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Council sells surplus land to Hi-Joy Bowl

For more than 20 years, Hi-Joy Bowl leased 17,000 square feet of land from the city for a parking lot on the north side of their building.

Now, the owners of the bowling alley will have to lease just 3,000 square feet after the Port Orchard City Council voted unanimously Aug. 27 to approve the sale of surplus land to the owners.

Don and Mickie Hoem, owners of Hi-Joy, agreed to the purchase of 14,000 square feet and to lease the remaining 3,000 square feet near the Bethel  Roundabout.

The city declared the land surplus in July.

City Attorney Greg Jacoby said the surplus land was appraised at $14,500, which Hi-Joy agreed to pay. They also agreed to pay an additional $3,896 to reimburse the city for an engineer’s fee.

“The city hired an engineer several years ago to look at the future right-of-way needs of the city and one of the concerns was if the roundabout was widened in the future, we didn’t want to be in the position in the future to repurchase property that we sold to Hi-Joy,” Jacoby said.

He said the surplus land is outside of the future right-of-way needs.

Hi-Joy will lease the remaining 3,000 square feet for 10 years at 65 cents per square foot. The prior rate was 20 cents per square foot.

Jacoby said the lease agreement will generate more than $2,150 annually, plus annual increases based on the Consumer Price Index.

Mickie Hoem’s father, Tom Myers, purchased Hi-Joy Bowl in 1968. The bowling alley was built in the 1950s.

“The Myers family owned the bowling alley for a lot of years,” said Councilwoman Carolyn Powers. “They are good citizens and have been good for the community.”

The council also approved a development agreement for McCormick Woods.

Development Director Nick Bond said the agreement will ensure continuity in development standards as a result of the city’s annexation of the McCormick Woods Master Planned Community and the remaining approved, but unconstructed phases of the project.

The agreement would implement development standards and comply with Growth Management Act requirements.

Before the council voted on the agreement, a public hearing was held. No one testified during the public hearing.

The resolution authorizes Mayor Tim Matthes to execute the agreement with GEM1, LLC for the McCormick Woods plat.

In 13 underlying tax parcels, there is more than 369 acres in Phases 3, 4 and 5 of the project.

In other action, the council approved:

• A contract with Key Peninsula Junior College Football to use Paul Powers Park until Nov. 1. The KPJCF will pay $300 to use the field five days a week from 4-9 p.m.

• A $26,900 bid from Caseco Associates, Inc., for the Sidney Street End Compass Rose Construction Project.

• A contract with Asphalt Patch Systems, Inc. for $62,500 in street repairs.

 

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