Merritt Arch Selected for Amtrak Station Design Process

Following on the heels of the Amshack debacle (kerfuffle?), the City of Tacoma has chosen a Tacoma architect to contribute a local voice to renewed design conversations for the new Tacoma Amtrak station.

The Business Examiner reports that, citing a tight timeline, the City skipped a competitive selection process, and selected Merritt Architecture, firm of longtime city booster and former candidate for mayor Jim Merritt, last Friday. Part of the funding to hire Merritt will come from the state, and part from the City's Economic Development Department. 

Following extensive negative feedback from the public over the initial steel and glass concept for the new station the City made the decision to hire a local architect to contribute to the process.

The first of the new round of public meetings on the design process is scheduled for today at 4:00 p.m.

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