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Wright Park Steering Committee
In honor of historic preservation in Tacoma, the Landmarks Preservation Commission has released its list of 2008 Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation Award recipients.
This year's list recognizes the preservation efforts of Tacoma's exceptional residential restorations, grassroots efforts and stewards of historic properties. The 2008 Preservation Awards will be presented at the City Council meeting on Oct. 28. The award recipients include David & Josephine Root; Todd & Paula Bond; Dr. Caroline T. Swope & David Waring; Metro Parks; Chinese Reconciliation Park; Historic Tacoma; and Save Our Bridge. (Oct 22 2008) Members of the City Council are scheduled Oct. 21 to watch a documentary film produced by the Tacoma Civil Rights Project, which highlights individuals and institutions involved in the civil rights movement in Tacoma. Curated by Tacoma historian Tom Stenger, this exhibit examines the ways in which Tacoma welcomed sailors to town during two eras -- early in the 20th century and during the 1930's and 1940's. What kind of entertainment and services did Tacoma provide? TV Tacoma is broadcast on cable Channel 12 within Tacoma and on Channel 21 in parts of Pierce County. The awards recognize community members' vision, dedication and action in creating a lively arts community in Tacoma. Originally part of a 110-year-old trail system that crossed Tacoma and extended to Mt. Rainier, remnants of the historic 1896 Water Ditch Trail "spine" are still used today. A nomination to designate Tacoma's "Wedge" neighborhood as the city's next historic district will be reviewed for the second time this month by the City of Tacoma's Landmarks Preservation Commission. Under the proposed agreement, Pierce County and the Peninsula Metropolitan Park District would jointly purchase the 567-acre airport and 18-hole golf course from Tacoma for $5 million. Of the county's $3 million share, $2 million will come from the sale of the Elk Plain Road Shop property in Graham, and the other $1 million is real estate excise taxes set aside in the 2008 budget. If the park district defaults on its payments, the county will cover the difference and assume sole ownership of the property. County Public Works and Utilities staff believe they can operate Tacoma Narrows Airport at a profit the first year by sharing equipment with Thun Field, Pierce County's current airport on South Hill. Before the proposal advances to the full council, the Rules and Operations Committee will consider it at its Sept. 22 meeting at 11 a.m. in the Council Chambers (930 Tacoma Ave. S., Room 1045, Tacoma). Visit the council Web site for more information. (Sep 19 2008) Purple lights in October will raise domestic violence awareness The Commission Against Domestic Violence hopes to see purple porch lights shining throughout Tacoma and Pierce County next month. On Sept. 10, the commission revisited the item and opened it up to public comment before voting to recommend the nomination and forward it City Council, which has the final vote on adding buildings to Tacoma's historic register. (Sep 17 2008) The CRDs were awarded to three commercial building projects in Tacoma. Home furnishing retailer IKEA will officially inaugurate its Northwest Distribution Center near Tacoma with a ceremony Weds., Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. Applications can be obtained from Parks and Recreation, 9112 Lakewood Drive S.W., Lakewood, or the Office of the County Executive, 930 Tacoma Ave. S. room 737, Tacoma. Will Tacoma's Wedge neighborhood go historic? For Schlegel Sports, the Dallas, Tex.-based sports management team that purchased the Tacoma Rainiers in 2006 and wrapped up its second complete season of ownership this week, boosting fan attendance is one of several tasks it faces in presenting minor league baseball in Tacoma. A visit with the team's front office, where executives are building support for Tacoma's hometown nine. (Sep 04 2008) Much appreciated your story on Tacoma's [heritage] trees ("Saving Tacoma's Urban Arbor," 08/26/08 -- http://tacomadailyindex.com/portals-code/list.cgi?paper=88&cat=23&id=1296206&more=0 ). A heritage tree program would be a good measure for the city. But beyond that, better forestry and tree management practices are in order. Consider that each property owner is responsible for maintaining the street trees in front of their property. On streets like Yakima, one of Tacoma's best planted streets, that has led to some unfortunate mishaps. Designed by Chicago architecture firm Burnham & Root, it was one of the first high-rise towers on the West Coast, the embodiment of engineering genius - sturdy brick shell, cast iron columns, and wood construction on the upper floors -- that allowed the building to top out at a soaring height for 1890s Tacoma. When sifting back through Tacoma's history, one valuable resource is the City of Tacoma's register of historic places. The list includes nearly 150 properties spanning from the 1870s to the 1950s. An equally valuable resource could be the city's trees. Tacoma is home to many so-called "heritage trees" that date back to the late-1890s and early-1900s. Located in Tacoma's Point Defiance Park, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a restoration of the Hudson's Bay Company outpost on the Puget Sound where visitors can travel back in time and experience life in Washington Territory during the Fur Trade era. It's one of many trees in the area that date back through much of Tacoma's history. A dramatic decline in revenue collected by the City of Tacoma through Real Estate Excise Taxes (REET) could delay $2.4 million in facilities and maintenance improvements slated for 20 fire stations throughout Tacoma, according to a presentation made Tuesday by the City's finance and budget director. Instead, Alexander -- a