The Biz Buzz

Get the most up-to-date news, insights and analysis of Tacoma, Pierce County and South Puget Sound business.

NOTICE: The Biz Buzz has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved The Biz Buzz.
Visit the new section.

Update on tribe’s plans for Portland Avenue site

Post by C.R. Roberts / The News Tribune on Dec. 31, 2007 at 12:48 pm |
December 31, 2007 12:48 pm

Okay, here’s the deal. I spoke today with John Weymer, spokesman for the Puyallup Tribe, and he tells me the original press release was incorrect. WH Pacific, the Anchorage firm, has been hired to prepare a master plan. The firm is not doing the the specific design work for the site – on 50 acres of tribal land between Portland Avenue and the current casino along I-5 and the beginning of River Road.

Weymer said the agreement with WH Pacific is only about "how to utilize the property. They are not contracted to do design – it’s just a master plan."

The tribe intends that the developed site will include, Weymer said, an elders’ center, youth center, community center, and justice center that will include a jail. The master plan will also include a site proposal – to determine a footprint – for a new casino.

Any construction is a few years away.

The News Tribune now uses Facebook commenting on selected blogs. See editor's column for more details. Commenters are expected to abide by terms of service for Facebook as well as commenting rules for Report violators to