Construction begins on Contenious Proctor III apartments in Tacoma
The Gig Harbor-based The Rush Companies has started work on its Proctor III apartment project at the corner of North Adams and North 27th streets in Tacoma.
Proctor III is Rush’s third mixed-use development in the Proctor District, after Proctor Station and Madison25, both located along North Proctor Street. Proctor III is one block from the main thoroughfare.
The project follows a legal battle with some of the project’s neighbors earlier this year in which a Pierce County Superior Court judge upheld the city’s approval of the project.
Those involved in the legal battle included Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer Mike Lonergan, whose house is next door to the project.
“After 38 years as owners and taxpayers of Tacoma at this address, Paula and I aren’t going anywhere,” Lonergan told the News Tribune via email in response to questions.
“Dismantling this off-scale project next to established homes requires increased vigilance, and I think this is a test case for the proposed zoning of one-sixth of Tacoma’s residential neighborhoods,” he said. he writes, referring to the House project in the Tacoma project.
As of Thursday, a sign saying “We demand a better project” was still in place next to the fenced construction area.
The city approved Proctor III with a final determination of non-materiality in its State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) decision in October 2020. Some neighbors argued that the planned apartment building was not suitable, given its six floors surrounded by residential houses, and were worried. on parking requests in an already congested area.
Following the court verdict in May, the company told The News Tribune in a statement: “We look forward to moving forward with the project and are confident that the community will see this new building as an asset to the neighborhood when it’s finished. . “
Plans have changed slightly since its approval of an eight-year multi-family tax holiday in October 2019,
According to the latest plans promoted this week by Rush, the six-story, 95-unit apartment site will include approximately 600 square feet of retail, five-level apartments and 23,568 square feet of two-level underground parking space. .
The plan, when approved by the city for tax exemption, stated that it would have approximately 1,000 square feet of commercial space.
Many of the units will be “micro” or less than 450 square feet. The units in the building will be 273 to 681 square feet in size and priced between $ 1,300 and $ 2,000 per month, according to Rush.
The original plans called for a wider range of sizes up to 800 square feet, but at a higher price.
“Micro units are a popular option right now for renters. It makes living in neighborhoods generally inaccessible to younger tenants more affordable, ”said Chris Dewald, vice president of Rush Development, in a press release this week.
“The 95 units are fully usable and have bathrooms, kitchens and a laundry room,” he noted.
The site will include a fitness center, pet spa, electric vehicle charging stations, storage / parking space for up to 95 bikes and a rooftop terrace with views of Puget Sound and Mount Rainier.
A target completion date was not communicated.