails,” Rose said.
Hansville Greenway president Ken Shawcroft and Greenway founder Sid Knutson were on hand for the event with a map showing how the trails will ideally connect. Shawcroft said it’s been their dream to create a trail from Puget Sound across the peninsula to Hood Canal. He hopes the partnership with OPG will “preserve the quality of life” while “recognizing that growth does take place.”
The six-mile loop trail is slowly coming together through the Greater Hansville area. From the Hansville Greenway via less than a mile of logging roads and skirting Hansville Road for about 1,000 feet, the trail would run through the Chatham easement to connect with Thors Road and head north to the upland trail of Point No Point. From Point No Point to Norwegian Point Park, the trail heads west on Twin Spits Road for about a quarter mile to the Alder Wetlands trail and back up to the north end of Buck Lake and the Greenway. From there, along Lower Hawk’s Pond and Hawk’s Hole Creek, eventually, with additional land purchases and easement donations from OPG, it will meander its way to Hood Canal along Hood Canal Drive.
“The Greenway trails system is unique here.” Commissioner Bauer said, “and the partnership of Jon and the community.” He hopes that the public-private partnership between the county, Hansville and OPG serves as model for other developments in the county.
Chatham’s voyage sustains long history: Less than 100 years after Capt. George Vancouver sailed into Puget Sound aboard HMS Discovery to chart the shoreline, Pope & Talbot was acquiring land in North Kitsap. Pope &l Talbot created Pope Resources in 1985 when it “spun off” its Washington properties. From Pope Resources, OPG was born in 1998 to manage and develop its real estate properties. The Chatham property was platted in 1913, but it hasn’t been up for sale till now. The lot lines were rearranged, Rose said, so that they front Hansville Road.
Chatham is named after the boat that sailed with Vancouver, the HMS Chatham whose captain was Lt. William Broughton. The main road leading into the Chatham development is aptly named Broughton Court.
Chatham will be on the PUD water system and there will be individual septic systems, Bird said. It will have a private gated entrance with protective covenants.
“It will be a gated community but its up to the community as to how it’s operated,” Rose said. At the event, OPG introduced two of its featured builders, Chaffey Homes and Akamai Homes, as well as OPG sustainability vendors: representatives from Fred Hill Materials with information on pervious concrete pavement and Power Trip Energy Corp., a company that installs solar electricity systems.
Though none of the lots have sold yet, Bird said that two are under contract.
Buyers who purchase Chatham lots receive an eight-hour consultation with one of four local architects to help plan a new home. As part of OPG’s Rural Lifestyles Program, in addition to the direct connection to the Greater Hansville Area trails, buyers will receive eight hours with an OPG consulting biologist to better appreciate and enhance the wildlife habitat, and can work directly with builders. They can also receive incentives and rebates for using sustainability practices such as installing solar panels, geo-thermal heating and pervious pavement.
“That’s the innovation of the program,” Rose said. “To get people off to a good start.”
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