The Thunder Dome car museum is looking to build a commercial building on this lot, which is located right next to the Enumclaw library and the communal garden. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

The Thunder Dome car museum is looking to build a commercial building on this lot, which is located right next to the Enumclaw library and the communal garden. Photo by Ray Miller-Still

Plans still in works for downtown parking lot

The Thunder Dome Car Museum is looking at building a commercial building on the site.

No decisions have been reached but all indications are that the now-vacant parcel north of the Enumclaw library will be turned into a parking lot with a commercial building on one corner.

Negotiations continue between the city and the owner of Thunder Dome Car Museum with regard to the development of the grassy field. The property in question sits between Railroad and First streets, bordered by Washington Avenue on the north and the public library.

The land, owned by the city, currently is used on a seasonal basis for the community “pea patch.” That offering has been put on hold this year as the city works out development details.

Nothing was on the agenda during this week’s meeting of the Enumclaw City Council, but expectations are that an agreement could be on a July agenda.

The property, which has sat vacant for years, has become a topic of conversation since the Thunder Dome owner proposed a joint agreement with the city. As discussed, Thunder Dome would pay for paving the lot, the city would retain ownership of the land and the public would have access to the additional parking – unless Thunder Dome was hosting an event.

An early addition to the plan was the proposed development of a commercial building at the intersection of Washington and Railroad. Discussions broke down with the proponent, however.

Now, Thunder Dome is proposing a commercial building of its own. The plans remain the same; namely, the city would not collect rent on the land during a three-year start-up period and the contract would call for a 50-year lease, with a pair of 10-year options.




Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@courierherald.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.courierherald.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 500 words or less.

More in News

Erica C. Barnett, a Seattle journalist whose coverage includes city hall, homelessness and transportation, poses for a picture outside her Pioneer Square neighborhood office. Barnett was one of several speakers during the April 13 King County Conference on Addiction Disorders. Photo by Alex Bruell
Zooming to recovery: King County panel discusses addiction, sobriety during COVID-19 pandemic

Health experts and recovering addicts shared insight, data on staying sober during isolation

Screenshot
Enumclaw Rotary hosts first-ever online auction next week

The auction is taking the place of the cancelled Street Fair last summer.

A photo of the Moving Wall
Traveling “Moving Wall” will spend four days in Enumclaw

The Moving Wall will arrive in the Plateau Aug. 5.

Image courtesy Wyn Van Devanter
Baby Animals and Blooms Days at Maris Farms

The new event is only being hosted April 24 and 25, and on May 1, 2, 8, and 9.

The members of Enumclaw, in a courtesy photo taken by Raphael Gaultier
“A name that … meant being the best”: how rock band “Enumclaw” got its name

Tacoma’s new indie band “Enumclaw” is named after, you guessed it, Enumclaw

Blotter bug
Enumclaw, Black Diamond police blotter | March 31 – April 8

A broken traffic light, sleeping behind the wheel, and a loud basketball game.

Enumclaw Police Correctional Officer Tyler Ewalt holds open the door to a holding cell at the police department’s jail the afternoon of April 5. The cell, while not the one he rushed to when an inmate attempted suicide last month, is nonetheless where inmates in crisis are typically held. Photo by Alex Bruell
Enumclaw jail officer prevents inmate suicide

Officer Tyler Ewalt noticed the inmate-in-crisis over a video screen in March.

Male police officers standing behind Do Not Cross tape
70-year old domestic violence suspect shot by deputies in Buckley

The man was airlifted to a hospital and remains in stable but critical condition.

The Buckley Multipurpose Center, where the city council meets.
Buckley addresses Phase 2, search for new council member during Council meeting

Council approved union contract, awarded construction bid and more

Most Read