The City of Tacoma is currently reviewing the five responses it received to its May 2018 request for proposals relating to the adaptive reuse of the Old City Hall building in downtown Tacoma. All five responses propose mixed-use development projects.
“We are delighted that developers throughout the Seattle-Tacoma region have responded to our Request for Proposals for the adaptive reuse of Old City Hall. This demonstrates the strength of our marketplace and great interest in repositioning this unique structure to meet community needs for the next century,” Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards said in a statement.
Overviews of the five proposals are as follows:
Bentley Kensington, Inc. – Tacoma
A mixed-use development containing 46 market-rate loft apartments (34,311 square feet), 17,084 square feet of micro-retail space, and 9,088 square feet for a bar and grill and the Tacoma History Museum.
The project team includes Ferguson Architecture, Swenson-Say-Faget Structural Engineering, Gene Grulich Planning Services, Absher Construction, First Western Properties, BRC Acoustics & Audiovisual Design, and the Intrepid Law Group.
Commencement Bay Development, LLC and Heritage Group Land Company, LLC – Tacoma
A mixed-use development containing 40,000 square feet of historic Class A office and shared work space, 5,000 square feet of retail space, and 5,000 square feet of food and beverage space.
The project team includes an advisory board made up of representatives from the University of Washington Tacoma and the information technology and real estate industries.
Greenspring – Tacoma
A mixed-use development containing an art gallery, artist studio spaces, and office space on Pacific Avenue; small retail space on Commerce Street; second-floor research facilities, 20 units of affordable housing for artist live/work studios, and a wellness studio.
The project team includes Nathan Schlundt and Associates as the historic preservation expert.
Surge Tacoma – Tacoma
A mixed-use development containing a basement restaurant and bar, approximately 20,000 square feet of retail space, approximately 20,000 square feet of office and co-working space including a technology center, 40 micro-apartments (10-20 market rate and 20-30 affordable), and 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.
Urban Villages, Inc. – Seattle
A mixed-use development containing a city-leased and managed business incubator space, offices for the city’s economic development staff, 110 furnished short-term micro-housing units, and an event space on the fifth floor and in the clock tower.
The project team includes Chinn Construction, Swenson-Say-Faget Engineering, and Heritage Consulting Group.
The City of Tacoma is expected to finish reviewing the proposals by next month.