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Weyerhaeuser Mansion Event Space Draws Appeals on Both Sides
Sometimes an attempt at a compromise just ends up making nobody happy. That seems to be the case in a recent decision by Tacoma's Hearing Examiner on the old Weyerhaeuser Mansion.
Last month's finding of the Hearing Examiner aimed for a compromise on the event venue, allowing weddings and other events to be held, but setting a number of limitations. Events would be limited to 150 guests with no amplified music, dancing, dining, food service, or beverage service allowed outdoors. To be allowed those 150 guests, Blue Ribbon would have to create on-site parking, and hire private security for all events. Events would have to wrap up by 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and by 8 p.m. other nights of the week - including cleanup time.
Neighbors complain that the ruling doesn't go far enough. According to The News Tribune, they question assumptions around available on-site parking, arguing that the 25 spots assumed as pre-existing is unrealistic, and that an environmental study should be required before the permit can be considered.
Blue Ribbon Cooking, the prospective buyer for the mansion, argues that the rules imposed are too restrictive. According to the TNT, the event company would like to see the hours extended to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 10 p.m. on Sundays, and 9 p.m. the rest of the week. The company also disputes the need for a security guard at all events, and the requirement that cleanup activities be included in those time limitations, arguing that event cleanup would have no impact on the neighborhood. They also question the complete ban on amplified music, suggesting that volumes could be set so as not to disrupt the neighborhood.
The appeals continue, and so do the events under existing conditions.
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