Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Proctor District

June
15th

TACOMA: Will facelift make Lincoln attractive to developers?

Re: “Dressing up Lincoln District without damaging its charm” (Matt Driscoll column, 6-14).

Beware, Lincoln District. After the city has spent its $4 million to improve your community, there is nothing to prevent developers from quietly buying up whole blocks of buildings, tearing them down, evicting local businesses and building apartment complexes in their place.

When this happens, you will get no sympathy from the city or Driscoll. It happened in the Proctor District.

May
22nd

TACOMA: Proctor dispute isn’t density vs. sprawl

Re: “Maybe all of Tacoma will soon feel Proctor’s growing pains” (Matt Driscoll column, 5-21).

Boy, are Proctor residents a bunch of helpless crybabies! According to Driscoll, not only are we “disconcerted” and “frightened” by change, we then resort to “bellowing” and “hollering.”

Rather than promoting a nuanced look at the issue, Driscoll paints the outcry over the planned developments in dismissively cartoonish terms.

Of course a range of opinions are being voiced. But fear of development is not the overriding concern; rather, it’s the massive scale of the new structures. What effect will downtown-sized buildings with expensive retail

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May
18th

TACOMA: Stop building in Proctor District

Re: “2nd mixed-use building in Proctor?” (TNT, 5-14).

I am appalled by Bill Evans and Erling Kuester’s choice to add another six-story eyesore to the Proctor District. As a small business owner, Evans should understand the inconvenience this will bring about for parking.

I understand that occupants may have access to underground parking in the new mixed-use building, but only if they pay for it. It is difficult enough to find parking after 5 p.m. in the Proctor area, and I feel this will only add to the congestion.

Putting up yet another building that will displace an existing home

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May
15th

TACOMA: Avarice drives Proctor developments

Re: “2nd mixed-use building in Proctor?” (TNT, 5-14).

When I saw that developers were planning another high-rise building in Proctor, my thoughts paraphrased President Reagan: “There they go again!”

The Proctor Station developers are hell-bent on turning the Proctor District into a high-density urban center. Erling Kuester wants to “go to the maximum height” with a building that is “pleasing to eye” but has already promoted an architectural monstrosity aberrant to the surrounding community.

As for parking, he promotes a UCLA urban planner idea for “market-driven” parking: Use meter revenue to finance added public service in metered neighborhoods. Proctor

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Oct.
6th

TACOMA: Proctor developers price out small local business

My partner and I own and operate Cafe Brosseau, a coffeehouse in the Three Bridges Neighborhood in North Tacoma. One of the principals (who is a customer of ours) of the new Proctor development suggested that we pursue a space in the retail section of the building for a projected coffeehouse lobby/entrance space.

We met with another principal owner and the leasing company representative recently to discuss going forward with this location. It quickly became clear that this new development is no place for a local coffee house.

The developers are requiring a build-out cost of approximately $200,000 and

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Oct.
6th

TACOMA: Stop tower in Proctor District

The city is about to green-light a huge, ugly cellphone tower in the heart of the Proctor neighborhood and business district. The tower will be 80 feet high, with 12 large panels surrounding the top and a large disk antenna below the panels.

The tower would be owned by Cascadia PM and/or AT&T. Cascadia says AT&T needs the tower, and needs it as designed, to improve the reach of AT&T’s 4G signal. The way we see it, AT&T’s commercial interest is less important than the character of our neighborhood.

Further, make no mistake about it, this tower would be the

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July
2nd

TACOMA: Better enforce pedestrian laws

It’s time that the City of Tacoma and its police department start enforcing the state pedestrian laws.

Every time you cross from one corner to another, you are taking your life into your hands. If you have ever visited Kirkland, the minute you begin to cross, traffic STOPS.

Pedestrians also need to make sure that they obey the law and not cross in the middle of the block. The Proctor area would be a great place to start enforcing this.

June
27th

TACOMA: Proctor Station already taking a toll

Re: Proctor Station (TNT, 6-27).

The “building once criticized by neighbors” is still very much hated. This reformation of Proctor and the North End Neighborhood will forever negatively impact this area.

Let’s take score. To date, the business district has lost six businesses: four to relocation, one has closed and one is moving to a new location. Wild Child is promoting “plenty of parking” in its new spot. With the construction, more than 50 parking spaces have been lost: the lot across from Knapp’s (about 25, never to be replaced) and street parking on 28th Street, Proctor and Madison.

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