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King for a Day: The $5,000,000 Deal


Welcome to a new Tacoma Sun column called King for a Day. The column where you take on important decisions facing the city.


Here’s today’s situation: You’re the king of the city. The city is strapped for cash and has an airport it doesn’t know what to do with. Should you sell it? And if so, for how much? On September 16, 2008, our city council and mayor will have to decide exactly this.


Here is the text of the resolution:
Authorizing the execution of a purchase and sale agreement with Pierce County and the Peninsula Metropolitan Park District, in the amount of $5,000,000, for the Tacoma Narrows Airport and all associated real, intangible and personal properties.


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published September 4th, 2008

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Erik B. // Sep 4, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Yes, sell the airport. Its useless to the function of the city.

    The “Tac” in Sea-Tac means Tacoma.

  • 2 Nick // Sep 4, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Selling it is probably a smart move, but 5M doesn’t seem like very much for that much property, especially considering how accessible it is.

    For some perspective, isn’t the Winthrop’s valuation a little over $5M? Location plays a key role, as does a historic building, but even accounting for that it doesn’t seem to add up…

  • 3 Morgan Alexander // Sep 4, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Here’s a link to the property record:

    Assessed Value: $27,774,800
    Land Acres: 359.08 (15,641,524 square feet)

    The city also owns several hundred more acres adjacent to the airport.

  • 4 Donovan // Sep 5, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Is the land contaminated or something? Why so cheep? Seems short sighted.

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