Council approves East Side senior housing

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Tacoma City Council has approved an ordinance to change the zoning classification of a parcel of land of the East Side. The parcel of 2.12 acres is located at 205 East 96th St. The change was filed by All Saints Episcopal Church, which owns the property. The ordinance changes the zoning from single-family dwelling to low-density multiple-family housing to allow for the development of a 50-unit senior retirement apartment facility. They would be in a three-story, 49,000 square foot building. A one-story building would contain a kitchen, dining/activity parlor, offices and a multi-purpose room. A parking lot with 71 spaces would be shared by the senior housing building and the adjacent church. An existing church hall building and three small multi-purpose rooms will be demolished to make way for the new structures. Plans call for seven units to be designated as affordable.

City funds behavioral health hospital

Tacoma City Council has authorized the execution of an agreement with Alliance for South Sound Health for $1.5 million. The money will go towards construction of a new behavioral health hospital on the campus of Allenmore Hospital. The alliance is a partnership between MultiCare Health System and CHI Franciscan Health. The hospital will have 120 beds for voluntary and involuntary admissions. The money comes from a sales tax that funds mental health and substance abuse treatment programs.

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