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On the move

For several years, Tasha Pasco, principal managing broker for Coldwell Banker Bain’s Tacoma and Puyallup branch offices, has been watching the progress underway at the Village at Chambers Bay. And for several years, she has known that as soon as her current lease was up, she was moving her office there.
That day has finally arrived. Later this month, Pasco and some 30 of her agents will set up shop in their new digs at 3633 Market Place W. in the Village at Chambers Bay. Their new 5,000 square foot space will feature a host of industrial-inspired design details like exposed beams and 16-foot ceilings. It also sports a double-sided fireplace, a lounge and patio.
The move represents an effort by Coldwell Banker Bain to relocate its South Sound offices into walkable neighborhoods. Within the last few years, they have opened… Read Full Story

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Things are looking UP at U.P. Town Center

As part of its city hall relocation effort, University Place recently contracted with AustinCina Architects to design and plan the interior layout for the upper two floors inside the UP Civic and Library Building, also known as Town Center, a.k.a. The Village at Chambers Day. The interior design work will detail all spaces that will eventually accommodate U.P. City Hall, including council member offices and the council chambers.
That's according to City Manager Steve Sugg, whose office is inside the current city hall/Windmill Village complex at 3715 Bridgeport Way W. Sugg also said that once the design work for relocation is completed,… Read Full Story

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Tacoma breaks ground

On Monday, July 10, Jason Zacharia, president of Kindred Rehabilitation, took the podium in turn with other healthcare leaders inside a white welcome tent. It was a ground-breaking ceremony for a $25 million investment in Tacoma's soon-to-be rehabilitation hospital now ready for construction on the same plot where the old Afifi Shriners building once stood at 815 S. Vassault St.
According to Zacharia, this ground was soon going to support the first free-standing rehabilitation hospital west of the Cascades, in both Washington and Oregon,… Read Full Story

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Mom, police seek answers to Speakman murder
David Rose

A mother is heartbroken and left with many questions after her mentally disabled son was shot and killed in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood around 6:15 a.m. on Nov. 3. Kim Nystrom said her son, 26-year-old Steven Speakman, had the mind of a 10-year-old. "I just want to know who would do this to Steven,”…

School board selects Jeff Chamberlin to replace Patti Banks as Superintendent
Derek Shuck

The University Place School District will be undergoing some changes come July when current Deputy Superintendent Jeff Chamberlin takes the reigns of leadership and replaces Superintendent Patti Banks, who has been in the position for 19 years. Chamberlin began his education career in the Tacoma School…

A New Way of Getting U.P. News

Welcome to the first edition of the City of U.P.’s Headlines newsletter in its new home, the University Place Press. Our popular newsletter will now be delivered to University Place residents twice a month, as a special insert to the new University Place Press, which is published by the Pierce County…

City set to end funding for parks program, taxing district preps for ballot
Steve Dunkelberger

The University Place City Council has voted to end a $400,000 subsidy from the city’s general fund to the city’s Parks and Recreation program as a step to stem its budget troubles. The council directed city budget drafters to develop a budget for 2017-2018 that would end parks program funding…

Pierce County librarians add 18 new app recommendations for kids ages 2-6

There are so many apps for kids, how can you tell which are educational and which just claim to be? Pierce County librarians have taken the guesswork out of choosing apps for 2-6 year-olds. “Pigeon Presents Mo…on the Go!” “Grow a reader” and “Minecraft pocket edition” are a few of the…

Make a Difference Day
Derek Schuck

On Oct. 24, the city of University Place participated in the annual Make a Difference Day. On this day people across the nation unite in their own communities to improve where they live and to enjoy time with their neighbors. In U.P., 12 volunteers came out to not only clean up Paradise Pond Park,…

Police search for serial home burglary suspect in Tacoma
David Rose

Tacoma Police are asking for the public's help to find a serial home burglary suspect. “We've charged Michael Leair for burglarizing homes all over Tacoma. We are working hard with law enforcement to stop repeat burglars. He is part of the 10 percent who are causing 90 percent of the thefts. If…

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