February 2019

Proposed New Development

Over the past month, City Development Review staff held pre-application meetings with proponents of the following potential new development projects:
  • Remodel and conversion of the existing gas station/convenience store at 102 Valley Avenue NE to a 7-11 store.     
  • Redevelopment of a 1.13-acre site in the 400 block of 23rd Street SE into a commercial site, including a new 10,000 square foot office/warehouse/shop building and an accessory truck storage area. 
  • Construction of a new approximately 10,000 square foot industrial/commercial building, with appurtenant parking and site improvements, on an undeveloped site in the 2400 block of East Main.
  • A new 7,500 square foot office building, with adjacent truck storage, in the 2400 block of Inter Avenue. This project would involve the demolition of an existing single-family residence on the site. 
  • Ten new townhouse units, within two five-plex buildings, on a 0.6-acre site in the 2600 block of 7th Street SE. 
  • A proposed multi-family residential project, which would construct 46 units in three buildings. This proposal includes associated site improvements for a 2.7-acre site which is located on 5th Street SE, due east of the existing Hampton apartment complex and south of Life Care Center. 

Pioneer Park Pavilion

February at the Pavilion was a busy wedding month – there were six weddings and receptions (including a wedding on Valentine’s Day) and two rehearsals. The Pavilion also hosted Puyallup Recreation’s Daddy Daughter Dance, the Puyallup Activity Center’s Valentine Luncheon, the Northwest Sinfonietta, a real estate seminar, the Mt. View Co-op Preschool fundraiser, and a celebration of life. 
In addition, the Pavilion was represented at the first-ever South Sound Wedding Show, held at the Agriplex at the Washington State Fair on February 23rd. This boutique style wedding show featured many local vendors and attendees, making it a great opportunity to network with our neighbors!

Toddler Campus Preschool

The Puyallup Recreation Center has opened registration for the 2019-2020 school year of Toddler Campus Preschool as of March 11th.  There are classes for two age groups: Preschool for 3-4 year olds and Pre-Kindergarten for 4-5 year olds.  Toddler Campus Preschool prepares students to be successful in the classroom both academically and socially with the end goal of a smooth transition into kindergarten. Classes run September through May and follow the Puyallup School District holiday calendar. Class sizes are limited to a maximum of 20 students and our two teachers are highly experienced early childhood educators.  Hardcopy registration forms can be picked up at the Puyallup Recreation Center or printed from the City of Puyallup website.  

Annual St. Valentine’s Day Party

The Activity Center hosted its annual St. Valentine’s Day party on February 13th. The event occurred at the Pioneer Park Pavilion and around 200 seniors–festively dressed in red and white attire–were in attendance.  Entertainment was provided by the ever-popular performance group Fun Singers and the Activity Center’s very own belly dance class: the Sa’Diyah Dancers.  The party included a catered lunch and a large assortment of beautifully decorated cakes brought in for dessert, and everyone received a Valentine’s Day box of chocolates. As a “Show-us-Your-Heart” bonus,  several hundred pounds of food was collected for the Puyallup Food Bank.

Downtown Design Guidelines Update

After completing design review for various projects in the downtown, by the City’s Design Review and Historic Preservation Board (DRHPB) and city staff identified the need for an update to the guidelines. The current City of Puyallup Downtown Design Guidelines (DDGs) were developed with consultant assistance and adopted by City Council in April 2006. Updates have been ongoing and work completed by city planning staff, with consultant assistance from Allied 8 along with review and input from the DRHPB throughout the process.

The following are the focus points for the update project: 

  • Improve the format of the document 
  • Improve document navigation for applicants 
  • Specify what a “guideline” is as opposed to a requirement
  • Clarify application submittal requirements and the design review process
This project is nearing completion and a draft document is expected to be issued for public comment in April.  Dates will be solidified soon; check the project webpage for more information.  Following public outreach, the project is anticipated to go to a public hearing with the Board, followed by City Council consideration. Contact project planner, Kendall Wals, with any comments or questions; kwals@ci.puyallup.wa.us or 253-841-5462.  

Puyallup Lions Club Eyeglasses Drop Box

The Puyallup Activity Center has a donation box for eyeglasses. Anyone wishing to give or discard regular glasses or sunglasses is encouraged to bring them to the center. The Puyallup Lions Club collects the used glasses, transfers them to an optometrist who refurbishes them with new lenses, and distributes them to low-income seniors.

Mystery Madness

Puyallup Activity Center trip-goers had an exciting day as they travelled to the picturesque town of Gig Harbor where they experienced Java and Clay, a trendy pottery painting studio and coffee lounge. They were able to choose a piece of pottery and paint it while enjoying coffee and pastries. Following this fun activity, our participants ventured to the ever-popular Tides Tavern for lunch on the water.  Following a lunch, there was ample time to shop the quaint stores before heading back to Puyallup.