Permit applications submitted for Fort Ward Community Hall

The Fort Ward Community Hall project reached a key milestone this week, as Friends of Fort Ward applied for permits to renovate and restore the fort’s historic bakery building for public use. 

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Fort Ward Community Hall permit applications are stamped “Received” at City Hall on Tuesday.

Application materials were completed by renowned local firm Wenzlau Architects, with supporting design work by Browne Wheeler Engineers and Fischer Bouma Partnership.

Ariel Jamison of Wenzlau Architects, and Douglas Crist, Friends of Fort Ward board member, represented the Fort Ward team in submitting application materials to the city.

“Another day, another milestone,” Crist said. “To date, we’ve been pitching a dream for a community hall at the island’s south end. City review marks a new and more tangible phase in our plan to restore this heritage building for all islanders to experience and enjoy.”

The Fort Ward Community Hall project is a partnership between the Friends of Fort Ward neighborhood organization, the Bainbridge Island Metro Park and Recreation District, and Kitsap County (Fort Ward) Sewer District No. 7.

The renovated building will be managed by the Park District as a community meeting space, under an interlocal agreement with KCSD7, the building owner.

Friends of Fort Ward, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is undertaking private fundraising and grant writing to complete the project.

Grants have been awarded to date by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation. Contributing businesses include Town & Country Markets, Inc., Bainbridge Island ACE Hardware, Bainbridge Heating & Air, and Alex Sanso Creative.

Prospective donors can email fortwardhall@gmail.com to arrange building tours and presentations.