PREPARE FOR FIRST HEAVY RAINFALL OF SEASON
The National Weather Service has issued a heavy rainfall outlook for Western Washington starting the evening of Monday, Oct. 16, and extending through the weekend. During a heavy rain event the City of Tacoma’s stormwater system could get overwhelmed and some city streets and low areas could flood.
Storm drains clogged by fallen leaves are one of the biggest causes of street flooding, and one of the easiest to prevent. Residents can help prevent potential flooding issues by disposing of leaves and yard waste properly and by keeping streets and storm drains free from debris.
What to do about a clogged storm drain causing street flooding:
- Use a rake, broom or stick to try to clear the blockage
- Do not wade into large puddles of water
- If you cannot clear the blockage, or you see a storm drain that is not working properly, please report flooding problems to (253) 591-5585.
In addition, the City’s Public Works Department is providing free sandbag supplies to the public for personal use. While supplies last, community members can come to the Tacoma Asphalt Plant at 3210 Center St., Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to shovel and load their own sandbags. This station is now open and is expected to remain open through March 2018.
The City’s surface water crews work to keep Tacoma’s 22,000-plus storm drains functioning properly. However, residents can make a big difference in preventing street and property flooding due to clogged storm drains by picking up fallen leaves and keeping storm drains clear.
HAILEY APARTMENTS BREAK GROUND
In a move that will transform the Tacoma Public Library’s downtown parking lot at 1210 Tacoma Ave. S. into a $40 million, 166-unit, mixed-use private development by the spring of 2019, HQC USA LLC will break ground on the Hailey Apartments at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 20.
“This development, our third foreign direct investment project this year, will turn an underutilized City of Tacoma parking lot into a thriving community for approximately 300 people, with 34 affordable units and ground level retail amenities,” said Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland. “Although not an EB-5 project, it is being financed completely with capital from the developer, and it will serve as a catalyst for further growth and investment in this area of our downtown core.”
“This development will bring in future mixed-use projects along Tacoma Avenue, filling parking lots and underdeveloped properties where public transit is available and major public institutions such as the Pierce County courthouse, Pierce County administrative offices and Tacoma Public Schools’ headquarters are located,” said Community and Economic Development Director Ricardo Noguera. “The project not only adds to the local tax base, it also adds around 90 full-time construction jobs, and will utilize local contractors and consultants from around the Puget Sound region.”
HQC USA LLC, based out of Renton, Wash. and headquartered in Vietnam, purchased the property for $850,000 last July.
“Tacoma is attractive in terms of employment opportunities and housing value appreciation,” said HQC USA LLC Director Peter Truong. “Tacoma is not only the best investment fit for our company, but also for a lot of people contemplating a move to this beautiful city.”
A few blocks away, at 1515 Tacoma Ave. S., construction of the Napoleon Apartments has been underway since the summer of 2016 and is expected to be completed by the fall of 2018. With an estimated value of $20 million, the 135-unit development is being built by Napoleon Group LLC, a subsidiary of Tacoma-based Hebert Construction. Hebert Construction has three other projects planned, which may also include an office tower and more than 300 new residential units in downtown Tacoma within easy walking distance of the University of Washington-Tacoma as well as major employers in the downtown core and Brewery District.
With the goal of facilitating the redevelopment of other underutilized publicly owned assets throughout Tacoma’s downtown core, the City’s Community and Economic Development Department has been marketing other sites along Tacoma Avenue, from 8th through 25th streets, where opportunities abound for infill development along a public transit corridor.
More information on these and other economic development efforts that have been planned or are underway can be obtained through Community and Economic Development Director Ricardo Noguera at firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 591-5139.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEE HONORED
When most people take a breath, they take it for granted. For more than 70,000 Pierce County children and adults with asthma, breathing can be a struggle. For 12 years at Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Judy Olsen has advocated for residents so they can breathe easier.
In recognition of her work, the Washington State Public Health Association honored Olsen with its Public Health Excellence Award at its annual conference. According to the WSPHA, the annual award goes to a public health professional whose commitment has had a positive effect or shows outstanding professional service to co-workers and the public.
“Judy consistently shows her dedication to make life better for people in our communities,” said Len Adams, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department environmental health program manager. “Her compassionate professionalism comes through whether she’s working with co-workers or clients,” he said.
Olsen, an environmental health specialist at the Health Department, received the award on Oct. 17 at the Wenatchee Convention Center. The WSPHA is a non-profit organization supporting organizations that protect and promote the public’s health. Learn more at www.wspha.org.
EXPERIENCE DANCE THEATRE
NORTHWEST AT TACOMA DOME
Dance Theatre Northwest will perform at the Tacoma Holiday Food and Gift Festival at the Tacoma Dome on Oct. 21 from 12-3 p.m. Classical ballet and musical theatre style favorites along with holiday songs and dance will be presented. The performance includes excerpts from “Don Quixote,” “Paquita,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “The Nutcracker” as well as from “42nd Street” and other Broadway shows. Featured artists include dancers Neil Alexander, Kathryn Neumann, Oceana Thunder, Solana Sartain and Emma Young, and vocalists Sydney and Tiger Paulson.
In addition to the performances on Saturday, Dance Theatre Northwest will be at booths 1553B, 1554, and 1555A through Sunday, Oct. 22. Visit DTNW.org for more information about other special events, performances of “The Nutcracker,” community outreach programs, dance classes, and more.
The Tacoma Dome is located at 2727 E. D St., Tacoma, and the performance is handicapped accessible and free with show admission.
Dance Theatre Northwest is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization, committed to making dance as an important art form accessible to individuals and groups and to assisting future dancers and artists.
REGISTER NOW FOR FAMILY BINGO NIGHT
Fall is in the air and that means the sounds of family fun will be heard from miles around Meridian Habitat Park at Parks & Recreation’s annual Family Bingo Night on Friday, Nov. 3, from 6:30-9 p.m.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost is $5 per person; children ages 3 years old and under are free. Admission includes a packet of six bingo sheets. Pre-registration is required either online or by calling (253) 798-4141 by Oct. 31. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today so you don’t miss out on this fun family event!
Bring your own highlighter or bingo daubers. Extra game cards and daubers available for purchase at the door and concessions will be on-site to fulfill your appetites.
Meridian Habitat Park is located at 14422 Meridian E. in South Hill Puyallup.