Bainbridge Island ACE Hardware and owners Becky and Steve Mikami have contributed $1,000 to the Fort Ward Community Hall project.
The donation will support renovation of the historic Fort Ward bakery building for use as a community hall for residents islandwide. The gift was presented this week to Friends of Fort Ward, the local nonprofit organization that is raising funds for the project, and the Fort Ward Youth Advisory Committee of local high school students.
“If it’s a capital campaign and it involves kids, we support it,” Steve Mikami said.
“And we love to see the kids getting involved,” Becky Mikami added.
Stephanie Appleberry, Friends of Fort Ward board member, thanked the Mikamis for their contribution.
“Bainbridge Island ACE Hardware is a cornerstone business in our community, and the Mikamis are outstanding boosters for youth programs,” Appleberry said. “Earning their support for the Fort Ward Community Hall project is a real honor for our kids in their historic preservation work.”
The community hall campaign will restore the 1910-vintage bakery building in the historic Fort Ward neighborhood at the island’s south end.
The first phase will bring the building up to standard for public use, lowering the floor to its original level and reconfiguring the interior space with a new kitchen and restroom. An interpretive element will tell the story of Fort Ward’s role as a U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps outpost during World War I, and a Navy radio station during World War II.
A second phase will bring the building back to a more complete and accurate historic restoration, reopening windows bricked over by the Navy during wartime.
The building is owned by Kitsap County Sewer District No. 7, which will maintain a small office in one wing. The rest of the facility, including an 1,100-square-foot central hall, will be managed by the Bainbridge Island Metro Park and Recreation District for classes, club meetings and other public programming.
Pledge sheets and other information for the Fort Ward Community Hall project can be found at http://www.fortwardhall.org.
Any business, community group or other potential donor can email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a presentation and building tour.