Tacoma City Council approves TCRA appointments

Tacoma City Council Tuesday confirmed the appointments and re-appointments of six local residents to serve on the 10-member Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority (TCRA) Board.

TCRA is tasked with administering loans to low-income families who need help buying or repairing their homes, as well as to developers who provide multi-family housing to low-income families. The board also works with businesses that rehabilitate blighted commercial space, as well as with non-profit organizations that provide key services to the local community.

The board consists of lawyers, bankers, contractors, certified public accountants, and real estate brokers or agents. They serve two-year terms. The board meets at 7:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

City Council’s Neighborhoods and Housing Committee conducted interviews earlier this month and forwarded its recommendations to the full council.

“This is a very important organization that makes decisions about housing and other public development projects,” said Councilmember Lauren Walker, who also chairs the Neighborhoods and Housing Committee. “There was a lot of interest in this. It was a very difficult decision.”

Action taken Tuesday by councilmembers appoints Chris Van Vechten to the “Attorney” designation, re-appoints Steve Snider and Teresa Colby to the “Banking or Financing” designations, appoints Jason Kors to the “Certified Public Accountant” designation, re-appoints Edward “Curt” Curtis to the “Licensed Realtor or Broker” designation, and appoints Michael McNiel to the “Licensed Realtor or Broker” designation. Each appointee will serve two-year terms that expire on Dec. 31, 2015.

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