Thursday, September 11, 2014

Local Bear Captured

The black bear roaming Point Defiance Park made her way downtown last night and was safely captured. She'll be released into the wild soon. The News Tribune has more details and pictures here.

Welcome Blue Octopus!

September 8, 2014

Heather Joy, Spaceworks Manager

Spaceworks Announces The Blue Octopus Grand Opening
Friday, September 12, 2014 ~ 11am-8pm
5013 N. Pearl Street, Ruston

Tacoma, Wash –

Spaceworks Tacoma is excited to announce the latest Spaceworks Creative Enterprise to open its doors, The Blue Octopus on Pearl. Grand opening festivities are set for Friday, September 12 from 11am – 6pm, plus a reception from 6 – 8pm, at 5013 N. Pearl Street in Ruston.

Nationally recognized artist Kerry Cole, owner of The Blue Octopus, offers painting parties, an art gallery, and a painting studio at her new location. Since early 2010, The Blue Octopus has been located in downtown Tacoma, first at Sanford & Sons, then at a co-operative space called The Saint Helens Ave Mercantile, where four women-owned businesses operate under one roof. Cole needed more space for her sought-after painting parties and has been working with Spaceworks since early in the year to find a larger home for her business. Regarding her new spot, Cole says, “This location has a lux, relaxed, beachy vibe which more accurately reflects the feeling you would have while painting in a cottage by the sea.”

Along with space, Spaceworks Tacoma has provided Cole with business training, one-on-one consultation and marketing support. Thanks to Spaceworks’ partnership with the property owners John & Karen Trueman, Cole has also been provided with 6 months free rent. The Trueman’s wanted to activate the first floor of their previously vacant building that until a year ago was Ruston’s liquor store. They knew with plenty of vacant space in Ruston that the Spaceworks program “was a good way to fill our space with something new to the area.”

“Looking at the Spaceworks success rate, which we understood to be 80%, we also felt that there is a very good chance that our Spaceworks tenant will sign a lease with us to continue the business when the Spaceworks lease is up. So to us, it’s a ‘win win’ situation and well worth the effort,” the Truemans said.

The Blue Octopus on Pearl’s business hours are WednesdaySunday from 11am – 7pm. One-on-one instruction, private or ‘Sips-N-Canvas’ painting parties can be scheduled any time. Details can be found at:


Vacancy to Vitality! Spaceworks Tacoma is a joint initiative of the City of Tacoma and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber designed to activate empty storefronts and vacant space in Tacoma. The initiative makes no- and low-cost temporary space, training, and technical assistance available to artists, creative entrepreneurs, organizations, and community groups in order to nurture successful projects that transform Tacoma into a stronger, more active city. Since starting in July 2010, Spaceworks has worked with over 150 artists and creatives in 31 spaces around Tacoma.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Black Bear Sightings At Point Defiance Park

Metro Parks is reporting multiple sightings of a black bear at Point Defiance Park. The bear has not been aggressive and wild life experts are monitoring. Call 911 if you see a bear wandering thru town. More details via this link. The News Tribune confirms 30 sightings in this article.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Progress in Ruston

Point Ruston posted a wonderful video today chronicling the first footings being poured at the retail complex + parking garage building. This is the first building within Ruston and progress is wonderful to see! View the video here...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Council Meeting Tonight

Meeting tonight at 7pm, 5219 N. Shirley. The link to minutes from recent meetings are listed below tonight's agenda if you want to catch up:

August 19, 2014 Council Meeting
August 5, 2014 Council Meeting
July 15, 2014 Council Meeting
July 1, 2014 Council Meeting

Thursday, August 21, 2014

News Tribune Editorial

The News Tribune published an editorial yesterday titled "Is Ruston dragging its feet on contamination?". What do you think? Are they? Are the questions posed by the editorial board fair ones? What is your opinion?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Point Ruston Files $150 Million Claim Against Ruston

August 14, 2014

Point Ruston, LLC
Loren Cohen, Manager of Legal Affairs
Cascadia Law Group, PLLC
Rodney Brown, Jr., Attorney at Law
Phone:  (206) 292-6300

Environmental Claims against City of Ruston for Violations of Environmental Cleanup Laws
TACOMA, WA – Today Point Ruston, LLC filed a series of claim notices against the City of Ruston, Washington totaling more than $150,000,000. These notices seek monetary contribution and treble damages related to environmental cleanup at the former Asarco Smelter Superfund Site.

