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Tag: Growth Management Act

March
27th

Mixed-use projects are tools in fight against sprawl

Conceptual drawing shows proposed mixed-use project in Tacoma’s Proctor District. (Courtesy of Rick Moses Development)
Conceptual drawing shows proposed mixed-use project in Tacoma’s Proctor District. (Courtesy of Rick Moses Development)

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

Not a big fan of urban sprawl? Then you should like mixed-use development – the kind of project being considered for Tacoma’s Proctor District.

“Project 28” is still at a very early stage and apparently not a done deal . But it already has folks in Proctor talking after a conceptual drawing of a six-story project appeared online. There’s concern that adding 135 apartments to the neighborhood would increase traffic, affect parking and displace existing businesses.

This project might never materialize, or it might go forward in some variation of the conceptual plan. Regardless, mixed-use development is part of the future; it’s what cities have to do more of if they’re to accommodate the growth we know is coming to the region. Read more »