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Tacoma’s Old City Hall on agenda for City Council study session today

Post by Kathleen Cooper / The News Tribune on Dec. 14, 2010 at 10:21 am |
December 14, 2010 2:26 pm

The agenda for the Tacoma City Council’s study session includes an update on Old City Hall. No public comment is taken at the study session, which is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at the Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway.

The News Tribune will be there, and we’ll let you know if anything new comes up.

UPDATE, 1:00 p.m.: Councilman David Boe tells me that Old City Hall’s owner, George Webb, is scheduled to speak at the study session.

The way the session is set up at the Pantages, it’s somewhat hard for audience members to see what’s going on. The meeting is happening on the stage, and the council’s table is set up with their back to the audience. But the presentation table faces out.

UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: The council is hearing a report from the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. As soon as Mr. Webb starts to update the council, I’ll post here.

1:55 p.m.: Mayor Strickland tells Mr. Webb that this is not a public flogging, and that questions should be kept at the high level.

Webb says remediation has started and he’s been told it’ll be 45 days to do that work.

Strickland asks if the building is in danger of demolition.

“That would be a huge mistake from my point of view. The building is very strong structurally. There’s no reason for people to have that fear. I don’t know how that got started,” he said.

“It’s Tacoma,” Strickland replied.

2:20 p.m.: Webb said after the meeting that he’s hired McBride Construction to do the mitigation work.

During his presentation to the council, his exact words on the timeframe were these:

“I’m told it will be approximately 45 days to have all the materials, drywall, carpet, et cetera, out of the building.”

He’s answered some of my questions in the past this way: “I’m told,” or “I believe.” I asked him how high a priority Old City Hall is for him.

“Since the event it’s been very high,” he said.

Look for more on the study session in tomorrow’s News Tribune.

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