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National Guard moving maintenance shop, employees from Camp Murray to JBLM

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Sep. 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm with 3 Comments »
September 28, 2011 1:09 pm

The Washington National Guard is moving forward with a plan to relocate some of its Camp Murray employees to the other side of Interstate 5 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

It’s scheduled to break ground tomorrow on a $21 million vehicle maintenance shop that will bring 50 employees and a fleet of Camp Murray vehicles to the active-duty base.

The National Guard in July pledged to Lakewood that it would reduce some of the traffic heading into Camp Murray by assigning more employees to posts at Lewis-McChord. It was one of the incentives the state Military Department offered to gain Lakewood’s support for a proposal to put some distance between the interstate and Camp Murray’s main gate at the intersection of Berkeley Street and Union Avenue.

Walsh Pacific, a Chicago company with a Tacoma office, won the contract to build the 65,120 square foot facility. The National Guard’s current vehicle maintenance shop was built in 1952.


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  1. Sroldguy says:

    That is really fast tracking things.
    Wonder what year the money was allocated?

  2. This “Let’s Make A Deal” pre-arrangement between Camp Murray and the City of Lakewood by which the National Guard will move its maintenance shop and employees from Camp Murray to JBLM in return for the city’s support in Murray’s gate-relocate is “groundbreaking” which hardly serves to describe what this means to Tillicum residents – or greater Lakewood for that matter.

    The public comment period on this gate relocation only ended this past Monday, Sept. 26. The required permit that Camp Murray needs to access their proposed new gate location has not been issued – yet.

    But apparently a deal is a deal. Just not for Tillicum.

    At least the TV game show version of “Let’s Make A Deal” included the audience – the public, the paying-public at that – as in taxpayers. Co-producer and host Monty Hall offered valuable prizes, or undesirable items – called “Zonks”. In this deal with Camp Murray, the Tillicum residents get “zonked” – speed-bumps, a roundabout, cut-through traffic, impacted property values. Camp Murray gets the prize – a new $21 million maintenance facility and a $4.7 million new gate.

    Because Lakewood and Camp Murray have a deal.

    But what about the three protest rallies? One-hundred people stepping up to the mic? Five-hundred-twenty signatures on a petition? Hundreds of pages of letters? All in protest of this “deal”?

    Evidently, as in the game show where participants dressed in unusual, crazy, and foolish costumes in order to increase their chances of being selected, not only were we cut out of the deal, apparently we’ve been played for fools.

  3. steilacoomtaxpayer says:

    OK, you got “zonked”. So what? Its Tillicum, not Gravelly Lake. There needs to be better traffic flow for all south sond drivers. Tillicum gate is one of several solution.

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