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TACOMA: Better uses seen for city’s waterfront

Letter by M.E. Donovan, Tacoma on Sep. 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm with 2 Comments »
September 25, 2012 2:54 pm

Re: “Expiration of dock lease opens a window of opportunity” (TNT, 9-24).

What a viable opportunity to use the Sperry Dock space, as reader columnist Ken Miller wisely suggested (among several options), to expand the Tacoma School District’s Science and Math Institute into a public school science center, one that could work in synergy with Urban Waters, the University of Washington Tacoma and others, and would allow us to be part of something greater than ourselves.

Miller noted that this is a timely proposition with Sperry Dock’s renegotiation of its contract in 2013, and with the possibility that Metro Parks’ next bond issue would need a flagship project. Despite painful educational funding cuts, there are sources and grants available for the hard sciences.

We should replace the two ships parked on Schuster Parkway (now under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Transportation). Their $5,000 annual property tax contribution to our economy is small by any scale, and it’s hard to find more than pretenses to Sperry Dock’s giving honor to our past.

Why not do the best we can to educate those who will be contributors to our economy and to our country and who will honor our future? We owe it to our kids, after all.

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  1. Uhmm, instead of turning more of Tacoma’s precious little prime waterfront property into yet more off-taxroll status – and, in this case, yet another ubur-expensive boondoggle multi-gazillion dollar grossly under-attended public school, why not move the science and math institute downtown to the former Russell building and longterm leasehold the property to a commercial venture that pays more than the current tenants?

    And it is convenient how you leave out the fact that the current tenants are paying this thing called “rent” in addition to the admittedly pittance they pay in “property taxes”.

    You wouldn’t be a resident of the Stadium/ Seminary bluff would you?

  2. alindasue says:

    Mr. Donavon,

    You say “we owe it to our kids” to replace those two ships that are parked along the Schuster Parkway, but are you not aware that “our kids” are the ones benefiting from one of those ships? It has been in use by the Sea Scouts for decades.

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