Shared kitchen added to Pat’s Place
PORT TOWNSEND – Just after sunrise on Tuesday morning, a building was split in half for people to unite.
Construction crews called this structure a “kitchen unit,” and like kitchens around the world, it’s designed to bring food and friends together.
That’s what the builders of Pat’s Place, the tiny village on 10th Street, are hoping for as the relocation process continues.
Last week, the tiny houses themselves – brightly painted and furnished wooden shelters – were trucked from the site of the community building project off San Juan Avenue. Their destination is Pat’s Place, the property leased by the nonprofit Bayside Housing & Services.
Eight single and two double units make up the village on a block of land in the middle of town bordered by 10th and Rosecrans streets.
Then came the crane. It was necessary to lift the 320-square-foot kitchen into the air and place it on an extra-long flatbed truck for the 1.6-mile drive to Pat’s Place.
And first, to install it on the truck, you had to divide the thing into two halves.
The building was built to make the process fairly easy, and everything went smoothly, with the crew members using their hands to guide the halves into place.
While the tiny houses in Pat’s Place are designed to provide a warm and private place, the kitchen is meant to be a common good, said Judy Alexander, one of the driving forces behind the project.
Not only will it provide the inhabitants of the village with a place to prepare their meals, but it will also have a large dining table.
“We are happy to provide a common place,” she said, “a place where people can be part of a community. ”
Pat’s Place is one of two “healing villages” managed by Bayside. Its predecessor is Peter’s Place, a community of small homes established a year ago next to the Port Hadlock Community United Methodist Church.
The two villages have their foundations in a code of conduct based on respect for the neighborhood, as well as rules prohibiting alcohol and other drugs on the premises; quiet hours at all times and regular autonomy meetings.
Bayside staff members work with residents on their next steps, whether it’s a new job, a permanent place to live, or both.
At Pat’s Place, Bayside has installed water and sewer hookups for the kitchen and sanitation units, said general manager Gary Keister.
He could not determine a move-in date for the residents; hope is for an opening ceremony in january.
“Our goal is to get our head in the beds,” Keister joked.
Pat’s Place is only a temporary thing, both for residents and for Bayside. The organization, which leases the land from the village with an option to buy, hopes to turn the place into an apartment community.
“We need to start focusing on more permanent housing. We’re looking at a number of things, “Keister said, including pre-fab bungalows -” very attractive and well-built apartments, “he added.
Fundraising to make this project a reality will begin next year, Keister said.
For more information on Bayside and its activities and plans, see Baysidehousing.org.
Jefferson County Senior Reporter Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-417-3509 or [email protected]