Tacoma annexes an ‘island’

The Manitou neighborhood, a landlocked “island” sandwiched between Tacoma and University Place but not a part of either city, is now in Tacoma.

The City Council-approved annexation of Manitou took effect April 1, adding to the Tacoma’s west side the 37-acre area that is bounded by Lakewood Drive West, 65th Street West, 70th Street West, and the city-Pierce County border to the east of 52nd Avenue W.

Officials said information about the annexation was provided to Manitou residents and businesses well ahead of the neighborhood’s transfer of control from Pierce County to the city.
Mayor Victoria Woodards said the new addition will have the same access to city services ad the rest of Tacoma.