Welcome to the
Pacific Tower Condominium Association


Welcome to Pacific Tower Condominium's website. Pacific Tower is a 14 story high-rise condominium with 94 units located adjacent to Interstate 5, the Tacoma Dome, University of Washington Tacoma, and various museums and restaurants on Pacific Avenue. The condomunium is also within walking distance of downtown Tacoma.  Our Association Manager is Jeanette Fournier Jeanette.Fournier@cdcmanagement.com from CDC Management Services LLC.  Our monthly meetings are the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:00 PM in our community room, please feel free to attend and participate.


Announcements
 

We encourage all unit owners to attend our monthly meetings on the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:00 PM in unit 107.   Our Agenda is posted a week prior to each meeting; if any owner has questions or concerns about any item on the agenda, please feel free to contact any BOD member prior to the monthly meeting and we will address your concerns.  Many unit owners asked why we were soliciting them to visit our web site.  Please be advised that the postcards you may have received soliciting you to visit a Pacific Tower web site did not come from the BOD.  This site is owned and managed by a disgruntled home owner and does not reflect the thoughts or opinion of anyone other than this disgruntled unit owner.

We had a very productive Budget Ratification Meeting and Annual Meeting and wish to thank everyone who turned out:  The budget for 2015 was ratified and we wish to congratulate Kay and Lee for being voted in for another 3 year term.  All board officer positions will remain the same as approved by unanimous decision by residing BOD.

Below is a list of accomplishments for this past year.

BOD Annual Report 2014:

  1. This year for the first time we are generating income from every single unit in the building and our occupancy rate is the highest it has ever been.

  2. Plans and ideas of BOD and in particular Ken, our Treasure, have generated $30,000 in new revenue over the past three years.

  3. Recalled contractor and replaced cove base in building hallways after gluing failed, at no cost to association

  4. Hired new contractor for fire suppression system: Simplex Grinnell, we not only saved money but improved service

  5. Acted on report provided by contractor for building envelope study, hired by BOD in 2013, on areas of suggested improvement in our reserve study and approved bid to seal CMU around the building to prevent water damage; work to begin by December

  6. Completed a five year fire inspection identified deficiencies and corrected as necessary

  7. Continued work to improve on Disaster Preparedness plan; coordinated plan with City Fire Department; implementation in early 2015

  8. Established guest suite:  Developed and implemented plan to move PTCA office and rent our former office space as guest suite to unit owners, generating new income for PTCA 

  9. Evaluated competing bids and awarded contract to seal parking lot cracks— completed thanks to Dennis 

  10. Improved security of exterior pedestrian doors & laid plans to complete this project by adding magnetic locks to three remaining pedestrian doors before the end of the year based on suggestions from our security committee

  11. Canvassed Unit owners and collected donations to purchase colored lighting for roof top for different holidays at no cost to PTCA.  Thanks to everyone who contributed to this project! 

  12. Established social committee:  They have organized several social events to help everyone meet our neighbors– many thanks to :  Billie Johnston, Kay Brackett, Jean Kampen, Becky Wingstrand, Penny Miller & Kay Lancaster

  13. Added an additional parking lot light to the north end of the building for security reasons

  14. Replaced rusted out trash compactor with new one:  Thanks to Dennis’ research, saved $5k and got a more functional compactor at considerable reduction on initial cost and additional storage for fewer scheduled pickups due to improved design.

  15. Established first Spring Cleanup (Goodwill Day) and scheduled Goodwill Truck come to remove donated and unwanted items from building per suggestion by Leota Berry

  16. Identified problem with building water pump and awarded contract to improve efficiency and decrease noise generated; repairs to be completed by end of the year

  17. Held numerous workshops throughout the year soliciting owners input regarding finances, security and planned projects around the building

  18. Held rules workshop and used your suggestions to tweak our rules package which we voted to accept and publish by the first of the year

  19. Approved bid to replace outdated computer software, computer system, and key pad enter system – work to be complete before the end of the year again based on recommendations provided by security committee

  20. Approved contract to add two new security cameras to cover pedestrian door and parking lot on east side of the building near handicapped parking area after thieves broke in using this P1 pedestrian door

  21. Studied the cost of earthquake insurance vs. risk (annual BOD requirement per the Declaration)  and determined average increase in cost of dues per month increase of $50-$55/Unit and deductible amount was prohibitive

  22. Approved cost saving wireless connect to our fire prevention system, saving us approximately $150.00 each month

  23. Things we would like to have less of in 2015:  We had two major PREVENTABLE water loss events; Security breaches:  two PREVENTABLE incidents of thieves in the building both times these thieves were let in by residents.      

