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UPDATED: More apartments planned for Tacoma’s St. Helens neighborhood?

Post by Kathleen Cooper / The News Tribune on June 11, 2013 at 12:03 pm |
June 11, 2013 12:48 pm

As Exit133.com noted earlier today, one of the developers of The Metropolitan, at 245 St. Helens Ave., is going through environmental review for a new 121-unit apartment building.

The Land Use application, published yesterday, is a public document, and can be read here. It’s a PDF. It also shows the project is in the very early permitting stages.

The Metropolitan Apartments on Saint Helens Avenue, shown in 2005. Photo by Drew Perine,The News Tribune
The Metropolitan Apartments on Saint Helens Avenue, shown in 2005. Photo by Drew Perine,The News Tribune

The details included there show the project would be at the corner of Broadway and South 4th Street, just down the hill from the existing Metropolitan on what is now a vacant lot used for parking. In addition to apartments, the proposed project would include about 3,000 square feet of commercial space, presumably ground floor retail, and 222 parking stalls, presumably underground.

This is the third phase of The Metropolitan, with site work proposed to begin this summer and construction this fall.

I’ve asked John Wise, who was one of the developers of the Metropolitan and whose name is on the land-use application, to tell me more about the project. He said by phone this morning that he’d get back to me this afternoon. I’ll post here when I learn more.

UPDATE, 12:45 p.m.: Wise just called me back and said while he understood that some of the plans were public because of the land-use permit, he and his business partner John Gibson aren’t ready to discuss details of the project yet.

“We’re probably 30 days from being ready to talk about things,” he said. “That’s just where we are.”

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