City of Tacoman News: Tacoma City Council

Tacoma City Council
Study Session
Noon, Tuesday, September 17, 2002
Room 16
Tacoma Municipal Building North
733 Market St.

Development, police substations
The City Council will hear a progress report on “Destination Downtown” and a presentation on police substations options. The Tacoma Economic Development Department has implemented the policy direction of the three-year-old downtown plan and code known as Destination Downtown. Staff will provide an overview of accomplishments and progress.

In addition, the Tacoma Police Department will present the final site options for the four new sector stations. The department chose these sites with the help of a series of public meetings and evaluation by the project managers, consultants, and an internal oversight team. The council will hear about two options for each sector station and get a report on each site. In February, voters approved a bond measure for the construction of a new police headquarters and four new substations. The public may attend the study session, but the council will not take public comment.

Tacoma City Council
Regular Meeting
5 p.m., Tuesday, September 17, 2002
Council Chambers
Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market St.

Property tax exemption
The council will consider granting a Multi-Family Housing Limited Property Tax Exemption Agreement to Rex and Francis Williams. The couple plans to construct between five and eight units of condominium housing in the 200 block of North G Street. Construction of the new 1,500-square-foot, two-bedroom condominiums will provide short-term employment for 10 to 12 workers. The units will provide housing for individuals and small families. The estimated tax savings is approximately $17,900 a year for 10 years. The city expects the value of the land to increase, which will produce additional tax revenues. The council will take public comment before voting on the measure.

Bridge project property sale
The Second Narrows Bridge project may make headway when the council considers selling three pieces of property for the state to use as expanded State Route 16 right-of-way. The city plans to sell the property to the Washington State Department of Transportation for approximately $1.6 million. Two parcels are the present and future sites of the War Memorial Park. The third parcel includes a portion of the city’s Wastewater facilities property. The new park location—a 3.7-acre site just off the south side of SR-16 at the intersection with Jackson Avenue—will offer better access and other improvements over the existing park at the Tacoma side of the bridge entrance. At no cost to the city, the state will return the improved park to the city by the time the new bridge is complete and replace and relocate the wastewater pump station to another area of the site. The city acquired the future park property from the state in 1985 and 1986 and the existing park property in 1951 and 1960. The council will take comment on the measure before voting.