I visited Salishan for the first time a few days ago. I rarely make it to the East Side as it is (not for anything malicious, but simply because I don’t have much reason to go) but had always zoomed right past the development.
Apparently I’ve been missing a lot.
I was pretty dang impressed. Lots of sidewalks, green spaces and what appeared to be friendly neighbors. Come house-buyin’ time, I’m definitely going to look there. I’ve been raving about it to my friends since driving around.
And today, I discovered there’s some validity behind my raving. While stories like this are usually the domain of our real estate blog, I’d like to spread the news of the awarding of a Governor’s Smart Communities Judge’s Award of Merit to the Tacoma Housing Authority.
I’ll be honest: I don’t really know what a Governor’s Smart Communities Judge’s Award of Merit is, but I’ve determined a few things: It’s awarded by the governor, it goes to smart communities, there is judging involved, and it recognizes merit. Sounds mighty impressive. I haven’t received a Governor’s Smart Newspapers Judge’s Award of Merit anytime recently, so hats off to the THA folks.
(Actually, kidding aside, a press release tells me the awards have "been established to recognize outstanding work by local governments and their partners on growth management and community development.")
The jury apparently was as infatuated with the neighborhood as I was. The release said they called it a: a large-scale neighborhood redevelopment project that creates 970 attractive rental units and [more than] 300 homeownership units for various income levels; education and health centers, parks and open space, while incorporating low impact development techniques.
They also called the financing "impressive" and the affordability "outstanding." Of course, that’s all relative in the Northwest ($750,000 for an 800-square-foot condo on Queen Anne? No thanks.), but a pretty good accomplishment.