Tacoma Public Utilities will be disposing of nine lots it no longer needs for substations.
According to state law and the city charter, they have to be sold if they’re no longer playing the electricity game. The question is, should they be sold to private parties, or to a government agency that will preserve them as public lands.
Morgan Alexander has been harnessing the power of the gardening community to preserve some of the suitable lots as pocket parks or community gardens.
Who knows? Some of them might work as solar demonstration projects, combining solar panels with rows of beets and peas. If the panels feed into the grid, that might make it possible to preserve them as TPU property, and uncomplicate the process?
Alexander is making progress. Already, he is on the agenda for the Metro Parks Board meeting Monday, March 9 at 6pm, Metro headquarters: 4702 S 19th St.
Here’s the list of surplus properties:
Adams, 1920 Adams St. N.
Centennial, 543 N. Stadium Way.
Downing, 1801 N. Orchard St.
Fairmont, 4924 N. 31st St.
Junett, 3008 N. 16th St.
Ruston, 5001 N. Visscher St.
Parkland, 101 127th St. E.
Warner, 3404 S. 45th St.
Lincoln Park, 1009 South 35th Street.