Sep. 12, 2011 at 12:43pm
Found via Google Earth - Explored via Bicycle
Photos taken in vacant area roughly between S.38th - 56th / Tyler - South Tacoma Way on 11 September, 2011. Entered area via a trail off Tyler not far from S. 41rst St. The amount of trash on this site is considerable and these photos only represent a small portion. There is a wetland with willows along the western border, just off Tyler.
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by NineInchNachos on 9/12/2011 @ 12:57pm
|just nasty. thanks for the post!|
by ixia on 9/12/2011 @ 1:04pm
|We contacted the pollution hotline at the city, which turns out to be Citizens for a Healthy Bay. Wondering who the property owner/s is/are.|
by NineInchNachos on 9/12/2011 @ 1:07pm
|is that the old rail road mechanic yard?|
by ixora on 9/12/2011 @ 1:32pm
|I think you are right, it probably is the old rail yard... almost all the track has been pulled, though. I couldn't find the property owner listed on the Pierce County website... i am guessing BNSF.|
by NineInchNachos on 9/12/2011 @ 1:37pm
|If it is a lucky guess I credit the old guys who would stand up at council meetings and complain that the LeMay Auto Museum as not being built there instead of on the Tacoma Dome's Parking lot.|
by KevinFreitas on 9/12/2011 @ 2:07pm
|Yeah, that's a disgusting sight/site for sure! Yeah, far as I can tell via county records like this one that's all BNSF land. Unbelievable that such huge parcels (one is 52 acres) in the middle of a city could just be left sitting unused like this except as a rogue dump.|
Here also is the satellite map of the area where, if you zoom in far enough, you can see the piles of garbage everywhere:
by fredo on 9/12/2011 @ 2:31pm
|I think that property belongs to Wm. Dickson.|
by KevinFreitas on 9/12/2011 @ 2:38pm
|Some of the property might @fredo but check the link I posted above -- looks like the majority is BNSF.
by fredo on 9/12/2011 @ 3:17pm
|Bet there are some hong kong sized rats down there.|
by ixia on 9/12/2011 @ 4:05pm
|ah, Mr. Dickson who tore down the Luzon. Tacoma's good luck charm.|
by fredo on 9/12/2011 @ 4:43pm
|he has knocked down a lot of buildings including the Luzon, also the old city hall on Tacoma Ave. He also knocked down the buildings in Seattle when Interstate 5 was put through in the 1950s. But he also puts in water mains and sewer mains all over town. So he's known for construction as well as demolition.|
by CaptainBritton on 9/12/2011 @ 5:03pm
|I believe this is one of the few areas in town that will be zoned for new billboard construction...In case somebody wants to buy up the relocation zones...Just sayin'.|
by NineInchNachos on 9/12/2011 @ 5:07pm
|illegal dumping attracts corporate spam dumping?|
by Nick on 9/12/2011 @ 5:10pm
|Wait, wasn't this that plot of land that was slated for the development of a giant distribution center? Then the economy tanked and those plans followed?|
Anyone else remember that? I'll see if I can track down any links to that story (was maybe from 1-2 years ago?)...
by Nick on 9/12/2011 @ 5:13pm
|... here we go:
The good news: www.exit133.com/3263/prologis-park-in-so...
And the bad news: www.exit133.com/5068/prologis-pulls-out-...
by KevinFreitas on 9/12/2011 @ 5:14pm
|Good catch @Nick! At least Exit133 is still around as an archive. :S|
by Nick on 9/12/2011 @ 5:17pm
by NorthEndDinerDude! on 9/12/2011 @ 6:00pm
|How about we get permission to clean it up and not just sit here and talk about it!|
by fredo on 9/12/2011 @ 6:45pm
|I like your comment about participating in a cleanup NEDD.
After clean up they should make that the site of a new multi-screen drivein movie. It's kind of bottom land so doubt if it has tremendous value. Probably enough room to squeeze in that Taxpayers Reconciliation Park we've been planning too.
by JesseHillFan on 9/12/2011 @ 8:08pm
|Looks like a great place to build an airfield.
Anyone here remember the old Oswald's Tacoma Airport and the South Tacoma Airport?
by jenyum on 9/12/2011 @ 9:32pm
|My guess is it's a brownfield. If it were truly abandoned it would probably only be salvageable via grant/taxpayer money as the cost for clean up would exceed the value of the land. However, since there is a solvent property owner (BNSF) they should be on the hook for it.|
by ixia on 9/13/2011 @ 12:27am
|The west side is a wetland with mature willow trees. That alone should force the propery owner(s) to clean up and secure the property asap.|