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Salishan Neighborhood Revitalization

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


2012 EcoHome Design Award
2007 American Institute of Architects Housing Award
2007 CNU Charter Award
VISION 2020 Award from the Puget Sound Regional Council
2007 AIA HUD Secretary's Award

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

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