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I think they have a full bar. But if you’re a craft beer lover (like me), their draft selection’s outstanding and entirely local!

June 24 2016 Cooks Tavern Welcomes Its First Customers

The easiest and best parking solution would be a ballot referendum that mandates that if you are going to rent an apartment that YOU as land lord MUST include in the cost of that apartment one parking space for a a studio apartment and two parking spaces for anything larger. 

If the public can vote to impose mandatory minimum wage it can surely vote to place the burden of increased parking demand on those who are benefiting financially from renting apartments.

June 22 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Thank-you Terry. I am very concerned that the potential of the new EIS to streamline the planning process, no matter how well intended or planned, will be permitted to override the existing city code (section 13.09) for the South Tacoma Groundwater Protection District. Talking with the planners, taking them to Oak Tree Park and well 7A, as well as attending the stakeholder’s meetings have diminished this concern - a little. I believe the final plan if followed will be revolutionary. Outside

June 22 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

We seem to be a “proving ground” for the remora urban consultants, planning experts, and densification methods competing in Seattle.

June 22 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Market forces and rising prices aside, I’d like to see Tacoma’s average household size rise toward 3 again. Tacoma should spend more money on schools than Seattle per capita. We should try to stay a family friendly town if possible. Being a White guy sitting in a 1,000 sq ft single-family house, I can’t speak for immigrants directly, but a bunch of them seem happy enough to live on my block. Tacoma has made it much easier for my to add on to this house and invite more family members to live

June 21 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

I’m fallowing the EIS pretty closely… and I like what I see. Super bike/walking network planned, so needed in a ‘hood with 7,000 plus mostly lower paying service jobs. Tacoma needs to spend the time and money to do this right. The stake holders committee or other interested parties should feel free to reach out to leaders in the Lincoln District or the Eastside for support. My last name is Wilmer, look me up if you have questions.

June 21 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

I think what Tacoma will do along with the Tacoma Housing Authority is bring in much more Section 8 housing subsidized units along with Ghetto rats and other human criminal vermin which will have affordable housing of course but the crime will become rampant in the future.
You will be O.K. (except for the expected Police response) as long as your armed and do like Charlton Heston in The Omega Man (1971) in protecting your property.

The only one that profits here are the NAZI $$ developers.

June 21 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Project planning page:

http://www.tacomamallneighborhood.com/

June 21 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

The EIS is already happening and well underway. I really do not care what happens in Proctor.

June 21 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

If the city tied the B&O tax, creating tiers, to zoning or parking situations, you’d get more density.  That is; downtown with a negative B&O, inside business districts with lower B&O rate, single story malls with acres of parking with higher than current B&O. 
You want to build acres of parking and low density? You’re going to pay for it.  You want to own surface level parking lots downtown?  You’re going to pay through the nose for it.

June 21 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Of course, transit in the Proctor District is nothing like Seattle’s either. Two circuitous and baffling routes that connect to downtown every 30 minutes, if you’re lucky. None of Seattle’s commercial districts have transit that crappy.

June 21 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Lower-income is exactly why we need the mid-rises. Seattle’s outrageous housing prices are for the simple reason that there isn’t enough. We need lots and lots of mid-rises here so that prices stay low and we don’t repeat Seattle’s mistakes.

BTW, immigrants prefer tight-knit communities where they are actually close to their neighbors. 16000 SF single-family is not that.

June 21 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

I’m not sure redeveloping Madison Heights, Madrona and Oakland would “save” Proctor. The reason Proctor is so good at attracting developers is the City spent lots of money over the years sprucing it up. The City has spent almost nothing on the South side of the freeway until the last couple of years.

