Tacoma: New compromise for Wedge Historic District status removes Multicare, Salvation Army properties
After nearly three years of tweaked proposals, public meetings and dueling opinions, the neighborhood known as the “Wedge” appears headed for city Historic District status.
Or at least part of it does, as the Tacoma City Council is poised to finally take a vote on a compromised measure that seeks to protect the historic character of most homes at the neighborhood’s core.
But the newly proposed boundaries for the neighborhood’s Historic District soon to be considered by the council do not contain several properties on the neighborhood’s fringes, including homes owned by MultiCare Health System and the Salvation Army’s aging bungalow-style “Family Lodge.”
“The historic significance of the neighborhood is really quite important,” Councilwoman Lauren Walker said Tuesday. “I’d like to see that historic significance maintained … instead of having it all fall apart and not move forward.”
Not all Wedge residents are happy about the proposed compromise.
“I’m disappointed,” said Diane E. Walkup, a neighborhood resident for 26 years. “I may be naive, but I would hope that facts and testimony can be presented right up til the final vote. But I feel things are decided before the final vote.”
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