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Links to Opportunity

Links to Opportunity Project

The Links to Opportunity Project was initiated in 2016 to actively engage the community in designing streetscape improvements along Sound Transit’s Tacoma Link Extension route. The scope of these improvements include sidewalks, lighting, street furniture, wayfinding signage, trees, and landscaping. The resulting streetscape design will enable safe access for all users including pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities.


The Links to Opportunity project will also work with a consultant to identify strategies to connect Hilltop residents with workforce development and economic empowerment opportunities provided by the increase in number of construction jobs in the region, including those related to the Tacoma Link Extension Construction. For more information about the Equity and Empowerment Initiative, please email Carol Wolfe.


Project Updates and Events

Our streetscape design team is out in your community gathering feedback on preliminary design. You can view the design flipbook to preview some of the features proposed for the streetscape design and please share your feedback with us by answering a few questions about the proposed design.

Project Funding

The project is funded by a $2 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s pilot program for transit-oriented development.  The City of Tacoma provided a $500,000 match, bringing the project budget total to $2.5 million. The project is funded through August 2018. 

Hilltop Engagement Committee 

The Hilltop Engagement Committee (HEC) was established by the City Council, per Resolution No. 39527 which was adopted on August 23, 2016 to provide an opportunity for residents, organizations and businesses to share their expertise and provide input, recommendations and feedback for the Links to Opportunity Program.  The HEC weighs in on project goals and deliverables in the context of the City of Tacoma’s 2025 Strategic Plan, Equity and Empowerment Initiative, Hilltop and North Downtown Subarea Plans, Transportation Master Plan, and Complete Streets Design Guidelines. 


HEC Members: 

  • Marty Mattes, Bates Technical College
  • Anthony Powell, Central Neighborhood Council
  • Brendan Nelson, Hilltop Action Coalition
  • Denny Faker, New Tacoma Neighborhood Council
  • Roberta Schur, Tacoma Housing Authority
  • William Towey, Tacoma Urban League
  • Hally Bert, At-Large
  • Kiara Daniels, At-Large
  • Ashley Lipford, At-Large
  • Anthony Steele, At-Large
  • Lawrence White, At-Large
  • Audra Hudson, At-Large

HEC Meeting Agendas and Notes:

The HEC meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 5 PM in the Clyde Hupp Board Room at Bates Technical College.  Posted below are the meeting notes.  For more information, please email Andy Micklow.

Grassroots Outreach Reports

From July to October 2017, three organizations – Downtown on the Go, Sound Outreach – Hilltop Action Coalition, and Tacoma Housing Authority – engaged in grassroots outreach with the Hilltop community.  Downtown on the Go captured input from corridor users through pop-up placemaking, tactical urbanism, temporary traffic calming efforts, and speak up trainings.  Sound Outreach – Hilltop Action Coalition (HAC) engaged the community through the HAC neighborhood leader network, community meetings, and social media.  And the Tacoma Housing Authority held four focus group meetings targeted at specific interest groups.


Technical Assistance

The Federal Transit Administration and the nonprofit organization Smart Growth America together awarded the Links to Opportunity project technical assistance of consulting expertise in economic development, housing, and transit-oriented development.  These consulting services will enhance the economic development efforts associated with the Links to Opportunity Project.  For more information on this, please contact Lauren Flemister at LFlemister@cityoftacoma.org.


Project  Staff

Ian Munce, J.D., AICP, Project Manager
(253) 573-2478


Andy Micklow, AICP, Project Senior Planner
(253) 318-5626



Diane Sheesley, P.E., Project Engineer
(253) 591-5358


Contact Us

Andy Micklow, AICP

Project Senior Planner

(253) 318-5626



Hilltop Office

1120 S 11th St.

Tacoma, WA 98405


Office Hours

Monday 9 AM - 2PM

Tuesday 9 AM - 4 PM

Wednesday 9 AM - 1 PM

Thursday 9 AM - 1 PM & 2 PM - 6 PM

Friday 9 AM - 2 PM