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Weyerhaeuser mansion parties incompatible with neighborhood, judge rules

The historic Weyerhaeuser mansion in Tacoma.
The historic Weyerhaeuser mansion in Tacoma. Staff file

Haddaway Hall — otherwise known as the Weyerhaeuser mansion — is still on the market, but if you buy it, don’t go looking to have any big parties.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Bryan Chushcoff on Monday signed an order reversing the decision of a hearing examiner concerning a conditional use permit for the property at 4501 N. Stevens St. in Tacoma’s North End.

A Seattle catering company had previously hosted events at the mansion, and those events angered some neighbors with loud music, parking problems, rowdy guests and open consumption of alcohol.

The city of Tacoma hearing examiner in February 2015 issued a decision essentially allowing the property owners to continue hosting events. Neighbors appealed that decision.

Citing Tacoma municipal code, Chushcoff’s decision sides with a stated goal to “protect and enhance established neighborhoods, and ensure that new development is in harmony with neighborhood scale and character.”

Weddings and other events, the judge continued, “occurring multiple times per week by up to 150 persons playing amplified music, drinking alcohol (or smoking marijuana) to the point of intoxication for some of the patrons, often during evening hours in a residential district is a dramatically incompatible use with the existing neighborhood.”

The 52-room, 15,600-square-foot estate, located on 5.97-acres, continues as an active listing by Re/Max Professionals at $5.5 million.

C.R. Roberts: 253-597-8535

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