I can’t see the City coming up with the money for EIS being planned for the Tacoma Mall subarea, but I’m hopeful. I’m afraid that the City Government is going to stop spending money in the

June 21 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

The area of hyper development and gentrification west of the Mall is undergoing a major review and development planning process. The area EIS being developed includs wide-ranging efforts to develop personality, charm, and identity after those items were demolished and crushed when the neighborhood underwent the spasmodic higher density and developer frenzy of the first decade of this century. In the end I believe the plans will be in place for creating one of the greenest neighborhoods in

June 21 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

City government must incentivize grocery store landlords with large fields of asphalt-covered parking spaces in city neighborhoods to find ways to redevelop their buildings with underground parking, with retail and apartments several floors above.  Safeway on the Hilltop could be upgraded in such away, provided the parking area had adequate security.  Westgate South on No. Pearl Street at 21st could benefit from such a redevelopment that concentrates such housing, with mixed-income residences

June 20 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Well, that all depends on what you’re used to. Traffic in Proctor is worse than it was 5 years ago, but it’s nothing like Seattle. It’s got rising housing costs too, but nothing like Seattle. So for long term residents of Proctor this seems like a downgrade. To the Seattle/King County horde moving in, it’s an upgrade. Everybody can’t be 100% happy… Although Proctor is about as win-win as you can get.

June 20 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/article84645037.html

Proctor District’s popularity causing parking headaches

June 20 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

The authors are correct that increasing density is essential to effective growth management in Pierce County. It is the only way to create walkable neighborhoods and preserve outdoor space in the face of inevitable population growth. I applaud their dedication to these issues. However, the main theme of the TNT article is affordability - and the authors give that issue short shrift.

Regular people, earning median wages, need to be able to afford to live in Tacoma. Increasing mid and high-rise

June 19 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

It is all about creating a premium space.  The illusion of value.  Call it walkable, talk about amenities, and pretend that everyone wants to live without a lawn.  Label the people who want to own some outdoor space as unsustainable.

Point Ruston is the future!  Cool Jazz pumped through outdoor speakers for everyone.  This can be anywhere, this can be everywhere! 

Put development where traffic congestion is already bad.  Lure developers with tax breaks. Don’t plan for parking or road

June 19 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

The scoops are on their way! The scoops are on their way!

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=9ec_1296901185

June 16 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Last I checked, Virgin lived in Renton.  That’s fine, but since he lost his biz column with the P-I and moved to the TNT, he’s never bothered to get a good feel for Tacoma.  If he had one, he might say that the Proctor development fits its neighborhood amazingly well, that Sixth is crying out for such development (the one at Alder should be great, but how about something at Division and Sprague?).  Counterintuitively, the proposal in the already dense Stadium District may most risk messing with

June 15 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Two pretty innovative elementary schools flank downtown ... the modernized McCarver Elementary with its International Baccalaureate program returns this September to 21st & J, and Bryant Montessori is at 7th & S. Grant.

June 15 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

I am going to add that when I grew up the population of the United States was around 160,000,000,One in five Americans had a motor vehicle and the number of motor vehicles in the United States was around 35 million.One could easily and safely ride a bicycle on Tacoma streets back then with little traffic.Today the population has doubled yet the number of motor vehicles has increased a disproportional 10 fold to around 350,000,000 motor vehicles.
There are motor vehicles for every

June 15 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

I’ll be a witness here and try to offer some advise.
I have a single family home in one of those growth areas.
In fact I live in it right now though I have a couple of homes in other areas.

The problem that I see with densifying these areas is that so far it is having no effect on reducing singly occupancy motor vehicle dependency that I have witnessed.

Let me tell you that I have a townhouse complex built next to my house across an alley.The units have a garage and a driveway sufficient for

June 15 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Great op-ed.  It hits many high points and is worthy of praise.  One thing I wish we could have done with Proctor Station though was cut back a little on the amount of parking that was slated for the project.  If you build too much parking into a project, most people will drive to access it.  It’s that simple.  If we can cut back on the amount of parking, those savings can be passed on to the residents and they will more likely choose other modes of travel, which have less impact on streets and

June 15 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Density.  You can go up, you can go out, or you can go thick.  Up and out are pretty obvious (and Pierce County has an ‘urban growth boundary’ that is further out from Downtown Tacoma then London’s!).  If you want to go thick (i.e. do not exceed 4-story structures), then the mixed-use centers need to double in size and take more of the single-family residential neighborhood that going up was to protect.  Virgin noted cities that are thick - but they also have limited single-family residential

June 15 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Bill Virgin didn’t just fall off the turnip truck yesterday. I think his long term visions for growth are much better than the authors give him credit for. A few questions for Ms. Walker and Mr. Looper. Where is that award winning Elementary School downtown? You know, the one that young couples walk their children to? Or the grocery store? How could Downtown have a walkability score of 93 without those things? Downtown Tacoma is fun place to party, but it’s not all that family friendly.

