Residential and commercial growth continues at a steady pace in the DuPont/Northwest Landing area, with groundbreaking set for Oct. 26 for the final phase at Chloe Clark Elementary School. The newest school in the Steilacoom Historic School District, which opened in Sept. 2001, is scheduled to be ready for fifth grade students by Fall 2006. A second groundbreaking for the district’s new Middle School, is tentatively set for sometime during the Summer of 2006.
Services and homes are being added to accommodate the area’s growing population which grew by 985 people or from 4,425 to 5,410 between April 1, 2004 and April 1, 2005.
According to John Darling, Community Development Director for the City of DuPont, other projects underway in the area include:
1. Completion on covered Distribution Centers for Pier 1 Imports and Dania Furnishings. Pier 1 is a 400,000 sq. ft building; the Dania operation is a 200,000 sq. ft building. Both are expected to open “close to the first of the year,” Darling said. Fed-Ex has opened a 150,000 sq. ft. building; all are located in an area behind Intel, off the DuPont/Steilacoom road.
2. Four retail buildings at the DuPont Station site are in Phase Two of tenant improvements, while two buildings at the McNeil Station have been completed and are also undergoing tenant improvements. A second Starbucks Coffee shop recently opened there. A Jiffy Lube site and a Jack in the Box eatery are both “coming along.” At Barksdale Station, “there are a couple of things-nothing definite-he stressed, but “some activity there by the end of the year.
“There’s been no word yet about any grocery store for the community,” Darling added.
3. An 18-hole golf course area, near the edge of the Bluff, (where the original Powder Works manufacturing plant was located) has been reseeded and is for sale. There is no clubhouse at present, and any future owner of the course “would have to build that.” The property, originally purchased by Weyerhaeuser, was re-seeded as part of a remediation agreement made with the State Dept. of Ecology when it was bought. Quadrant Homes is marketing the remainder of the property-about 300 acres. A 90-acre site, west of Intel’s Headquarters, has a buyer, Darling continued. It is destined as a future manufacturing/research business office park.
4. A 10-acre site, located off Center Drive, south of Sequalitchew Creek (west of the 1843 Hudson’s Bay Company fort site) is earmarked as the location of a future civic center for the community, Darling said. Pardini & Associates is conducting the feasibility study. The future center will be sited in a campus-type setting. The main thrust of the initial study is housing for the city’s public safety (police and fire) functions. DuPont city fire engines currently are stored in the city’s Public Works building, while the Police operate out of the former city post office building. The second phase of the civic center project would be to house city hall offices.
5. Quadrant plans to add more housing in Hoffman Hill Division 4, which was recently approved by the Hearing Examiner. The 128-acre site is expected to contain about 450 single-family dwellings and up to 30 multi-family units.
6. Besides the completion of Ross Plaza, a small park on Wilmington Drive near the Liberty Inn, the city has plans for a 24-acre park at Savannah Oaks. The project currently is in the SEPA comment appeal period. The city expects to approve the site plan by mid-November. The park would abut the site of Steilacoom Historic School District’s future middle school.
7. A five-acre neighborhood park is planned in the Hoffman Hill division, with phase one of that already done and the second phase due to be completed when Division 4 is finished. The playground will include a large open playfield and play structures.
Finally, Darling said, the City expects a preliminary plat on the remaining land at Patriot’s Landing development for 130-135 single family dwellings.
“Things (here) are moving very fast,” he concluded.
Darling added that while sewage disposal for the oldtown area is the responsibility of the City of DuPont, Pierce County will handle sanitary sewer disposal for this new construction.
By Nancy Covert, The Suburban Times Contributor