Once again, the City of Tacoma put out a request for proposals to revitalize the Old City Hall on Commerce Street.
Projects nearby are breathing new life into historic buildings, namely the $34 million Portland-based McMenamins restoration of the old Elks Temple and the newly-renovated Union Club turned co-working space. Seattle-based AxoWorks is also developing co-working spaces on Broadway.
City officials have been working for years to find a developer for the Old City Hall building, but past proposals — including McMenamins — haven’t panned out.
“Tacoma continues to evolve at a dramatic pace, with more than $1 billion being invested into development projects in downtown alone,” Mayor Victoria Woodards said in a statement. “With Old City Hall, the City of Tacoma would like to consider proposals for projects that complement surrounding development downtown, foster even more vibrancy in the downtown core, and re-establish the building’s preeminence in Tacoma.”
On June 20, developers can tour the building, but must respond to Assistant Community and Economic Development Director Elly Walkowiak by June 15 to do so.
Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, on July 31, 2018.