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Forterra announces it will purchase vacant Rite Aid in Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood

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Adrian Florez

A building in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood that sat empty for years now has a buyer. Forterra, a nonprofit known for environmental and land conservation work across the Puget Sound region, is purchasing the old Rite Aid there.

The News Tribune reported the sale of the building at the corner of South 11th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, which has been vacant for seven years.

Michelle Connor, CEO of Forterra, told the newspaper that what happens to the building will be up to the community.

But, with an incoming light rail expansion that could drive up the cost of living in the Hilltop, affordable housing is being considered among potential uses.

Forterra likely will have open houses and listening session to talk with residents of the historically black neighborhood about how the property should be developed.  

Ed Ronco is a former KNKX producer and reporter and hosted All Things Considered for seven years.