Port Townsend: Victorian hardware company faces opposition planned big building

PORT TOWNSEND — A plan to move a California-based Victorian hardware conglomerate to Port Townsend is coming under fire from a group calling itself Friends of the Comp Plan.

Owner Kenneth Kelly of San Jose, Calif. wants to move his businesses — Anglo American Brass Co., American Home Supply and Vintage Hardware, all of San Jose, Calif. — to a 20,000-square-foot distribution center he plans to erect on 1.7 acres along Sims Way next to Jefferson Transit by next April.

But Friends of the Comp Plan contends the project will affect the neighborhood.

The group’s attorney, Gerald Steel of Seattle, will oppose the project during a city Planning Commission meeting Tuesday.

The Planning Commission will be hearing the group’s appeal of an environmental statement paving the way for rezoning of the parcel from public infrastructure to commercial “C-2.”

The Planning Commission will take up the issue at 6 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall.


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