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Tacoma Town Center is looking to break ground September of this year, updated permits show. 313,000 sqft of retail, residential & parking are planned for the first phase (pictured) with additional phases along Tacoma Ave. in the future.

Are you looking forward to the huge vacant lot at 21st & Jefferson in the Brewery District being filled with life?

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Big new apartment project in the works in the McCarver neighborhood! Almost 200 units in 2 phases at 21st & Yakima Ave. (NE corner) and about 2/3 of the block north. The project isn't planned to break ground for a year. This will be 2 short blocks from University of Washington Tacoma and the new Town Center development.

If you haven't checked out the Tacoma Untapped Development Map you should! Lots of new updates:…

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More Pizza coming to 6th Ave? California-based The Pizza Press looks to be opening a franchise location on 6th Ave Tacoma at the former Liquor Store building next to Jazzbones. Permits are in the work to update the building into 2 retail spaces, 1 being The Pizza Press.

Learn more at what The Pizza Press offers on their website:

You can never have enough pizza, right?

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On the heels of UberEATS starting up in Tacoma, it appears Grubhub may be next to join the food delivery biz in Tacoma. While Grubhub has 3 restaurants in Tacoma that already do delivery on their own, they are beginning to advertise to Tacoma residents on Facebook and emailing restaurants to join the service. Competition is good right?

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Tacoma's largest multi-family development (250 units) is delayed!

The Hilltop Business District (Association) filed an appeal to a variance which could set the project at 11th & MLK back months. The property owner wanted parts of the building above the 5th story to exceed the 8ft set back in the city code. The Biz Association appealed the variance causing possibly months delay in the project that has been in works for years.

The President of the Hilltop Business Association, ...Anthony Steele, sent the letter below to the City of Tacoma Government. The President of HBA was also someone who complained about the future Tacoma Link extension stations being in the center of the street instead of the sides.

For Information Purposes: Anthony Steele is the President on Allen AME Church.

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BREAKING NEWS : Matson to Partner with SSA Terminals for Tacoma Operations…/matson-to-partner-with-ssa-term…

Port of Tacoma News: APM Terminals鈥 operations in Tacoma are likely to cease by the end of this year after Matson, Inc., its main customer, announced that it does not intend to renew its current terminal services agreement after its expiration on December 31, 2017.

And some love from Dallas!

Afterward, I continued to explore the arts scene on mainland Washington. I heard Tacoma, an industrial city whose reinvention as a glass-art destination, was a wonder to behold.

Robert Moran was told he had two years to live at most when he retired, on doctors' orders, to Orcas Island in 1906. The Seattle shipbuilder and...

Some love from the UK!

"Tacoma lies south of Seattle, sitting in its shadow, but isn鈥檛 to be missed. If you visit, make sure you go kayaking on burnished Commencement Bay. The views of the city, the hills and (on a good day) Mount Rainier are spectacular, and orcas lurk below 鈥 but don鈥檛 let them distract you from the current, which, if you paddle the wrong way, can sweep you down the bay."

he masked face in front of me exploded in silver bubbles. A hand next to it signalled 鈥淥K?鈥. I did a little nod. Straightaway the cage door swung open to reveal a shark, its mouth ajar and full of teeth, hanging in the blue water 10 鈥 no six 鈥 no three 鈥 feet in front of me.

More education options in Downtown Tacoma! Northwest College of Art & Design has purchased the building at 1126 Pacific Ave. and will be moving in this Fall. The school is currently located in Poulsbo.

"The new location of the school is a modern 7 story building located in downtown Tacoma. It will provide us with over 30,000 sq. feet of space, compared to our current locations鈥 16,000. The Tacoma building also has 2 elevators, 2 sets of stairs, 8 bathrooms, and will have multiple computer and lecture rooms for our classes."


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Tacoma Link Light Rail extension to Hilltop may be at risk with our President's new budget. Seems crazy to come this far on the project and then it is gone or delayed long term. What are your thoughts?

The President's budget cuts a major grant program that has and would help build major transit projects across our state. 7 projects in the pipeline and future ones now all at risk.

Seven future transit lines in Washington 鈥 including the light-rail corridor from Lynnwood to Northgate 鈥 would lose their anticipated federal funding under the president鈥檚 budget proposal.

Sending out some feelers to any architects or developers interested in a LARGE mixed-use, multi-family redevelopment site in Lincoln District - Tacoma (off market). Message me.

Another Seattle Restaurant to open in Tacoma. Pike Place Market & Ballard restaurant, El Borracho Del Norte, is heading to the space on 6th Ave Tacoma vacated by Marrow in 2016.

The restaurant's Facebook page says: ""El Take It Easy" at El Borracho Del Norte deep in the heart of Frelard. Serving authentic Mexican street food, mission-style burritos, and house-infused margaritas."

View their website here:

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The on again, off again Foss Harbor project on Dock Street might be seeing some light of day! It looks like the multi-tower project may be active again. The architect, Jon Graves Architects, just submitted a review of design schematics with shoreline requirements to the City of Tacoma. This project has been talked about for years but the market might be right: High demand for apartments, very low inventory of condos. This project sits north of the 11th Street Bridge. More details to come!

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Have you always wanted to slide down the hills of Tacoma? You may get your chance this Summer. Slide the City is coming to Downtown Tacoma on August 26th. The plan is for a 1,000 ft long slide running down 9th between Market & A Street with a live DJ.

Are you ready for some Summer fun?

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We all remember the news of The Ram owner purchasing the Nisqually Power Station, at 25th & C St., from Chihuly last year for a new brewery. Looks like the brewery won't be happening, at least not for a while as the building has been leased to a Hong Kong based furniture company.

It appears the furniture company will be TREE ( ). They have 3 stores in Hong Kong and this looks like their first in the US and could open up more distribution to North America customers.

What are your thoughts? No Beer but a modern eco-friendly furniture store?

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A small area of Downtown Tacoma that hasn't seen much in the way of multi-family development may see some soon. Pillar Properties (a subsidiary of Merrill Gardens) has purchased a building at 22nd & A Street just SE of The Melting Pot & El Gaucho. The property contains a 27,000 sqft industrial building & 36,000 sqft of land (see Carlson Formetec in the pic).

You may recall that Pillar Properties is also in the process of developing the 脡lan Apartments on St Helens Ave. just south of 4th St.

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NEW DEVELOPMENT IN THE BREWERY DISTRICT: A plan in the works for over 3 years to rehab and add floors to the properties off 21st & Commerce street appears to be moving forward. The Oakland-based developer, Horizon Partners Northwest, has been working with the city on the plan and a demolition permit has been applied for to remove the 1-story parking garage in the middle of the property. It is not known if they plan a new building where the garage is being removed. Horizon Par...tners also owns the southern half of the block

From a 2013 Business Examiner post:
Horizon plans to add four stories to the largest of the buildings. That addition will take the largest building from three to seven stories on its downhill side, facing Commerce Street side, and from one to five stories on the uphill South C Street side. Floors one and two will have retail space, with some apartments on the second floor, and 10 apartments per floor on the remaining floors. Details of the apartments include 10-foot ceilings, colored concrete floors, and original beams restored and exposed. Retail spaces will be targeted at smaller businesses, with floor plans in the 600 to 700 square-foot range. In the middle building, they鈥檇 like to bring in a restaurant.

Horizon Partners is no stranger redeveloping buildings in the neighborhood. They own the Horizon Pacific Center (BCRA, INFOBLOX), Hunt Motttet Lofts, the El Gaucho/Melting Pot buildings and the Sandberg Building where DaVita is located.

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