City Manager's Weekly Info Bulletin 6/4/10

June 4, 2010
To: Mayor and Members of the City Council
From: Andrew Neiditz, City Manager

  • Open House at Lakewood Senior Activity Center: The open house on June 3rd was well attended by over 125, as participants were able to interact with agency representatives and also display their artwork and other features of the Senior Activity Center. About 25 service agencies presented information, including agencies specializing in senior services. CSRT staff presented a Safety Fair which provided information on burglary prevention, identity theft/fraud, vehicle prowl prevention, fireworks and neighborhood associations to attendees.
  • Echelon Apartments Open: The Community Development Dept has issued Certificates of Occupancy to FNW Inc, for a 254 unit apartment complex known as Echelon. The project is located at the northeast corner of Lakewood Dr SW and Steilacoom Blvd SW. The complex includes 17 different apartment buildings, a recreation center, gymnasium, exercise room, outdoor pool, two outdoor play areas for children and a large open space area among large mature Oak Trees. The mayor, city manager, several councilmembers and other City staff members attended a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 26th.
  • Wal-Mart Stores Phase 2 ground-breaking: The mayor, city manager, and councilmembers Thomas and Moss, and other City staff, participated along with the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, at the groundbreaking ceremony for Wal-Mart's Phase 2 addition of about 40,000 square feet. The addition, which will include a full grocery market, will be on the north side of the current facility.
  • Memorial Day Service at Mountainview: Mayor Richardson, along with Councilmembers Thomas, Moss, and Whalen, and the city manager, attended the special Lakewood Memorial Day Event on May 31st in the new Veterans Memorial Section. Bagpipers and the Joint Base Lewis-McChord bugler were highlights of the ceremonies and the keynote speaker was Colonel Mike Johnson of the Washington National Guard.
  • Input to WSDOT for environmental assessment (EA) for Pt Defiance Bypass/Amtrak proposal: The City is coordinating efforts with neighboring cities of Dupont and Tacoma to ensure that concerns about impacts of the proposed project will be provided by all three cities in the on-going environmental assessment process.