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City Council postpones decision on Foss Waterway hotel project

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on Sep. 16, 2009 at 11:17 am with 3 Comments »
September 16, 2009 11:22 am

Saying they need more time to contemplate it, Tacoma City Council members last night indefinitely postponed a decision on an environmental agreement needed to allow a hotel project to proceed on the Foss Waterway.

The council needs  “a better understanding on the impact of this agreement … and the impact of this development on the Foss,” Councilwoman Connie Ladenburg said Tuesday.

The decision raised concerns for developer Mark Hollander, who told council members further delays  “dramatically increase risks” that could kill the project.

“A whole bunch of delays presents too much risk… (that) put this in jeopardy,” Hollander said.

At issue was the council’s decision on an agreement to indemnify Hollander against environmental hazards that might surface during construction.  Under the agreement, the city would assume responsibility and any clean-up costs for potential hazards that arise.

The council likely will pick up the matter at next week’s meeting.

Read more about this issue in tomorrow’s News Tribune.

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  1. ClownPosse says:

    “The council needs “a better understanding on the impact of this agreement”
    In other words, what is in it for us, and for our bank accounts !

    “further delays to the project “dramatically increase risks” that could kill the project.
    In other words, I want more taxpayer money, and no risk to myself !

    Common Mark !

    This is Billy’s, Connies, and Julies last term !

    Allow them to “drink from the well” !

  2. This is another instance of the City Council lacking any ability to provide direction for the development of Tacoma. Why wasn’t the potential of environmental hazard looked into along time ago?’ There is history in that part of the waterfront of hazards. Why hasn’t the city drilled core samples in the past to ascertain any potential hazards? Does the city expect a developer to buy a property without full disclosure of hazards? When a prospective homeowner contemplates a purchase, the law requires full disclosure of defects. The prospective buyer hires an inspector, etc, etc, etc. Oh, that’s right, the public works department is busy painting bicycle lanes on the roadways!

  3. It is a mystery. Just last year the City issued permits to another developer just across the Thea Foss to AUGER into a Superfund site in complete violation of both the Restrictive Covenant and the Uniform Environmental Covenant Act of 2007. The developer used the permitting process as a justification for violating the covenant and State law.

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