      
  

Water damage is a serious problem here at PTCA:

Months ago we advised residents that the flushing mechanism in all our toilets are reaching the end of their life expectancy.  We asked you to spend approximately $50.00 to replace this mechanism to avoid the toilets from overflowing.  If this mechanism does not function properly the water in your toilet will continue to run and if your bowl is stopped up along with this problem, your unit could be flooded as well as any units below you, and thousands of dollars in damage could occur.  If you have not changed this mechanism, please be smart and do it now.  Unfortunately one home owner failed to replace their flushing mechanism as we recommended and the results were several thousands of dollars of expense for water damage to the building.  For more information feel free to contact any Board member. 

 

Looking for a great buy and a wonderful place to live? 

Unit 402 - 3 bedroom with one inside parking stall $200,000.00

Unit 1104 - 2 bedroom with one outside parking stall $170,000.00

Unit 1106 - 2 bedroom with one outside parking stall $170,000.00

Unit 1206 - 2 bedroom with one outside parking stall $180,000.00

Feel free to contact any realtor for more information. 


New Residents

If you have just closed on the sale of a Unit or have signed a lease, you are probably anxious to get moved into Pacific Tower.  Welcome!  We want you to enjoy your new home.  You are about to move into a beautiful, secure building alongside several dozen other Unit owners who each have a personal and financial stake in this property.  Thus, moving into your new residence requires more steps and more coordination than simply loading a moving truck and arriving at the front door.  The first step to getting moved in is to visit the CDC Management office to complete the administrative requirements.  CDC will let you know when your documents are complete and the next steps for your move into Pacific Tower.  Your move date needs to be scheduled with a PTCA Board member who will show you how to accomplish your move without compromising building security or incurring fines for damages or other violations.  Please be aware that we need advance notice of approximately five (5) business days to schedule your moveYou should find the document called "New Resident Information" very useful for easing your move. Remember, All moves into or out of the building must be scheduled in advance through CDC Management. The New Resident Information document should be provided to you either by the Management Company along with the resale certificate or by your landlord if you are a lessee or Special Occupant.  

 Replacing Your Appliances

Heat producing appliances in our building, (kitchen range, clothes dryer, furnace and hot water heater) op-erate on 208 Volts of electricity, not the usual 240 Volts found in single family homes. If you are thinking about buying new appliances, be sure they are 208 volts. Ordinary 240 volt appliances will not work efficiently in Pacific Towers. You may be dissatisfied with their per-formance. If you are thinking about taking your condo appliances out to some other location, they may not work if the home is wired for 240 volts. A 208 volt appliance may burn out if plugged into a 240 volt outlet. There is also a danger of causing a fire.

Trash Containers

Remember that the trash containers at Pacific Tower are strictly reserved for collection of trash generated at Pacific Tower by residents of Pacific Tower.  Do not deposit trash generated from anywhere outside Pacific Tower property.  We all pay for this service through our annual assessment.  Please be a good neighbor. 

NOTE: New Cardboard Recycle in the P-1 Garage.  Please break down and take all your cardboard here for recycle.

Pet Owners

Association Management Documents require registration (Pet Registration Form) and on a leash at all times when on the property anywhere outside your unit.  Please remember also that the maximum number of pets is 2 per unit and the maximum combined weight of pets is 40 pounds:  This includes visiting pets.  NO PET OVER 40 pounds is allowed in the building.  PTCA will enforce these requirements.  Please cooperate for the betterment of our community. Please do not allow your pet to relieve itself within 25 feet of any entrance or anywhere inside the building including stairwells and garage levels. Remember to always clean up after your pet.  

Current Board Members 

The current board members are:

Will McNamee  ptcawill@live.com, President; Kay Lancaster, Vice-President; Dennis Brekke, Secretary; Ken Wright, Treasurer and Lee Kartes, Member-at-large.

Wi-Fi Hotspot

The Community Room 107 is a WI-FI Hotspot.  Residents of Pacific Tower who need temporary access to the internet may bring their laptop computer to 107 and connect to the unsecured wireless network named "PT Tower".  Access is limited to residents only who are over age 18. Use by non-residents/guests is not allowed. Access is available any time the Board is not using the network such as for a Board meeting with webcam connection. Access to the wireless network may be withdrawn at any time if abuse occurs including but not limited to excess downloading of large files, violation of copyright laws or commercial use.  Access for residents is a privilege and is not intended to substitute for a resident's own permanent internet connection. 

Leasing Requirements

If you wish to lease out your unit, please remember that you are required by the declaration to get in touch with the Management company and provide a lease before any resident can move in. There is a cap on number of rentals allowed.  Email Jeanette Fournier at:  Jeanette.Fournier@cdcmanagement.com , and she will forward you the procedures and copies of all documents needed.  Did you know that the City of Tacoma requires you to have an annual business license and pay the annual license fee if you rent or lease your unit?  Please review the license requirements prior to contacting Jeanette Fournier.  It is the owner's responsibility to keep all leases current. 

Still have questions?  Contact any Board member for clarification.