Councilmembers weigh in on new downtown deli’s design

The privately owned building on Bay Street that formerly housed The Coffee Shop is home to a new business and a new look — one that leaves no room for the controversial downtown marquee.

Annette Stewart, owner of the new “Corner Deli,” got permission from the building’s owner to replace the privately owned section of the marquee above her door.

Port Orchard City Councilmembers have, in the past, expressed very different views on the city’s portion of the marquee, which stretches the rest of the way down Bay Street.

But most are apathetic regarding the changes currently taking place above Stewart’s new business.

“The city owns the formal marquee with the exception of the craft store on the corner located in the Coe Building,” explained Councilwoman Rita DiIenno. “That building’s owner could (also) choose to take that section of the marquee down.”

“The end result is there’s still a marquee,” said Councilman Bob Geiger, referring to the sidewalk adjacent to the deli, which will remain covered. “There’s a difference between a remodel and changing the design.”

According to Geiger, of the various plans the city has had for the marquee over the years, there was one that looked very similar to Stewart’s new overhang.

“It’s not really much different from across the street at Los Cabos,” said Councilman Ron Rider. “I don’t really think it’s going to cause any major discussion.”

DiIenno said the city will soon have to make a decision on what to do with its portion of the marquee.

Current recommendations from the revitalization plan call for a phased removal of the structure.

“I think the first steps have been happening for some time,” DiIenno said. “The city is faced with the decision to either repair, replace or remove the marquee. There’s many ways to get there.”

“At least (Stewart is) doing something,” said Councilman Rick Wyatt.

Wyatt said he is anxious to make a decision on the marquee.

“Let’s make a decision,” Wyatt said. “(The final decision) has been hanging out there way too long.”

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