The City is pursuing a federal “Community Projects” grant for the Quincy Square project. The grant application for the Quincy Square project has the support of Representative Derek Kilmer and Senator Patty Murray. The City expects more news on the grant in mid to late fall of 2021.
Construction of the project is currently slated for the summer of 2022; therefore, design of the project will be completed by the end of January 2022. A meeting will be scheduled this fall to finalize the street scheme with the public so that the design team can proceed to finalize the design and construction documents.
In response to feedback received regarding public outreach to the African American Community the City completed additional outreach in late 2020 and early 2021. Below is a link to a booklet that chronicles that outreach effort. Additionally, as described in the booklet, keystone artworks will be solicited and selected by processes supported by the community. This effort is anticipated to begin in early 2022.
The City was approached by a group of citizens that expressed interest in changing the name of 4th Street from Washington to Pacific to “Quincy Jones Way”. A public outreach meeting was held in February of 2021 on that topic. Due to feedback from several business owners regarding the cost of the street name change, and considering the Covid 19 pandemic, the City will not proceed with the name change at this time. However, the City will revisit this request at a later date.
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 street 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 two decades and will encourage increased density and housing in the downtown area.
Mr. Quincy Jones has affirmed his support for the project! In a letter sent to the Mayor in January of 2018, Jones wrote warmly of Bremerton and gave his full backing to the project.
Community support for the project continues to build after a successful and well attended public meetings, and the Kitsap Sun published an article in support of the project.
There is now a website for Quincy Square; you can find information about upcoming events, get behind the scenes looks at the evolution of Quincy Square, and explore the connection between Quincy Jones and Bremerton. Visit at https://www.quincy-square.com/.
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 of 2018.
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