By: dgardner

Local development team announces The Proctor

Business Examiner Blog
Dec 11, 2013

The Proctor, a mixed-use center in one of Tacoma’s most unique business districts, got an official go-ahead this morning, with a roster of local residents and companies working toward the new building’s completion.

Plans were announced today to build on the 39,000-square-foot property on the southwest corner of North 28th and Proctor Streets, calling for 147 market rate apartments (mostly one-bedroom units, with a smaller mix of studio and two-bedroom) over 12,000 square feet of retail space. The early plans also show 150 stalls of parking within the development — including a designated lot for retail customers — as well as upgrades to on-street parking. Construction is set to start next summer, with a completion date projected in the summer of 2015.

Local development partners Bill Evans and Erling Kuester, both longtime residents of the Proctor district, have assembled the land, aided by Rick Moses of Gig Harbor’s Rush Companies. Architecture firm BCRA of Tacoma has been tapped for design.

Both Kuester and Evans spoke about the new development as another step in keeping the Proctor environment a vibrant one.

“Between our involvement in the Blue Mouse Theater and Bill’s two gift shops, we both have a lot already invested in this community and are excited to see this project get off the ground,” Kuester said.

“We want to support a variety of businesses,” added Evans, “especially ones that complement the other area retailers. Our vision for The Proctor is to become a neighborhood hangout and a destination for people outside of Proctor, too.”

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