Timberlane and Rush open 162 Sumner units

Originally published: Daily Journal of Commerce

Rush Cos. announced that it recently completed the construction of Sumner Mill, a new 162-unit, three-story apartment complex at 5816 162nd Ave. E. in Pierce County . That’s a little east of downtown Sumner, and north of Highway 410.

Timberlane Partners developed the 5.7-acre project, with nine buildings designed by Casey + DeChant Architects. Rush began work in the fall of 2022, not long after the multiple small land sales.

Timberlane’s Dave Enslow said in a statement, “I grew up in the house across the street from the site, so this is a very special project for me personally. I’m glad I could partner with Rush to bring more housing to this community.”

Rush’s Jeff Wieser added, “We are thrilled to unveil Sumner Mill apartments to the community. This project reflects our dedication to crafting spaces that go beyond mere residences, fostering a sense of belonging and luxury.”

Up to eight weeks of free rent is now being offered, as an incentive to new tenants. Sumner Mill began opening in phases during January.

Units range from studios to two-bedrooms (one listed for $2,145 per month, offering 821 square feet) to two-bedrooms. One of the latter, with 1,023 square feet, rents for $2,295.

About 16 units are more affordable, per the city’s multifamily tax exemption program. Thus, a 510-square-foot one-bedroom goes for $1,695.

All the apartments have nine-foot ceilings, in-unit washer/dryers, stainless steel appliances and quartz counters and backsplashes in the kitchens. Many units have small patios or terraces.

Amenities at Sumner Mill include an outdoor pool, clubhouse with kitchen, gym, conference room, pool table, package room, picnic area and barbecue stations. Among the 265 surface parking stalls, some have EV-charging capacity. (Sumner Mill also has rooftop solar panels, a rarity among garden apartments.)

The team also included JPMorgan Chase, the construction lender. Northmarq helped secure the nearly $49 million in funding.