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Category: Revival of McKinley Hill


Real estate, old school style

Call it a diamond in the rough.

Call it a hidden gem.

Call it a starter multi-use center.

The old Rogers Elementary School on McKinley Hill is all that. And now it’s a bargain.

The stately school with the territorial view of the mountain and the port, has been on the market over a year. Now it’s had its asking price reduced to $1,995,000, a bargain for a building with a new roof, not to mention a playground, auditorium, parking lot and commercial kitchen. And did we mention the dog park across the street?

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Street fair on McKinley Hill this weekend

The folks on McKinley Hill are hosting an arts festival and street fair Saturday.

It’ll take place along six blocks of McKinley Avenue from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be games, arts and crafts, food, a pet parade and more. The Tacoma Christian Center will also give away school supplies to more than 1,000 kids.


McKinley coffee house open

I swung by Neighborhood Coffee House & Espresso this morning. Chris Woods was behind the counter, and there were plenty of customers. Things had been busy all morning, he told me. I didn’t grab a drink or anything (so I can’t comment on that), but the vibe of the place seemed pretty dang cool.

UPDATE: I can’t comment on the quality of the coffee, but someone else did.


Mark your calenders

Just got back from talking to the guys at Neighborhood Coffee House & Espresso on McKinley Hill. While I was there, an inspector from the city issued them a temporary permit.

They’ll open Friday at 5:30 a.m.

More details coming later.


March on McKinley Hill this weekend

We’ve covered the transformation of McKinley Hill a lot recently. There’s an anti-crime march scheduled for this Saturday:

From the Dome Top Neighborhood Alliance:

WHAT: Anti-Crime Picket March.

WHO: Everyone who cares about a better future for our community.

WHEN: Saturday, Feb 16, 11:00 AM.

WHERE: We will meet in the parking lot of The Tacoma Christian Center, 3523 E Mckinley Avenue (across the street from Fergies Restaurant)

WHY: To demonstrate our unity, strength and resolve to the drug dealers, thieves, prostitutes and

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Coffee shop closer to opening

I dropped in on the coffee shop on McKinley Hill that Miguel Flores and Chris Woods are putting together. They’re still a few weeks from opening but recently had an open house that they believed was really successful.

Hear Miguel give an update of the shop and see some photos from the place below:


Shop a few weeks from opening

I just talked with Chris Woods, the man who is opening a coffee shop on McKinley Hill and about whom we earlier wrote.

The shop is just a few weeks away from opening, he said. There was a mix-up with a contractor, but everything seems to be more or less in place for customers.

When it opens, it’ll be another sign of McKinley Hill’s revival.

I’m going to swing by Friday morning to snap some photos and give you an update.


Store ‘wants to be a partner’

I’ve received plenty of good responses about the McKinley Hill story in today’s newspaper. A few people have called to complain about the convenience store at 34th Street and Pacific Avenue; they say the store’s sale of fortified alcoholic beverages still attract an undesirable crowd. (They’re one of the only stores — if not the only store — that still sells them.)

Kathy McAlpine, the Sector Four commander for TPD, says the store owners are already working with police to make things better. They’ve fenced off part of their property that was a hangout for drug dealers and prostitutes,

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