Whether it’s the winking marquee lights of the Pantages and Rialto theaters, the ornate façades of century-old buildings, or the pocket parks along Broadway and Commerce Street, few urban spaces are quite like downtown Tacoma’s Theater District.

To further activate the area, which stretches from 9th and 11th Streets between Broadway and Pacific Avenue, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Pierce Transit, and the City of Tacoma partnered in 2017 to launch TRANSFORM, a year-long initiative to gather community feedback from local residents, workers, business owners, and transit passengers to explore ways to improve the Theater District’s design and function.

Two final design renderings were unveiled on Sept. 13 at Theater Square.

One of two design renderings produced by Walker Macy based on community input gathered during the year-long TRANSFORM Tacoma Theater District project. (Image Courtesy Spaceworks Tacoma)

One of two design renderings produced by Walker Macy based on community input gathered during the year-long TRANSFORM Tacoma Theater District project. (Image Courtesy Spaceworks Tacoma)

Ideas for Theater District 2.0 include storefronts on Commerce Street, a covered stage and outdoor market, an art wall and project screen structure, and a multi-story building that could include a restaurant, café, retail shops, and mixed-incoming housing.

Visit tacomatheaterdistrict.com for more information about the project and to stay up to date on the latest developments.