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Group Challenges Planned Pierce County Administration Building Location
A Tacoma group isn't happy about plans for a new consolidated Pierce County administration building to be built at South 36th and Pacific, on the site of the old Puget Sound Hospital. They're asking the County to take a second look at keeping more of its office space downtown
According to The News Tribune, the group, calling themselves "Pierce County Together," likes the idea of consolidating County services in one place, but they'd like that place to be somewhere in the downtown core. Keeping Pierce County offices downtown, they say, would save jobs in the area and would give employees better access to transit.
The new building will put 1,300 employees currently working at the Pierce County Annex near the Tacoma Mall, the Pierce County Health Department, and downtown offices, under one roof. The County says this would save money on rent and other efficiencies. According to the TNT, the County would need to build parking structures to locate all those employees downtown.
The County Council is scheduled to make a final decision in February to allow construction on the building to begin this year, with doors opening on the new building in 2016. At this point it seems like a done deal, with pretty solid support from the council, but Pierce County Together says there wasn't been enough public process prior to decisions being made. In response to these concerns, the TNT says three County council members (Rick Talbert, Connie Ladenburg, and Derek Young), who represent parts of Tacoma, have scheduled a January 22 town hall meeting to share more information on the plans for the new building.
1,300 employees in one place would bring more people to wherever they're located, whether that's downtown or the Lincoln District.
It may be too late for new plans, but where would you like to see consolidated County offices built?
Town hall meeting on the proposed county administration building:
Where: Pierce County Annex conference room, 2401 S. 35th St.
When: January 22, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Read more from The News Tribune or on the Pierce County website.
Previously from Exit133: Plans for New Pierce County Admin Building.
UPDATE (12:30 p.m.): The County sent out a link to a "revised traffic study" posted today. You can view it by clicking here, or on the Pierce County PALS page under "documents" (look for "revised traffic study - Jan 15, 2015").
Also, the comment period for the Environmental Checklist and the revised traffic study has been extended to January 22, 2015.
Comments can be provided to Melanie Halsan:
Mail: 2401 South 35th Street, Ste 175, Tacoma, WA 98409-7490
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