A new reader named Cyndi emailed with the following query, which is followed by City Manager Steve Sugg’s response: “I recently moved to the UP area and am interested in all that is going on here. I was here just before the new library opened. I’ve been hearing many rumors on everything that was supposed to be built, next to the library, but every rumor I hear is different. From Applebee’s and February, to office buildings and new town centers (old one being torn down such a waste). I’d like to know what the plans are for all, but I guess my biggest question is because I live in the ones below, “Do you know what is going to happen to the building right across the street from the library? It is an abandoned/empty apartment building. There are people in the ones further back (me), but I am talking about the ones closest to the street.” And if the ones I am in are being planed for demolitions. I’d like to know so I am not shoved out in the street.
University Place City Manager Steve Sugg responds: The two empty apartment buildings referred to by your reader are located on Lot 12 of Town Center. The City has hired Neil Walter Company, a commercial brokerage firm in Tacoma to market Lot 12 as well as the other lots in Town Center for development that meets the Town Center Vision and Goals adopted by City Council. If Lot 12 is sold for development, it is assumed that the two apartment buildings on that lot will be demolished by the developer. The remaining apartment buildings in the Briarview Complex would not be affected. I hope this answers the reader’s question.