PORT GAMBLE — Olympic Property Group has taken the first official step toward reviving the historic town of Port Gamble.Plans have been submitted to the county for a 325-acre development, including up to 140 new houses; a waterfront “lodge” and restaurant; stores and offices; and tourism facilities. South of town, plans call for a dairy farm, plant nursery and winery, along with a recreation area. A dock for tourism boats is planned. “This is a tremendous moment for the future of the town,” said Jon Rose, president of OPG, who expects a long review process before final approval.
The vision is to bring back the New England-style homes that have slowly disappeared since Port Gamble’s heyday in the 1920s, Rose said. Walking trails along the shoreline, through the forest and along pastoral farmland would contribute to the lifestyle of residents and become a unique tourist attraction.