South Park Village getting facelift

"Port Orchard shoppers may have noticed some changes going on in South Park Village shopping center, located at the top of Mile Hill Drive. Since the beginning of April, all 12 businesses in the complex have been in the process of a thorough aesthetic remodeling.It's going to be very, very nice, said Property Manager Kelly Rose, an employee of Neil Walter Co., which manages the property South Park Village rests on.The owner of the complex, Gig Harbor-based KKLD, Inc., made the decision to remodel South Park Village, and the work is being done by John Gray Architects under a contract with Mountain States Construction.It took a while, going through the planning process, said Rose. But once we got the concept, everything's been great.The concept of the remodeling is something that ties into the theme of South Park Village quite well.Basically, what it is is that we want to return the village to the village feel, said Rose. New aspects of the shopping center will include shingle-style siding and trim treatments for each building. Also, new lighting (for the businesses and the parking lots), new storefronts and walkway ceilings will help contribute to the village-feel theme.South Park Village was built in the 1960s, and this remodeling is the first time anything like this has been done to the shopping center.The Port Orchard area is up and growing, said Kelly Rose. We're looking forward to the future additions in the shopping center.The businesses in the complex consist of South Park Cleaners, Kitsap Bank, Allstate, South Park Pharmacy, Long John's Barbershop, Captain K's, Cinema One Video, Styling Rendezvous, Washington Mutual Bank, Papa John's, QFC, and Pawsitively Pets.If one of the aforementioned businesses is one that you frequent, no need to worry about your favorite store or business being closed due to construction, painting, or any other facets of remodeling work.I just want to clarify that all of the businesses are continuing to be open and operational during this (remodeling), said Rose.Since the remodeling will not directly affect residents, the fact that a date of finish for the project is not yet determined should not pose much of a problem.It'll probably be complete at the end of this year, said Rose. It's going to be a very nice project. We're looking forward to the customers coming to the establishments. This is a way for the landlord to show her commitment to Port Orchard. "

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