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Apr. 2, 2008 at 11:49am

Drake's Owner Heading to Midland

Former Drake's downtown owner John Hemmen has a new project popping up out in Midland. A squirrel in my attic tells me that the spot at S. 99th and Portland Ave. [ map ] is the former sandwich shop that served up the "Midland Monster". John's hope is to feature something on the menu that can take on the "Monster" title so the existing mural outside can stay. Sounds like the space has some great lighting and Hemmen removed the ceiling to find some great old wood beams inside the brick structure.

Not much happening out in Midland but there's charm to be had and this effort is part of a push to help add some life to the former historic train stop just south of the more modern Hwy 512. Look for John's new place to open out there in a little less than a month.

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by Frinklin on 4/2/2008 @ 12:47pm
Squirrels in the attic? You might want to have that looked at.

by thriceallamerican on 4/2/2008 @ 12:49pm
Huh. I'd heard some good things about that deli, actually. Sorry to hear I'll never get to try the original Midland Monster.

by Life in Pierce County (.com) on 4/6/2008 @ 11:41am
Though they may not mean much to some, the following list of “happenings” in the historic unincorporated town of Midland means a lot to others:

1) We've just been granted our 501 C(3) for our business association (first one since the 50's).

2) Therefore we're one step closer to our Downtown Core Revitalization plan (much thanks goes to District 5 Councilmember Barbara Gelman who has set aside a small chunk of dough for us to get started).

3) Midtown Deli opened at 97th St E & Golden Given (and has recently applied for a beer/wine license).

4) The vintage service station at 99th & Portland (across from the above mentioned "deli" has re-opened as a small-engine repair/service center (mowers, ATVs, go-carts and loads more).

5) Our re-pavng project is complete along Portland Ave (from 72nd St E to 104th St E) - which was a loooong time comin'.

6) One of our problem-causing non-compliant hulk-hauling/wreckers operating out of a residential dwelling is being shut down with help from the TPCHD, PALS Code Enforcement and WSP.

7) Code Enforcement is crackin' down on a junker who moved to Midland after being booted out of South Tacoma Way for, well, collecting an absurd amount of junk on his property. For the past 4 years he's gotten away with the complete mess he’s made in Midland (including piling his junk atop County right-of-way which also happens to be atop the McChord Pipeline).

8) The homeless encampments behind Kmart have been completely cleaned up.

9) The Allison family has begun the preliminary stages of their major development on several N/C & C/E parcels at/near 99th-102nd & Portland Ave.

10) Peck Weld has acquired two pieces of property adjoining their property and have completed their much-needed expansion.

11) We acquired new playground equipment for our park (again thanks to Barbara Gelman) and held a super-fun ribbon-cutting ceremony with about 30 elementary-age kids.

12) Ground is being broken on the SE corner of 85th St E & Portland Ave for the expansion of King’s Manor Senior Living Center.

13) Demolition of the old, retired gas station on the SW corner of the same intersection, made way for new development.

14) Which reminds me of the SOAP boundary which was drawn and implemented a few months back. Some found it odd that the SOAP boundary line was drawn where it was as it made it extra-illegal to “conduct business” north of 85th St E along Portland Ave, but not-so-illegal on the south side of 85th, in plain view of Harvard Elementary, the senior housing facility, a church, and the food bank. Hmmm.

15) Todd Mathews wrote & published a fantastic article Historic Preservation, which included a substantial amount of information on Midland. It’s the first time we’ve been in the news for anything other than murders and homeless encampments for a very long time. You can read the articles here www.exit133.com/3064/behind-the-times or here www.tacomadailyindex.com/portals-code/li...

So as you can see, there are indeed things happening in Midland--things that could easily go unnoticed by anyone who wasn't tuned in to this unusual historic unincorporated town known as Midland.

Stacy Emerson

by jenyum on 4/6/2008 @ 12:13pm
Are there any plans to incorporate?

by Life in Pierce County (.com) on 4/7/2008 @ 1:23pm
No, not at this time. We recently had someone speak to our community group about doing so, but no one jumped at the idea.


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