TNT: University Place corner sees transformation a decade after city approves zoning changes to encourage development

“Rebar, chunks of foundation, wood scraps and other demolition debris lay in a heap Friday at the corner of Grandview Drive West and 27th Street West in University Place.

“More than a decade after property owners and city officials created a plan to spur development, the corner that for years served as an attractive nuisance is finally being transformed.”

Read the rest of Brynn Grimley’s story in The News Tribune.

TNT: Lakewood sticks drivers with $20 car tab fee

“Lakewood residents will have to pay an additional $20 to renew their vehicle tabs starting next March. The Lakewood City Council, acting as the city’s Transportation Benefit District board, voted 6 to 1 Monday night to impose the annual fee. Councilwoman Mary Moss was the dissenting vote.” Read the rest of Brynn Grimley’s story at The News Tribune.

Around the Sound: Sentinels review a different playbook


A few hours before the “Friday Night Lights” came on at Blair Taylor Field on Sept. 12, eighteen red-shirted Steilacoom Sentinel players rushed the doors at Saltar’s Point Elementary for a different kind of pre-game warm-up.

The strategy that afternoon was the launch of a new program where players visited local schools and read to elementary students. It’s called the Sentinel Reading Program.

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Spanaway Park boat ramp and Bresemann Blvd. to close for construction

The public boat ramp in Spanaway Park will be closed Sept. 15 to Oct. 24 so crews can replace the pavement in the ramp’s parking area with pervious pavement that will help filter out contaminants from stormwater before it enters the stormwater system. Bresemann Boulevard – the road through the park – will be closed to through traffic starting Sept. 15 while parking areas along the road are replaced with the pervious pavement. The road will open on the north side of the park on Oct. 25, and work on the south end is expected to be completed by November. [Read more...]