Morgan's Brain

Jul. 19, 2009 at 1:00am

Downtown Development Update - July 2009

Several weeks back I took a quick little tour through downtown (the expanded definition of downtown) to see how some projects were going. It was reassuring to see these glimmers of hope moving forward for Tacoma.

Located above Tacoma Ave at 13th, an affordable housing project by the Catholic Community Services Archdiocesan Housing Authority (too bad they couldn't build on the corner where the trashy "Grocery/Deli" is):


Next up is the much anticipated Metropolitan Development mixed-use project at 25th & Yakima Avenue - the one where a grocery store is being talked about. It's amazing to see a hill transformed into a hole! Complete with natural springs! It looks like they had to shore up parts of the retaining wall because of underground springs in the area. They are fast-tracking this project and have gotten the foundation in since these photos were taken.


If you know me, you know I like old buildings. Here's one of the older commercial buildings on Tacoma Avenue. This is where Labor Ready (now True Blue) started out. And if you saw what it looked like before, you can REALLY appreciate what it looks like now. Unfortunately, the economy has made new and old buildings difficult to lease. Huge kudo's to Fred Roberson for being a pioneer in investing and making Tacoma's older downtown buildings attractive again.

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by Erik on 7/19/2009 @ 8:29am
Located above Tacoma Ave at 13th, an affordable housing project by the Catholic Community Services Archdiocesan Housing Authority

Not a bad look for low income housing.

However, from the look of the building design though, with the greater number of units sharing the same internal space, are are likely going to experience a much higher crime rate had they designed it differently.

The physical factors that correlate most strongly with crime rates are, in order of importance: the height of the buildings, which in turn correlates highly with the number of apartments sharing the entry to a building; the size of the housing project or the total number of dwelling units in the project; and the number of other publicly assisted housing projects in the area

www.huduser.org/publications/pdf/def.pdf

They are going to have to work hard to keep it from being another Winthrop or Olympus Hotel. Hopefully, the internal hallways and floors are divided in some other manner.

Perhaps CCC will heavily staff the complex.

Next up is the much anticipated Metropolitan Development mixed-use project at 25th & Yakima Avenue - the one where a grocery store is being talked about.

Everyone is praying for this project. This area of Tacoma needs as much help as it can get. A cool grocery store would be a coup on many fronts.