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Future UWT Plans May or May Not Include The Spaghetti Factory
The University of Washington Tacoma campus has come a long way since opening its doors for the first time in 1990. The physical signs of that progress are readily visible in the rehabilitation of old warehouse buildings, and infill of newer construction.
Next up for the university is the rehabilitation of the Tacoma Paper & Stationery building at 1735 Jefferson, which has been sitting patiently, largely unoccupied, aside from The Old Spaghetti Factory space at street level. Nothing is changing in the immediate future, but The News Tribune reports that UWT is beginning the early steps toward renovating the historic building originally constructed for Tacoma Biscuit & Candy Co. in 1904. The campus map still shows the building only as a blank square between Dougan and the Science building, but a renovation is in the works.
Future plans for the building are still pretty vague as UWT enters the design phase, but the TNT makes much of the possibility that the ultimate remodel might not leave room for The Spaghetti Factory in the space where it has served up heaping portions of pasta since 1971. There has been no decision yet on whether the building would be developed for mixed-uses like recent remodels along Pacific, or fully academic like its neighbors along Jefferson. Construction isn't funded yet, so construction couldn't begin until 2015 at the very earliest, but UWT and The Spaghetti Factory are in talks, seeking a solution that works for both.
A lot of Tacomans have grown up with The Spaghetti Factory as a staple for family dining, so there's a certain amount of nostalgia for many attached to the pasta restaurant. But downtown Tacoma and the university have done a fair amount of growing up as well.
Would you be sad to see the pasta restaurant leave its long-time home on Jefferson?
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