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Tag: Foss Waterway

Dec.
5th

Preservation campaign pays off for a bridge, a city

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

An uncooperative economy has stymied many a big plan for Tacoma’s Foss Waterway. But there’s something to be said for holding your own.

A good example is the prospect of hanging on to Johnny’s Seafood Co., a quintessentially Tacoma business on the east side of the Foss.

The company at one point had been on the brink of packing up and moving to a strip mall in Fife. Now, through a transaction engineered by the Foss Waterway Development Authority, the declining property will be rehabilitated and kept up by Johnny’s parent company,

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Jan.
3rd

Seaport a bright spot in historic preservation

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

The Luzon Building may no longer be standing, but preserving Tacoma’s heritage wasn’t a lost cause in 2009.

Down the hill from the post-Luzon scar at 13th and Pacific is the Balfour Dock Building, the last remnant of what once was a mile-long stretch of grain storage warehouses.

The Balfour has come far – from a decaying castoff that once stored impounded vehicles to a combination maritime museum, working boat shop and hands-on learning center.

A major $7 million overhaul of the wharf in 2007 saved the Balfour from slipping into the Foss Waterway. The construction of the new concrete esplanade happened just in time to help host the Tall Ships Festival.

More work is on the way. The Foss Waterway Seaport, which is in charge of redeveloping the building, got a big boost last month. On the heels of the Tacoma City Council approving $2 million for improvements to the Balfour, an unnamed donor gave the Seaport another $2 million.

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