preservationist who once served on the board of directors of Historic Tacoma -- thought of another plan. (Aug 19 2008) This year's fundraising event will focus on the role of streetcars in Tacoma's early history. Other auction items include a driving tour of Tacoma's former streetcar system, historic photos of Tacoma, a Lionel K-line trolley set, and a 2-hour historic harbor cruise aboard the Destiny for thirty guests. Discover some of Tacoma's hidden treasures from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat., Aug. 23, during the 2nd annual Tacoma Community Garden Tour. LeMay Car Museum will hold the 31st Annual LeMay Museum Car Show & Auction Sponsored by AAA Washington at the Marymount Academy and the LeMay grounds in Tacoma on Sat., Aug. 30 from 9am to 5pm. According to a statement, DOR has installed self-service computer workstations in each of its 12 field offices, including Tacoma. According to Historic Tacoma's Web site, he is an architectural intern with Belay Architecture in Tacoma, and serves on the Wright Park Steering Committee and New Tacoma Neighborhood Council. According to organizers, the free event is aimed to celebrate the local and regional arts scene in Tacoma's urban museum district. According to Historic Tacoma, exhibit designer and architect Bert Smyser, who designed the Coffee Pot Restaurant (known today as Bob's Java Jive) was behind the design and construction of the Streamline Moderne house in 1941. The City of Tacoma and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber have signed a contract for the management of Tollefson Plaza that will have the Chamber manage this public space and its growth as a center for Tacoma's civic life. (Aug 05 2008) The Board of Health unanimously recommended Dr. Chen to County Executive John Ladenburg and Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma. "The building, both architecturally and culturally, represents the post-World War II building boom and the emergence of the mid-century American teenage culture in Tacoma." (Jul 23 2008) The City Council is scheduled during its July 22 meeting to hold a public hearing on the proposed sale of approximately 15.7 acres of Tacoma Power's industrial land located at 1300 Taylor Way in the tideflats area of Tacoma. In Tacoma, $36,500 will be spent on projects that include artifact conservation at Fort Nisqually, newspaper clipping preservation by Tacoma Public Library, and a monument plaque for Allen C. Mason Plaza requested by the Tacoma Historical Society. (Jul 17 2008) The governor was joined at the celebration by Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Deputy Secretary Dave Dye, Gig Harbor Mayor Chuck Hunter, Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma, and other elected and community leaders. (Jul 17 2008) "The Aurora Bridge is a designated City of Seattle landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places," said WSDOT Regional
ManorCare of Tacoma has announced the three new employees at its facility: Tina Irwin, administrator; Eric Dobry, director of nursing; and Janice Suarez-Pena, human resources director.Tacoma's film production company Dead Gentlemen Productions has released its latest film, "The Gamers: Dorkness Rising."Historic Tacoma works to salvage materials from demolitionHistoric Tacoma coordinated an effort last week to salvage parts of a 1916 bungalow slated for demolition on Tacoma's Hilltop.Readers of the Port of Tacoma's magazine will learn about the region's growing base of warehousing and import distribution centers.The state Department of Revenue has made it easier for taxpayers without computers to access resources on the department's Web site as well as at self-service computer workstations in each of its 12 field offices, including Tacoma.Read moreThe governor was joined at the celebration by Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste, Washington State Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Dave Dye, Gig Harbor Mayor Chuck Hunter, Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma, and other elected and community leaders.The East D Street improvement on that major corridor for rail and motor freight entering and leaving Tacoma's waterfront are ready for traffic.Read moreState health officials have suspended certification of a backflow assembly tester who falsified inspection reports on a drinking water system while working for a client in Tacoma.Demolition work is set to start to begin on 129 buildings and other structures on Tacoma's Blair-Hylebos Peninsula to clear the site for NYK's planned container terminal. Read moreThe Foss Waterway Seaport, with the help of local partners, has renovated the 108-year-old warehouse to house education facilities, exhibits, boat building facilities and historical displays celebrating Tacoma's rich maritime heritage.Read moreThe Tacoma City Council is scheduled to consider a resolution that would designate a International Financial Services Area as a special emphasis area within the Downtown Commercial Core Zone and other measures outlined in the effort to keep Russell Investments from leaving Tacoma when its leases run out.Read moreThe state Department of Social and Health Services stopped admissions and revoked the license of Flora Vista Boarding Home in Tacoma.As part of the acquisition process, it was announced that the operations of the newly acquired office will be merged into those of Carlson Wagonlit's offices in Tacoma.Read moreFaced with challenges from neighbors of the proposed logistics center proposed by Port of Tacoma and Port of Olympia, port officials have announced that they plan to scale back the center to be just a distribution center and not seek to locate manufactures at the Maytown site.Port of Tacoma has partnered with the Northwest Minority Business Council to host a small business vendor fair in Tacoma on June 19.Read more
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