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.