People plan to gather Wednesday evening for what is being called the “Preserve Proctor Kickoff Meeting,” a move in response to lingering anger over a large mixed-use building currently rising in the neighborhood and the prospect of another.
The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Wheelock Library, 3722 North 26th St.
Many neighborhood residents aren’t happy. There is unhappiness over Proctor Station, which some consider to be out of scale and a step toward ruining the character of an old Tacoma neighborhood. Others, including two of the local men involved in the development, say Proctor’s future depends on more dense living.
The potential of a second building has led to neighborhood organizing. It also has led to a lot of questions about how 6-story buildings became legal under city zoning.
I took a tour through our archives to put together this time line. I’ve provided links when possible, and excerpted from some of the news reports when the point seemed particularly apt.
This timeline isn’t meant to be exhaustive. I was going for the highlights. Please alert me if I’ve missed a key date or other development.
The focus on dense development started in 1995. That’s when state law began to allow cities to exempt newly developed portions of some projects, in come areas, from property taxes for 10 years. The idea was to provide another tool to encourage development in line with the state’s Growth Management Act. Rather than building more neighborhoods of single-family homes, the state law was meant to funnel population growth into mixed-use areas.
The council unanimously approved changes to mixed-use centers with the amendment to widen the possible zones and add “height bonus” to 85’ in some zones. In Proctor, the height bonus would allow for buildings no taller than 65’.