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Thursday, September 03, 2015 This Week's Paper
City, Port release Annual Reports

The City of Tacoma and the Port of Tacoma have released their separate “Year In Review” Annual Reports.

The city's report highlights the major achievements of the year concerning budgets, public works, neighborhood improvements and business growth.

"We took steps to initiate a strategic vision that will serve as a roadmap for Tacoma’s growth over the next decade. Civic engagement played a pivotal role in this process and helped guide City Council and staff’s efforts in determining how we effectively and efficiently deliver services to our residents," City Manager TC Broadnax said in the report.

The report is posted at

The Port of Tacoma's report touches on the major developments of the year, including the port’s investments, new businesses and community service. The Port of Tacoma’s 2014 Annual Report is online.

Little Theatre, Playhouse temporarily swap directors

For the first time in both of their histories, the South Sound’s two oldest theatre companies are exchanging their managing artistic directors, for the closing shows of their respective Seasons.

Lakewood Playhouse’s Managing Artistic Director John Munn, will be directing Tacoma Little Theatre’s Musical "Cabaret," while Tacoma Little Theatre’s Managing Artistic Director Chris Serface will be directing Lakewood Playhouse’s Musical "Drood: the Mstery of Edwin Drood."

Both shows open this month.

“We want to show everyone that we are truly a ‘community of theatres’ in the South Sound,” Munn said, “Over the years, there has always been the perception that all of the local theatres are competing with one another and that simply is not the case. I grew up at Tacoma Little Theatre and discovered Lakewood Playhouse soon after. I have been proud to be a director at TLT for two decades and to have worked under the supervision of five managing artistic directors and I can honestly say that working with Chris as my “M.A.D.” on Cabaret, and feeling the wonderful positive energy that he and his staff have brought to the theatre, that Tacoma Little Theatre truly feels like home again.”

“Having John come to TLT has been a great experience,” Serface stated, “We both believe strongly that theatre begets theatre, and that by switching places, we are giving new cast, crew, and audience members to work and see different individuals.”

In addition to their own theatres, Munn and Serface have been teaming up quite a bit with Tacoma Musical Playhouse founder Douglas Rake over the last year. They, for example, resurrected Free Theatre Nights last October and were able to showcase each of their upcoming seasons. It was a huge hit and they hope to repeat it again this year. They also offered a Free Ticket to the Season Ticket Holders of each of the other theatres in the hopes that they would be able to experience the rich tapestry of shows being woven by the three theatres.

“We all have such a strong love of our community and a great respect for what each theatre create,” Serface said. “We feel honored to have the support of our community, and our peers. There’s a long history of theatre in Tacoma, and one that we should all be proud of.”

Walk Tacoma Waterfront Walk this Wednesday

Enjoy a free, guided walk along Tacoma’s Waterfront on Wednesday, May 6, from noon – 1 p.m.

The Walk Tacoma Waterfront Walk, sponsored by Commencement Bank, is a 1.7-mile lunchtime walk, led by Joseph Govednik, Curator of Collections with the Foss Waterway Seaport and Carola Filmer, Community Relations Manager with the Port of Tacoma.

The walk will highlight the history and current development of Tacoma’s waterfront and port, and starts at Fireman’s Park at South Ninth and A Street. Participants will experience great views from Fireman’s Park and the Murray Morgan Bridge, walk along the waterfront, and have a sneak peek of the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum before it opens on May 17. There is no need to pre-register for the event, simply join Downtown On the Go at the start.

Walk Tacoma 2015, sponsored by CHI Franciscan Health, is a nine event walking series held on first and third Wednesdays, from April through August. The fun, themed walks, now in their sixth year, encourage people to enjoy downtown on foot by introducing new walking routes, and sharing information about the community and its history through the guided tours. The walks are scheduled at the lunch hour and just after work to encourage downtown employees to walk during their workday, whether it is to and from work or at a lunch break.

The man born Armando Pérez but now better known as Pitbull ill headline the final concert announced this week for the Washington State Fair. The hip-hop/reggaeton artist – who is known for “Timber,” “Time of Our Lives,” “Gasolina” and other hits - is scheduled to take over the grandstand in Puyallup at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 27.

Tickets are $65 to $100 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 9. They may be ordered in person that day until 2 p.m. at Washington State Fair's Box Office, located at Ninth Ave. SW and Meridian St.; by calling (888) 559-3247 or by ordering online through the Fair web site.

Tacoma project among 7 to get affordable homes funding from state

Developers and nonprofit organizations will create or renovate 457 affordable homes across the state, thanks to almost $67 million in financing approved last Friday by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission.

“We are very pleased to be a part of creating and renovating these affordable homes, which will not only help individual households but also create jobs and enhance communities across the state,” said Karen Miller, chair of the Housing Finance Commission.

One of the seven projects is in Tacoma. Bay Terrace Phase II, 2550 South G St. is a Tacoma Housing Authority project that received $14.4 million in estimated tax-credit equity.

These 74 new apartments make up the second phase of THC’s investment to replace deteriorated, substandard housing in the Hilltop neighborhood. The new development is working closely with the local school district to tie the housing to educational achievement.

The project is one of five projects that will add affordable apartments along the I-5 corridor of Western Washington and another will renovate 141 apartments for seniors in Yakima. Also, the Suquamish Tribe will build 12 new single-family homes on the Port Madison Indian Reservation in Kitsap County, which will later transfer to homeownership.

All seven projects were funded after successfully competing for Low-Income Housing Tax Credit allocations in the 2015 round. The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit helps affordable-housing developers raise capital for new buildings and renovations by selling the credits to investors. The dollar amount is the estimated tax credit equity over 10 years.

The Washington State Housing Finance Commission is a publicly accountable, self-supporting team that brings private investment dollars to benefit families and achieve public goals throughout Washington. Over 30 years, the Commission has created and preserved affordable homes for more than 307,000 people across the state, while contributing more than $42.5 billion and 240,000 jobs to the economy.

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