The public meeting scheduled for April 8th has been canceled and will be rescheduled in the coming weeks. The design team is taking a second look at several of the key design elements to make sure that we are taking full advantage of all of the opportunities that the project presents. Quincy Jones’ support of Quincy Square on 4th Street has infused a fresh wave of excitement and opportunity into the project and the design team is striving capture that momentum.
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 city block 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 decade and a half, 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 $250,000 was has been awarded for the project, as well as a $300,000 direct appropriation from the State Legislature for the project. The City will be pursuing grants for the construction of the project. Construction is slated for 2020.
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. A public meeting was held in December of 2018 and materials from that meeting can be viewed here. The design team integrated comments received at that meeting into the project design. A public meeting will be schedule in the coming weeks to present the project to the public and gain additional feedback on the design. A public meeting in April has been postponed in order to integrate some new opportunities into the project and maximize the design presented. 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 August of 2019. Project staff is currently working on several fronts to secure construction funding for the 2020 construction season. The current schedule calls for construction during the summer of 2020 with completion of project before the end of 2020.