June 15 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Great article that points out what should be obvious.  The News Tribune hasn’t exactly been cranking out brainiac opinion articles lately.

 

June 15 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

great article. I hope that no one answers “no” to the question you posed and that Tacoma can continue to utilize its potential as a walkable city that values green space, people, and the future of our environment.

June 15 2016 Op-Ed: Don’t Suburban-ize Tacoma

Don’ do it.

You could build it with the features of a maximum security prison at that location and I still wouldn’t leave a wooden nickel there overnight.  The “street people” flooding in from Seattle won’t even be slowed down by a flimsy little bike locker.

June 13 2016 Secure Bike Storage Opening at the Tacoma Dome Station Next Week

Don’t worry,  I have no plans to use the “community” Center. I’m just worried about it attracting another gathering of tents and blue tarps along with the 300 cubic tons of trash which usually accompanies these darling “campers”

June 12 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

I’m glad there’s another option in the area for dining, but I was surprised when I visited that there are no bike racks.  All that nice, new, sidewalk and nowhere great to stash a bike.  I hope they plan on installing some.

June 11 2016 Cooks Tavern Welcomes Its First Customers

Will this be bum and junkie-proof? Looks like a lot of hiding places (the lookouts)

Joe, don’t worry they won’t deny you access to the Community Center.

June 08 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

Food access, teaching kitchens and Perma-culture, including a Farmer’s Market area, are all being evaluated as part of the plan.

June 08 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

The Portland Ave Center is less than 8,000 sq feet

The new center will be 55,000+ sq feet, PLUS shared space in the school. ( gym, auditorium, kitchen, arts labs, and library) 

June 08 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

The community center is not being built on reservation land.

June 08 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

Yes, but what’s the drink selection like??

June 05 2016 Cooks Tavern Welcomes Its First Customers

Come on. Nobody misses the clip n’ clean. My dog never recovered from the trauma of the one time we took her there.
On a happier note… Cooks is fantastic! Had dinner there tonight. Can’t wait to go back.

June 05 2016 Cooks Tavern Welcomes Its First Customers

Will this be bum and junkie-proof? Looks like a lot of hiding places (the lookouts)

June 01 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

They also contribute drugs and gangs to the city (Native Bloods), The cause trouble with the police (protests and marches) when one of their darling members who was in and out of prison tries to kill a cop. They block key projects which would benefit all and possible save lives (earthquake-proof new I-5 Puyallup River bridge) unless they can extort enough money from the state. Want me to go on?

June 01 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

Well,

Considering that the tribe contributes MILLIONS of dollars a year towards the growth of the city? I’m sure they’ll pony up .05

June 01 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

I know very little about urban planning.  It seems to me that there is a massive size differential between this project and Cabrini Green.

May 31 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Cmon. While I agree with you that Cabrini Green and projects similar to that were horrible examples of urban planning, the big problem with projects of that size was that they were all housing and there were absolutely no amenities like recreation or retail built with them. Residents had to go elsewhere to do anything but live in their unit. This building, Marc on 6th and Proctor Station are nothing like that. They are mixed use buildings(ground floor retail, and by the way the new and higher

May 29 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Just wondering about the status of this project. Do you have any updates?  Thanks!

May 25 2016 Apartments serving homeless veterans proposed for East Side Tacoma transit center

Great, but I’d rather have a safe (separated from traffic) bike route there.  I actually haven’t had issues using a regular old u-lock down there.