Michael Cohen, managing partner of the construction and development firm behind the redevelopment of the former Asarco Superfund Site, stated “Most of our government partners have stepped up to the plate to help move the cleanup of this site forward – from our $31 Million public-private partnership with the City of Tacoma to re-build the public road and utilities at this site, to the State of Washington’s multi-million dollar investment in the cleanup on the tidelands and sediments along the shorelines of this site – not to mention the oversight and supervision offered by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Unfortunately the City of Ruston’s contribution has been to add to the pollution at this site and stand in the way of finalizing our work on this project.” The claims filed by Point Ruston LLC point to a history of the City of Ruston government’s environmental malfeasance at the site – including that the City of Ruston has hindered the cleanup and caused the further spread of contaminants.

Point Ruston is represented by Rodney Brown, Jr. of Cascadia Law Group, a boutique Seattle law firm that has been Point Ruston’s lead environmental counsel since the project’s inception in 2005.  For questions regarding these filings please direct questions to Mr. Brown.
About Point Ruston LLC
Point Ruston is a mixed-use real estate development project taking shape on the site of the former Asarco Smelter site.   Located on nearly one-mile of Puget Sound shoreline, Point Ruston includes plans for a mixed-use shopping center featuring more than 250,000 square feet of retail space with restaurants and boutique shopping, and anchored by a 25,000 square foot organic grocer, four-star 175-room Silver Cloud Hotel, and 9-screen Century Theatre cinema, along with a range of housing choices for nearly 3,000 residents.  Michael Cohen is Point Ruston LLC’s Manager and Majority Member of the Company.  With a four decade career in real estate spanning the West Coast, Mr. Cohen has successfully built and developed dozens of residential and commercial projects including hotels, casinos and golf course related projects.

About Cascadia Law Group PLLC
Cascadia Law represents clients in litigation and regulatory matters that include complex environmental, land use, and natural resource issues. Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and other leading research firms and publications recognize Cascadia Law as a top regional firm whose clients include Fortune 100 companies, small businesses, government agencies, and environmental groups. Rodney Brown, Partner in Cascadia Law, is reported by Chambers USA 2014 as "the premier environmental lawyer in the state."  Amongst many other posts, Mr. Brown is Co-Chair of Governor Inslee’s Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

2014 Family Fair + Pancake Breakfast + Car Show + Music

It was the first time the Ruston Family Fair included a pancake breakfast (complete with blueberries or chocolate chips) and car show open to all vintage cars. The Kidical Mass family bike ride brought lots of new faces just as the ponies arrived for free rides. The events are presented by the Ruston - Point Defiance Business District once again. The district held a drawing for local goodies, music was provided by Fire Chief Don Torbet and his friends, the baking contest entries were enjoyed by young and old - all in all it was a great day in town.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Close 54th Street?

Neighbors along the lower end of Highland Avenue are concerned about potential plans to close 54th Street at Pearl. Things are in the very early stages, but as part of the overall development of Point Defiance Park, one of the alternatives under consideration is a new roundabout at the entrance that would not feed into either N. 54th or N. Parkway on the other side of Pearl. Metro Parks and Tacoma planners are hosting an open house tomorrow night at the Pagoda to hear from neighbors that might be impacted by those road closures. The open house runs from 6:30 to 8pm. A flyer with more details can be found here. Officials will also be presenting details to the Ruston council on August 19th, so let your voice be heard!

Thursday, August 7, 2014