Tacoma City Business Preview - Week of May 19, 2015

Lincoln District Revitalization

At this week's study session staff will provide an update on the Lincoln District Revitalization Project, to include a summary of the progress, updates on the streetscape project and "the search for a new retail space." We're not sure what that last phrase means, but this could be an interesting update to listen in on.


Tacoma Trestle Replacement Project

The route that passenger trains currently take through Tacoma runs up along the Narrows, under Point Defiance, and back to downtown along the Ruston Way Waterfront, and Dock Street. The Amtrak and WSDOT Point Defiance Bypass project will move that route, sending passenger trains instead through south Tacoma to a brand new station at Freighthouse Square. As part of those changes, the old single-track train trestle just east of Freighthouse Square is getting a makeover into a new two-track trestle.

A resolution on this week's agenda would set Thursday, July 2, 2015, at 9:00 a.m., as the date for a hearing by the Hearing Examiner on a request to vacate the alley lying between East 25th and East 26th Streets, from the east margin of East G Street to the west margin of East J Street, for the expansion and reconstruction of the Tacoma Trestle Replacement Project at Freighthouse Square. 


Rules of Procedure

Last week we heard the first reading of a resolution that would amend the Rules of Procedure for the city council to remove language relating to study sessions and Committee of the Whole meetings for the council. The proposed changes would eliminate regular Committee of the Whole meetings, moving any items that would have been discussed at those meetings to the council's study sessions. Those study sessions would be moved from noon to 10 a.m. The intent is to improve the efficiency of the council, and to allow council members to attend events held at the lunch hour on Tuesdays.


Prairie Line Trail

The City has completed design work for phase 1 of the Prairie Line Trail, running north from UWT to the Foss Waterway, and adopted a resolution last week acquiring the additional property from BNSF. A few additional items were added during the design work for phase 1, including the installation of artwork on the 15th Street overpass, a pedestrian crossing and ramps on Hood Street, soil sampling related to the need for a retaining wall to support the trail. 

Now the City is ready for design work for phase 2, which runs south from the UWT campus, between 21st and 25th streets. A resolution on this week's agenda would award $350,573, increasing the original contract for design work to $708,120 budgeted from the Paths and Trails Fund, paying for design services, including landscape architecture, structural and geotechnical engineering, cost estimating, environmental investigation and remediation design. 

UWT has completed construction of their portion of the mile-long trail. There's no construction funding for the City's portions at this time, but after the construction estimate is updated the City will pursue funds.


South Tacoma Way

A purchase resolution on this week's agenda would award a $18,445 contract increase, for additional work to complete design and engineering services for the South Tacoma Way Corridor Improvement Project. The increase brings the contract total to $205,213, budgeted from the Transportation Capital Fund. South Tacoma Way is getting a facelift, including an asphalt grind and overlay, and the addition of curbs, gutters, sidewalks, ADA compliant curb cuts, and streetlights in various locations between South 66th and 56th streets, and between South 47th and 43rd streets. Pierce Transit will also install bus shelters.

Upgrades to the streetlighting was determined to be needed during the design phases, and the contract will be increased to cover the cost of energy efficient LED lighting between 43rd and 47th. Upgrades will also be made to traffic signals.



The City has a list of more than 1,000 known unfit or unsafe sidewalk locations, complied from citizen reports. The City's Sidewalk Maintenance Program replaces these unfit or unsafe sidewalks in part using City funds with matching funds from participating property owners. A purchase resolution on this week's agenda would award a $573,015 contract with a 25% contingency, to reconstruct sidewalks for approximately 260 property owners.

A third purchase resolution this week would award $596,531 plus sales tax, budgeted from the Transportation Capital Fund, for the construction of missing sidewalk sections along the west side of North Vassault Street, and a retaining wall.


Other Items

May 26, 2015 will be proclaimed as Bill Bichsel Day in the City of Tacoma, and May 17-23, 2015 will be proclaimed as Hip Hop Appreciation Week in the City of Tacoma.

Two individuals will be appointed to the City Events and Recognitions Committee.

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Here’s a summary of the Lincoln District progress.  Nothing has been done, the place still looks terrible and the business owners continue to not clean up after themselves and it continues to be a slap in the face to the people of this neighborhood.  If you have money to cruise in a new BMW or Mercedes, you can spend a little on facade and help the people of this neighborhood that have been tolerating your dirty business for years.  Invest in the community that supports you and your buildings.

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