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Category: Construction

July
17th

UPDATED: Chick-fil-A planning a Tacoma store

Georgia-based Chick-fil-A, known for its chicken sandwiches and waffle fries, plans to open a drive-through restaurant in Tacoma.

The plans were filed with the City of Tacoma this morning and first noted by local blog exit133.com. A project manager confirmed them to The News Tribune. Those plans indicate the company plans a 4,567-square-foot restaurant at 3902 Steele St., near the Ashley Furniture store in the Tacoma Mall area.

The plans don’t list a timeline for construction. I’m working to get in contact with someone from the company to elaborate. The company doesn’t operate in Washington state now,

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July
15th

Finnish ice breaker departs Tacoma area for Alaska

A Finnish multi-purpose ice-breaker that spent much of last weekend in Tacoma and at the entrance to Quartermaster Harbor off Vashon Island departed early Monday for Dutch Harbor in Alaska.

After a brief, early morning stop in Seattle, the MSV Nordica headed out the Strait of Juan de Fuca for the 49th State.

The bulbous-bowed, 381-foot-long vessel is contracted to Shell Offshore by Arctia Offshore Ltd. for use in exploration activities in the seas off the north coast of Alaska.  The Nordica and its sister ship Fennica are part of a flotilla of ice-breakers, anchor-handling ships, supply vessels and tankers

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July
11th

Tacoma’s first new major hotel in eight years opens near UWT

When Caroline Curtis and Vickie Molzer unlocked the front doors of the Holiday Inn Express Downtown Tacoma  Thursday afternoon, that simple, unceremonious event marked the informal end of seven years of planning, negotiation and construction that brought Tacoma its newest major hotel.

First conceived in 2006, the hotel developed by Seattle-based Hotel Concepts, slogged its way through numerous city design reviews, architectural modifications and the sluggish economy to finally become reality at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Curtis, operations manager for hotel operator BMI Hospitality and Molzer, the hotel’s first general manager, did the honors, and the hotel received its first guests.

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June
27th

New Foss apartment could break ground in September

A new waterfront apartment building, the first built on downtown Tacoma’s Thea Foss Waterway since the recession began six years ago, could break ground as early as September.

The 167-unit Henry Apartments are planned for a site between the existing Albers Mill and the Interstate 509 cable-stayed bridge over the waterway.

The Foss Waterway Development Authority has been expediting the deal that will allow the construction to begin since early this spring when it requested proposals for the site.

The authority’s board Wednesday night voted unanimously to sell the lot, called Site 1 by the authority, to the Henry Group,

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June
18th

City of Tacoma puts out a request for developers to build on downtown’s biggest undeveloped site

This just in via e-mail from the City of Tacoma: A solicitation has gone out to dozens of developers, brokers and investors, asking for proposals to buy and develop downtown’s biggest undeveloped site.

The so-called 6-acre parcel, once planned to be the site of the police headquarters, has been vacant since 2002,  just up the hill from the University of Washington Tacoma. The city wants “(h)igh quality projects that contribute to the area’s vitality” for the site. Proposals are due by Aug. 20.

Read the RFP here.

The parcel most recently was targeted by the Asia Pacific Cultural Center

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June
17th

Tacoma home builder, developer and entrepreneur Oscar Hokold dead at 98

Oscar Hokold, who grew a small home-building concern  into a business empire that included a chain of motels, thousands of apartments, a restaurant and condominium development company, has died at age 98.

The son of Norwegian immigrants, Hokold passed away on June 5.  A private family service has already been held. His wife of 71 years and business partner, Olivann, died two years ago at 96.

Hokold was best known for his string of King Oscar motels in Western Washington, his Oscars on Hosmer restaurant and the 14-story Pacific Towers condominium that overlooks downtown Tacoma at 3201 Pacific Avenue.  During

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June
11th

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

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 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

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June
10th

Tacoma’s Franciscan Health System expands its reach to Bonney Lake with new medical pavilion

Tacoma’s Franciscan Medical System has expanded its reach in Eastern Pierce County with the opening of a new, three-story, 45,000-square-foot medical pavilion in Bonney Lake.

The new building’s occupants will provide family medicine, internal medicine, digital x-ray, urgent care, pharmacy and labratory services on site.

“We are pleased to be able to bring Franciscan’s mission of healing to residents of Bonney Lake, Sumner and Eastern Pierce County, “said Franciscan Medical Group President and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Stephen Spare  “The pavilion is the result of Franciscan’s mission to create healthier communities by offering high quality care in a calming environment

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