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Groundbreaking For Five-Story Mixed-Use Building Set For Next Friday

The building that will offer apartments units and first-floor retail space marks the first private development at the Town Center project.

After five or so frustrating years, University Place is reaching some milestones regarding for its Town Center project.

On June 22, construction on the first private development at Town Center - a five-story, 12,000-square-foot building adjacent to the Civic Building - will break ground.

The project, which is being developed by SEB Inc., will consist of 100 units. The developer will pay $800,000 to the city for the rights to build on top of the "Lot 8" garage, which the city still owns.

Although construction has already started on the building, the groundbreaking comes a few months after Town Center's first retail business - the - opened its doors next to the project's original tenant, the University Place Library.

The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., Friday at north of the Civic Building, 3609 Market Place W.

Ken Campbell June 16, 2012 at 11:59 PM
More evidence the private sector is doing fine...
Christie Anderson June 17, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Are those units condos or apartments?....and didn't we incorporate to reduce the expansion of condos/apartments in UP?
Ken Campbell June 17, 2012 at 04:08 AM
They are apartments..this area is part of an urban growth center... They should rent them to the staffers coming for the US Open..bet they could get higher than market rate! You may wish to review this earlier summary.. http://universityplace.patch.com/articles/e-mail-to-the-editor-mayor-sheds-light-on-town-center-development#comments_list
Christie Anderson June 17, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Actually Ken, I did know what they rooked the citizens of UP into. It's an awful plan, in my opinion, and is still contrary to what citizens voted for when they voted to incorporate. Delusions of grandeur is what it is....just sayin'.
Sea June 18, 2012 at 04:02 AM
I'd also like to know what they are going to do with the apartment across the street from the library (part of the Briarview apt that are owned by the city) that have been vacant for about 5-6 years and is now getting broken into and is partially boarded up do to vandalism. They need to be torn down before someone gets hurt.
Christie Anderson June 18, 2012 at 02:18 PM
The city owns those apartments you are referring to. As a member of Friends of Homestead Park it would be nice if we could use one of the units for storage of some of our equipment that we use in our activites in and for Homeatead Park, since some of what is stored at city hall sometimes disappears and noone knows where it disappears to. However, since you've mentioned those units are being broken into, I doubt storing things there would be any better than at city hall, lol.
Denise July 21, 2012 at 04:16 AM
if you took a closer look you'd see that they are dangerous, some of the decks on the upper level are falling off. I wouldn't set foot in them. I wish they'd tear them down for safety alone. Kids go in there, paint the walls, destroy things, and it looks like fires were set on one of the stoves. OR maybe they can fix them up for low income disabled people to live in. Just an idea. Make a difference in someones life. It's only going to get worse if nothing is done about it.
Christie Anderson July 21, 2012 at 04:34 AM
I doubt they'd fix them up for use....fixing up buildings they own doesn't seem to be their forte, lol.
Denise July 21, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Thank you Chris, "Fixing up", never seems to be ever, anywhere; just build it and when you get tired of it, let it stand empty and talk about tearing it down and then build something new! Such waste in my mind. I think of how many years that place across the street from the new library has been empty and all the possible uses it HAD. But that is neither here nor there now . . . I'm all for tearing them down now before they become a bigger issue/danger, but that too costs money that has likely never been allocated. By the time the US open comes, they will look GREAT! (sorry, a bit of sarcasm). So please tell me, how does one become a "Friend of Homestead"? I walk my dog there at least 4 days a week and pick up litter often. I see the "In Memory of" name tags have nearly all broken. Is there a plan to replace them with new ones or will they be pulled up and put in the trash? I'd love to know more of what is happening in that park as I spend a great deal of time there. Be as well as you can and thanks you for answering all my questions, D
John W. October 03, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I'm sure glad I didn't move into the Briarview apartments knowing that they're becoming run down, vandalized, and unsafe. If they're that bad, why not have code enforcement go in there and shut them down. Just a thought. As far as the vandalism goes, it could be prevnted if our police officers working the night shift would actually patrol our streets instead of hanging out all night at the Fircrest Police station!! Almost every single night on the way home from work, I see at least 2 or 3 U.P. cars and 5 or 6 State Patrol cars parked there for god knows how long, doing god knows what. Nice to see our tax dollars hard at work!!! The city officials need to tighten the reigns on themselves and start learning how to budget a bit better and get their priorities straight and finish all of these projects they seem to start but can't finish. We voted for incorporation to better manage our little town and have no become the joke of the county. Maybe I should move to Fircrest where things are already squared away and established. That is all.
John W. October 03, 2012 at 09:24 PM
You really think they're going to fix those apartments?? They can't even finish the Towne Center much less anything else. If they keep getting vandalized, the city won't have to do anything because all the little punk kids will have it destroyed!! I checked out those apartments prior to moving into the ones I live in now, and the manager is a dman joke..............real piece of work. Apparentley she couldn't give a damn what happens to the place. Even the unit she showed me was starting to fall apart. If you think for one minute the city is going to fix them........good luck with that.
John W. October 03, 2012 at 09:27 PM
@ Chris Anderson. I can almost guarantee you that the theft of the equipment is more than likely an internal thing. You'lll probably find out it's a city employee or one of the wonderful "friends of Homestead Park" who's jacking all of the equipment.

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