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PIERCE COUNTY: Leasing isn’t long-term solution

Letter by Kerry M. Hills, Tacoma on Aug. 10, 2010 at 10:12 am with No Comments »
August 10, 2010 3:14 pm

Re: “Historic hospital faces its last days” (TNT, 8-6).

Close the old Puget Sound Hospital building and replace it with a half-million-dollar lease?

I have real concerns about Pierce County leasing space for nearly half a million dollars annually to house the Human Services program when the same program moved several years back to get out of a lease to save money.

Since the old hospital structure has two buildings on site, maybe a new modern office structure can be built where the south part of the structure currently stands, and when finished the county can moved Human Services out of the north structure to the newly built facility and then tear down the remaining old portion of the structure – very similar to the way Lakes High School is being rebuilt in Lakewood.

If that does not sound feasible, maybe the Human Services program can move into a relatively newer facility that the county already owns on 112th Street in Lakewood, which I noticed from the sign out front is available. This facility was the old Pierce County sheriff’s office and with some renovation may be a great alternative.

A new structure that can take all of Pierce County into the future and provide services throughout the entire community for years to come without ongoing lease expenses is the most visionary and forward thinking while also being most fiscally responsible long term. What can a half-million- dollar annual mortgage buy?

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