May 24 2016 Secure Bike Storage Opening at the Tacoma Dome Station Next Week

I know it’ll help me!  Without this storage I’d be putting my bike on the front of a bus everyday, just to lock it up when I get to Seattle.  That’s quite the hassle.

May 20 2016 Secure Bike Storage Opening at the Tacoma Dome Station Next Week

Like Jesse said - the abatement staves off the onerous punishment (in the form of a tax) to the developer for improving the land.  You have a dirt lot - that’s a tax of $2,000/month….Oh…you are building on it….OK….Now your tax is $58,333 per month.  The “public benefit” is that we have a place where people can live instead of a dirt lot.  People who will buy beer in Tacoma.  That will cause even more breweries to open.  The people complaining about this need to get out in the sun a little bit. 

May 17 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

The city will likely get the history wrong regarding the Prairie Line.  There will be noble intentions but mediocrity will likely be the result.  Look at the efforts to improve the usefulness of Tollefson Plaza, a creation of the city’s engineering department that is relatively sterile compared to vibrant Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland.  The most significant spot where such shortcomings will likely be apparent is along the stretch of the Prairie Line just north of the Tacoma Art Museum. 

May 17 2016 Tacoma City Business Preview for the Week of May 17, 2016

Susan, I agree with you totally.  The math does not pencil out.  Unfortunately, we have a system of development here in our state where builders have plenty of rural vacant land, as Jesse points out.  Jesse is, unfortunately, right.  If Tacoma doesn’t give away tax breaks, this developer will build somewhere else.  That may be Lakewood, Federal Way, or Fife if one of those cities is willing to give a tax break.  Admittedly, the development would look a bit different in one of those locations. 

May 17 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Regarding the demographic that wishes they could live in Seattle, but can’t afford it, that’s me.  I want what Seattle offers, but can’t afford it.  What is the next best thing?  Well, I and my significant other both found jobs in Tacoma, and we aren’t alone.  We have lots of friends in the same boat.  Is it everything we wished for?  No, but it is good enough.  This is a good thing for the city, no?  We live nearby, work here, shop here, dine here.  Much of the attraction of Tacoma versus,

May 16 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

This project would not be built without the transit and tax abatements.  The abatement is merely an eight year delay in paying taxes on the IMPROVED value of the property.  The taxes that are being paid on the lot, today, continue to be collected.  The alternative is that nothing is built there and for the next who-knows-how-many years there aren’t any increased taxes paid on this property other than it’s vacant lot rate.  This is called an investment - that will produce dividends over the long

May 15 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

We were curious just how much of a break the 8-year tax abatement might be - found the info in staff’s presentation to the Council earlier this week (see here starting around 12 minutes - http://cityoftacoma.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1921).

The property taxes being exempted include both city AND state taxes, which according to city staff total $700,000 *per year* for the Stadium project, of which $160,000 per year is the city’s portion of taxes.

So the State and City

May 14 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

The 8 year abatement is only for encouraging development in general, desperately needed in Tacoma. There is a 12 year abatement that is offered for affordable housing to developers who offer 20% just like in Seattle. In fact, there are multiple developers who will be applying for that 12 year abatement on MLK over the next few years & bay terrace is working on finishing up he next phase of their affordable housing along 25th in the hillside/mccarver neighborhood west of hilltop. It’s not all

May 13 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Glad Pierce Transit wants to get with the times.  I’d like to see more frequent service, maybe with smaller, more fuel efficient buses on the less crowded routes at least. Also, PT should follow King County Metro’s lead (allow dogs on board at the discretion of the driver (and for a fee for a larger dog).  That has worked well in Seattle for decades. Maybe start with a pilot on the #11 to Pt. D.

May 13 2016 Help Pierce Transit Design a New Route System

Why does our city give away more and more tax breaks to developers with out concessions?  (Other than campaign contributions…)

Why don’t the council, like Seattle’s, ask for affordable housing units in these buildings?

I sincerely doubt developers need it to be profitable or they wouldn’t build.  The region is running our of urban areas so the developers would have come here anyway.

May 12 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Agree.

