The City of Tacoma is looking to hire a consultant to help facilitate a plan to bring streetscape improvements to the Brewery District downtown.

According to a Request For Qualifications (RFQ) issued in earlier this month, the consultant will provide conceptual design services for the $2.9 million, first-phase of a project that, when completed, will bring new bike lanes, curb ramps, mid-block crossings and “pedestrian refuge islands,” upgraded signals for cyclists, and other access, safety, and mobility improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians who travel along a 13-block stretch of Fawcett Avenue, between South 6th Street and South 19th Street.

Designated a “bicycle boulevard” in the City of Tacoma’s Transportation Master Plan, Fawcett Avenue connects Wright Park to the north, the Prairie Line Trail to the south, and offers access to LINK light rail service, University of Washington Tacoma, downtown, and the Hilltop neighborhood.

According to the RFQ, the project aims to support future development of the Brewery District, which could add approximately 1,000 housing units and 500 new jobs. In addition, city officials note more than $1 billion in new construction is either in permitting or under construction in the Brewery District, and approximately $20 million in utility improvements for water, sewer, stormwater, and road reconstruction are planned for the area.

The deadline for consultants to respond to the RFQ expires at 11 a.m. on Tues., Jan. 8. City officials are scheduled to conduct interviews during the week of Mon., Jan. 14, and make its hiring decision the following week.

Thumbnail photo by Andrew Gook on Unsplash.