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Emma Hinchliffeh
Emma Hinchliffe

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August 31, 2022

Talking History: Community effort to save historic schoolhouse in Parkland succeeds, for now

For the last few months a sometimes heated debate has been ongoing over the future of a historic 1908 schoolhouse in Parkland, an unincorporated area near Tacoma.

Pacific Lutheran University has owned the 40,000-square-foot Parkland School building since the 1990s and was planning to sell the property, and the nearly three acres of land where it sits, to a private developer. That developer wanted to knock the building down and replace it with a five-story 68-unit apartment building offering a mix of market rate and affordable apartments. Now, following significant community push-back, the university has agreed to pause the sale and will instead sell the developer a field parcel behind the school only while urging the community to purchase the schoolhouse and come up with “a viable alternative for the property.”

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