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Tag: uplace

Nov.
29th

Tax abatement might be good move for UPlace

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

What’s better for University Place’s Town Center:

(a) A project that doesn’t get built, thus generating no tax revenue?

(b) Or a project that does get built and starts generating some tax revenue immediately and even more a few years down the road?

The answer to that question seems obvious. And it’s why the City Council should give serious consideration to providing tax abatement to a Tacoma-based developer currently building one mixed-use building at Town Center and hoping to build a second.
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Aug.
26th

Playground by the Sound has bucks, needs builders

Playground by the Sound, which will be built by volunteers Sept. 20-25, will have a sweeping view over the Chambers Bay golf course and Puget Sound. (Staff file photo)

This editorial appears in Friday’s print edition.

Less than a month from now, a small army is scheduled to descend on the west slope of University Place. It will be a peaceful army with one mission: build the Playground by the Sound.

The army still needs volunteers to commit to at least one “building blitz” shift Sept. 20-25. Under supervision of Leathers & Associates consultants and volunteer coordinator Rebecca Vader, they will construct the 12,000-square-foot, handicap-accessible playground in the North Meadow of Chambers Creek Properties. Also needed are donations of materials, use of building tools, food for the workers and day care for their children. Read more »

July
31st

Roundup of our endorsements

The following are News Tribune editorial board endorsements in the Aug. 16 primary. An asterisk (*) denotes an incumbent. A double asterisk (**) denotes an incumbent by appointment. Names are listed alphabetically in dual endorsements.

To read the endorsement editorials, go here.

Tacoma City Council
District 1: Joe Atkinson

Tacoma School Board
Position 3: Dexter Gordon
Position 5: Karen Vialle

Puyallup City Council
At-large: Nicole Martineau and Steve Vermillion
District 1, Position 2: John Hopkins

Puyallup School Board
Position 2: Therese Ngo Pasquier

Sumner City Council
Position 4: Jon Swanson**

University Place

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July
26th

Atkinson for Tacoma council; Nye for UPlace

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

Two candidates rise to the top in the primary elections for Tacoma and University Place city councils.

In the four-way race for Tacoma’s Position 1 – now held by departing council member Spiro Manthou – Joe Atkinson is the candidate most likely to help shore up the city’s shaky finances and focus on job creation in the private sector.

Position 1 represents a district that covers Tacoma’s West End and part of the North End; it reaches south to University Place and east to North Proctor Street. Seeking the seat, along with Atkinson, are Karen Smitherman, Anders Ibsen and Carl Alexander.

Alexander, a small business owner, isn’t running hard. Smitherman and Ibsen, in contrast, have mounted well-funded campaigns replete with endorsements from organized labor and the Democratic establishment.
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