These apartments aren’t for Tacoma people.  They are for people who work and “play” somewhere else and just sleep here.

May 12 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

I agree with you that “Nice Newer” apartments are a different market than the “old crappy” rentals readily avaible now.

I disagree these developments will lower rents over time.  It hasn’t in Seattle, even with the building boom.  What these buildings do is trade one demographic (lower income born in Tacoma) for another (higher income from else where).  Two different markets with two different products.

Since rich people want to live by other rich people, you have a product (fancy apartment)

May 12 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Yep, and these development do seem to market to the “person who wishes they could live in Seattle but can’t afford it”.

And if they spend all their time commuting, how much do they contribute to the Tacoma community?

But to KLA253’s point, if they are going to give away tax money, we should get more concessions in terms of affordable housing.

May 12 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Agree that this development seems like it will fit THIS district.  It has good freeway access and the light rail is coming.  It isn’t right in the middle of a residential area either.

What I don’t like about these developments is the buildings are big ugly behemoths.  They tend to be very boxy and monolithic.  They all look alike, and (minus the railing and tiny decks) could almost pass for the big public housing developments of the past.

I wish they was some architectural element that wasn’t

May 12 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Agreed until you said Tacoma needs more congestion.

Isn’t the reason for “density” livability and a reduction in congestion?  Most people who chose Tacoma (not forced here from Seattle because of high rents) say the lack of congestion is a selling point.

Not all “density” is good.  Look at Cabrini Green in Chicago.  At some point it turns bad.

May 12 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Regarding the “food desert” issue on the Eastside, the parking lot at the proposed center should be better designed to facilitate public farmer market activities.  Facilities to help fuel a weekly market for farmers at that site should not be an after-thought in the final design.  In particular, there should be a covered area so that such produce tables could operate year-round.

May 12 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

That makes the assumption the residents are working local and not commuting to Seattle

May 11 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Or…other apartments look at what they are asking and a new bar is set for the area.
Whats their formula? A mortgage in the area is X dollars so lets make the apartments X-Y ?

May 11 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

how many working artists are working in tacoma looking for lofts to live in?  I picture an artist who just finished a sculpture hefting the 900# monstrosity onto the roof of the sounder for the “simple” ride north to collect his/her $8,340.00 from Dooey, Cheatham and Howe who purchased it for their lobby.

May 11 2016 Another Brewery for Tacoma's Brewery District?

YAY!!! The bum and druggie shuttle lives on!! woohoo!!!

May 11 2016 Free Ride on Tacoma Link Continues

While I completely agree with the outcry against the tax abatement, I cannot understand the opposition to the project due to parking concerns.  By increasing the housing density in the area, along with increased public transportation via the link, the idea is that residents of this community would no longer require a vehicle. Having worked at several brand new apartment communities in Seattle over the past several years, most “normal” residents are able to afford $1800-$2000 studio and one

May 11 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Ok Tacoma.  Time to fill in some of the dead blightful parking lots which have sucked out much of the life of the city.

http://comics.feedtacoma.com/tacomic/1-13-09-city-of-parking-lots/

May 10 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

I really appreciate Jennifer, Matt, and Brendan’s comments on the topic - couldn’t agree more. The City Council had this on tonight’s agenda and though I was working and couldn’t attend, I did finally get off my butt and email my councilmember (and Mayor Strickland) specifically about the property tax exemption issue. I hope a few of you were able to attend and that others have or will contact their elected officials or staff in the Planning department.

Developers - particularly those

May 10 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Great location, right next to sluggos and half pint pizza and pub…great places all..can’t bwait to “get my pin on”... Sid Seattle..

