There is now a website for all things Quincy Square; you can find information about upcoming events, get behind the scenes looks at the evolution of Quincy Square, and explore the connection between Quincy Jones and Bremerton. Visit at www.quincy-square.com.
The City has made a revision to the construction schedule in order to maximize grant opportunities and leverage public/private partnerships in support of the project. Construction of the project will now take place in 2021. Community support for the project continues to build after a successful and well attended public meeting in May 2019. Several community led events, such as pop up music performances, have taken place on 4th Street to bring attention to the project, and the Kitsap Sun published an article in support of the project.
The concept for improving 4th Street from Pacific Avenue to Washington Avenue was developed over the past several years by a grass roots consortium of active and interested citizens, professional groups, and developers. The vision for the block, honoring Quincy Jones, is to revitalize a long-neglected street into an active, housing-based, day-to-night urban center with focused arts, entertainment, and evening-centric retail spaces. The concept compliments and builds on the revitalization of downtown that has been happening block by block over the last two decades, and will encourage increased density and housing in the downtown area.
The City has secured two grants for the design of Quincy Square on 4th Street. A federal Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $300,000 was has been awarded for the project, as well as a $250,000 direct appropriation from the State Legislature for the project. Two grants have been secured for the construction of the project; an additional direct appropriation from the State Legislature of $200,000 and a Transportation Improvement Board grant in the amount of $150,000. Construction is slated for 2021.
Mr. Quincy Jones has affirmed his support for the project! In a letter sent to the Mayor in January, Jones wrote warmly of Bremerton and gave his full backing to the project.
Last year the City selected Rice Fergus Miller Architects, a local firm, to complete plans for the project. The City negotiated and executed a contract with RFM, and design commenced in late September. Two public meetings have been held and materials from the latest meeting can be viewed here. The design team has integrated comments received from the public into the project design, including the addition of power receptacles, mutt mitt stations, bike parking, and hardy plantings that are non-toxic for pets. Be sure to sign up for the project’s email list so that you can stay involved and up to date: News Flash - Quincy Square.
Design of the project will be complete in summer of 2020. Project staff is currently working on several fronts to secure construction funding for the 2021 construction season. The current schedule calls for construction during the spring and summer of 2021 with completion of project before the end of 2021.