The City of Tacoma has issued a request for interest to partner on a social enterprise in a 1,500-square-foot commercial space at 5401 South Tacoma Way.

The Neighborhood and Community Services Department recently received approval from the Tacoma City Council to move forward with the purchase of the property to convert the location into a Youth and Young Adult Drop-in Center and Emergency Young Adult Overnight Shelter, as well as to lease the building’s storefront to a social enterprise business such as a bakery, restaurant or retail business.

 “This is an opportunity to establish a safe space for youth and young adults to receive services like education, workforce training and basic needs, and create a public-private partnership where youth, ages 16 to 24, can receive training and employment,” said Nadia Chandler Hardy, Neighborhood and Community Services Department director.

 “We are excited to have the opportunity to bring human services and enterprise together to address homelessness and add to the economic vitality of the business district,” she added.

The City’s Community and Economic Development Department is accepting proposals now through 5 p.m. on March 6. Proposals can be submitted to the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., room 900. A full description of the RFI is available on the City’s website.