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Tacoma Mountaineers finally get green light for building expansion

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Jan. 31, 2012 at 3:01 pm |
January 31, 2012 3:08 pm
This is an architect's rendering of the expansion planned of the Tacoma Mountaineers Clubhouse.

After a delay of several months, the Tacoma Mountaineers have received the building permit and are proceeding with the group’s clubhouse in Old Town.

Branch president Geoff Lawrence said the group received the permit Friday and work has already started on the site preparation and hazardous material remediation.

The Mountaineers are going to add a second floor to their clubhouse, at 2302 N. 30th St., Tacoma. The group is moving forward with the $1.25 million renovation to create the South Sound Program Center. Not only will it house Tacoma Mountaineers operations and programs, the group will also make it available to other conservation groups in the area.

The original plan was to begin construction in October and have the building ready for the Tacoma Mountaineers’ 100th anniversary in March. Lawrence said the original estimate was for the work to take six months, but he hopes that can be shortened some since they’ll be working into better weather.

The general contractor is Merit Construction Northwest and the architect is Amy DeDominicis.

A ceremonial groundbreaking, including some local dignitaries and others, will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 8.

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