May 10 2016 New 21+ Pinball Lounge Coming to 6th Ave

Okay, so the initial asking price for rent is unaffordable for most people.  Understandable.  Please tell me where else I can find a nice newer apartment in Tacoma?  Not something that’s been lived in by dozens of other people and not well maintained?  The supply is limited.  Over time, rents will drop.  There is SO MUCH poorly-utilized land in Tacoma that it’s sickening to see our forests in the suburbs bulldozed for cookie-cutter poorly-built houses that people will live in so that they can

May 10 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

The type of crime that you describe happens everywhere.  It’s happened in my isolated upper-middle class subdivision.  It’s even happened in the small town in a cornfield in the rural Midwest where my parents live.  This is the world we live in today.  Once we start prioritizing law enforcement budgets adequate to do neighborhood patrols, we will see this type of petty crime decline.  You can’t get something for nothing.  Not willing to pay higher taxes for neighborhood patrols or cut “pet

May 10 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

We need more parking to accommodate the existing and already proposed businesses in this area.  This area is notorious for its lack of parking and many potential customers avoid it for that reason.

May 09 2016 Local Revitalization Funds for Tacoma

n summary, those who were most enthusiastic participated.

The survey was “self selected.” What this means is that if you wanted to participate, had the time and interest to participate, had access to the Internet (not all of us do), and did so, that was the outcome. Similar to a caucus system, the most passionate people on both sides tend to participate, particularly on the favorable side given the region’s (especially in Seattle) extremely high appetite for more taxes, particularly in

May 09 2016 Sound Transit receives 34,706 survey responses, 2,320 written comments on ST3 Draft Plan

We need more construction of affordable housing for purchase.  I think that we are getting too many rental properties in this area.  Home ownership results in residents who are more vested in the community than renters.  We already have a high density of rental apartment complexes in this area.  With the construction of the new apartment complex on 4th and Broadway and now this within blocks, we are straining existing public services, without the benefit of taxation at all for the first eight

May 09 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Bring it on!  I always enjoy visiting the Pinball Museum when in Vegas for trade shows.

May 09 2016 New 21+ Pinball Lounge Coming to 6th Ave

just make sure the recording studio is designed by recording experts and the athletic portion is designed by athletes.  Don’t have some oversight committee that doesn’t know a conga from a 45# plate from a plate of jambalaya design the whole thing.

May 09 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

wait a minute.  cooking, music recording, weights and cardio equipment?  All of that appeals to me.  Mix in extra math and science lectures or software coding and it would be perfect.

May 09 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

Extra!  Extra!  Read all about it - Freeloaders to Continue to Freeload in Perpetuity

May 09 2016 Free Ride on Tacoma Link Continues

Must be that “Biergarten Bump”

May 09 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

“Likewise, proctor station is struggling to fill its commercial space.”

How is it struggling to lease space? They have Walla Walla Clothing, Top Pot Doughnuts, Rudy’s Barbershop & Coldwell Banker. The last 2 spaces are pending..

May 09 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

This type of facility really seems like something that would lend itself well to a joint use with an existing school.  Activities for the “young people” of the east side of Tacoma would generally be held outside of school hours.  Is there any reason at all that a gymnasium couldn’t be used for BOTH a school and for after school and summer activities?  Is there any reason that a swimming pool couldn’t be built at one of our public schools and offered to be used by the community during evenings,

May 09 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

Good news. Stadium District businesses need more humans to survive. This sad vacuous parking lot has been sitting dead for years.

Right, because the Thriftway, Franco, Ranko’s, the Harvester, Tully’s, Morrell’s, etc. ad nauseum, have been struggling for so long. Good businesses will survive, bad businesses won’t.

I feel for the owners of the Legacy and Casablanca, those buildings will not only lose their water views but also most of their sunlight. Yeah, there’s a high-rise a couple of

May 09 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Isn’t there already a community center on Portland Avenue?

May 09 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

Again, you’ve proven yourself to be an idiot.

May 08 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Yeah! Maybe they can build a homeless shelter instead!!!

May 08 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Oh, while I’m at it…How much will the Puyallup Indians be contributing to this? This is their “sacred holy land” isn’t it?

May 08 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

Glad to hear about this.  It’s great that the Seattle building boom is finally starting to have reverberations in Tacoma. 

These rent prices are pretty high, but I’m hoping/ expecting that they will be reflected with a high quality product, something a little more than the typical plywood box apartment buildings that are a dime a dozen.

