'Showpiece' shopping center under construction on Mile Hill Drive
June 12, 2008 · Updated 9:19 AM
The completion along Mile Hill Drive and the South Kitsap Mall is about to change.
Real Assets Property Services, Inc., a Seattle-based real-estate company run by Adam Simon and David Aron, purchased the vacant lot on the left-hand side of the mall and are building a 12,000-square foot shopping center.
The center will feature six to eight stores and a design that Simon said is different than the traditional strip mall.
Its a very unique Northwest design that we worked very hard on, he said. I think its a real show piece for what people can do when they put a little time into retail architecture.
Simon said he hopes to talk with businesses who might be interested in relocating to a more sophisticated location, which is part of the reason why he likes Mile Hill Drive.
I felt that Mile Hill was the major artery in Port Orchard, he said. In the past several years its suffered a bit because of expansion in other areas. Its a logical place to keep updated. Its one of the major travel routes.
He said the stores, which will be completed in the spring, feature vaulted ceilings and a lot of natural light.
The center can feature a variety of businesses as the spaces range from 1,200 to 4,000 square feet.
We would love to have a restaurant and other community services, he said. We want a place where the community can come and congregate.
I think retail is a very important component of our lives. Oftentimes, its done so poorly that it doesn't allow people to appreciate the experience.