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Category: Portland and 72nd


‘It’s news to me,’ says property owner

Another parcel of land behind Kmart at East 72nd Street and Portland Avenue is owned by a Gig Harbor company called 2010 Investors LLC, according to county assessor’s Web site.

When reached by phone Thursday, a representative from the company says he doesn’t know anything about the land. A public notice sign, though, says the company wishes to build a dry-storage facility on the site.

“It’s news to me,” he said.

UPDATE: Apparently it helps if the assessor’s office gives you the right number. They made a mistake, sending

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One property owner speaks

Gary Thompson, who owns part of the property that has become a homeless encampment behind the Kmart at East 72nd Street and Portland Avenue, voiced his opinions about the situation. He’s not happy.

He wants to sell the property:

It’s listed right now. I’m expecting a phone call today and either bulldoze the whole thing and clean up all 2½ acres are cut a couple of large swatches through it.

The land was an investment, but he says a new designation quickly derailed things.

My dad purchased this piece of property around 1988 for an investment

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Photos from Portland and 72nd

I looked around the disgustingness that was the vacant lots behind Kmart on East 72nd Street and Portland Avenue yesterday and snapped some photos. It’s clear some people are living here now, but the most shocking part is what was scribbled on the body of an abandoned truck. I won’t repeat what was written, but it basically offerers people drugs and money to do unspeakable things with children. (There is a preschool just a block away.)


Disturbing video

Pierce County resident Stacy Emerson uploaded a video to YouTube about the solid waste problem in the neighborhood of East 72nd Street and Portland Ave. It also delves into the crime in the area.

Before you watch, a reminder: Part of this video (which reprints the scribblings of a pedophile) are disturbing.

UPDATE: I’m heading to meet Stacy in about 15 minutes. She’ll show me the area and talk a bit about what motivated her to shoot the video.