According to an article published by The News Tribune, it seems as if general consensus between the supporters of the downtown Gig Harbor building height ordinance are that it’s needed to revitalize business. According to the dissenters, there is a fear of losing the charm and historical significance of the Gig Harbor waterfront.
Instead of selling out to real estate developers, why not take a look at the aesthetic appeal of Gig Harbor and look at the “downtown village” through the eyes of visitors?
Get rid of all of the little individual neighborhood ordinances that restrict serving alcohol, have limited times for business transactions and restrictions on outside seating, etc. Visitors want to have places to park, walk, eat and shop.
If you put an extra story on a building, it will only bring in more professional services and business-related industry, not destination visitors.
I fail to understand how extra height on buildings will bring more visitors and support struggling retailers.
It would seem to me that the City of Gig Harbor and its coffers could be far better served by seeking out, encouraging and paving the way for more restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, bicycle and kayak rentals, lodging, retail grocery and other services for boaters.
“Everyone” wants to come to Gig Harbor, but there has to be something here to for them to spend money on to keep them coming back.