What is left of the U.P. library at days end (August 9). It’ll be moved across the street. Photo by U.P. resident Ron Boydston.
If you haven’t driven down Bridgeport Way in University Place for a day or two, things are different. The University Place library is gone, and work is beginning, in earnest, on the new ‘University Place Intermodel Transit Facility’. (To see picture from the groundbreaking, click here).
“The Transit Station will be a pillar of the new University Place UPtown Center,” said Congresswomen Maria Cantwell during Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony. Cantwell, along with Rep. Norm Dicks and Sen. Patty Murray helped secure $3.25 million for the transit facility and another $2.8 million for street-side landscape improvements. It is estimated the facility will serve an estimated 700-1,300 riders daily.
Cantwell relayed how important a similar facility is to Everett in Snohomosh County, and hopes the same, or better for Pierce County in general and University Place in particular.
Mayor Gerald Gehring noted that it has “been a long road” and “this investment will pay off for generations to come.” Gehring, a contractor, said he preferred the sound of the excavators to silence (the construction site was humming with activity until moments before the 1:30 p.m. groundbreaking).
Site preparation is going on now and construction will begin in spring 2007 with opened scheduled for fall 2008.