As for the concerns about how “appropriate” this is for the neighborhood- this is exactly what the Stadium District needs and is built to handle.  In case

May 08 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

When I read anything with “envision” what I’m really seeing is another upcoming tax levy

May 08 2016 Eastside Community Center: #ImagineEastside

Cool project!  Looking forward to this one.  Stadium is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Tacoma.  The more density in this area the better.  I’m not too concerned about congestion as a result of this complex and the beer hall across the street.  Frankly, Tacoma needs A LOT more congestion in its neighborhoods.  This isn’t Puyallup or Sumner, it’s an urban environment.

May 08 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

The next City Council Meeting is this Tue at 5pm. I think it’s important to have as many concerned citizens attend as possible. I’ll be there. There should be a commitment period for it.

http://www.cityoftacoma.org/cms/one.aspx?objectId=1972

May 08 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Did you notice the date on that article? It is from May 2013, three years ago. It claims that rents in Seattle are starting to fall because of increased housing supply, and it predicts that the fall will accelerate. Three years later, those predictions appear to have been wildly wrong.

To the extent that Seattle teaches us anything, it is that frenzied construction of expensive housing does not guarantee more affordable housing. There are plenty of other factors that go into development

May 08 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

When the beer hall opens, there will be an increased demand for parking and that lot will fill up on a daily basis.  When/if this building goes up, the parking for a new and vibrant business will dry up.  The result will be street parking and congestion.  We will be cutting off our nose to spite our face.  I’m not sure how anyone can say that more density is needed in a city that had a large condo complex that struggled to fill itself for years and had a new banner made every time occupancy

May 08 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

25%... Not 300%

May 08 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

You’re better off buying a tent.
The most that I have ever paid for rent was $300 per month
and now I am a multiple property/homeowner/mogul.
I agree that we should get rid of urban sprawl by eliminating the excessive space occupied by motor vehicles which take over half of a cities land making destinations twice as far which also works against the very purpose of a car (it’s own enemy).
I farm quite happily in my back yard which means less need to travel to a supermarket.Why slave to give

May 08 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Let me rephrase that: there is increased demand but it’s no danger of exceeding the supply of available homes any time soon, if price is not an issue for you. If we would like to encourage that trend though I’m sure it will happen sooner or later that even relatively wealthy people will have a hard time finding housing here. Not sure why that’s a goal.

May 07 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Erik. There is plenty of available housing in Tacoma, there is no increased demand. What there isn’t enough of are places people who already live here can afford on the wages they are making in Tacoma. If you want to move down here from Seattle and pay less than you are paying there you will find that this is not a problem presently.

May 07 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

This project is likely due to the coming streetcar that will go right by its front door.  That streetcar has been planned to go through this area and on this street (whether it went down 6th or MLK) since like 2008-ish - with a probable opening in 2021.  Streetcar usually increases property values by about 30% once it is completed because it creates demand for housing along its tracks.  So, I don’t understand why anyone would complain about the housing costs being high here.  By the time this

May 07 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Especially since Thriftway already hired the guy to yell at people who already try to park in the lot to do their dry cleaning. He’d have lots of fun with new renters without parking spots.

May 07 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Regarding the Stadium area, First Presbyterian Church, which years ago bought the old adjacent Buckley King Funeral Home for use as a chapel, should ponder development of a high-rise apartment complex on the parking lot behind the church complex overlooking Wright Park that could be a combination of market-rate and affordable (read low income) apartments that would generate revenue for the church’s mission but also include parking for church attendees in an included parking structure.  Tacoma

May 07 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments

Why should we as a city offer the developers an 8 year tax exemption when there is a high demand for the completed project.  It’s a Landlord’s market right now, the city doesn’t need to offer incentives to develop more units, there is very little risk (right now) for the developers.

If we’re going to give them 8 years worth of tax exemptions, we should be getting something in return, like a percentage of dedicated affordable units or some site amenities for the general public. (like better

May 07 2016 UPDATED: New Development: Stadium Apartments
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