The Daily Mash-Up

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 This Week's Paper
National Park grant to improve Swan Creek

The National Park Service has awarded a grant of $750,000 to Metro Parks Tacoma to improve Swan Creek Park.

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced the grant as well as a smaller grant for King County's Skyway Park. The total for both parks is $1.2 million.

“Both of these grants will help ensure underserved communities have access to local outdoor recreation opportunities. Not only will these park improvements help people get outside, but they will provide an economic boost for these communities by… Read More

Convention Center hotel to break ground soon

The Tacoma City Council has approved an amended agreement with Yareton Investment and Management L.L.C., as well as property conveyance for the convention center hotel project. Conducted without public subsidy, the development represents one of the first major foreign direct investments in a commercial project on publicly-owned land in Tacoma. It is also the largest privately funded development downtown in the city’s history.

The project, estimated to cost approximately $150 million, will be completed in two phases.

The first phase, projected to cost at least $85 million, will… Read More

Cement siding firm expands

The cement siding manufacturing firm James Hardie Building Products Inc. announced a jobs initiative to add more than 100 new employees at its expanded manufacturing facility in Tacoma. The expansion will be a separate 400,000-square-foot facility adjacent to the existing plant. It is expected to be completed in spring of 2018. The Tacoma plant currently manufactures both interior and exterior products that service all climate zones. These include more than eight different product families, which equates to more than 120 varieties of products.

Once all hiring is complete for the… Read More

Young Entrepreneurs Academy seeks teens

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) fall of October 2017 class. YEA! is a 20-week program that guides middle and high school students through launching and running their own real businesses or social movements.

YEA! is open to all students in grades 6-12. While in the Academy, students will receive all the necessary tools to launch their very own real, legal businesses. This includes access to valuable experts like attorneys, accountants, business mentors, and graphic designers; plus an audience with investors… Read More

Pile driving starts again at Husky Terminal

The ping, ping, ping echoing through downtown has returned.

Pile driving has resumed for improvements to Husky Terminal now that the annual February-to-July fish migration season has closed.

Pile driving at the northwest end of the Blair Waterway is expected to occur during regular construction hours of 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays.

The Pier 4 work is part of $250 million in terminal improvements that began in September 2016 on Tacoma’s General Central Peninsula. Upgrades include strengthening and realigning a berth and adding eight new super-post-Panamax… Read More

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