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Public hearing scheduled for Franke Tobey Jones expansion

The city of Tacoma Planning and Development Services Department will host a public hearing July 21 on a major expansion planned for the Franke Tobey Jones senior community.

The expansion plans, filed by Marathon Development Inc. of Bellevue, outline three phases of construction that will continue for five years or more.

The 1:30 p.m. hearing will be held at the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., in downtown Tacoma.

The first phase of the planned expansion would include construction of a 43-bed health center, 24-unit memory care center, 16-unit independent living community and two duplex homes.

The proposed second phase includes construction of an 84-space basement garage and an 84-unit “aging in place” apartment community, plus demolition of buildings replaced in Phase I.

The final proposed phase includes remodeling of the existing and historic main building.

Adjacent to Point Defiance Park, the Franke Tobey Jones community, 5340 Bristol St., was established in 1924 and serves nearly 190 seniors. After the expansion, the complex will serve upward of 280.

According to its website, Franke Tobey Jones will raise project funding during a capital campaign beginning this fall.

For information, see franketobeyjones.com.

C.R. Roberts: 253-597-8535

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