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Freighthouse Square Amtrak Station Final Designs Ready for Public Review
Final designs for the new Tacoma Amtrak station at Freighthouse Square are ready for public review at an open house scheduled this week
The plans have long since left behind the initial design look dubbed the "Amshak" by the not-so-adoring public. A citizen stakeholder group was formed, and public meetings held to inform the (re)design process.
The result is a plan for an open and airy space with wood beams and plenty of glass. The station has also been moved from the proposed west end location to middle of Freighthouse Square. This compromise location preserves the familiar west end facade, but comes at far less expense than the east end location that got a fair amount of public support.
The glass walls of the new design would let in plenty of natural light, and be designed to be opened to allow an open-air option in more pleasant weather. There's no sign of the proposed clock tower in these designs, but the City and WSDOT have left the door open for the addition of one at some point in the future.
An open house to share the design with the public is scheduled for this Tuesday, October 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Jane Russell Commons on the UW-Tacoma campus. WSDOT plans to share details on materials and colors for the exterior of the station, and plans for wayfinding signage, among other project details.
The News Tribune reports that WSDOT plans to put out a request for bids for the project next spring, and hopes to have construction complete and trains running through the new station by fall 2017.
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