PUBLIC HEARING SEPT. 13 FOR
TIDEFLATS INTERIM REGULATIONS
The City of Tacoma’s Planning Commission is seeking public comment on proposed Tideflats Interim Regulations, before making a recommendation to City Council. A public hearing will be held on Wed., Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center (1500 Commerce St.). Written comments are being accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15.
In addition, the Planning and Development Services Department is holding an informational meeting for the proposed Tideflats Interim Regulations on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. in the Tacoma Municipal Building Council Chambers (747 Market St., 1st floor). This meeting will go over the scope of these proposed interim regulations.
The intent of the proposed interim regulations is to limit the establishment of certain new industrial uses, limit potential residential encroachment on industrial uses within the Port of Tacoma and Tideflats area and prevent the conversion of industrial properties to non-industrial uses, until such time as the Tideflats Subarea Plan is completed.
Comments may be submitted to: Planning Commission, 747 Market St., Room 345, Tacoma, WA 98402, via fax at (253) 591-5433, or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To review the proposed Tideflats Interim Regulations, visit cityoftacoma.org/tideflatsinterim, or contact Senior Planner Stephen Atkinson at (253) 591-5531 or email@example.com for more information.
TACOMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY NAMES NEW DIRECTOR
Tacoma Historical Society has announced the appointment of Kim Davenport as the society’s director. She is the author of “Tacoma’s Theater District,” part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series, and has a second book about Tacoma’s Lincoln District in preparation. She has written for “Columbia,” the magazine of the Washington State Historical Society.
Her management experience includes serving as chief administrator of the Center for Urban Waters, University of Washington-Tacoma. She currently teaches part-time at UWT. Regarding her new position with THS, Davenport said she is eager to apply her skills and enthusiasm to the important mission of Tacoma Historical Society.
She hopes to build on the great work already being done by the staff, board and volunteers to share stories from Tacoma’s history with a growing and increasingly diverse audience.
Society President Bill Baarsma declared, “Kim’s strong background in management and her extensive experience as an educator makes her the absolute right choice for us.”
Davenport graduated magna cum laude with undergraduate degrees in music from the University of Washington. She holds a master of music degree from Northwestern University. She has integrated her abiding interest in Tacoma history into her teaching.
She commented, “I have incorporated my love of Tacoma’s history into my courses at UWT, most recently in the form of a new course titled Music History of Tacoma, which engages students with hands-on research projects utilizing primary source materials.” She succeeds Julie LaRue, who has moved to Germany.
Organized in 1990, Tacoma Historical Society operates a history museum, retail store and research center at 919 Pacific Ave. in the historic Provident Building.
The society’s current exhibit, “Showtime in Tacoma,” celebrates the city’s theater history. It is free and open for visitors Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
THS meets at the University of Puget Sound on second Mondays at 7 p.m., featuring popular speakers and authors. New members and volunteers are always welcome.
More information is available online at tacomahistory.org or by calling (253) 472-3738.
DOWNTOWN TO DEFIANCE CELEBRATES OPEN STREETS
On Sunday, Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the City of Tacoma and Metro Parks Tacoma will host the fifth annual Sunday Parkways event Downtown to Defiance. This family-friendly event is free to attend and opens almost seven miles of roadways to human-powered transportation.
The course runs along the Foss Waterway and Commencement Bay, from downtown at South 21st Street Park at the Foss Esplanade, along Dock Street, Schuster Parkway, and Ruston Way to the end of the Waterwalk near Point Defiance Park. Participants are once again invited to join the event at any point and travel as far as they choose, with many opportunities to stop and enjoy food trucks, a skateboard park, bubble soccer and other activities along the way.
Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. On the day of the event, participants can visit the registration booth and receive a Downtown to Defiance drawstring bag along with a schedule of the day’s events, available while supplies last.
The event is sponsored in part by U.S. Bank, The Russell Family Foundation’s Puyallup Watershed Initiative, MultiCare, Tacoma Washington Bicycle Club, Downtown On the Go, and Pierce Transit. In addition, this event is part of the City’s Green Events Program with environmental sustainability in mind, and will provide recycling stations and water fountains to limit waste from disposable bottles.
For more information or to register today, visit DowntowntoDefiance.com.