A Letter to Our Community: Key Revisions

A Letter to our Community:

We would like to update the community on our plans to build a residential neighborhood in downtown Gig Harbor. The development, known as One Harbor Point, is located at the corner of Soundview and Harborview and is being undertaken by the Ben B. Cheney Foundation, together with Neil Walter Company.

One Harbor Point strategically provides the transition connecting the adjacent residential neighborhoods of single- and multi-family residences to the downtown commercial district. We will work collaboratively with the City and its Planning & Building Committee and Design Review Board to come up with a superior design that harmoniously transitions between the two areas.

Over the past 18 months we participated in many meetings and outreach sessions with Gig Harbor citizens, neighbors, city representatives, and business groups to hear their ideas, suggestions and concerns and to answer their questions. On May 24, 2017, we held a voluntary open house at City Hall that included all the members of our design and engineering team. We were very pleased with the attendance of a cross-section of the community. We appreciated the support expressed for the project and the thoughtful comments and suggestions made by the public.

As a result of public input, this past week we submitted a revised Development Agreement application to the City of Gig Harbor that will come before the City Council on June 26.

Key revisions to One Harbor Point plans include:

  • All buildings will be no taller than 2 stories.
  • The number of units will be reduced from 35 to 29
  • The Green Turtle parcel and its marina will be removed from the development agreement.

Throughout the process we have kept in mind our reason for undertaking this project. The Ben B. Cheney Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations in communities where the Cheney Lumber Company once operated, including Gig Harbor and the Key Peninsula. One Harbor Point will provide an ongoing source of funds to be used for those grants.

We believe One Harbor Point is aligned with the Gig Harbor Vision and reflects key downtown elements valued by residents. It will create a more vibrant downtown with a stronger connection to the water. Street and sidewalk improvements will add to safety and walkability. Views to the Harbor and Mount Rainier will be expanded. The Boat Barn (built in 1925), its pier, marina, and parking will be dedicated to the City for use as a community asset that will ensure permanent public waterfront access.

We appreciate your interest in One Harbor Point. If you have questions, please explore the open house materials at


Brad Cheney, President Ben B. Cheney Foundation

Mike Hickey, Principal Neil Walter Company


Studies conclude Haub property is not an active nesting site for herons

In a June 21 article published first in the News Tribune and later in the Peninsula Gateway, reporter Andrea Haffly outlined the recently released heron studies which concluded that there is no active nesting by great blue herons at the Haub property located at the corner of Harborview Drive and Soundview Drive in downtown Gig Harbor — the site of the proposed One Harbor Point.  See the article.

Downtown Gig Harbor residential project seeks development agreement

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GIG HARBOR, WASH. — The Ben B. Cheney Foundation and Neil Walter Company have applied for a development agreement with the City of Gig Harbor to build One Harbor Point, a residential neighborhood of attached homes at the intersection of Harborview and Soundview Drives. A development agreement is a common public process used to resolve  site-specific issues such as site layout, density, building heights, and mitigation.

“We care deeply about Gig Harbor.  Our guiding principle for One Harbor Point has been to maintain the character of downtown Gig Harbor, and the development agreement gives us the chance to do that,” said Brad Cheney, president of the Ben B. Cheney Foundation.  Lease income from One Harbor Point will support the Foundation’s mission to improve the quality of life in communities it serves, including Gig Harbor and the Key Peninsula.

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What makes One Harbor Point unique?

By Mike Hickey, Principal, Neil Walter Commercial Real Estate

As part of the One Harbor Point team, I’d like to share my perspective on how our project contributes to the community and to clear up some misunderstandings about it.

First, please let me begin by sharing the catalyst for pursuing this project, together with a brief description of our goals for this innovative neighborhood.

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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.

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General Information

We will regularly update general information on One Harbor Point. Please send us your questions or comments.

One Harbor Point Common Questions | Updated 1/10/2017

From the Helm: More of the same ‘ole song with proposed downtown Gig Harbor development plan, The News Tribune | Published 9/2/2016

One Harbor Point Letter to the Community | Updated 9/1/2016

One Harbor Point Fact Sheet | Updated 1/13/2017

Aerial view of One Harbor Point site | Updated 8/31/2016

Proposal would add rental housing to downtown Gig Harbor, The News Tribune | Published 8/26/2016