HDC History

The Hillside Development Council (HDC) was founded on January 25, 2002 and received its Certificate of Incorporation from the State of Washington on February 7, 2002. The issue that brought on HDC was the plan to move Nativity House to the corner of Jefferson Avenue and 23rd Street. At the time Nativity House was a problem due to the lack of rules and their attempt to keep the Tacoma Police Department off of their premises. Nativity House did build their facility but rules were instituted to protect the neighborhood along with their guests and staff.

From this confrontational start, HDC changed into an organization working for the betterment of the neighborhood. Over the years the major issues we have been involved with include.

  • The University of Washington Tacoma's desire to close Market Street between 21st and 19th Streets to vehicular traffic.
    After discussions with the University and the City of Tacoma in 2003, the UWT master plan was changed so that Market Street would not be closed.

  • From 2007 through 2009 HDC worked with the City and Sound Transit regarding the alignment of the D-M Street rail line.
    Several HDC members stepped forward and agreed to sell their properties to Sound Transit so that the rail line would not run up South Tacoma Way turning the area around the Rescue Mission into an island which would present safety issues to citizens (including the homeless).

  • From 2007 until early 2008 HDC developed their "Vision Statement" for development on the hillside.
    Driven by repeated questions from City Staff about what we wanted to see in this area, HDC undertook a project to answer that question. The Vision Statement has been used in subsequent efforts led by the City to develop a subarea plan).

  • In 2008 at the prompting of HDC, the City of Tacoma hired VIA Architecture to develop a subarea plan.
    HDC members worked with VIA to help them understand some of the unique features of this area. The plan was completed in 2010).

  • In 2011 the City of Tacoma started a process to develop a Subarea Plan and EIS Statement for the south end of downtown Tacoma.
    HDC president Ed Davis is one of the co-chairs of this process.