Jul 18, 2007

big changes in the works for Lacey

So long, former "Tree City USA." Lacey's Hawks Prairie region will have a skyline dominated by towers, if an area developer gets his way.
Developer Tri Vo envisions a Lacey town center with up to 2 million square feet of office space, nearly as much as the 2.4 million square feet on the Capitol Campus.

Vo plans to build the project on 200 acres he owns at Marvin Road and Interstate 5. His project manager, Michael Davolio, will discuss the plans at an invitation-only business luncheon today at the Worthington Center at Saint Martin’s University.

So far, the only announced tenant for the site is a Cabela’s outdoors store. The 185,000-square-foot store is expected to open in November.

“I suspect by the end of the year, we’ll be making a number of other announcements,” Davolio said Tuesday.

“I can’t tell you who we have contacted, but I can tell you that my phone is ringing off the hook,” he said. “This project is selling itself.”
Lacey is definitely growing--but perhaps to the point where it will slowly devour itself. As some of the comments over at the article attest, the city hasn't exactly solved its water problems.

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