“Construction of the 90-unit apartments and 1,500-square-foot commercial property on Creek Street is well under way in Yelm, shown here on Tuesday, July 9.
Photo credit: Tony Overman, Staff Photographer The Olympian.
– From The Olympian, December 29, 2013:
“A sustainable future is the right choice to make”
“A conversation started in this community three years ago with a question directed at the 258,000 people who call Thurston County home: How do you want the community to look, function and feel 20 years from now?”
“The vision of a sustainable Thurston County is pragmatic because it does not try to limit or stop growth. It accepts the official growth projections for Thurston County, which suggest the county population will grow by nearly 50 percent in the next 20 years. But what makes it different from other land-use plans is the assumption that the community will agree on ways to accommodate all those people without gobbling up a lot of land.
– From the Nisqually Valley News, December 24, 2013:
“Top 10 Stories of the Year”
“4. Yelm Growth”
“As the Great Recession ever-so-slowly faded, Yelm again found itself on the edge of exponential growth after being one of the fasting developing areas of the past 15 years.”
“Not since before the Great Recession has Yelm experienced such a strong economic rise.
Grant Beck, city of Yelm community development director, said historically Yelm has been the fastest growing city in the county for the past 10 to 15 years.”