A Letter to Our Community

A Letter to Our Community
From Brad Cheney, President, The Ben B. Cheney Foundation

The news that we’re considering an investment in new townhomes near downtown caught some people in Gig Harbor off guard.  That was not our intent. We’re happy to share our plans with you.

So far, we have drawn up rough plans to show city planners and leaders what the Ben B. Cheney Foundation project, called One Harbor Point, might look like. The plans show a series of attached townhomes with garages. We are continuing to revise the drawings as we learn more.

We’ve just launched the website, OneHarborPoint.com, with details of the possible project. In the weeks ahead, we will be adding more information and photos, along with answers to questions from our neighbors.

Herons once nested on the property. A year-long study is underway to determine if herons are still using this as a nesting site. The study is being conducted by biologists under the guidance and review of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the City of Gig Harbor. When it is completed by May 2017, we will have a definitive answer.

Traffic is of concern to all of us in the harbor. A traffic study is underway to learn how townhomes would impact traffic around downtown Gig Harbor. Should we move forward to buy the property and build townhomes, we would be responsible for mitigating traffic generated by the new neighborhood.  The traffic study will look at alternatives for reducing traffic impacts.

We’ve also explored gifting a portion of the waterfront property including a boat barn and marina to the City of Gig Harbor for public use.

The city will be inviting the public to comment on our plans later in the process. We will help spread the word and encourage Gig Harbor residents to make their voices heard.

The Cheney Foundation is a local foundation that makes grants to nonprofit organizations in Gig Harbor and other communities where Cheney Lumber once operated. We would own and operate the One Harbor Point townhome neighborhood to generate funds for grant making.

Several of our family members live here and we care deeply about Gig Harbor. Our hope is that One Harbor Point would be a valued addition to Gig Harbor. We look forward to conversations with our neighbors about the possibility.