Tacoma City Council is scheduled to vote next week on a resolution authorizing the sale of a parcel of City-owned land to the Puyallup Tribe of Indians to enable the tribe to develop a justice center adjacent to the tribe’s existing administration building.
According to documents prepared by City staff, the City of Tacoma originally purchased the property, located adjacent to 3009 Portland Avenue East, in 1998 in order to maintain through-alley access between Portland Avenue and R Street. If approved by City Council, the 2,641-square-foot parcel would be sold to the Puyallup Tribe for $26,410. Similarly, City Council will also consider an ordinance vacating the alley right-of-way between East 30th and East 31st Streets, extending between Portland Avenue East and East R Street, for the future development of the tribe’s justice center.
The justice center is planned to be completed in three phases, according to the Puyallup Tribe’s Web site. The first phase will include a $8.8 million, 20,237-square-foot correctional facility with room for 43 inmates. The second phase will include a $4.5 million, 12,354-square-foot facility for police operations. The third phase will include a $6.8 million, 16,868-square-foot facility for courtrooms and legal services.
Tacoma City Council is scheduled to vote on a resolution authorizing the sale and the ordinance vacating the alley right-of-way during its meeting on Tues., July 24 at 5 p.m. in City Council Chambers on the first floor of the Tacoma Municipal Building, located 747 Market Street. Meeting materials are available online here. Meetings are streamed live online here and broadcast live on TV Tacoma.