A planned overhaul of Tacoma’s Old Town Dock – fenced off for more than two years – could have the historic pier spruced up and reopened to the public by 2013, city officials said this week.
With the Tacoma City Council’s unanimous approval Tuesday of a $319,000 contract with project engineers Reid Middleton, city public works officials expect final designs and permits to be in place by August 2012, with restoration work completed sometime the next year.
“A lot of folks are going to wonder, `Well, why is it going to take so long?’” Councilman David Boe asked Facilities Division Manager Jeff Jenkins, who briefed the council on the project Tuesday.
“The current plan takes into account about a 14-month permit process and having to work around fish-windows,” Jenkins responded. “…There’s an in-water closure (to work) from February to July every year.”
Still, there’s a chance the project could be sped up, Jenkins said — if regulators consider the work to be repairs rather than new construction. If that happens, he said, there won’t be a need to conduct additional environmental mitigations. That could shave down the permitting process by about 8 months, Jenkins said.
Dating to 1873, the Old Town Dock is a familiar city landmark off Schuster Parkway. It was closed to the public in July 2008 for “public safety reasons due mostly to structural degradation and a lack of handrails,” Jenkins said.
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