TDI -- Reporter's Blog

Jan. 30, 2009 at 8:30am

City Council, Historic Preservation and You

( Photo By Todd Matthews )  

If you are interested in historic preservation in Tacoma, you will want to attend or tune in to Tuesday's City Council study session. The big topic on the agenda is the coordination of proposals that could re-shape and enhance the city's already impressive preservation program. Last November, I spoke with Historic Preservation Officer Reuben McKnight (pictured) for an article that provided a sense of the changes that would be on the plate in 2009.

The short-list of proposals/ideas includes:

  • A revision to the streets and public places naming policy;
  • Development of a citywide monument and commemorative marker policy;
  • A review of demolition permit applications;
  • Development of procedures to "de-list" historic properties;
  • Development of code enforcement procedures for historic properties and districts;
  • A revision to review procedures for historic district designation; and
  • Establishment of additional historic districts, including the "Wedge," Whitman Area, and West Slope neighborhoods.

As a preview to next week's meeting, I wrote an article for today's edition of the Index.

McKnight is scheduled to make a presentation to City Council Tues., Feb. 3 at 12:00 p.m. in Room 16 of Tacoma Municipal Building North, 733 Market St. Public comment won't be taken, but it's a great opportunity to become informed. Audio from the session will be broadcast live on TV Tacoma. Agenda here. Handouts to follow here.


Following up on Tuesday's meeting, I wrote an article for today's edition.

comments [1]  |  posted under Historic Preservation, Tacoma


by morgan on 1/31/2009 @ 1:07am
Awesome! Good to hear! Thanks for covering this Todd- I wish the TNT would give this kind of stuff more exposure. And good job Reuben- keep up the great work!


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