City government moving toward business/residential clusters

Gig HarborJanuary 15, 2014 

The master plan for Gig Harbor is about 350 pages long and would be an arduous read for most laymen. Rather than try and decipher it, drive through Gig Harbor North’s business and housing areas, and then drive through the Point Fosdick/Olympic Drive interchange area, and you’ll get the gist of what it entails.

What we are witnessing is called business/residential clustering. We see it in Gig Harbor North, and we see it in the Point Fosdick/Olympic Drive intersection. We are now seeing it expand in the Olympic Village area with the addition of Carl’s Jr.

Clustering of downtown Gig Harbor is what the city council has in mind when they talk about expanding this and allowing that.

All cities need growth for survival, but our city council’s mentality of late seems to be, if we build, they will come, and so will our tax base grow.

Former council member Derek Young acknowledged as much when he said: “Nobody likes it when a downtown as charming as Gig Harbor starts to lose businesses. But there’s only one way to draw an anchor type grocer to downtown. More people.”

Refer to an article he wrote on March 26, 2013, and ask yourself, “How does a city stay charming by over building it?”

We have clusters north and west. We’re just missing the one that ties those two together. Soon, that will be known as Central Gig Harbor.

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