Brynn Grimley (253) 983-7761 • Fax (253) 589-3774 • bgrimley@cityoflakewood.us
Communications Manager

August 17, 2017

The City of Lakewood and West Pierce Fire & Rescue officials closed the B&I Public Marketplace at end of business Wednesday, August 16 out of concern for public safety. The building will remain closed until its owners can show they have addressed the public safety hazards identified by the city and West Pierce Fire & Rescue officials.

The decision to close the business was not done quickly or lightly.

City and fire officials conducted two joint inspections of the property – one in April and another in June. At both visits significant hazards were identified, including, but not limited to:

  • Commercial cooking operations without annual confidence testing of the hood suppression systems, making it unclear if the system would work.
  • Deficiencies in the fire protection system during a previous inspection.
  • Multiple changes to walls affecting sprinkler head spray patterns resulting in inadequate sprinkler coverage to sections of the building.
  • A structurally unsound lean-to area at the back of the building.
  • Numerous sprinkler heads painted over or blocked by items in the suspended ceiling areas, preventing them from working properly.
  • Numerous code violations in the electrical wiring and extension cords between vendor spaces. This electrical work was completed without permits and electrical inspections.
  • Walls were added and/or removed without permits and inspections.

Over the course of three months the city made numerous attempts to contact the owners of the building, including repeated phone calls and certified letters. Those attempts were unsuccessful. That city’s intent was, and still is, to work with the owners to make the building safe.

Finally the city made contact the building owner’s agent. The agent was given an August 1 deadline to produce reports on the status of the fire protection devices, electrical system and a structural engineer review. That deadline was extended to August 15 in an attempt to work with the owners.

The electrical report was provided August 16. The fire and structural engineering reports have not been submitted. The electrical report was sent to the state Department of Labor and Industries and Tacoma Power for expedited review. 

The city will work closely and quickly with the building owner to get the building open.

Additional documents:

August 17 letter to B&I tenants.

West Pierce Fire & Rescue inspection report and findings .

Clarity Consulting Engineers June 30, 2017 site visit report. 

Timeline of city's attempts to contact building owner.

The 2017 Asian Film Fest kicks off today (Aug. 11). Here's all you need to know about what's playing:

The event begins with box office blockbuster “Bridge on the River Kwai”, winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Musical Score.

The film airs at 7 p.m. Friday (Aug. 11) at Pierce College’s Fort Steilacoom campus, Cascade Building on the fourth floor. Admission and parking are free.

The films continue Saturday (Aug. 12) with the gripping Australian film “Rabbit Proof Fence” at 2 p.m., then Indian high voltage thriller “Airlift” shows at 7 p.m.

Sunday (Aug. 13) award-winning Japanese film “Like Father, Like Sun” airs at 2 p.m. The three-day event concludes at 7 p.m. and with the film “Neerja”, a breathtaking, true story of a young Indian flight attendant who risks her life to save passengers from terrorists on a hijacked airliner.

Along with these powerful films the event will include a juried art and photo exhibit, Bonsai display and live entertainment by flutist Jeannie Hill. 

WSDOT released the following traffic advisory today, Aug. 9, 2017:

Starting at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, drivers on westbound state Route 512 can expect to encounter a closure of the on-ramp to northbound Interstate 5 while Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews repair damaged guardrail. The ramp is scheduled to reopen by 4 a.m. Thursday.

Traffic will be detoured during this time. Drivers are advised to seek alternate routes and plan extra travel time to reach their destinations. 

The city's lodging tax application period is open and the city is soliciting project proposals that support and encourage tourism and cultural activities in the city. Funding for the projects come from the city's share of taxes that are collected on overnight stays at hotels and motels in city limits.

The application deadline is by 5 p.m. Aug. 21, 2017. 

Find the application here, along with more information about what is required to apply.

Spend your Sunday afternoon at Fort Steilacoom Park for the city of Lakewood’s free Concert in the Park featuring two fantastic regional concert bands: the Washington American Legion Band and the Tacoma Concert Band.

The event kicks off Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. with the American Legion Band , which will perform its repertoire of marches, medleys, wind band originals, solos, patriotic music and “old warhorse” transcriptions.

The American Legion Band performs 20 to 30 times a year across the region at indoor and outdoor venues, ceremonies and parades.

Following an intermission the Tacoma Concert Band will take the stage at 6 p.m.

This is your chance to see the concert band’s founder, conductor and music director Maestro Robert Musser in his last season as leader of this premiere symphonic band – for FREE! Musser is set to retire at the end of the 2017-2018 season.

The Tacoma Concert Band has entertained Pacific Northwest audiences since 1981 with its award-winning performances from classical to modern. The band has performed in Vienna, Prague, Budapest, the French Rivera and now in Lakewood’s crown jewel – Fort Steilacoom Park.

Sit back, relax and enjoy this dynamic performance in the park. Food trucks will offer food for purchase throughout the event. And remember to bring your own chair or blankets.

 

Lakewood has one of the youngest and most culturally diverse populations in the South Sound. The City Council recognized the significance of its diverse population in its vision statement, which identifies the important role diversity plays in the development of our city’s future.

To support this initiative, the Lakewood Multicultural Coalition (LMC) was created. Community members comprise this group which has met regularly since October 2016 to discuss how to reach Lakewood residents to embrace our diversity as a community and provide more support.

Now, we need your help.

We have developed a survey to hear from the public about its views and ideas around diversity in Lakewood. The survey takes less than five minutes to complete and we hope will give us a snapshot of public sentiment. Please share with friends, family and colleagues.

Thank you.

Take the survey here.

Neighborhood block parties, barbecues and small parades are planned around Lakewood in celebration of National Night Out, which is Tuesday, Aug. 1.

The national event is focused on building partnerships between the community and police and growing camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer.

Join us for two city-sponsored celebrations at American Lake Park and Little Church on the Prairie, 6310 Motor Ave SW from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Police and West Pierce Fire and Rescue will also make visits to various neighborhoods.

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