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Ribbon Cut on First Waterfront Condos

 

Larry Steagall | Kitsap Sun Norm McLoughlin address the crowd at the dedication of a light post in his honor at the new Harborside Condominiums on Friday. He received Puget Sound Energy's Pioneer Award.

 

Larry Steagall | Kitsap Sun A plaque recognizing housing authority director Norm McLoughlin as the recipient of the Puget Sound Energy Pioneer Award was unveiled Friday at a ceremony dedicating the new Harborside Condominiums.

 

BREMERTON

The first round of waterfront condominium development reached its official completion Friday with at least a brief look toward what's next.

The two, six-story white and glass Harborside Condominium structures that followed the Kitsap Conference Center in the effort to turn Bremerton's waterfront from parking lots to places for retail and residences bring 78 residential units — 43 of which have been sold so far. The condos, built by the housing authority, join the privately built complex, The 400, to the north.

Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority officials made reference to Bremerton's former status of having "America's Finest Waterfront Parking" during the ceremony.

The housing authority, as the city of Bremerton's renewal agency, has been a player in key downtown projects, including the conference center and the Norm Dicks Government Center.

The housing authority's executive director, Norm McLoughlin, was honored in a ceremony before the condo ribbon-cutting. Puget Sound Energy named McLoughlin a Pioneer Award winner in 2005, but it waited until the condos were finished to install a 10-foot natural gas lamp in his honor.

The award is given to someone PSE believes has worked to create lasting benefits in a community.

McLoughlin joked that he has no plans of retiring and ticked off a list of other projects throughout the county that the housing authority is working on, including community centers in Kingston and Poulsbo and a city hall in Poulsbo.

He also pointed to property the housing agency owns just south of the new condos, The agency is considering a new building that could be around 20 stories high. McLoughlin pointed to the area and said, "As I look at that site over there I have this vision of tall buildings."

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