Lorig Associates and Pacific Lutheran University Celebrate Groundbreaking of Garfield Commons

Mar 14, 2006, 00:00 ET from Lorig Associates LLC

    TACOMA, Wash., March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Lorig Associates LLC and Pacific
 Lutheran University (PLU) are breaking ground this Wednesday on Garfield
 Commons, an $8 million commercial development that will revitalize the area
 surrounding PLU's campus.  Completion is expected in November 2006.
     Located just off the PLU campus on the corner of Pacific Avenue and
 Garfield Street, the 32,000-square-foot development will be anchored by the
 15,000-square-foot PLU bookstore.  The PLU Northwest and Scandinavian Gift
 Shop will be integrated within the bookstore.  The remaining space is to be
 distributed among 11 additional retail stores.
     "Our primary goal with this development is to anchor the Garfield Street
 business district with new retail stores and restaurants, and increase
 pedestrian traffic," said Hal Ferris, partner at Lorig Associates.  "We also
 wanted to strengthen ties to the community by building a new entrance to
 campus and giving PLU's bookstore a public presence."
     The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Wednesday, March 15 from
 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.  PLU President Loren Anderson is scheduled to speak, along
 with Elizabeth Johnson, Garfield Street Business Association, and Hal Ferris
 of Lorig Associates.  Invited guests include Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Norm
 Dicks.
     "By moving the bookstore off-campus, it will encourage increased
 interaction between students and the community," said Mark Mulder, director of
 auxiliary services at PLU.  "The bookstore will grow its roots within the
 local business district, engaging everyone it serves."
     PLU and Lorig are co-developers of the project. Lorig is managing the
 financing, design, planning, permitting, and construction process.  The
 architect is GGLO, and the general contractor is Mountain Construction.  Lorig
 will continue to manage the property after it is complete.
 
     About Lorig Associates LLC
     For more than 30 years, Lorig Associates has been developing distinctive
 mixed-use properties in the Northwest and has had a particular commitment to
 economic development in the Puget Sound area. In addition to development, the
 company offers services including construction and design management, site
 selection, engineering and property management. The Lorig Associates portfolio
 consists of numerous projects, which include Welch Plaza and Uwajimaya Village
 in Seattle, Morken Center for Learning and Technology at PLU, the
 redevelopment of Salishan, and the Court 17 apartments and garage at the
 University of Washington campus in Tacoma.
 
      CONTACTS:
      Harold Javete 206-727-5274
      Lorig Associates LLC
      hjavete@lorig.com
 
      Mark Firmani  206-443-9357
      Firmani + Associates Inc.
      mark@firmani.com
 
 

SOURCE Lorig Associates LLC
    TACOMA, Wash., March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Lorig Associates LLC and Pacific
 Lutheran University (PLU) are breaking ground this Wednesday on Garfield
 Commons, an $8 million commercial development that will revitalize the area
 surrounding PLU's campus.  Completion is expected in November 2006.
     Located just off the PLU campus on the corner of Pacific Avenue and
 Garfield Street, the 32,000-square-foot development will be anchored by the
 15,000-square-foot PLU bookstore.  The PLU Northwest and Scandinavian Gift
 Shop will be integrated within the bookstore.  The remaining space is to be
 distributed among 11 additional retail stores.
     "Our primary goal with this development is to anchor the Garfield Street
 business district with new retail stores and restaurants, and increase
 pedestrian traffic," said Hal Ferris, partner at Lorig Associates.  "We also
 wanted to strengthen ties to the community by building a new entrance to
 campus and giving PLU's bookstore a public presence."
     The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Wednesday, March 15 from
 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.  PLU President Loren Anderson is scheduled to speak, along
 with Elizabeth Johnson, Garfield Street Business Association, and Hal Ferris
 of Lorig Associates.  Invited guests include Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Norm
 Dicks.
     "By moving the bookstore off-campus, it will encourage increased
 interaction between students and the community," said Mark Mulder, director of
 auxiliary services at PLU.  "The bookstore will grow its roots within the
 local business district, engaging everyone it serves."
     PLU and Lorig are co-developers of the project. Lorig is managing the
 financing, design, planning, permitting, and construction process.  The
 architect is GGLO, and the general contractor is Mountain Construction.  Lorig
 will continue to manage the property after it is complete.
 
     About Lorig Associates LLC
     For more than 30 years, Lorig Associates has been developing distinctive
 mixed-use properties in the Northwest and has had a particular commitment to
 economic development in the Puget Sound area. In addition to development, the
 company offers services including construction and design management, site
 selection, engineering and property management. The Lorig Associates portfolio
 consists of numerous projects, which include Welch Plaza and Uwajimaya Village
 in Seattle, Morken Center for Learning and Technology at PLU, the
 redevelopment of Salishan, and the Court 17 apartments and garage at the
 University of Washington campus in Tacoma.
 
      CONTACTS:
      Harold Javete 206-727-5274
      Lorig Associates LLC
      hjavete@lorig.com
 
      Mark Firmani  206-443-9357
      Firmani + Associates Inc.
      mark@firmani.com
 
 SOURCE  Lorig Associates LLC