Annual Volunteer Fair
Breakfast with Santa
Once again, Breakfast with Santa is sold out. On December 14th, families will create new traditions that celebrate the spirit of the season when they attend this special event by enjoying a delicious warm breakfast buffet, pictures with Santa and quality time with family and friends. There are several activities for families to enjoy including holiday crafts and games. It’s the perfect chance for the little ones to tell Santa exactly what’s on their Christmas list!
Development Services: Nearing Completion
There are a number of development projects around Puyallup which are now nearing completion and/or occupancy, including:
- Pioneer Crossing: A retail shopping center at the SW corner of Shaw Road-East Pioneer, which recently had a grand opening for Safeway. Several other tenants such as MOD Pizza, Starbucks, Taco Bell and Jersey Mikes are expected to open in the near future.
- Huntington Apartments: Phased occupancy has already begun for this project, located in the 2000 block of S. Meridian, which contains 38 new multi-family units within three buildings.
- Puyallup Fish Hatchery: For the last several months, the State Fish & Wildlife Department has been upgrading various parts of the long-standing hatchery site. These improvements include major changes to the hatchery’s fish rearing areas and associated water works, as well as upgrades to facilities and grounds.
- Affinity Senior Housing: This large senior facility, located on the NE corner of 5th Avenue SE-43rd Avenue SE (opposite the Korum YMCA), will consist of 168 independent-living units within the four-story main building, with associated amenity and parking/landscape areas. The developer is preparing for occupancy of this project to commence in early 2020.
Trip: UW Seismology Lab
On November 14th, patrons from the Puyallup Activity Center took the opportunity to visit the University of Washington's Seattle Campus to participate in a tour of the seismology lab. The University of Washington Seismologic Center tracks earthquakes all around Western Washington and are also able to view earthquakes from around the world. The trip-goers learned the difference between the source zones and Plate Tectonic Theory and how those processes have formed the western margin of North America, more specifically Western Washington. Although Mount Rainier blows its top every 300-500 years, the last eruption was 312 years ago and thankfully there are no indications of one anytime soon.
Response Exercise - “Mass Casualty Incident”
On November 14th the City of Puyallup partnered with Good Samaritan Hospital and MultiCare to conduct a classroom-based exercise at Good Samaritan Hospital that involved a mock mass casualty event at the fairgrounds. Partners from the Puyallup Police Department, Central Pierce Fire and Rescue, Good Samaritan Hospital and the Washington State Fair participated. The training was an excellent opportunity for first responders to work through the response to such a scenario and to discuss plans for communications between the various responding agencies. Trainings like this are critical to identify and address any gaps for future trainings and exercises and to strengthen the ability of the City to respond to emergencies. A special thanks to Assistant Chief John Unfred of the City of Lakewood Police Department for moderating the training.
Activity Center Thanksgiving Lunch
In partnership with Catholic Community Services, the Activity Center provided a wonderful Thanksgiving meal to a full room of seniors on November 27th. The Thanksgiving feast included a carved turkey, potatoes, green beans, cranberries, rolls, and scrumptious pumpkin pie for dessert.
Community Civics: Puyallup 101 Graduation
Potential New Development Projects
A 52-unit, four story multi-family building, proposed on a vacant 0.77-acre property at the NE corner of 2nd Street NE-5th Avenue NE. This project, which includes associated site improvements and landscaped areas, would have structured parking beneath the first level, utilizing the old river bed depression on the site.
Conversion of existing tenant spaces at the Valley Plaza Shopping Center, on East Main, into a children’s commercial play facility (Kaleidoscope Family Playground).
A proposed 406-unit, multi-family residential project contained within three large multi-story buildings, for the existing Meridian Mobile Home park site on 27th Avenue SE, just east of S. Meridian. The development concept includes associated parking and site improvements. The applicant has also discussed with City staff an alternative project design for this site which would have substantially fewer units (252) housed within multiple smaller three-story residential structures, configured around the 7.8-acre site.
Multi-family residential units located on the second floor of a building containing ground-floor professional office tenant spaces, with associated site features, proposed for the 2200 block of S. Meridian.
A new 6,000 square foot maintenance building, proposed within the existing Shope Concrete property at 1618 East Main.
A residential duplex, proposed for an existing RS-zoned lot in the 400 block of 43rd Avenue SW.
A new infill residential fourplex, with site improvements, planned for the 800 block of 3rd Street NE.
Review of two potential optional sites for re-using existing vacant facilities to house a new youth baseball training center (Level 360). The two sites reviewed with City staff were the former-Sears space at the South Hill Mall and the former-Serta Mattress manufacturing facility located at 403 N. Levee Road.
Two separate requests, by different applicants, to review the feasibility of new five-plex residential buildings and associated site work on existing lots located, respectively, in the 400 block of 10th Avenue SE and the 1200 block of 7th Avenue SE.