Speakers urge council to aid LeMay car museum

Apr 23, 2009

C.R. ROBERTS; The News Tribune
Last updated: April 23rd, 2009 06:27 AM (PDT)

A dozen people spoke their minds at a Tacoma City Council public hearing Tuesday night. The subject: whether the council should facilitate a $3.5 million loan from federal Housing and Urban Development funds that would benefit the LeMay Automobile Museum.

Of the 12 speakers, only one spoke against the measure – and he supported the museum itself, but not its proposed location.

Among the comments:

 • A representative from Associated General Contractors of Washington said, “We’re in support of the LeMay Museum and the HUD loan.” His reasoning: Construction will create private sector jobs.

 • Likewise, a representative from the county Building & Construction Trades Council said “This is a signature project. We urge you vociferously – and that’s from a roofer.”

 • The lone if moderate dissent came from a man who asked where visitors to the Tacoma Dome, located near the proposed museum, would be able to park during events. He asked how much the project would cost, and noted that the museum would be trapped between a freeway, railroad tracks and the Dome.

 • Keith Stone, long a resident and business owner in the Dome District, said the museum would be as much a benefit to the city as is the presence of Russell Investments – and perhaps even more.

C.R. Roberts: 253-597-8535

Originally published: April 22nd, 2009 11:48 PM (PDT)


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