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Sale of Tacoma Elks property to Walmart developer is imminent

Post by Kathleen Cooper / The News Tribune on May 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm with No Comments »
May 3, 2012 1:26 pm

The sale of the Tacoma Elks property that’s slated to become a Walmart is expected to close tomorrow.

Representatives of the Tacoma Elks Lodge No. 174 signed the documents this morning, said lodge chief operating officer Ron Forest this afternoon.

Developer Jeffery Oliphant said he would share more details after all the documents are signed, which he believes will be tomorrow.

The sale and subsequent plans of Walmart to build on the site has caused community controversy that involved the City Council attempting to stop it with a moratorium on all big-box stores last fall.

Forest said he couldn’t disclose the sale price yet, because he’s still bound by a confidentiality agreement, but that he expects to be able to share that soon especially with Lodge members.

He said the Elks must vacate their current property at 23rd and Union by the end of June. The building will be open to members until June 16, he said.

Meanwhile, the Elks will break ground in a few weeks on their new, $8 million facility across the street at the Allenmore Golf Course.

Read more details in tomorrow’s News Tribune.

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