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A (Conditional) Green Light for Blue Ribbon Parties at the Old Weyerhaeuser Mansion
A request that would allow Corban University and Blue Ribbon LLC to continue to host weddings at the old Weyerhaeuser Mansion at 4301 North Stevens Street has been approved - subject to a significant list of conditions.
The continued and increased use of the space for weddings and events has not gone over well with some neighbors, and the conversation has gotten pretty heated.
The conditional use permit received approval on Friday, based on the site's history of use as a religious assembly and educational facility, extending back prior to the establishment of Tacoma's zoning code in 1953. As some public comment pointed out, although the site is zoned for single-family residential use, it does seem unrealistic to expect that use of this particular property - at least at this point in time. The continued use of the site for weddings and other special events was found to be consistent with goals and policies related to adaptive re-use of historic properties and other unique sites.
The approval comes with a list of limitations on what those events can look (and sound) like that tries to find a middle ground allowing for the continued use of the site, while mitigating the impacts of those events on the neighborhood.
Historic and property considerations.
- Any future modifications of the site must be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission
- A plan of action must be submitted for the restoration of the historic greenhouse.
- A wall and landscaping must be constructed between the property and an adjacent residential property just north of the site.
- Plans for additional on-site parking must get approval from LPC.
- Based on the 24 on-site parking spaces currently available, events are limited to 57 guests (based on 19 spaces for guests, plus 5 for event staff).
- Additional on-site parking added may increase that limit by 3 guests per additional spot.
- Events are capped at 150 guests, compared to the 250 requested by Blue Ribbon.
Other event criteria
- Sunday through Thursday events can run between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
- Friday and Saturday events can run between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.
- These hours include event set-up and clean-up, and are earlier than the midnight Friday/Saturday and 11 p.m. weeknight cut-off times requested.
- Alcohol service ends 30 minutes prior to the end of any event.
- Amplified music, dancing, dining, food service, beverage service, and "related activities" must be done indoors.
- Private, professional security must be hired for all events.
- Other safety and noise code requirements must be met for all events.
Neighbors not satisfied with that list of limitations have until June 27 to request a reconsideration of the decision. If it is upheld, this conditional use permit lasts for five years, at which time the event company must reapply.
Does this seem like a fair list of conditions? Are you ready to start sending out save-the-dates?
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