New Salishan

Salishan - History and Overview of the Redevelopment Effort

Please click below to watch a presentation that gives a good overview of the Salishan Recevelopment.

Click here to download a PDF of this presentation.

Salishan - Past Present & Future

The Salishan documentary was produced by Bryan Johnson, a teacher at Lister Elementary School, and his fifth grade class during the 2002-03 school year. Lister Elementary School is in the community of Salishan and many of its students are Salishan residents. Lister was completely rebuilt in 1999, shortly before Salishan's own reconstruction began. It is a jewel of the Tacoma Public School District and an important part of the Salishan redevelopment.
 
Mr. Johnson's students wrote the script, conducted and translated the interviews, read the narration, and played some of the music on the soundtrack. They created the artwork, took the photographs, and filmed the video that is featured in the documentary. Mr. Johnson completed the post-production at Lister's own broadcast studio.
 
The documentary shows scenes of Salishan before its old housing units were demolished and before redevelopment of the community began. Through the documentary, the students and the people they interview express their deep affection for Salishan and their hopes for its future.
 

Reports

Quadrant Homes: Assessment of Diversity at Salishan and New Home Communities in Washington [PDF]
Fair Housing Center of Washington, 2007

Quadrant Homes was the homebuilder partner with Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) for most of the single-family homes in Phase I of the Salishan Redevelopment. In its marketing efforts, THA and Quadrant sought a racially diverse pool of potential purchasers for all homes in Phase I. In this report, the Fair Housing Center of Washington assessed the results of these efforts. As the report indicates, the efforts were quite successful. In recognition of these efforts and their success, the Center awarded THA its Housing Justice Award for 2008.

Homeownership Outcome Report [PDF]
Tacoma Housing Authority, 2008
 
This report will recount THA’s efforts to assist low income families in all of THA’s homeownership programs to date. THA homeownership programs began in 2003 when THA was awarded the 2002 HUD ROSS Homeownership Supportive Services grant. The Authority has added many homeownership program resources since that time including 136 homes for sale in Phase I of Salishan that it offered on the open market. In general, THA had two goals:
  • To make homes available to low-income families;

  • To help protect families from irresponsible or unsustainable purchases. (We note that this goal gained an additional pertinence as the nation’s mortgage market declined dramatically as an apparent result of overly aggressive marketing of unsustainable mortgages and unwise purchase decisions by home buyers.)   

This report will also help THA adjust its efforts in Phase II of Salishan, which will have another 183 homes for sale. That effort, more than Phase I, will confront the full effect of the nation’s troubled mortgage market.

A Study of Salishan’s Purchase Market 2004-2015 [PDF]
ReMax Professionals, 2015

This report was commissioned by the Tacoma Housing Authority (THA), in an effort to better understand the real estate market dynamics and its effect upon a specific micro-market known as “Salishan”, which is located on the Eastside of Tacoma. THA’s request includes an analysis of this micro-market be completed and a detailed study of the sales data in this specific area over the period from January 2004 through August 2015. During this time period the Salishan neighborhood has undergone the most intense and dramatic market change in all of Pierce County. The data will show the rise of Salishan from a blighted urban neighborhood environment with little or no sales activity to a renewed and refreshed neighborhood of gentrified homes with the highest median sale price on the Eastside of Tacoma. The analysis will focus on:

  • The sales price overtime in Salishan from January 2004 – August 2015.

  • The rate of foreclosures during this same period in Salishan and the Eastside Tacoma Market.

  • A comparison of sales prices and dollar volume of total sales in Salishan to the overall Eastside Tacoma market

This report also addresses the current overall health of the real estate market in Salishan today and going forward.