Salishan Neighborhood Revitalization

Tacoma, WA

Tacoma, Washington

Salishan is a neighborhood in the East Side of Tacoma, Washington. Built in the early 1940's, the Salishan neighborhood provided temporary housing for ship workers during World War II. Throughout a week-long charrette process, Torti Gallas visited with the residents of Salishan, listened to their concerns, and developed a master plan and unit designs appropriate for the needs of the community.

The site holds several unique features including a 30 acre wildlife rich gulch that bisects the site into two halves. Salishan's special atmosphere is also evident in the spirit of its diverse blend of residents. This ethnic diversity, strong love of the community, and social empowerment have guided the neighborhood's revitalization efforts.

In addition to a stronger social and economic base, the plan provides a new town center, complete with retail shops, a fire station, university teaching space, senior congregate care, and additions to existing amenities. Most important to this town center is a public forum and open air market.

91 Homes in Phase VII of the Salishan Revitalization have been LEED Platinum Certified.

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Project Data

250 acre site
mixed-income community
1,400 residential units
village center/community center/retail
$35 million HOPE VI Grant
91 Homes Certified LEED for Homes Platinum


Architectural Design
Community Meetings
Master Planning
Urban Design
Design Charrettes
Sustainable Development


Builder's Choice Award


Congress for The New Urbanism Charter Award


American Institute of Architects Housing Award


AIA/HUD Secretary's Award


EcoHome Design Award

Torti Gallas + Partners understands how to integrate and transform neighborhoods for the connected world.

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