The City of Tacoma received five responses to its May request for proposals to redevelop Old City Hall.

Yesterday, the city chose a winning proposal. Surge Tacoma has been selected to begin negotiating a development agreement and a purchase and sales agreement with the city. Agreements are expected to be finalized as early as January 2019, according to Tacoma’s Community and Economic Development Department.

The historic Old City Hall building is located at 625 South Commerce Street in downtown. Photo by Joe Mabel via CC BY-SA 4.0.

“Surge Tacoma submitted a compelling proposal to reactivate the historic Old City Hall by infusing the building with uses that will appeal to our entire community — residents, entrepreneurs, and visitors,” said Mayor Victoria Woodards. “The redevelopment proposal aligns with the building’s storied history as a welcoming public place. It has the potential to be an economic catalyst, while providing affordable housing that helps ensure those who work in Tacoma can continue to live here as well.”

Surge Tacoma’s proposal for Old City Hall was for a mixed-use project containing a basement restaurant and bar, slightly less than 20,000 square feet of retail space, more than 20,000 square feet of office and coworking space including a technology center, 40 micro apartments (10-20 market rate and 20-30 affordable), two rooftop restaurants, and an event space in the clock tower.

The project team includes Harlow & Falk, NBS Financial, Pacific Engineering, Easyway Contractors, CBRE, and Artifacts Consulting.