August 22 2012

Development Plans For Tacoma, Washington’s Point Ruston Are Underway

Concept designs for Point Ruston's 9 screen multiplex theatre and Marlene’s Market & Deli; a 20,000 square feet full service, natural foods grocery store.Tacoma, Washington’s Point Ruston, a 97-acre waterfront area, has sat nearly undeveloped for the past three years.  Construction of the first condominium in the project halted several years ago at the garage level, when the housing market collapsed.  The area is the former site of the old Asarco copper smelter that closed in the mid-1980s and has since remained vacant. With the economic climate looking up, plans for the huge mixed-use “lifestyle-center;” featuring thousands of apartments, condos, single-family dwellings, and a mixed-use commercial district are finally underway.

The latest announcements about the waterfront community are the inclusion of a nine-screen multiplex theatre at the center of the development and Marlene’s Market & Deli; a 20,000 square feet full service, natural foods grocery store with all-organic produce department, deli, and bakery sections. These will be added to the 175-room Silver Cloud hotel as the three main anchors for the mixed-use site. Also among the tenants will be other high-end restaurants, cafes and bistros, and a wine bar along with retail shops.

Waterwalk at Point Ruston, a nearly mile-long public waterfront esplanade with a 20-foot-wide paved sidewalk.The development will include a nearly mile-long public waterfront esplanade with a 20-foot-wide paved sidewalk for walkers and a nearby crushed stone path for runners. The esplanade, officially named “Waterwalk at Point Ruston,” will be heavily landscaped and furnished with benches. The lengthy waterfront esplanade will provide a pedestrian link between the end of Tacoma’s existing Ruston Way linear park and Point Defiance Park.

Also featured on the site:

  • Over 50 acres of open space including park areas, public walkways, and view corridors;
  • Overall focus on environmental stewardship & sustainable development practices;
  • Every home on Stack Hill will be dual certified Built Green® and ENERGY STAR®;
  • A Grand Plaza hosting community activities and special neighborhood events.

The modern design “lifestyle centers” like Point Ruston seem to be the new direction of sustainable development. What examples of lifestyle centers have you seen?

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Kennith George

Kennith George grew up in the Greater Seattle, Washington area and holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from the University of Washington. His interest began in architecture, but he quickly found his passion in urban planning and policy. He views much of the built environment as unsustainable and detrimental to healthy societies and community life. He plans to pursue a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Washington, but for now he is enjoying a local government internship in community and economic development. He is grateful for the opportunity to have been an environmental design blogger for Global Site Plans,' The GRID. Kennith’s area of focus lies with the New Urbanism movement of creating walkable, compact, mixed-use, livable, and pedestrian-sized sustainable communities.

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