Key Bank/ Visconsi Forest Clearing Status + Vigil Saturday

Posted by on August 16, 2014 at 11:50 am

forest at 305 and High School

Following the installation of clearing fences around the perimeter of the construction site for the planned commercial development on High School Road at Highway 305, the City of Bainbridge Island (COBI) issued a clearing permit to Visconsi Companies this week.

The next step for Visconsi is to obtain forest practice approval from the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). South Puget Sound DNR Forest Practices Coordinator Larry Fry told me he received the request for a forest practice permit from Visconsi yesterday, August 15. He said now that COBI has provided its permit, DNR would likely provide theirs on a quick turnaround, by this Monday, August 18. Once Visconsi obtains its DNR approval it can begin clear cutting the forested land.

visconsi fencing by julie hall

Clearing fencing

A citizen group continues to fight the commercial center, citing environmental, safety, sprawl, and traffic problems and a fundamental violation of the spirit of COBI’s Comprehensive Plan. Stop Unwanted Development on Bainbridge Island is asking people opposed to the Key Bank/Visconsi plan to join its growing boycott of the shopping center and contact Key Bank immediately with their objections at 800-625-3256.

Vigil Tonight, August 16

Long-time Islanders Chiara Rose and Debra D’Angelo have organized a vigil for the land, to be held tonight beginning at 7 p.m. in the current Key Bank parking lot at 617 High School Road. D’Angelo, Rose’s mother, explained that when her daughter returned home from college she was devastated to learn of the planned development and believes it violates fundamental community values of the majority of people who live on Bainbridge Island.

Learn more about the vigil here.

Inside Bainbridge contacted Visconsi Companies about its intended schedule for the project, but they were not available for comment.

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Featured photo shows trees marked for cutting. Photos by Julie Hall.

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2 Responses to “Key Bank/ Visconsi Forest Clearing Status + Vigil Saturday”

  1. Mahakala says:

    Maybe Chiara can chain herself to a tree. I will volunteer to go to Ace and buy the lock and chain.

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    • Island Dude says:

      ProBuild is closer.

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